Orthopedic Surgeon Scores in 100th Percentile of Re-Certification Exam

Nabil Ebraheim

Based in Toledo, Ohio, Dr. Nabil Ebraheim serves as chairman and professor at the University of Toledo Medical Center Department of Orthopedic Surgery. In 2015, Dr. Nabil Ebraheim scored in the 100th percentile on the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery re-certification exam.

Surgeons are not required to take the re-certification exam. However, many choose to do so as a way to stay up-to-date in their field, and to demonstrate credibility and a higher level of expertise in their specialty following years of experience on the job.

There are multiple stages of the re-certification process. Administered by the American Board of Orthopedics, as of 2016 there are updated requirements, which are categorized into four areas. The first area looks at the applicant’s professional standing and includes periodic peer reviews and confirmation of one’s medical license and hospital credentials. Secondly, evidence of continued learning is determined through review of 120 Category 1 CME credits, which includes 20 Self-Assessment Examinations (SAE). Next, a written exam is required, as well as a submission of case lists and patient surveys, and peer reviews and evaluations from the leaders of the anesthesia, orthopedics, nursing, and surgery staff.

Orthopedic Surgeon Pioneers Bedside Fasciotomy Procedure

Dr Nabil Ebraheim

The chief of orthopedic trauma and the chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Toledo Medical School, Professor Nabil Ebraheim, MD, has pioneered multiple surgical techniques, including bedside fasciotomy. Nabil Ebraheim, MD, and the coauthors of a largely cited and used technique bedside fasciotomy study were the first to put into literature discussion of the bedside fasciotomy referencing a large number of cases.

Fasciotomy is a type of surgery performed on patients who have acute compartment syndrome, a painful condition that involves pressure building in the muscles. This procedure usually takes place in an operating room using general anesthesia. Bedside fasciotomy, however, takes place at the bedside under local anesthesia.

It is a quicker way to address the condition if for some reason there is a delay in conducting the procedure in the operating room. Some reasons for delay may include a lack of availability of the operating room, short staff, or reluctance on the part of the patient. If acute compartment syndrome is not handled as soon as possible, permanent muscle damage can occur. The bedside procedure allows for the issue to be addressed as quickly as possible.