Switzer, Julie A., MD uri icon
Research Investigator
About me

HealthPartners Medical Group title: Director, Geriatric Trauma Program, Regions Hospital; orthopedic surgeon.

Education and training: MD, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California; residency in orthopaedic surgery, University of Washington; fellowship in Vail in sports medicine and trauma, Vail, Colorado.

Overview/research interests: Dr. Switzer’s clinical and research interests include trauma, geriatric orthopedics and diseases of bone metabolism.

Current research activities and funding:

  • Geriatric Fracture Program Quality Improvement and Assurance
  • Geriatric Mobile Outreach, an intervention in a prospective cohort of patients
  • Development of a Geriatric Fracture Registry
  • Asymptomatic shoulder function in elderly individuals
  • Elder abuse awareness and physician education
  • Morbidity and mortality of geriatric proximal humerus fracture
  • The role of palliative hip fracture surgery and family caregiver satisfaction
Affiliation
positions
  • Research Investigator, Orthopedic trauma
  • Publications
    selected publications
    Journal Article
  • Fracture risk assessment: an update
    Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2021
  • Low-energy pelvic ring fractures: a care conundrum
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2021
  • Medial femoral circumflex artery pseudoaneurysm following intramedullary nailing for intertrochanteric fracture
    Trauma case reports. 2021
  • Minimizing nonessential follow-up for hip fracture patients
    Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Global research & reviews. 2021
  • Outcomes of COVID-19 negative hip fracture patients during the acute and subacute pandemic
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2021
  • Own the fall: AOA critical issues
    Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2021
  • Clockwise torque of sliding hip screws: is there a right side?
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2020
  • Development of a questionnaire to assess patient priorities in hip fracture care
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2020
  • Geriatric fracture patients require special care during the pandemic
    AAOS (American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Now. 2020
  • Predictors of loss to follow-up in hip fracture trials: a secondary analysis of the FAITH and HEALTH Trials
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2020
  • The FAITH and HEALTH Trials: are we studying different hip fracture patient populations?
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2020
  • Venous thromboembolism in hip fracture patients: a subanalysis of the FAITH and HEALTH Trials
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2020
  • Femoral neck shortening after hip fracture fixation is associated with inferior hip function: results from the FAITH Trial
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2019
  • Loss of independence after operative management of femoral neck fractures
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2019
  • Mobile outreach: an innovative program for older orthopedic patients in care facilities
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2019
  • A prospective look at the link between frailty and shoulder function in asymptomatic elderly individuals
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2018
  • Frequent 911 fall calls in older adults: opportunity for injury prevention strategies
    Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 2018
  • Ten years of EMS fall calls in a community: an opportunity for injury prevention strategies
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2018
  • Fracture fixation in the operative management of hip fractures (FAITH): an international, multicentre, randomised controlled trial
    Lancet (London, England). 2017
  • Geriatric fracture care: future trajectories: a 2015 AOA Critical Issues Symposium
    Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2017
  • Geriatric orthopaedics: a new paradigm for management of older patients
    2017
  • Management of acetabular fractures in the elderly
    Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2017
  • Predictors of mortality in elder patients with proximal humeral fracture
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2017
  • Rethinking orthopaedic decision-making for frail patients with hip fracture: Commentary on an article by Marilyn Heng, MD, FRCSC, et al.: "Abnormal mini-cog is associated with higher risk of complications and delirium in geriatric patients with fracture"
    Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American Volume). 2016
  • Implant removal after internal fixation of a femoral neck fracture: effects on physical functioning
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2015
  • The use of computed tomography attenuation to evaluate osteoporosis following acute fractures of the thoracic and lumbar vertebra
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2014
  • (Sample) size matters! An examination of sample size from the SPRINT trial study to prospectively evaluate reamed intramedullary nails in patients with tibial fractures
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2013
  • Surgical time of day does not affect outcome following hip fracture fixation
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2013
  • Management of high-energy acetabular fractures in the elderly individuals: a current review
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2012
  • Use of a fibular strut allograft in an osteoporotic distal humerus fracture: a case report
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2012
  • Is it osteoporosis or elder abuse?
    AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) Now. 2011
  • An opportunity for improving osteoporosis treatment in home health care
    Geriatric orthopaedic surgery & rehabilitation. 2010
  • Overcoming barriers to osteoporosis care in vulnerable elderly patients with hip fractures
    Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2009
  • The history of the halo skeletal fixator
    Spine. 2009
  • Chapter
  • Polytrauma in the elderly
    Musculoskeletal trauma in the elderly. 2016
  • Wilderness orthopaedics
    Wilderness medicine. 2012
  • Conference Poster
    presentations
    Presentation
  • A comparison of the effect of aging on the presentation and management of acute fractures of the cervical spine [presentation]
  • Best practices for managing discharge relationships and emerging technology: mobile outreach programs [presentation]
  • Broken bones, osteoporosis and better ways to care for our older patients [presentation]
  • Common elbow injuries [presentation], Orthopaedic Update for Primary Care Conference
  • Controversies in geriatric care in orthopaedics [instructional course lecture]
  • Does surgical treatment, hospital admission or discharge facility predict mortality in elder patients with fractures of the proximal humerus [presentation]?
  • Fracture fixation in osteoporotic bone: principles and techniques [presentation]
  • From fracture prevention to innovative injury treatment strategies: bone health across a lifetime [presentation]
  • Geriatric fracture management [presentation]
  • Geriatric fracture management [presentation]
  • Geriatric orthopaedic considerations [presentation]
  • Geriatric orthopaedic medicine [presentation]
  • Immediate sarmiento bracing for the treatment of humeral shaft fractures [presentation]
  • Immediate sarmiento bracing for the treatment of humeral shaft fractures [presentation]
  • Men and osteoporosis [presentation]
  • Non-operative hip fracture management in the elderly: patient characteristics and predictors of mortality [presentation]
  • Nonsurgical management of hip fracture in the nursing home [presentation], Minnesota Association of Geriatrics Inspired Clinicians (MAGIC) Annual Conference
  • Opportunistic computed tomography screening for osteoporosis in acute fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine [presentation]
  • Opportunistic computed tomography screening for osteoporosis in acute fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine [presentation]
  • Osteoporosis in acute fractures of the cervical spine: the role of opportunistic computed tomography screening [presentation]
  • Regions Geriatric Fracture Program (GFP): mobile outreach as an innovative, integral part of comprehensive elder fracture care [presentation]
  • Regions Geriatric Fracture Program (GFP): mobile outreach as an innovative, integral part of comprehensive elder fracture care [presentation]
  • Sex in your orthopaedic practice - AAOS Women's Health Issues Advisory Board [presentation]
  • Surgical time of day does not affect outcome following hip fracture fixation [presentation]
  • Ten years of EMS fall calls: an opportunity for injury prevention strategies in the elderly [presentation]
  • The effect of age on the frequency of hypothyroidism in patients presenting with acute fractures of the thoracic and lumbar spine [presentation]
  • Three-dimensional gait analysis in a healthy geriatric cohort [presentation]
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