FCPS Counselor Appreciates Life-Saving Surgeon’s TJ Education
Chantilly HS Counselor Dr. Julie Edstrom believes that she is alive and well today because of the talent and dedication of a physician who graduated from TJ in 1989 with its first four-year graduating class. She addressed the letter below to Dr. Glazer, and when contacted about publishing the letter in this newsletter, she wrote the following:
“The pre-story before my three back surgeries this fall includes a hand surgery in May 2014, shoulder surgery in August 2014, and a cervical fusion in February 2015. The surgery in which Dr. Khanna repaired my broken back was actually my sixth surgery in two years. I really do owe my ability to walk and my life to Dr. Khanna.”
Dear Dr. Glazer,
Six months ago after a thoracic spinal fusion surgery and then an emergency surgery to remove a life-threatening staph infection, my back collapsed/broke. My orthopedic surgeon said that he could not fix it . . . but he knew someone who could. He sent a picture of the x-ray on his phone to Dr. A. Jay Khanna at Johns Hopkins. Ten days later I underwent a surgery that truly was miraculous. I have two 12” titanium rods and 14 two-inch screws, but as you can see in the attached picture, I am healthy and standing tall.
Here is more information about TJ’s amazing graduate:
Dr. A. Jay Khanna is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and is the Vice Chair of Professional Development for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He also serves as division chief of Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic and Spine Surgery—National Capital Region, and his practice is based in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Khanna’s clinical interests include the treatment of a wide range of spine pathologies using techniques ranging from minimally invasive spine surgery to complex spinal reconstructions. He often collaborates with other specialists in interventional pain management, neurosurgery, rheumatology, neurology and physiatry and enjoys providing a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to the care of his patients with various conditions of the spine.
Dr. Khanna earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Georgetown University and the Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and then went on to the Cleveland Clinic Spine Institute where he completed a fellowship in spine surgery in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Neurosurgery.
Education is one of Dr. Khanna’s greatest interests. He serves as the course director for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board Review Course which is annually held in Chicago. Dr. Khanna also teaches and directs several other CME courses for spine surgeons through the North American Spine Society (NASS), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and other organizations. He also previously served as the clinical director for the Johns Hopkins Center for Biomedical Engineering, Innovation and Design.
Dr. Khanna is actively involved in research and has authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters on topics in spine and orthopaedic surgery. He has edited two popular textbooks entitled MRI Essentials for the Spine Specialist and MRI for Orthopaedic Surgeons.
I am grateful for the part that TJ played in Dr. Khanna’s education.
Julie L. Edstrom, Ph.D.
Chantilly High School