Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum is a New York City-based orthopedic surgeon. He has been the chairman of the orthopedic department at BronxCare Health System since February 2008. During the past decade he has been able to increase the types of surgical procedures they provide eight times over and has increased outpatients services 10 times over. He earned his medical degree at the Albert Einstein Colle of Medicine of Yeshiva University in 1980 and completed his fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University in 1991.
His particular specialties are knee, hip, and shoulder replacement surgeries. In addition to performing these types of procedures, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has also lectured to medical students about them. He has also published a number of papers about joint replacement surgery and has had a hand in developing different joint replacement systems. Additionally, he was instrumental in creating a website named BoneHone which is an educational resource about this type of medical procedure.
In order to bring ideas to life he follows a system of three steps. The first step is actually coming up with a new idea which is followed by investigating and improving it. He then develops a distribution plan where the idea is implemented at BronxCare Health System. He says that he has built a solid team at this facility who are critical when it comes to implementing these ideas in an effective way.
Many Americans believe that we are in the midst of a health care crisis and that it is only going to get worse. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum doesn’t agree with this and says that he see a number of positive changes in the near future. He says one of the best trends in the industry he has seen is a new focus on value-based healthcare where patient-based outcomes will start to define the real cost of receiving healthcare.