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Tamaqua Students Observe Leading Surgeon

Tamaqua Students Observe Well-Known Orthopaedic Surgeon

Pre-Med students get a close look at orthopaedic surgery procedures at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital

Thomas D Meade, MD, orthopaedic surgeon and president and senior managing partner of Orthopaedic Surgical Associates of Allentown, recently devoted his time to youth in the Coaldale region who are interested in pursuing careers in the medical field.

On Wednesday, June 25, 2008, Dr. Meade (center) was joined in the operating room of St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital by two local high school graduates who observed him perform two knee surgeries. Alexa Griffiths is currently a pre-medicine major at Bucknell, and Matthew Zuber is a pre-medicine student at Ursinus. Both are Tamaqua High School graduates.

"I am glad that I was able to afford two young individuals interested in the medical field with the opportunity to see first hand what a day in the OR may be like for them when they enter the profession," said Dr. Meade. He added, "It is encouraging to see the youth of the area take pride in the educational and professional path they chose and pursue the opportunity to gain this experience in the OR today. A career in the medical field is a life long commitment, and I'm certain Matthew and Alexa will bring the passion necessary to sustain that commitment."

Dr. Meade has been consistently performing orthopaedic procedures at St. Luke's Miners Memorial Hospital since January 2005. He has completed more than 460 surgeries in the hospitals operating room to date.

Dr. Meade specializes in knee surgery, both sports injuries and joint replacements. His unique experience in treating knee injuries from ages 12 to 99, affords him the insight and experience to treat the entire spectrum of knee disorders, from small meniscal tears and ACL and PCL injuries to advanced arthritis. He is recognized as one of the top three knee surgeons nationally performing Custom Fit Knee™ Replacements.