Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
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Professor Job Doornberg is an Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon by trade and enjoys “Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery” as his scientific hobby.
Working at both the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, as well as General Trauma Surgery, at the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG), he specializes in fracture surgery: the full spectrum, from ‘simple’ wrist and ankle fractures to complex posttraumatic deformities with 3D planning. His mentors taught “If one does not appreciate the potential complexity of a ‘simple’ fracture, one cannot genuinely help a patient with a complex one, let alone adequately treat resulting posttraumatic deformities”.
He was trained at the University of Amsterdam Medical School and Orthopaedic Residency Program, with a Ph.D. Research Fellowship at Harvard Medical School (HMS) & Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston USA, and Clinical Trauma- and Pelvic Fellowships at Flinders Medical Center (FMC) & the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) in Australia, followed by a junior Staff position at FMC Adelaide on the Mediterranean coast of South Australia.
Job is driven by the great variation in treatment observed around the globe, and within the Netherlands: “How is it possible that in 2022, treatment of one unique patient with a specific distal radius fracture depends on where she lives and who she sees?”
Since 2021, his curiosity has formally fueled his Professorship in a quest to personalize fracture treatment based on data-driven risk stratification that facilitates truly shared decision making empowered by patient-specific probabilities, thus eliminating undesired surgeon bias with “guesstimation” of the outcome at best.