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 Edward Dieguez Jr. MD
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Meet Dr. Dieguez Jr.
IOF members come from many diverse medical backgrounds and have used these backgrounds to further the practice of regenerative medicine in new and exciting ways. Today, we are excited to introduce you to Edward Dieguez Jr. MD who turned to regenerative medicine after extensive experience with traditional steroid injections and pain drugs.
Dr. Dieguez Jr. is an anesthesiologist/interventional pain specialist who has practiced in Saint Augustine Florida since 1988. He was the pioneer of Regenerative Medicine in Saint Augustine and Northeast Florida introducing promising techniques such as Prolotherpy, PRP, BMC/MSC to the area in 2012. The latest technique he has introduced is Lipogems.
Dr. Dieguez Jr. veered down this new road of regenerative medicine because he saw that the traditional steroid injections and pain drugs he was trained in, not only did not help long but created more problems down the road. Dr. Dieguez is the owner and founder of The Orthobiologic Clinic.
The most common conditions treated at his office are arthritic joints pain, back pain, sacroiliac joints instability, ankle injuries, rotator cuff tears, labral tears, tendon injuries, meniscus tears and sports injuries.
Dr. Dieguez Jr. is a graduate of the prestigious European University of Santiago de Compostela School of Medicine in Spain, a university founded over five hundred years ago in 1495. After graduation, Dr. Dieguez served as an intern in the Department of Surgery at the University under the tutelage of Professor and Department Chairman Jose Luis Puente Dominguez, a member of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery of Spain. Upon returning to the United States, he served as a surgical resident in Baltimore Maryland at a Johns Hopkins affiliated surgical program. Later he went on to the prestigious University of Miami, Florida, where he completed his Anesthesiology residency.
Dr. Dieguez has served as an Expert Witness in Pain Management for the Prosecution Services Unit of the Florida Department of Health from 2010 to 2015. He has also served in the Florida Medical Associations as a delegate from St. Johns County in 2009, 2010 and 2011 and also served in the continuing medical education committee of the FMA from 2009 to 2011and in the FMA medical economics committee in 2010. Additionally, Dr. Dieguez served in the legislative committee of the Florida Academy of Pain Medicine and was a board member of the same in 2010.
Q&A with Dr. Dieguez Jr.
IOF: What do you treat most frequently with regenerative medicine?
Dr. Dieguez Jr.: At our office the patients most commonly treated are those with condition such as arthritic joints, sports injuries, back pain, tendon or muscle tear that are in pain in spite of having had repeated injections with cortisone at other offices, and that want to try to obtain more definitive relief of their pain and avoid surgery, if possible.
Who are your biggest mentors in regenerative medicine & why?
After many years of doing Interventional Pain Management, I was introduced to regenerative medicine using Prolotherapy about 12 years ago by an old friend of mine, Dr. Felix Linetsky. The results obtained were so rewarding that I immediately dove deeper into the subject and while still doing Prolotherapy, following the teachings of Dr. Chris Centeno, Dr. Don Buford, Dr. Gerard Malanga, Dr. Steve Sampson and others.
What do you like the best about the IOF conference?
Being a member of IOF has really allowed me to improve general knowledge, my procedures and learn the latest techniques. The educational experience, the speakers, and the instructors are really world class.