Renowned surgeon visits Koforidua for Medical Mission



Dr. Alejandro Badia, MD, F.A.C.S. hand and upper extremity orthopedic surgeon of the United States, former president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH) and founder of Badia Hand to Shoulder Center and OrthoNow will travel to the Eastern Region of Koforidua, Ghana on March 17th, 2017 to carry out a medical mission under Gruppo Internazionale di Chirurghi Amici della Mano founded by Marco Lanzetta at the St. Joseph Hospital.

Dr. Badia, along with a Swiss surgical team led by Dr. Philippe Cuénod, from Geneva, will carry out specialized surgical operations which require their expertise. They will also transfer skills and share the latest advancements of upper extremity surgeries with the St. Joseph Hospital’s medical staff. The puropose of the team’s visit to Ghana is to enhance the quality of orthopedic care for Ghanaian patients. Although Ghana’s population exceeds 28 million people, fewer than 40 orthopedic surgeons provide care for the entire country, which is rapidly developing economically.

“I am thrilled of the opportunity to join Dr. Cuéndon and his team during this medical mission to Ghana. My goal is help train locals to care for their own people as well as be an international resource, and tie to USA, for colleagues regarding complex orthopedic issues, particularly of hand and upper limb,” stated Dr. Badia.

Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS is a hand and upper extremity surgeon at Badia Hand to Shoulder Center, a fully integrated clinical facility for the upper limb, including Hand, Wrist, Shoulder and Elbow, located in Doral, Florida.  Dr. Badia was educated at Cornell and NYU, trained in orthopedics at Bellevue Hospital/NYU Medical Center, followed with a hand/microsurgery fellowship in Pittsburgh and trauma fellowship in Germany.  He has served as worldwide president of the International Society for Sport Traumatology of the Hand (ISSPORTH) and co-founded the Miami Anatomical Research and Training Center (M.A.R.C.), the world’s largest surgical cadaveric training lab and The Surgery Center at Doral, an elite state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center.

Dr. Badia has published numerous articles, written multiple book chapters, and has been an invited speaker or lecturer in nearly twenty-five countries.  He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH), American Association for Hand Surgery (AAHS) and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) as well as numerous other international hand surgery and arthroscopy associations.  Additionally, Dr. Badia served as honored professor at the prestigious Philadelphia Hand Course.  For 10 consecutive years, Dr. Badia has been on the editorial review board of the Techniques in Upper Extremity Surgery, comprised of International key opinion leaders in upper limb surgery.   Dr. Badia runs an active international hand fellowship, serves on the editorial board of two hand journals and for eight consecutive years, organized a two-day conference and learning symposium for surgeons/therapists devoted to upper limb arthroscopy and arthroplasty.

After years of a successful medical career and a renowned international speaking legacy, he saw a need for specialized orthopedic urgent care centers to immediately assess and treat a range of orthopedic and sports injuries and founded OrthoNOW®, the only orthopedic urgent care center franchise in the country.  He serves as Medical Director of the franchise’s flagship location in Doral, Florida which has a team of orthopedic specialists on staff that treat broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments and muscles, cuts, sports and workers compensation injuries.

Dr. Badia, a two-time South Florida Business Journal Top 100 Power Leaders in Healthcare and a Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive Leader by Diversity MBA Magazine, has also been honored with Legacy Awards from Today’s Work Comp Professionals and The Doral Business Council.  OrthoNOW® was named a “Top Ten Franchise Opportunity” in healthcare by Entrepreneur Magazine and featured in the following media:  Franchise Times, Orthopedics This Week, South Florida Business Journal, Franchise USA Magazine and The Miami Herald.




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