July Featured Ed Board Members


Eiji Itoi, MD, PhD
Tohoku University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sendai, Japan

Dr. Itoi graduated from Tohoku University School of Medicine in 1980. He finished his one-year shoulder fellowship under the direction of Dr. Shiro Tabata. Dr. Itoi earned his PhD in Orthopaedics on the topic of postures in osteoporotic patients in 1989. He was a Research Fellow at the Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory at Mayo Clinic from 1990 to 1991, and a Senior Research Fellow till 1993 under the direction of Prof. Kai-Nan An. In 1994, Dr. Itoi became a Lecturer at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Akita University School of Medicine, and then, an Associate Professor in 2000, and a Professor and Chair in 2001. He stayed in Akita till 2006, and came back to Sendai. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Tohoku University School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.

His major interest is the shoulder, especially biomechanics, which he learned from Prof. An. His works on shoulder have been highly regarded. He received the prestigious Neer Award of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) twice: the best research paper in 1992 on the stabilizing function of the biceps and the best clinical paper in 2003 on immobilization in external rotation after initial dislocation of the shoulder. The latter study initiated a lot of research and clinical studies in the world. He also received the Richard B. Caspari Award of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) in 2005. His study on the glenoid track has been one of the hot topics and he was the June Feature Author of AJSM in 2014.

The Japan Shoulder Society is the oldest shoulder society in the world. It was established in 1974. As one of the steps of restructuring the Society, they chose 9 Board members to constitute the Board of Directors and among them, Dr. Itoi was elected as the first President of the Society in 2012. After completing his 2-year term, he was elected as a Congress President of Japan Shoulder Society in 2015. He will be the President of 90th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association in 2017.

His activity is very international. He was elected as the first Traveling Fellow between the Japan Shoulder Society and the European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC). He was also elected as one of the Traveling Fellows from the Japanese Orthopaedic Association to American Orthopaedic Association in 1997. He is going to visit the Latin American countries as a Godfather of the first Traveling Fellowship between the Asia-Pacific Knee, Arthroscopy, and Sports Medicine Society (APKASS) and the Latin American Society of Knee, Arthroscopy, and Sports Medicine (SLARD) in November 2015. He has been a National Delegate of Japan to SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology) since 2011.

His ability as an instructor is highly appreciated. He was invited to be a faculty member of instructional course lectures at AAOS in 2005-2007 and 2012-2013. In addition, he was invited to be an ASES Presidential Guest Lecturer in 2007 and a SECEC Presidential Guest Lecturer in 2011. Recently, he was invited to the Orthopaedic Summit 2014 as an International Honored Professor.

Selected Published Works

Omori Y, Yamamoto N, Koishi H, et al. Measurement of the Glenoid Track In Vivo as Investigated by 3-Dimensional Motion Analysis Using Open MRI. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42(6):1290-1295.

Yamamoto N, Itoi E, Abe H, et al. Contact between the glenoid and the humeral head in abduction, external rotation, and horizontal extension: a new concept of glenoid track. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007;16(5):649-656.

Itoi E, Hatakeyama Y, Sato T, et al. Immobilization in external rotation after shoulder dislocation reduces the risk of recurrence. A randomized controlled trial. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007;89(10):2124-2131.

Itoi E, Hatakeyama Y, Kido T, et al. A new method of immobilization after traumatic anterior dislocation of the shoulder: a preliminary study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2003;12(5):413-415.

Itoi E, Sashi R, Minagawa H, Shimizu T, Wakabayashi I, Sato K. Position of immobilization after dislocation of the glenohumeral joint. A study with use of magnetic resonance imaging. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2001;83-a(5):661-667.


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LTC Brett Owens, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Brown University Alpert Medical School, Providence, RI

Brett D. Owens, MD, is a board certified orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon. He attended the U.S. Military Academy and Georgetown University School of Medicine. He completed his residency at the University of Massachusetts and the John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship at West Point. He was an AOA North American Traveling Fellow as well as an AOSSM-ESSKA Traveling Fellow.

Dr. Owens is currently a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brown University Alpert Medical School and practices in Providence, RI. He previously served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army and Chief of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine at Keller Army Hospital, West Point, NY, where he was a Professor at Uniformed Services University and faculty in the John A. Feagin, Jr. Sports Medicine Fellowship. He is currently Team Physician for Brown University and the U.S. Lacrosse Men’s National Team.

Dr. Owens has published more than 150 articles in orthopaedics and sports medicine. His research has garnered the O’Donoghue Research Award, Aircast Award, and NCAA Research Awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

He is a member of numerous organizations to include AOSSM, AAOS, AOA, ASES, AANA, and SOMOS. He is actively involved with AOSSM currently serving as the Communication Council Chair.

Dr. Owens is proud to serve as Associate Editor of the American Journal of Sports Medicine since 2012. He has had the unique opportunity to help develop alternate media content to include the AJSM Podcast Series, in addition to serving as Associate Editor for randomized controlled trials.

Selected Published Works

Owens BD. Been Around the Block Before. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42:2557-2559.

Owens BD, Campbell SE, Cameron KL. Risk Factors for Anterior Glenohumeral Instability. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42:2591-2596.

Dickens JF, Owens BD, Cameron KL, et al. Return to Play and Recurrent Instability After In-Season Anterior Shoulder Instability: A Prospective Multicenter Study. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42:2842-2850.

Owens BD, Campbell SE, Cameron KL. Risk Factors for Posterior Shoulder Instability in Young Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41:2645-2649.

Owens BD. Location, Location, Location. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41:2481-2483.

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