Local Physician Ranks Among US’s Highest-volume Hip & Knee Surgeons

Local Physician Ranks Among US’s Highest-volume Hip & Knee Surgeons

Thursday, January 18, 2018

SARASOTA, Fla. (Jan. 18, 2018)  – Sarasota Orthopedic Surgeon Edward Stolarski ranks among the nation’s top three highest-volume physicians for hip and knee replacements, and performs more overall hip and knee surgeries than any other physician in Florida, according to an independent analysis of Medicare claims released this month by Dexur.   

Practicing primarily at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Dr. Stolarski performed 509 hip and knee replacements for Medicare patients in fiscal year 2016 – roughly 1 percent of all hip and knee replacements in Medicare patients across the nation, Dexur researchers said. The New York-based hospital research and analytics company evaluated Medicare inpatient claims data from nearly 10,000 physicians across the nation.   

Only two other U.S. physicians had more patient discharges than Dr. Stolarski during the study period (October 2015-September 2016): Dr. Andrew Glen Yun, who had 752 discharges while practicing at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif., and Dr. Vuong Nguyen, who had 545 discharges while practicing at Orlando Regional Medical Center in Orlando, Fla.    

Dexur researchers analyze discharge volumes, along with other quality metrics, including length-of-stay and readmission rates, to help patients make informed decisions on where to go and who to see for medical care. Dexur also studied volumes for all hip and knee surgeries among Florida Medicare patients, noting that Dr. Stolarski led the state with 575 surgeries.   

“Experience really counts when it comes to specialty care,” Sarasota Memorial’s Chief Medical Officer James Fiorica, MD, said. “There’s a clear correlation between high-volume providers and better patient outcomes.”   

Dr. Stolarski, who serves as chief of Sarasota Memorial’s orthopedics department, credits SMH’s experienced orthopedic surgical and clinical teams for helping to set the benchmark for quality orthopedic care. Superior patient outcomes, he said, are the result of an experienced team, specialized training and evidence-based practices that lower the risk of infections, complications and hospital readmissions.

“With these kinds of procedures, practice makes perfect,” Dr. Stolarski said. “And in this community, there is no orthopedic team more practiced or experienced than the one I work with at SMH. They truly provide exceptional care to their patients.”   

Sarasota Memorial Hospital consistently ranks among the nation’s highest performers for hip and knee surgery. In 2017, among other accolades, SMH was named a Center of Excellence for hip and knee replacement by DNV-GL Healthcare USA, one of the nation's leading hospital accrediting organizations, and ranked among U.S. News & World Reports’ and Modern Healthcare’s “High Performing” hospitals for hip and knee replacement.     

About Sarasota Memorial Health Care System  

Sarasota Memorial Health Care System is a regional referral center offering Southwest Florida’s greatest breadth and depth of care, with more than 900,000 patient visits each year. Its flagship 829-bed, acute-care hospital has been consistently recognized as one of the nation’s largest and best, with superior patient outcomes and a complete continuum of care. SMH’s high caliber team of orthopedic surgeons and multi-disciplinary specialists help patients navigate every step of their treatment process, from pre-operative education and surgery preparation to post-operative home care, skilled nursing and customized orthopedic rehabilitation. Sarasota Memorial’s team also includes an orthopedic nurse navigator to ensure patients have all the support and resources they need before, during and after surgery to ensure the best outcome possible. For information, visit smh.com/ortho.