Emily Erwin and Keisha Ray publish paper about hidden impacts of orthopedic surgeries

By Angela Gomez, McGovern Center for Humanities and Ethics
December 15, 2023

Emily Erwin, MD, Keisha Ray, PhD, and Shuyang Han, PhD, recently published “The Hidden Impact of Orthopedic Surgeries: Examining the Psychological Consequences” in the Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma.

The paper resulted from a narrative review of 38 articles focusing on orthopedic trauma surgery, total joint arthroplasty, and orthopedic sports procedures. A finding of the review was the need to integrate psychological support for patients with traumatic orthopedic intervention regardless of the patient’s preoperative psychological state.

Erwin graduated from the McGovern Center’s Medical Humanities Scholarly Concentration in 2023 and is now a resident in orthopaedic surgery at Baylor Scott & White. Ray is holds the John P. McGovern, MD Professorship in Oslerian Medicine, is an associate professor, and the director of the scholarly concentration at the McGovern Center. Han is an assistant professor in orthopedic surgery and research faculty at the Center for Orthopedic Research, Innovation, and Training at McGovern Medical School