Kretzler Presides at North Pacific Orthopedic Society Meeting

Jon Kretzler, MDJon Kretzler, MD

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.

The meeting was a two-day event with a scientific program that featured guest speakers from as far away as Connecticut and Pennsylvania along with local members and surgeons from the Pacific Northwest. As NPOS president, Kretzler served as chairman for the scientific program, which included labs where surgeons could hone their skills and practice new techniques. Industry sponsors were on hand to showcase their newest products.

Kretzler presented about pectoralis major tears. This was especially unique in that his father wrote a landmark paper describing how to perform this technique.

Peter Kung, MD, from Longview Orthopedic Associates was an invited speaker as well. He presented a novel technique called superior capsular reconstruction, which is utilized to treat massive irreparable rotator cuff tears. After his presentation, Kung demonstrated how to perform this procedure in a cadaver lab.

"It was great participating with local surgeons in this venue," Kung said. "There were many thought-provoking discussions after the talk, in large part because this is a new technique that many surgeons don't know much about it."

Dr. Peter Kung Dr. Peter Kung

The meeting was also attended by Tony Lin, MD, and Nichol Halverson, ARNP, from Longview Orthopedic Associates.