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Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Massachusetts General Hospital. Stay tuned as we add new specialties.

Featured In Orthopaedics

After fracture surgery, patients who consume more opioids do not experience less pain or greater satisfaction than patients who consume lower amounts of opioid medication, according to past studies. Mass General researchers wondered whether the same was true specifically for ankle fracture surgery.

Featured In Cardiovascular

A team of clinicians led by Ahmed A. Tawakol, MD, co-director, Cardiac MR PET CT Program, has found a novel pathway linking psychosocial stress to heart disease. Published in the The Lancet, this study finds that brain activity in the stress-responsive area of the brain (the amygdala) predicts subsequent heart attacks and stroke.

Featured In Cardiovascular

Mass General physicians presented on the podium, moderated sessions and showcased posters over 50 times at the American College of Cardiology 2018 Scientific Sessions. Some of them answered the question: “What was the most interesting topic presented at this year’s Scientific Session?"

Featured In Orthopaedics

In some cases of posterior labral tears of the shoulder with concomitant posterior shoulder instability, MRI shows increased posterior humeral subluxation. Mass General surgeons thought MRI might help with the notoriously challenging diagnosis of posterior shoulder instability.

Featured In Cardiovascular

The 2018 AHA/ASA Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients With Acute Ischemic Stroke (AIS) feature protocols of stroke care, including intravenous and intra-arterial therapies, in pre- and in-hospital settings. Thabele Leslie-Mazwi, MD, specialist in Neuroendovascular and Neurocritical care at Mass General, was one of the authors of the new guidelines, last updated in 2013, which notably expand the window on when thrombectomies can be performed.

The Latest Orthopaedics Advances

Puncture capsulotomy, a promising technique being refined at Mass General for performing hip arthroscopy and treating femoroacetabular impingement, avoids cutting across the iliofemoral ligament.

The standard treatment for prosthetic joint infection requires patients to endure two surgeries beyond the original procedure, plus periods of inactivity. A new drug-eluting polymer developed at Mass General might change all that.

Contributing Physicians

Chief, Shoulder Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Co-director, Harvard Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon, Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Marilyn Heng, MD, MPH, FRCSC

Advances Specialties


Aaron Baggish, MD, director of Mass General’s Cardiovascular Performance Program, discusses his team’s focus on quantifying the exercise dose-response relationship by leveraging tools like blood biomarkers and cardiac imaging, with the goal of better understanding the health response to exercise.

Education & Training Opportunities

April 25, 2018 - May 30, 2018

The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center prepares future health care professionals and trains providers in innovative therapies and care. As part of these efforts, the center hosts regular Grand Rounds presentations from thought leaders and researchers on important cardiology topics. Cardiology Grand Rounds is open to all healthcare professionals.

April 26-28, 2018

The postgraduate course in vascular surgery provides a relatively focused, case–driven approach towards multiple topics of interest in vascular disease. As such, it will try to help provide a unique approach for the evaluation, diagnostic management and specific treatment options for a whole array of vascular problems.

Clinical Trials

In Orthopaedics

The purpose of this research is to determine if transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) combined with transcranial ultrasound (TUS) can reduce pain caused by Osteoarthritis of the knee.

In Cardiovascular

We are looking for AF patients prior to cardioversion or AF ablation and plan to obtain 2 MRIs in each patient one in AF and one in Normal Sinus Rhythm (NSR).