Position: Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics; Director, Division of Trauma
Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, 1996
Internship: Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1996 - 1997
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Biomechanical Research Fellowship, Carolinas Medical Center, 1997-1998
Residency: Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1998-2002
Fellowship: Orthopaedic Trauma, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2002-2003
Clinical Interests: Trauma surgery, multiple injuries, pelvis and acetabular fractures, complex articular fractures, non-unions, mal-unions and deformities.
Research Interests: Clinical: patient outcomes after complex fractures.; Basic Science: biomechanics and fracture healing.
Notes: Dr. Phieffer is Director of the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma for the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Ohio State University Medical Center. Dr. Phieffer is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon in the subspecialty of Orthopaedic Trauma. She completed her orthopaedic residency training at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, NC and her orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. With her subspecialty training, Dr. Phieffer has been educated on cutting edge techniques for managing multi-trauma patients, patients with complex fractures of the upper and lower extremities as well as the pelvis and acetabulum.
Using minimally invasive techniques and closed reduction maneuvers many surgeries can be performed with incisions much smaller than by previous means. Sub-muscular plating, intramedullary nailing, combinations of internal and external fixation and complex fracture treatment of the pelvis and acetabulum are all areas which can be performed here at The Ohio State Medical Center.
Dr. Phieffer is also leading a new multi-disciplinary program dedicated to the care of elderly patients with fractures. The geriatric fracture program at Ohio State University East features a multi-disciplinary team including orthopaedic surgeons, medical/geriatric physicians, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, physical therapists, nutritionists and social workers.
Patients receive priority evaluation and can be moved to the operating room expeditiously, usually within one day. By moving geriatric fracture patients to the surgical suites and post-operative areas quickly, patient risk of complications including pneumonia, infections and skin infections is lessened. Additionally, the program is designed to improve outcomes as the team works to understand the unique needs of the elderly patient and works together to coordinate care resulting in fewer post-operative complications and a quicker return to daily activities.
Dr. Phieffer has been honored to be named as one of the Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors Inc. in 2007, 2008, 2009. She was also featured as one of the “2008 Top Doctors in Columbus,” in Columbus Monthly, September 2008 edition.