March 21, 2023

Medical Crossover: Miami surgeon makes history introducing an instructional course in Spanish.

DR. Lavernia (VIDEO)Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, FAAOS, Medical Director of The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin in Miami, Florida, contributed as an instructor, symposia presenter and key panel participant at the American Academy for Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Annual Meeting. Dr. Lavernia taught a course in Spanish for the very first time in the 80 years of the organization’s existence, along with other Hispanic colleagues.

Dr. Carlos J. Lavernia was a contributor at the AAOS Annual Meeting, the largest orthopedic surgery convention, where orthopedic surgeons and allied health professionals from all over the world shared the latest information on orthopedic treatments, advances, and research. Dr. Lavernia was one of the instructors at the Lessons Learned from US Hip and Knee Practice course, speaking on Operating Room Efficiency, intended for Spanish speaking international attendees. This was the first course taught in Spanish during the 80 years the conference has been held. Also, he presented Preventing Leg Length Inequality and Instability after THA course, discussing the practical approach to preventing leg length anomalies and treating hip dislocations after THA (Total Hip Arthroplasty). He was symposia presenter at the New Paradigms and State of the Art Treatment of Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head. In addition, he discussed Debridement and Liner Exchange for Acute Infection: A Reasonable Option Affirm.

KA-Marca-W- THMMGDr. Carlos J. Lavernia, proud of his accomplishment, states, “My purpose in participating at the AAOS Annual Meeting was to exchange research findings, knowledge and treatment innovations within my field with colleagues and with the international attendees. I was especially excited to have been one of the lecturers at the first-ever instructional course taught in Spanish, breaking language barriers and increasing a worldwide synergy.” Dr. Lavernia recently joined the new Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin in Miami, Florida.

About Dr. Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, FAAOS

Carlos J. Lavernia, MD, FAAOS, world-renowned orthopedic surgeon and biomedical engineer, is Medical Director of the new Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin Hospital. He is also a voluntary clinical professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Miami School of Medicine, and courtesy and adjunct professor at the Department   of Physical Therapy, the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, at Florida International University.

Dr. Lavernia graduated from   Tulane University in New Orleans with a BS in Mathematics and an MS in Biomedical Engineering. He received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico Medical School. He also completed a General Surgery Internship, a Surgeon Scientist NHI Fellowship and an Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of California San Diego. Subsequently, Dr. Lavernia completed a Lower Extremity Reconstruction Fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

He is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

He is past president of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, the largest joint replacement organization in the world. He sits on the Florida Orthopedic Society Board and is currently the Second Vice-president.

Throughout his distinguished career, Dr. Lavernia has developed hip and knee implants and robotic technology with multinational companies that have been used in millions of surgeries throughout the world and, has conducted numerous studies in the field of orthopedics. He has written many book chapters and has published over 300 abstracts and peer-reviewed articles in major journals.   He also founded   with 5 other surgeons   Operation Walk USA,   a private, non‐profit,   volunteer  medical service organization, which provides free hip and knee replacements in the USA to those who cannot afford it. Dr. Lavernia has also embarked on medical missions with Operation Walk International in over 15 countries, where similar surgeries have been performed. For more info on Op Walk USA visit


About The Center for Advanced Orthopedics at Larkin:

The Center for Advanced   Orthopedics   at Larkin specializes   in advanced   orthopedic   surgery using the latest multimodal perioperative pain management modalities and state of art technology and instrumentation with advanced robotic technology. The center, led by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Carlos Lavernia, includes a robust outcomes-oriented research component with an ongoing prospective surgical registry and a comprehensive rehabilitation department.


About Larkin Community Hospital:

Larkin Community Hospital (LCH) is a 146-bed acute care hospital located in South Miami. LCH is one of 12 designated Statutory Teaching Hospitals in Florida and the largest teaching hospital for Osteopathic physicians in the United States, offering the largest number of training programs (offering training in 30 different specialties in total). LCH sponsors an allopathic residency program in Psychiatry. LCH presently offers an Associate Degree in Nursing at its Nursing School.


The hospital is also the home of:

The Miami Neuroscience Center at Larkin, a state of the art facility which specializes in Gamma Knife Radiosurgery. This 25- member team, led by neurosurgeon Dr. Aizik Wolf, has performed over 8,000 procedures during the past 20 years. Gamma Knife is a non-invasive state of the art neurological procedure used to treat brain tumors, head and neck cancer, and neurological conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia and arteriovenous malformations.


LCH is the only hospital in Miami-Dade County with an Area of Critical Need designation by the Florida Board of Medicine.

Our facilities are a National Health Services Corps (NHSC) site designated by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. The NHSC Loan Repayment Program offers primary care providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid for serving communities in need. The NHSC Scholarship Program awards scholarships each year to students pursuing careers in primary care. In return, students commit to serving for two to four years upon graduation and completion of training. For more information about Larkin Community Hospital, visit


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  1. Great post! I think it’s an unfortunate fact that if someone speaks a different language than us, we assume that they’re worse at understanding or knowing things. Dr. Lavernia has no problem with that! I’m looking forward to seeing a generation of bilingual or even just Spanish-speaking doctors and surgeons performing procedures across America. Thanks for sharing!

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