Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum has been an orthopedic surgeon since the 1980s. He graduated from Brown University in 1979 where he earned a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. He studied orthopedics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. For his residency, he worked with Dr. David Hamerman and studied cartilage growth. He also volunteered with the Cambodian Relief Committee.
His residency was performed at Montefiore Medical Center. Later on, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum did a fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University and learned how to do adult reconstructive orthopedic surgery. It was also at this university that he specialized in doing knee and hip replacement surgeries. He has since continued his education, such as attending Harvard Business School.
Dr. Ira Kirchenbaum is also an entrepreneur who has built companies outside of the medical industry. His first company was Prodigy Communications which he helped to establish in 1988. He was also a consultant for 24 years for Stryker Corporation. He was once the executive director of orthopedics for Medscape, named BoneHone at the time. This company operated a website that supplied educational material to doctors so that they could keep up with their knowledge base.
From 2000 to 2008 Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum operated in his own practice. He also served in multiple roles at WebMD during this time such as being a message board editor. He now works at BronxCare Health System. He is the chairman of the orthopedics department which he has greatly expanded. Since joining this organization in 2008 he has built a department that can do 1,800 surgeries a year which is eight times more than they could perform in 2008.
In a recent interview, Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum was asked about what his typical day looks like. He said that he often gives speeches at medical conferences. He also spends a lot of time developing new treatment system to take care of his patients. Some days are spent performing surgeries while other days are taken up by a lot of meetings. Dr. Ira Kirschenbaum says that his mornings tend to be pretty rigid while his afternoons are usually more flexible.
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