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Dr. Jake McLeod Earns Double Board Certification

Jake McLeod, DPM, of Longview Orthopedic Associates, recently earned double board certification in foot surgery and reconstructive ankle surgery. The certification was granted by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery after an extensive evaluation.

Longview Ortho to Co-Sponsor Summer Concert Series

Longview Orthopedic Associates has joined the list of sponsors for the 2018 Concerts at the Lake series in July and August. Started by Longview Parks and Recreation and Kirkpatrick Family Care, the concert series has been providing free entertainment to area residents for more than 20 years.

Dr. Turner Leads Total Joint Program

Bill Turner, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates saw a need to streamline and improve the process for patients undergoing knee and hip replacement procedures. Turner’s efforts led to the creation of the Joint Replacement Center, a coordinated effort involving LOA surgeons and St. John Medical Center. With Turner serving as the program’s medical director, the Joint Replacement Center has been a tremendous success.

Dr. Lin has been named a principal reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine for 2018

Tony Lin, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates has been named a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Lin will review and edit original research manuscripts in the field of sports medicine.

Dr. Kung Instructs at Orthopedic Forums

Peter Kung, M.D., of Longview Orthopedic Associates has been busy traveling and instructing his fellow orthopedic surgeons on the newest techniques and procedures in the field.

Kretzler Presides at North Pacific Orthopedic Society Meeting

Jon Kretzler, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates presided over the 92nd annual meeting of the North Pacific Orthopedic Society (NPOS) in Stevenson, Washington, in April. The NPOS is the second oldest orthopedic society in the nation.

Outpatient Surgery Centers Provide Cost Savings

Employers and consumers could save billions by shifting more surgeries out of hospital outpatient settings to ambulatory surgery centers, according to a new study by Healthcare Bluebook.

Kung Attends Elite Orthopedic Sports Medicine Forum

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates (LOA) attended the Orthopaedic Technology and Innovation (OTI) Forum in Naples, Florida, on January 22nd and 23rd.

Successful Achilles Surgery a Life Changer

Joyce Struthers was in severe pain and dealing with limited mobility as a result of an Achilles tendon injury. In September 2016, foot and ankle specialist Jake McLeod performed a procedure to solve the problem.

Dr. McLeod Article Published

Jake McLeod, DPM, of Longview Orthopedic Associates, co-authored an article that appeared in the January-February 2017 issue of The Journal of Foot & Ankle Surgery.

McLeod, Mustaches, Movember – All for a Great Cause

By the end of November, Dr. Jake McLeod of Longview Orthopedic Associates will be a man with a mustache.

And he won’t be alone. Men throughout the U.S. will be joining him to grow mustaches in November as a way to call attention to men’s health.

Quality Surgeons Drawn to Longview Orthopedic Associates

The lack of an outpatient surgery center in the local area was the central motivator behind Longview Orthopedic Associates’ decision to move to Pacific Surgical Institute in 2006.

Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty Procedure Reduces Cost, Recovery Time

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates (LOA) is a big fan of the unicompartmental knee replacement (uni-knee or partial knee replacement) – because of the numerous benefits for patients.

Dr. Tony Lin Joins Staff at Longview Ortho

Board-certified orthopedic surgeon Tony Lin, MD, has joined the staff at Longview Orthopedic Associates and will begin seeing patients in mid-May.

In addition to sub-specialty board certification in sports medicine, Dr. Lin’s special interests include recurrent patella dislocations, massive rotator cuff tears, knee restoration procedures, multi-ligament knee reconstructions, shoulder replacement arthroplasties, and extremity fractures.

Dr. Lauder Featured at Bellevue Symposium

A.J. Lauder, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was a featured presenter at the recent Upper Extremity Trauma Symposium at Overlake Hospital in Bellevue, Washington.

Most of those who enrolled in the symposium were hand therapists, with some physical therapists and occupational therapists in attendance as well.

Dr. William Turner of LOA was recently featured in a Daily News story about joint replacement procedures

Couples’ joint replacements part of baby boomer trend

Glenn and Pat Faires and Bob and Helen Leu are best friends and avid square dancers.

And all four of them, who are in their 70s, have had two joints replaced by Dr. William Turner of Longview Orthopedic Associates, with Helen’s left knee this week the most recent operation.

Kung Leads Seminar at OHSU

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates continues to build a reputation as a nationally-regarded orthopedic surgeon.

Kung was recently invited to teach a course in arthroscopic surgery to third- and fourth-year residents at a week-long course in Portland for Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).

David Maligro to Retire

After nearly 20 years with Longview Orthopedic Associates, PA-C David Maligro will retire in October.

Maligro served in the U.S. Air Force before working as a physician’s assistant in Hawaii. He then attended the Medex Northwest Physician Assistant Program at the University of Washington, where he earned his certification.

ARNP Nichol Halverson Joins the LOA Staff

Longview Orthopedic Associates has added nurse practitioner Nichol Halverson to the staff. She is currently training with LOA physicians and PAs and will begin seeing patients on October 1st.

Jake McLeod, DPM, Joins LOA Staff

Longview Orthopedic Associates is proud to announce that foot and ankle surgeon Jake McLeod, DPM, has joined the staff. Dr. McLeod will handle a full orthopedic caseload related to foot and ankle care.

Dr. Blackstone to Retire

Bruce Blackstone, MD, founder of Longview Orthopedic Associates, has announced that he will retire at the end of May after serving area patients for 32 years.

Blackstone grew up in Longview and attended R.A. Long High School. He earned a B.A. in human biology at Stanford University where he was an offensive lineman on the varsity football team. He was named to the Academic All-American Team in 1973.

Dr. Turner, LOA to Host Joint Replacement Forum

William Turner, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates will be the featured speaker at a joint replacement forum at Pacific Surgical Institute on Tuesday, April 21 from 6 to 7 p.m.

Pain from osteoarthritis can range from manageable twinges during intense activity to debilitating pain that affects virtually every move you make. If you have difficulty standing, sitting, kneeling, rising from a chair or bed, or getting into and out of a car, it may be due to severe hip, knee, or ankle arthritis.

Dr. Lauder, LOA Receive Praise from Darlene Masters

Darlene Masters lives on a farm, so having pain-free use of her hands is very important. She recently had carpal tunnel surgery on her left wrist. The procedure was performed at Pacific Surgical Center by Dr. A.J. Lauder of Longview Orthopedic Associates. Masters is very happy with results.

Hip Replacement Provides Relief for Lisa Newton

I can’t say enough good things about Dr. Kretzler. He did my husband’s knee replacement and both my hips. He is down-to-earth when he talks to you

A.J. Lauder, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates.

Anthony J. Lauder, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates recently returned from Houston, Texas, where he taught a course on wrist arthritis that was attended by more than 50 participants. The two-day seminar included both lectures and cadaver dissections.

William Turner, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates.

William Turner, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates, will be the featured speaker at a joint replacement forum on Tuesday, October 21st.

This free event will be held at 6 p.m. at Pacific Surgical Institute at 625 9th Avenue in Longview. If you are considering a joint replacement procedure, this is an excellent opportunity to receive information from one of the Pacific Northwest’s most renowned orthopedic surgeons.

Kung Instructs Surgeons at Master Shoulder and Knee Courses

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was recently invited to teach two peer group sessions for orthopedic surgeons from around the U.S. at industry-sponsored courses in Tracy, California, headquarters of Pacific Medical, a distributorship for Arthrex.

Best Wishes for a Great Retirement to Linda Wirkkala of Longview Orthopedic Associates

Patient Account Representative Linda Wirkkala will retire from Longview Orthopedic Associates on September 24th after more than 27 years with the company.

Linda was hired as a billing clerk on May 11, 1987. At that time, the LOA staff consisted of orthopedic surgeons Bruce Blackstone and Dave Black and seven additional employees. Today, Longview Orthopedic Associates features six surgeons and 35 support staff.

Dr. Kung Attends American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine Meeting in Seattle

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates recently attended the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine (AOSSM) annual meeting. This was a four day meeting focused on sports medicine in Seattle, Washington.

Dr. David Black Retires After 28 Years with LOA

David Black, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates retired at the end of June after 28 years of practice in the local area.

Dr. Black earned his medical degree at Tulane University before completing his orthopedic residency at the University of Utah and a hand surgery fellowship in Hartford, Connecticut. He joined Longview Orthopedic Associates in 1986.

Doug Harmon Rebounds with an Assist from Dr. Bruce Blackstone

Doug Harmon’s career as a meat cutter left him with damaged knees and ankles. He followed the advice of a friend and drove south to the offices of some big-name orthopedists in the Vancouver area for treatment. He says it was a mistake.

Dr. Kung Earns National Recognition

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates (LOA) was invited by Depuy-Mitek to serve as a faculty member at a two-day sports medicine seminar in Las Vegas on March 28 and 29.

Lauder Selected to Instruct at Hand-Wrist Seminar

Anthony Lauder, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates continues to receive recognition as one of the premier hand-wrist surgeons in the U.S.

Dr. Lauder was recently invited by Stryker Corporation – which is among the nation’s foremost medical technology companies – to serve as faculty at a hand-wrist workshop in Mahwah, New Jersey. He delivered lectures to attending surgeons and led lab sessions as well. He is scheduled to instruct at a similar hand-wrist seminar sponsored by Stryker in June.

Blackstone, Kung Attend Knee Replacement Seminar

Bruce Blackstone, MD, and Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates recently attended a one-day course in San Diego that dealt with unicompartmental knee arthroplasty (partial knee replacement).

Joint Replacement Forum Set for January 28th

William Turner, M.D., of Longview Orthopedic Associates will present information about life-enhancing joint replacement procedures at Pacific Surgical Institute on Thursday, November 21st. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are considering joint replacement to have their questions answered.

Dr. Kung Attends Advanced Shoulder Workshop

Peter Kung, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was one of 15 surgeons invited to attend the Mitek Sports Medicine Masters Shoulder Course in Boston, Massachusetts, in late October.

Joint Replacement Forum Set for November 21st

William Turner, M.D., of Longview Orthopedic Associates will present information about life-enhancing joint replacement procedures at Pacific Surgical Institute on Thursday, November 21st. This is an excellent opportunity for those who are considering joint replacement to have their questions answered.

LOA Helps Fill the Canoe

For the fourth consecutive year, Longview Orthopedic Associates has participated in the Fill the Canoe School Supply Drive sponsored by Red Canoe Credit Union and the Salvation Army.

The drive, which ran from July 29th through August 16th, saw LOA staff members gather 80 pounds of paper, pencils, erasers, notebooks, backpacks, and crayons for distribution to area kids. Red Canoe matches each pound of supplies donated by participating organizations.

Large Crowd Attends Joint Replacement Forum

More than 60 area residents attended a joint replacement forum at Pacific Surgical Institute on May 7th.

William Turner, M.D., of Longview Orthopedic Associates presented information about life-enhancing joint replacement procedures. Mandy Clinch, RN, of St. John Medical Center, also spoke at the event.

Lauder Featured Speaker in Bellevue, Phoenix

Orthopedic surgeon Anthony J. Lauder, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was the featured speaker at recent professional conferences in Bellevue, Washington, and Phoenix, Arizona.

Blackstone Inducted Into R. A. Long Hall of Fame

Bruce Blackstone, MD, of Longview Orthopedic Associates was one of 11 Lumberjack alums inducted into the school’s hall of fame at a ceremony on March 22nd.

Longview Orthopedic Associates to Sponsor 2013 Black Bears

Longview Orthopedic Associates has signed on to sponsor Cowlitz Black Bears Baseball for the second consecutive year.

Under the banner of The Best Care Is Local Care, LOA will join forces with Pacific Surgical Institute tenants Longview Urology and Northwest Medical Analytic Laboratory/Lower Columbia Pathologists and with Longview Radiology.

Christine Matthews Joins Staff at Longview Orthopedic Associates

Christine Matthews recently joined the staff at Longview Orthopedic Associates. She has more than 25 years of experience as a certified physician assistant.

She graduated from State University of New York with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology before completing her physician assistant certification at Albany Medical College. Matthews later earned a PA certificate in surgical residency at Yale University. She is a member of the Washington Academy of Physician Assistants.