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Betsy Nolan, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery,

The University of Oklahoma

Emory University
Atlanta, GA
B.S.-Biology , Mathematics

Medical School
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
San Antonio, TX

Orthopaedic Surgery
Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Program Director Prof.Dr.Med. Christian Gerber
Uniklinik Balgrist
Zurich, Switzerland

Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Program Director J. Michael Wiater MD
William Beaumont Hospital
Royal Oak, MI

Board Certification
Board Certified
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Nolan is an Active Fellow of the American Academy of the Orthopedic Surgeons, Immediate Past President of the Orthopedic Society of Oklahoma, a Leadership Fellow with the Oklahoma County Medical Society, Associate member of the American Shoulder and Elbow surgeons, and Emerging Leader with the American Orthopedic Association. She serves on committees within the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, American Orthopedic Association, and Ruth Jackson Orthopedic Society, and is a faculty sponsor for the Perry Outreach Program and Medical Student Outreach Program. She also serves as Assistant Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty, Associate Editor for the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Consultant Reviewer and Social Media Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

She recently was honored to be selected as Oklahoma Representative to the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Her clinical interests include all types of problems affecting the shoulder and elbow, with a special interest in complex problems. The combination of the European and American fellowships give her unique and extensive training in newer techniques and implants in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. This includes the Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement , which has been performed in Europe for over 20 years, but received FDA approval for use in the US only in 2004.

Dr. Nolan’s research interest include clinical outcomes of Total Shoulder and Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement surgeries, as well as biomechanical wear properties and durability of these type of joint replacements, shoulder and elbow trauma, shoulder instability, rotator cuff tears, and resident education.

As Clinical Assistant Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. Nolan is actively involved in teaching with the OU College of Medicine Orthopaedic Surgery Residents and Students.

Selected Publications

AAOS Now July 2018. Nolan, BM. Female Sports Medicine Physician is an Orthopaedic Leader and Pioneer in Her Field.

J Hand Surg Am. 2016 Oct;41(10):e337-e341. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2016.07.094. Epub 2016 Aug 10.
Interpretation of Post-operative Distal Humerus Radiographs After Internal Fixation: Prediction of Later Loss of Fixation.
Claessen FMAP1, Stoop N1, Doornberg JN2, Guitton TG2, van den Bekerom MPJ3, Ring D4; Science of Variation Group.*
*Science of Variation Group includes Dr. Nolan.

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Mar 2;98(5):e21. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.15.01178.
Models and Simulation: The Future of Orthopaedic Residency Education? Commentary on an article by Ian P. Mayne, MD, et al.: "Development and Assessment of a Distal Radial Fracture Model as a Clinical Teaching Tool".
Kelly D, Nolan BM1.

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2015 Sep;44(9):E326-30.
The Role of Computed Tomography in Evaluating Intra-Articular Distal Humerus Fractures. Nolan BM1, Sweet SJ, Ferkel E, Udofia AA, Itamura J.

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Dec;24(12):1915-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jul 23.
Elucidating trends in revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty procedures: a retrieval study evaluating clinical, radiographic, and functional outcomes data.
Wiater BP1, Baker EA2, Salisbury MR3, Koueiter DM3, Baker KC2, Nolan BM1, Wiater JM4.

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Dec;24(12):1915-25. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.06.004. Epub 2015 Jul 23.
Elucidating trends in revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty procedures: a retrieval study evaluating clinical, radiographic, and functional outcomes data.
Wiater BP1, Baker EA2, Salisbury MR3, Koueiter DM3, Baker KC2, Nolan BM1, Wiater JM4.

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Nov;473(11):3564-72. doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4304-z.
Do Surgeons Treat Their Patients Like They Would Treat Themselves?
Janssen SJ1,2, Teunis T1,2, Guitton TG3, Ring D4,5; Science of Variation Group.*
*Science of Variation Group includes Dr. Nolan

JSES Jan 2015. Hageman et al. The factors influencing the decision making of operative treatment for proximal humerus fractures.

Injury. 2014 Dec;45(12):2035-9. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2014.09.014. Epub 2014 Sep 28.
Biomechanical studies: science (f)or common sense?
Mellema JJ1, Doornberg JN2, Guitton TG2, Ring D3; Science of Variation Group.*
*Science of Variation Group includes Dr. Nolan.

J Hand Surg Am. 2014 Sep;39(9):1722-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2014.05.023. Epub 2014 Jul 14.
Interobserver variability in the treatment of little finger metacarpal neck fractures.
Tosti R1, Ilyas AM2, Mellema JJ2, Guitton TG2, Ring D2; Science of Variation Group.*
*Science of Variation Group includes Dr. Nolan.

Clin Orthop Relat Res July 2014. Bruinsma et al. Radiographic loss of contact between radial head fracture fragments is moderately reliable.

JBJS Sept 2013. Bruinsma et al. Interobserver reliability of classification and characterization of proximal humerus fractures: a comparison on two and three-dimensional C.T.

J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Sep;38(9):1685-90. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.05.039. Epub 2013 Jul 30.
Radiographic diagnosis of scapholunate dissociation among intra-articular fractures of the distal radius: interobserver reliability. Gradl G1, Neuhaus V, Fuchsberger T, Guitton TG, Prommersberger KJ, Ring D; Science of Variation Group.*
*Science of Variation Group includes Dr. Nolan.

J Hand Surg Am. 2013 Jun;38(6):1202-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.02.032. Epub 2013 May 4.
How surgeons make decisions when the evidence is inconclusive.
Hageman MG1, Guitton TG, Ring D; Science of Variation Group*
*Science of Variation group includes Dr. Nolan

J Hand Surg Am May 2013. Hageman et al. Variation in Recommendation for surgical treatment of compressive neuropathy.

J Orthop Trauma. 2014 Mar;28(3):124-9. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31829673e2.
Scapula fractures: interobserver reliability of classification and treatment.
Neuhaus V1, Bot AG, Guitton TG, Ring DC; Science of Variation Group, Abdel-Ghany MI, Abrams J, Abzug JM, Adolfsson LE, Balfour GW, Bamberger HB, Barquet A, Baskies M, Batson WA, Baxamusa T, Bayne GJ, Begue T, Behrman M, Beingessner D, Biert J, Bishop J, Alves MB, Boyer M, Brilej D, Brink PR, Brunton LM, Buckley R, Cagnone JC, Calfee RP, Campinhos LA, Cassidy C, Catalano L 3rd, Chivers K, Choudhari P, Cimerman M, Conflitti JM, Costanzo RM, Crist BD, Cross BJ, Dantuluri P, Darowish M, de Bedout R, DeCoster T, Dennison DG, DeNoble PH, DeSilva G, Dienstknecht T, Duncan SF, Duralde XA, Durchholz H, Egol K, Ekholm C, Elias N, Erickson JM, Esparza JD, Fernandes CH, Fischer TJ, Fischmeister M, Forigua Jaime E, Getz CL, Gilbert RS, Giordano V, Glaser DL, Gosens T, Grafe MW, Filho JE, Gray RR, Gulotta LV, Gummerson NW, Hammerberg EM, Harvey E, Haverlag R, Henry PD, Hobby JL, Hofmeister EP, Hughes T, Itamura J, Jebson P, Jenkinson R, Jeray K, Jones CM, Jones J, Jubel A, Kaar SG, Kabir K, Kaplan FT, Kennedy SA, Kessler MW, Kimball HL, Kloen P, Klostermann C, Kohut G, Kraan GA, Kristan A, Loebenberg MI, Malone KJ, Marsh L, Martineau PA, McAuliffe J, McGraw I, Mehta S, Merchant M, Metzger C, Meylaerts SA, Miller AN, Wolf JM, Murachovsky J, Murthi A, Nancollas M, Nolan BM, Omara T, Omid R, Ortiz JA, Overbeck JP, Castillo AP, Pesantez R, Polatsch D, Porcellini G, Prayson M, Quell M, Ragsdell MM, Reid JG, Reuver JM, Richard MJ, Richardson M, Rizzo M, Rowinski S, Rubio J, Guerrero CG, Satora W, Schandelmaier P, Scheer JH, Schmidt A, Schubkegel TA, Schulte LM, Schumer ED, Sears BW, Shafritz AB, Shortt NL, Siff T, Silva DM, Smith RM, Spruijt S, Stein JA, Pemovska ES, Streubel PN, Swigart C, Swiontkowski M, Thomas G, Tolo ET, Turina M, Tyllianakis M, van den Bekerom MP, van der Heide H, van de Sande MA, van Eerten PV, Verbeek DO, Hoffmann DV, Vochteloo AJ, Wagenmakers R, Wall CJ, Wallensten R, Wascher DC, Weiss L, Wiater JM, Wills BP, Wint J, Wright T, Young JP, Zalavras C, Zura RD, Zyto K.

J Orthop Surg Res. 2011 Jul 18;6:36. doi: 10.1186/1749-799X-6-36.
Review of fixation techniques for the four-part fractured proximal humerus in hemiarthroplasty.
Baumgartner D1, Nolan BM, Mathys R, Lorenzetti SR, Stüssi E.

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2011 Dec;20(8):1241-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2010.12.010. Epub 2011 Mar 21.
Surgical treatment of displaced proximal humerus fractures with a short intramedullary nail.
Nolan BM1, Kippe MA, Wiater JM, Nowinski GP.

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2011 Sep;469(9):2476-82. doi: 10.1007/s11999-010-1683-z.
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty improves function in cuff tear arthropathy.
Nolan BM1, Ankerson E, Wiater JM.

Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery September 2010. Budge, M.D., Nolan, B.M.,and Wiater, J.M. Lesser Tuberosity Osteotomy versus Subscapularis Tenotorny: Technique and Rationale.

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Jun;22(6):739-44. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2012.08.008. Epub 2012 Sep 28.
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for the management of failed shoulder arthroplasty with proximal humeral bone loss: is allograft augmentation necessary?
Budge MD1, Moravek JE, Zimel MN, Nolan EM, Wiater JM.

J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Apr;22(4):535-41. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2012.06.001. Epub 2012 Sep 6.
Results of total shoulder arthroplasty with a monoblock porous tantalum glenoid component: a prospective minimum 2-year follow-up study.
Budge MD1, Nolan EM, Heisey MH, Baker K, Wiater JM.

Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2007 Dec;36(12 Suppl 2):8-12.
Operative treatment of intra-articular distal humerus fractures.
Zalavras CG1, McAllister ET, Singh A, Itamura JM.