Our Member of the Week blog introduces you to our fellow level members, showcasing their unique work and commitment to IOF. We feature different fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Interventional Orthopedics.
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Meet Chaz Fausel, MD
IOF is proud to play a role in educating the next generation of regenerative medicine experts. This week’s featured member has been attending IOF courses since very early in his career and has gone on to become an instructor himself.
Dr. Fausel grew up near Atlanta, Georgia and completed medical school at the Medical college of Georgia and residency at Emory University. He completed his fellowship at the Centeno Schultz Clinic in 2019 and was an attending there from 2019-2020.
Soon Dr. Fausel will be joining Regenexx Corporate in a physician education role. He is married with two kids, a 6- and 8-year-old. His wife Caroline is a food blogger and recently published author of Prep, Cook, Freeze: A Paleo Mealplanning Cookbook.
Q&A with Dr. Fausel
IOF: How has IOF impacted you the most? How has IOF helped shape/advance your career?
Dr. Fausel: IOF has been an integral part of my training since I was a fourth year resident in 2017. With the course scholarships available at the time, I was taking red eye plane flights to Denver at five in the morning to come get the hands-on training I wasn’t getting exposed to in my residency program.
Since then, I’ve also had the pleasure to teach many of these courses myself, solidifying my fellowship training and allowing me to spread the knowledge I’ve gleaned from others. These courses are the highest quality I’ve seen and have built a strong base from which I’ll be able to grow and practice further for the rest of my career. Additionally, the friends I’ve been able to meet through the IOF courses and conferences have given me a vast network of information and backgrounds to call on when I have a question about how to best take care of my patients.
IOF” Who are your biggest mentors in regenerative medicine & why?
All of my fellowship preceptors including Drs. Pitts, Markle, Schultz and Centeno have had the biggest impact on my regenerative medicine training. Since you can’t find most of what we do in a textbook currently, their collective experience and their direction on treatment plans was crucial in my formation as a regenerative medicine physician. I had the opportunity to train under the best regenerative medicine doctors in the world and I still hear their guidance in the back of my head while seeing patients today.
IOF: What do you like the best about the IOF conference?
The IOF conference has offered high quality training from outside of my bubble of influence every year since I first attended back in 2016. The gathering of incredible minds within the field has only improved year-over-year and the quality has improved along with it.
Hearing from experts from all over the world has given me a chance to explore different treatment approaches that I would not have considered otherwise and guided me away from treatments that are less helpful to our patients.