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Former Mayo Clinic Orthopedic Surgeon Joins Weiss Memorial Hospital

Oct 16, 2008

Contact: Catherine Gianaro
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Mayo Clinic- and Johns Hopkins-trained orthopedic surgeon Kris Alden, M.D., Ph.D., brings his experience to Weiss Memorial Hospital’s Joint University, a nationally recognized program dedicated to total hip and knee replacements. Alden, who is also a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Chicago, specializes in hip and knee replacement, minimally invasive hip and knee surgery, lower extremity surgery, and hip resurfacing in primary joint replacement and complex joint revision.

“Dr. Alden not only has the right educational pedigree, but also successful surgical experience and strong relationships with his patients,” said Henry Finn, M.D., chief of orthopedic surgery at Weiss, medical director of the University of Chicago Bone and Joint Replacement Center at Weiss, and professor of surgery at University of Chicago. “Our patients already have responded to him in a tremendous way.” Alden, 38, began performing surgeries at Weiss Memorial Hospital in August.

The Chicago native chose Weiss because of Joint University’s multidisciplinary team approach and academic affiliation with his alma mater, the University of Chicago. “There tends to be less anonymity in the smaller hospitals,” Alden said, “as well as better relationships among doctors, patients and staff, which means overall better care.”

Alden comes to Weiss from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., where he recently completed a fellowship in lower extremity reconstruction. Previously, he was at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., where he interned and finished his residency. Alden earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of Chicago. In 2002, he graduated from the M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Illinois at Chicago with degrees in physiology and biophysics.

His thesis, “Calcium Channel Regulation: Roles of Alpha-2/Delta Subunit Protein Kinase-C-Beta-II,” which analyzed calcium channel function in skeletal and cardiac muscle and neurons, won the UIC Graduate College’s outstanding thesis award for 2003.

Alden’s current research involves studying the outcomes of patients who have undergone hip and knee replacement. His overall goals are to relieve pain and restore function. “I want to optimize patient care through research,” Alden said.

Visit Joint University for more information on Alden or Weiss Memorial Hospital’s Joint University program.