A letter from IOF’s new president,
Ariana DeMers, DO, RMSK
Dear Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation Members and Orthobiologics Community,
As I begin my term as IOF’s president, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on IOF’s mission:
“The Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation (IOF) was founded on the idea that the future of medicine is regenerative. Interventional Orthobiologic Medicine focuses on precise percutaneous placement of orthobiologics under exacting image guidance. These regenerative biologic treatments, like platelet rich plasma, require a level of expertise difficult to attain through most of the education programs out there. IOF is the only orthobiologic-focused nonprofit that provides CME-accredited courses that teach simple to advanced injection skills. Through a stepwise approach, members are able to get the training they need to join the Interventional Orthobiologics movement and change their lives and the lives of patients.”
Biologics and interventional procedures are rapidly changing the landscape of orthopedic care. IOF leads the way in training physicians in the field of biologics and interventional procedures as well as helping the industry to remain thoughtful as we continually shape the standards and ethics of this exciting field.
The Foundation is now in a growth phase and able to bring our training programs to a wider audience to help them understand the field of Orthobiologics, as well as how to improve patient outcomes with consistency and training. My goal for 2022 is to bring IOF’s education programs to physicians in residency and fellowship training programs.
We want to help equip the next generation of physicians with the Orthobiologic knowledge and skills to care for a growing population of patients plagued with orthopedic conditions. I see this as the most important group of physicians to be able to carry forward the orthobiologic standards and ethics into the world as they graduate their various programs.
I look forward to collaborating with IOF’s Board, leadership and the broader orthobiologics community to make this goal a reality during my term as president. There is a bright future ahead for our field and I am thrilled to be part of this transformation in medicine.
Ariana DeMers, DO, RMSK
About Dr. DeMers
Ariana DeMers, DO, RMSK is Board-Certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. Her practice encompasses athletes at all levels of accomplishment and all stages of life. She specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to treat injuries of the hip, shoulder, knee, and ankle as well as regenerative medicine. She founded Restore Orthopedics and Sports Medicine as an orthopedic center where patients can get an unbiased diagnosis and complete discussion of their nonsurgical and surgical treatment options including orthobiologics as well as orthopedic surgery. She takes an innovative approach to get patients back to their healthy, active lifestyle. She is also passionate about driving change in our healthcare system to improve the lives of patients and doctors.
Undergraduate: University of Colorado, University of San Diego
Medical School: Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Residency: Michigan State University Ingham Regional Medical Center
Sports Fellowship: Taos Orthopedic Institute