ISHA Early Career Committee

The purpose of ISHA’s Early Career Committee is to identify and develop learning and networking opportunities for young and early-career professionals interested in the field of hip preservation.

The Early Career Committee has Subcommittees/Task Forces responsible for specific parts of the early career offering, including trainee mentorship sessions and the ever-popular ISHA fellowships.

Early Career Committee Members

  • Thomas Wuerz – USA (Chair)
  • Robert Westermann – USA (Vice Chair)*

* Denotes non-member of ISHA Board

Trainee Mentorship Task Force Members

  • Thomas Wuerz – USA (Co-Chair)
  • Robert Westermann – USA (Co-Chair)*

* Denotes non-member of ISHA Board

Trainee surgeons posing with their mentors as part of the Travelling Fellowship by ISHA - The Hip Preservation Society

Fellowship Subcommittee Members

  • Dean Matsuda – USA (Chair)
  • James Ross – USA*
  • Elizabeth Scott – USA*
  • Leandro Calil de Lazari – Brazil

* Denotes non-member of ISHA Board

Meet the Early Career Committee Chairs

Early Career Committee Chair / Trainee Mentorship Task Force Co-Chair

ISHA Member Thomas Wuerz

Dr Thomas Wuerz, MD, MSc
Boston MA, USA

After graduating from medical school in Germany, Dr. Wuerz conducted research at the Biomedical Engineering at the Massachusetts General Hospital before completing two years of orthopedic surgery residency at the Inselspital Bern, Switzerland. He completed a masters in health policy and economics at the London School of Economics for. Dr Wuerz was awarded the first traveling fellowship by ISHA and spent time at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and the Schulthess Clinic in Zurich, Switzerland. He started working at the New England Baptist Hospital as an attending physician before joining the Boston Sports and Shoulder Center.

Early Career Committee Vice Chair / Trainee Mentorship Task Force Co-Chair

ISHA Member Robert Westermann

Dr Robert Westermann, MD
Iowa City IA, USA

Dr Westermann (Robby) is an Orthopedic Surgeon and team physician University of Iowa. He went to medical school at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA and completed his residency in Iowa City. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic and was subsequently awarded the William Harris Award in Hip Preservation and completed a Traveling Fellowship with the ANCHOR Hip Preservation group spending time in St Louis, Michigan and Twin Cities, MN. He practices sports Medicine at the University of Iowa and treats athletic injuries of the knee, hip and shoulder. He is involved in cellular and biomechanics basic science research and Multi-center clinical outcomes research through the MOON and ANCHOR groups.

Fellowship Subcommittee Chair

ISHA Member Dean Matsuda

Dr Dean Matsuda, MD, FACS
Marina del Rey CA, USA

Dean K. Matsuda is CEO of Premier Hip Arthroscopy in Marina del Rey and Manhattan Beach, California, USA. He has developed several innovative tools and surgical procedures including endoscopic surgeries for core muscle injury and osteitis pubis, Arthroscopic fixation of femoral head and acetabular fractures, labral reconstruction using hamstring graft, and endoscopic PAO. He lives in California and Hawaii with his wife Catherine and children Nicole and Wyatt.