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Dr. Mark Baratz Receives National Environmental Award

Every year, nearly a million dollars a day is spent on hospital waste disposal in the United States, and nearly a third of that waste is generated in operating rooms.

Among the top priorities of Orthopaedic Specialists–UPMC is ensuring patient safety and quality of care while improving efficiency and reducing the environmental burden of surgical procedures.

At the forefront of that effort is Mark E. Baratz, MD, who is leading a multiyear project exploring the most cost effective and environmentally conscious approaches to wide-awake hand surgery.

Joining him on the project are the University of Pittsburgh’s Cassandra Thiel, PhD, postdoctoral associate of Sustainable Healthcare Engineering, and Melissa Bilec, PhD, LEED AP, associate professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.

In recognition of his efforts, the American Association for Hand Surgery awarded Dr. Baratz the 2016 Lean and Green Award in January at its annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz. The award is presented annually to a surgeon striving to reduce the environmental impact and decrease total costs of hand surgery.

Join us as we congratulate Drs. Baratz, Thiel, and Bilec.

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