The Joint Kitchen

Imagine a doctor doing ordinary activities in his kitchen, stop and draw some of the everyday objects, like an orange and a corkscrew. Then watch him turn those drawings into advanced patents for new hip and knee replacements. Dr. Michael Ries holds 45 patents, many coming to him while in his kitchen. The remarkable efficiency of the human hip and knee are described with simple illustrations, and tell why we can’t make hip and knee replacements quite as perfect as the normal joints we were born with. Health care professionals, patients considering joint replacement, students, and inventors will find The Joint Kitchen informative, entertaining, and thought provoking. Dr. Ries shows that when our mind is in a peaceful state of tranquility, the creative and problem solving parts of our brain can magically connect to form new ideas that can transform and improve lives.

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About the Author

Dr. Michael Ries is an orthopedic surgeon and the Arthroplasty Fellowship Director at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic. He received a BS and MS from MIT, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School, and has been in practice for more than 25 years.

Dr. Ries has a practice limited to hip and knee arthroplasty surgery and treatment of arthritic hip and knee conditions. He was on the full time faculty at the University of California, San Francisco from 1997 to 2013 where he was Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Chief of Arthroplasty. During this time he also participated regularly in laboratory and clinical research. Dr. Ries has published 210 peer reviewed journal articles and 52 book chapters on topics related to clinical outcomes and biomaterials used in hip and knee replacement.

What differentiates Dr. Ries most from his peer group is that he has helped develop a number of hip and knee replacements and is an inventor on 45 US patents for hip and knee replacement devices. He is also a father of three active children, husband to a beautiful Russian wife, avid skier, and household handyman.