The Ortho Show

The Ortho Show was born from a passion to share remarkable, insightful, educational and just plain entertaining stories from the world of orthopedics.

Benjamin Young 

Over my many years working in the medical device sector I’ve had the good fortune to work with some of the industry’s most respected orthopedic surgeons. I’m excited to use The Ortho Show to share the amazing stories of some of my friends and colleagues I’ve met along the way. I genuinely hope you enjoy it and find something of value within these episodes.

Micah Nicholls

Prior to my involvement in orthopedics, I worked first as an electronic engineer in Silicon Valley and then, after retraining in the UK, as an osteopath. For the past 11 years I’ve been doing research in orthopedics both in academia and for industry. I look forward to bringing you conversations with some of the great minds I’ve had the pleasure of meeting during this time.

Theme music by Kevin Pollard


Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Infectious Positivity”

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We have Dr. Nima Mehran on for this episode, sports medicine orthopedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente. He did his sports medicine fellowship at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic where he had the opportunity to take care of athletes from the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Kings, Sparks, the Anaheim Ducks, and the USC Trojans football team. Dr. Mehran is infectious in his positive attitude, has great energy, powerful on social media and upping the game in sports medicine. Topics include:

-His story of wanting to be an orthopedic surgeon since he was a child. He attended USC and received his medical degree from Chicago Medical School. Dr. Mehran completed his orthopedic residency at Henry Ford and for his fellowship, it was KJOC or bust!

-You can take a stone and throw it, you will hit an excellent ortho surgeon in LA. Everyone is great in LA! We discuss the importance of local care for patients within the Kaiser model.

-He has 19,000 followers on Instagram! He has an upcoming AAOS Academy talk with The Ortho Show alum, Dr. Okoroha, on how to integrate social media into your practice. His advice is 1.) Don’t post just to post 2.) Be yourself and be genuine 3.) Don’t give medical advice: it’s a slippery slope 4.) Be respectful and understand perspectives.

Find out more about Dr. Nima Mehran here.

Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Flying Solo “

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Back to sunny Southern California to Manhattan Beach with Dr. Ronna Parsa. She is a fellow-trained orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine at her surgical practice, Parsa Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Institute, inManhattan Beach, California. Dr. Parsa, a Southern California native, received her fellowship training under Dr. James Andrews, a world-renowned surgeon for sports injuries. She has been a lifelong athlete and bases her treatment philosophy on her many personal experiences around the world, as both an athlete and a community service volunteer.

Topics include:

-Her time and fellowship with Dr. James Andrews in Florida. She gained a lot of experience with game coverage with the Washington Redskins, Tampa Bay Rays spring training and college football with Alabama and Auburn.

-She carved out her niche and set up her solo practice in the middle of the orthopedic mecca of LA, surrounded by major players like KJOC, Santa Monica Orthopedic Group and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Parsa is starting her own surgical center shortly, the Manhattan Beach Surgical Institute.

-She’s part of the New Breed with regenerative medicine. She retrieves stem cells from the patient’s pelvis and freezes them for later use for when they need it. Dr. Parsa was a Molecular Biology major and spurned her interest after involvement with a phase III trial while at The Andrews Institute on the regeneration of cartilage through autologous stem cells. She now has a relationship with the NFL Trust, which was organized to help take care of medical costs for players after they retire. She’s been working with them to harvest and freeze bone marrow for players for eventual use to regenerate cartilage and potentially help prevent or decrease concussion protocols or longer term with CTE.

-She provides suggestions to listeners as they are trying to develop their personal and professional brand in orthopedics. She took Dr. Andrews advice that you need to crawl before you walk before you run. It takes baby steps and time to get where you want to be. Also, it takes years to build a reputation and 15 minutes to destroy it. Her advice incudes being cognizant of how you portray yourself.

-Her passion for volunteer work. She has worked with the Silver Service Children’s Foundation with surgical interventions for child deformities, such as club foot, and had a traveling fellowship with Health Volunteers, with a placement in Nicaragua, to teach residents there.

Find out more about Dr. Ronna Parsa here.

Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Intra-preneur, Podcaster, Motivational Speaker and Orthopedic Surgeon”

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Dr. Vonda Wrightis an orthopedic surgeon and internationally recognized authority on active aging and mobility. She is an entrepreneur, motivational speaker, wrote 5 books, has appeared on 200 media interviews on shows such as “Dr. Oz” and “The Doctors,” and has her own podcast.

Dr. Wright specializes in sports medicine and currently serves as the inaugural Chief of Sports Medicine and Orthopedics for Northside Health System in Atlanta. An intra-preneur, Dr. Wright was the Inaugural Medical Director of the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, a 158,000 sq ft integrated sports medicine and performance joint venture between UPMC and the 5x Stanley Cup Campion Pittsburgh Penguins, and the founding director of the Performance and Research Initiative for Masters Athletes (PRIMA). Her pioneering research in mobility and musculoskeletal aging is changing the way we view and treat the aging process.

Topics include:

-Making a difference in patient’s lives by helping people walk again. She discusses how orthopedic surgeons are gatekeepers of mobility to stave out chronic disease.

-We hear about her medical degree from the University of Chicago, residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh and her fellowship in sports and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

-Dr. Scott Sigman asks, “How does an orthopedic surgeon in research become a public speaker?” Dr. Wright says surgeons should share their research to consumers and communicate in a way to help make a difference.

-Dr. Wright speaks worldwide and has authored five books; “Fitness After 40: How to Stay Strong at Any Age”and “Guide to THRIVE: 4 steps to Body, Brains & Bliss,” “Younger in 8 weeks,” an “A Parents Playbook for Raising Healthy Athletes,” and “Masterful Care of the Aging Athlete.”Her books are available on Amazon.

Find out more about Dr. Vonda Wright here.

Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “Brasília, Brazil”

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We continue to bring you the best of the best in orthopedics, not just in the U.S., but also in the World. This week is no exception with Dr. Julian Machado, orthopedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery, from Brasília, Brazil. It’s amazing to continue to hear stories about the orthopedic surgeon circle globally and exchanging ideas across the world to learn from the best. We hear about how Dr. Sigman and Dr. Machado’s friendship has grown with fond memories of their times together while training. Other topics include:

-All Things Brazil: Brasília is the federal capital ofBrazil with 10 million people in the health system. We hear about their private and public healthcare and how strict their health authorities are in Brazil. We also hear about the 15 lbs. of meat Dr. Sigman ate at a Brazilian steakhouse while visiting Dr. Machado

-His father was a Chief Orthopedic Surgeon and Dr. Machado followed in his footsteps

Find out more about Dr. Julian Machado here.

PitchPro: Vericel

PitchPro is“The best of orthopedics pitched to the best in orthopedics.”

  • Tune in to this pitch from Vericel on MACI®. Vericel’s all-star pitch team includes orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Geoffrey Van Thiel and Dr. Cassandra Lee. Listen to hear them pitch to our expert panelists, Dr. Vinod Dasa, Dr. Scott Sigman, Matthew Ray Scott and Joe Mullings. Dr. Van Thiel and Dr. Lee really nailed it with MACI’s key messaging and included a few great laughs to the panelists. They took the panels heat and had seamless responses to their tough questions.

MACI is a 3rd generation ACI.For more information including Important Safety Information, please see Full Prescribing Information at

Want to go up against the heat of the panel on PitchPro? Emailinfo@theorthoshow.comfor more information.

Hosted by Dr. Scott Sigman – “The 6%”

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Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon, fellowship-trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. She is passionate about sharing her path to medicine with others, in particular the next generation of future physicians. She writes and speaks on these topics in addition to bone and joint issues, and produces and hosts the top podcast The 6% with NancyMD. As a mother and a surgeon, she is a mentor and champion for women and diversity in surgical specialties, and brings awareness to this through speaking engagements and an active online presence.

We hear her story of taking a 6-year hiatus before applying to medical school. She had an interesting path working in sales and marketing in the snowboarding industry and dabbling with a family company in Chinese medicine, including course work in acupuncture, before making the decision to go to medical school.

Topics include:

The 6% with NancyMD podcast: The 6% is a podcast dedicated to women thriving in traditionally male-dominated fields. As a female orthopaedic surgeon, she belongs to the 6% that are women in this field – and thus the inspiration for the title. She’s in season 3 of the podcast and focuses on inspiring stories of women who are thriving in male-dominated fields, and how they were able to realize their goals and overcome the challenges that they’ve faced.Listen to The 6% wherever you find podcasts.

-Her involvement in SpeakUp Ortho. It’s a platform that shares anonymous stories of bias and inequity. They also share positive stories of where good efforts have been made on making the workplace equitable in orthopedics.

-Her work with AAOS PR and their Social Media Task Force.

-Importance of your personal brand as an orthopedic surgeon. It’s also important to identify your personal core values to maintain a healthy work/life balance.

Find out more about Dr. Nancy Yen Shipley here.


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