(Philadelphia, PA) – Mary Ann Keenan,
MD, Chief of Neuro-Orthopaedics for the University
of Pennsylvania Health System, has been named a recipient
of the first-annual Ladies’ Home Journal Health Breakthrough
Awards. The award recognizes leading medical professionals who are
making life-saving and life-enhancing discoveries in research, treatment
and diagnostics that have significantly helped women and families.
As chief of the Neuro-Orthopaedics Program for the University of
Pennsylvania Health System, Dr. Keenan pioneered advanced techniques
that relieve musculo-skeletal deformities brought on by stroke.
She performs surgeries that re-animate limbs that have been contorted
and paralyzed as the result of stroke or similar brain injuries.
These surgeries also alleviate pain that would likely remain with
a patient until death. Typically, Dr. Keenan operates on 230 people
a year, performing up to 700 procedures.
“It’s a simple mechanical approach,” says Dr.
Keenan. “Basically you ask yourself, ‘is this a muscle
whose use I can eliminate or can I redirect its force?’ Maybe
a muscle that used to straighten a knee will now bend a knee. How
about a muscle that turned a foot inward being forced to turn it
outward? You can make a muscle do anything.”
Dr. Keenan was selected from a candidate list of more than 100
accomplished medical professionals. She will be honored along with
six other doctors and researchers at the Ladies' Home Journal
First-Annual Health Breakthrough Award Luncheon in New York City
on August 2nd.
“It is certainly an honor to win this award, not only for
the recognition of my work, but more importantly because the orthopaedic
needs of the neurologically impaired are being recognized as well,”
says Keenan. “This is a greatly underserved patient population.
There needs to be more attention focused on these people and their
mobility and functional problems. This population will only increase
and their quality of life can be improved with these techniques.”
Hosted by Ladies’ Home Journal Editor-In-Chief Diane
Salvatore, the luncheon’s award presenters include Oscar and
Emmy Award-Winning actress Sally Field, an osteoporosis advocate,
Golden Globe- Nominated actress Andie MacDowell and co-anchor of
Weekend Today Campbell Brown. The honorees will be featured in the
September issue of the magazine, on sale August 8th.
GlaxoSmithKline is the sole sponsor of both the Health Breakthrough
Awards September 2006 in-book feature and the Awards Gala.
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