Dr. Bailie believes that excellence in Orthopedic Surgery requires a superb academic training experiences, continuing subspecialty education, innate surgical skills and execution of clinical and/or laboratory research to advance the specialty.
Dr. Bailie has performed clinical research since medical school. He has published many articles in prestigious peer reviewed journals including:
The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (J Bone Joint Surg or JBJS), Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Research (Arthroscopy), American Journal of Sports Medicine (Am J Sports Med or AJSM), Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (J Shoulder Elbow or JSES), Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (JAAOS), Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research(Clin Orthop or CORR), Journal of Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy (J Ortho Sports Phys Ther), Medicine & Science in Sports Exercise (Med Sci Sports Exercise), American Journal of Knee Surgery (Am J Knee Surg), American Journal of Orthopedics(Am J Ortho), Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery (Foot Ankle), Orthopedicsand Sports Health.
He has also been invited by editors of leading Orthopedic textbooks to serve as chapter author and asked to publish his opinions and techniques on shoulder surgery. Finally, he has given presentations around the world on various shoulder and knee topics and taught surgical anatomy and techniques to hundreds of Orthopedic Surgeons in hands-on skills labs globally. He has hosted experienced surgeons from Europe, Asia and Latin America, who have traveled to Arizona to witness his surgeries in person and learn his advanced surgical methods.
The importance of his research has been recognized and has been selected as the subject of test questions for the Orthopedic Board examination in both General Orthopedics and Orthopedic Sports Medicine.
Intra-operative photograph of a humeral head (ball of shoulder) during a shoulder replacement surgery in a 24 year old baseball player whose shoulder was destroyed by a pain pump after undergoing a labral repair 2 years prior.
In addition, his clinical research resulted in the early detection of a devastating complication in shoulder surgery; Post-Arthroscopic Glenohumeral Chondrolysis (PAGCL). This led to his collection of data on an early series of patients who had developed this problem after having undergone surgery with a postoperative continuous infusion of local anesthetic using a pain pump. This was commonplace in the United States for post-op pain control from the late 1990’s until 2006. At this time, Dr. Bailie and a small number of other surgeons were seeing a large referral of patients from around the country that had rapidly developed severe arthritis following shoulder surgery. His instincts and subsequent investigation helped the Orthopedic Community identify the cause of this complication, leading to the FDA warnings and subsequent removal of pain pumps for use within any joint. As he was widely recognized as a leading expert on this condition, he was referred many patients from around the country and was interviewed for a story in the New York Times Sports Section in 2010 (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/sports/27painpump.htmL) about the career ending effects this problem had on high level athletes.