2023 ISAKOS Young Investigator's Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program Highlights

Bedri Karaismailoglu, MD, FEBOT, TURKEY

I am Bedri Karaismailoglu, an orthopedic surgeon practicing in Istanbul, Turkey. Currently, I serve as an assistant professor of Orthopedics and Traumatology at Istanbul University-Cerrahpasa, specializing in sports medicine and foot & ankle surgery, with a deep passion for engaging in both clinical and translational research.

I was thrilled to discover that I had been selected as one of the finalists for the ISAKOS Young Investigator's Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program, granting me the opportunity to attend the ISAKOS 2023 Congress in Boston. Although I have been closely following the activities of ISAKOS, the foremost organization in sports medicine and arthroscopy, I have never had the chance to participate in one of their congresses before. Therefore, I am deeply grateful for this invaluable opportunity. Additionally, it was also truly gratifying to learn that out of the seven finalists, I had the pleasure of being selected as one of the two winners for Phase II of the Research Mentoring program.

2023 ISAKOS Congress
The Congress commenced with an enriching networking event organized by the ISAKOS Young Professionals Force Task on Sunday morning. This gathering provided a wonderful platform for me to forge new connections, meet like-minded professionals, and engage in fruitful conversations with experienced mentors. Following this enjoyable social event, the congress delved into a series of captivating sessions featuring outstanding International Committee Lectures (ICLs). Of particular interest to me was the session on "Return to Play Following Common Foot and Ankle Injuries," which proved to be remarkably informative and insightful.

As the Congress progressed, it offered a multitude of engaging and educational sessions following the grand Opening Ceremony. Among these sessions, I had the chance to join "Journal of ISAKOS: How to Write a Manuscript and Get Published!” symposium. This enlightening session featured esteemed experts, including the previous editor-in-chief of the Journal of ISAKOS, Dr. C. Nick van Dijk, and the newly appointed editor-in-chief, Dr. Olufemi R. Ayeni. Additionally, the session on "Legends - Lives & Contributions Relating to Pathology or Operative Technique" was truly captivating, shedding light on the origins of renowned techniques and showcasing the tremendous perseverance and hard work involved in their development.

On Tuesday morning, I attended the ICL titled "How to Get Started in Clinical Orthopaedic Research," where valuable information was shared by experts in sports medicine research. The session concluded with the recognition of the Young Investigator Award finalists and the presentation of the ISAKOS/ESSKA Research Handbook to the recipients. I felt extremely honored to have the book signed by renowned individuals such as Dr. Jon Karlsson, Dr. Volker Musahl, Dr. Olufemi Ayeni, Dr. Stefano Zaffagnini, and others. This book will serve as a valuable resource for my research activities. Following the session, we gathered with the mentors for a group photo and had the opportunity to engage in conversations with some exceptional surgeons and researchers.

An award ceremony was held on Tuesday, where we received our certificates and were called to the podium alongside other award winners. It was an incredibly exciting and humbling experience to step up to the podium and accept the award. I thoroughly enjoyed the remainder of the Congress by attending various sessions, exploring the exhibition hall, participating in the virtual reality challenge for ACL reconstruction, and engaging in industry sessions focused on cartilage and meniscus-related surgeries. It was also fantastic to browse through all the e-posters showcasing the results of countless hours of hard work, including my own. The e-poster I presented focused on finding the most precise method for determining the true syndesmotic axis. I also had the immense joy of exploring the beautiful city of Boston, enjoying pleasant weather, and strolling through its streets, cherishing the honor of receiving the Young Investigator Award.

Young Investigator’s Scholarship and Research Mentoring Program
My proposal for the Young Investigator's Scholarship program focused on exploring different approaches for releasing the plantar fascia in an office setting as a means of managing plantar fasciitis. Being selected as the winner of the second phase grants me the opportunity to visit a mentor, collaborate on planning potential research projects, and pursue them under their guidance, with the generous support of a US $10,000 stipend provided by ISAKOS. I am eagerly looking forward to starting the Research Mentoring Program, as I am certain it will be a transformative experience that will help me become a better orthopedic surgeon and researcher with the invaluable mentorship of world-renowned mentors.

ISAKOS is a remarkably inclusive society that serves as a source of inspiration for orthopedic surgeons and researchers worldwide, particularly for young professionals. I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to ISAKOS for providing this incredible opportunity and equipping young surgeons and researchers with valuable resources to enhance their skills and knowledge. The experience offered a unique chance to learn from esteemed mentors, build networks, and be an integral part of this exceptional society. The event was truly unforgettable and will forever hold a special place in my memory. I am eagerly looking forward to joining the next Congress in Munich!

Syed Faraz Ul Hassan Shah Gillani MBBS, MS Ortho, MME, CODE, CME, PAKISTAN

I had great feelings when I left my home in Lahore, Pakistan to receive the ISAKOS Young Investigators Scholarship and Research Mentoring Program Award to attend the 2023 ISAKOS Congress in Boston, USA. It was an honor to represent my country and to attend the international platform to learn, meet and socialize. It was great to attend the first Young Professionals and First-Time Attendee Social. It felt refreshing to see young and elders in the same place. It was inspiring to see the culture of diversity, inclusion, and equity. This lead me to develop a good understanding of the purpose of this session and the conference. It was a great initiative to gather the young leaders to give them exposure, while at the same time, supporting them in an academic way that will motivate them. There were many sessions with very focused and cutting-edge experiences of world leaders. It emphasized thinking outside of the box while performing at a higher psychomotor level—blending the different horizons of shoulder surgery, knee arthroscopy and orthobiologics, etc.

At the Welcome Reception, I met other participants and exchanged personal and cultural norms. It was wonderful to have an understanding of folks. The food was excellent. I loved the “pediatric ACL rupture early versus delay” session which was able to answer most of my questions and help during the application of the knowledge. Boston is a city of parks, history and education much more than it is expressed in my knowledge. The city has deep thoughts about tourism and the great history of the USA. The research symposium was good to meet the surgeons and scientists. Enriching, timely delivered and objective ICLs were also helpful and simple for the beginners. There was a lot more emphasis on skill—which was the best part to learn, for me. I shall review my learning by attending academic events in future and working with ISAKOS. I shall attend the future ISAKOS Congress in 2025.

Parimal Malviya MS Orthopaedics, INDIA

First of all, thank you ISAKOS, the Young Investigators Award committee members and Congress for giving us young surgeons a warm welcome and rich experience.

It was an amazing experience that I will never forget. I would like to comment my experience in following order:

1. Educational - Kudos to the Scientific Committee for the educational adventures that we experienced. All the lectures and symposium were very informative. Faculties and moderators were appropriate for the session and were full of enthusiasm. The best experience for me were the Instructional Course Lectures, surgical demonstrations and lunch time sessions.

2. Young Investigator Award - The sessions about how to write a manuscript and grant applications were very nice and informative, as well. Thank you to ISAKOS for giving me this opportunity to see great researchers and masters of the craft show their work and skills. I am really happy to get selected for this award as it motivates me further. I was very happy to meet Dr. Nakamura and Dr. Musahl and to get books signed by the authors.

3. Personal – Personally, it was overall a great experience. I am feeling very motivated to further enhance my skills in surgery and research. I have gained new perspectives in the field of sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery.

Phob Ganokroj, MD, THAILAND

Experiencing new perspectives, sharing knowledge, and collaborating with a team are critical factors that foster holistic research development. I aim to conduct valuable research projects alongside researchers worldwide and share my knowledge to develop improved diagnostic and treatment strategies for sports injuries.

More importantly, fostering lifelong connections and mentorship is critical in perpetuating new ideas for innovative research. The ISAKOS Young Investigator’s Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program allows and promotes research education in developing countries. I am highly honored to have the opportunity to observe, learn, adapt, design, and exchange scientific information with other physicians who are equally as inspired by innovative techniques and translational science in orthopedics and sports medicine.

About me:
I am an Orthopaedic Surgeon, a sports medicine lecturer from the university hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. My specialty is in arthroscopic surgery and Sports Medicine. I am also certified with the FIFA Diploma in Football Medicine, International Olympic Committee (IOC) certification Advanced Team Physician Course, and the IOC Diploma in Sports Medicine.

I am interested in synergizing the different perspectives on diagnosing and treating sports injuries, broadening the sports medicine communities, and conducting sports medicine-related research with a broader view. Also, create a platform for pieces of knowledge collaboration between doctors, team physicians, and physiotherapists to strengthen overall skills as a team.

Basic Methods Handbook for Clinical Orthopaedic Research, with the signatures and kudos from the panels.

Experience at the Congress:
The academic sessions started with a Young Professionals Meet-up on Sunday, June 18, 2023. This section was an excellent start for Congress to broaden the medical network among young professionals. A great number of ICL courses and sections were presented in various aspects of arthroscopy, knee surgery, and sports medicine. I appreciated the Journal of ISAKOS section: How to Write a Manuscript and Get Published! Symposium, How to Get Started in Clinical Orthopaedic Research and Keys to Success in Grants, Trials and Manuscript Development.

The following section advises the young professional who starts conducting research on how to develop a good question, design the methodology, ethical approval process, basic statistics, abstract preparation, research mentoring program and conduct a multicenter project. Moreover, at the end of this section, all finalists of the program had been introduced from the panel. I was excited to recive the valuable book: Basic Methods Handbook for Clinical Orthopaedic Research, with the signatures and kudos from the panels. (Figure 1)

The finalists for ISAKOS Young Investigator’s Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program 2023

At the ISAKOS Award ceremony, I was honored to be announced on stage and take a photo with the president of the ISAKOS and the program committees. (Figure 2)

At the ISAKOS global reception, it was great to have an opportunity to meet, exchange and discuss pieces of knowledge with other physicians around the world. I am pleased to have a chance to talk with Dr. Guillermo Arce, the president of ISAKOS 2021-2023 from Argentina.

In addition, I had an opportunity to present research as one e-poster presentation entitled “Utility of Talus Osteochondral Allograft Augmentation for Varying Size of Hill-Sachs Lesion: A Cadaveric Study” and one podium presentation entitled “The Anterior Labral Circumferential Only (ALCO) Technique Serves to Reconstruct the Anterior Labrum and Biomechanically Restores Anterior Glenohumeral Joint Stability”. It was an excellent experience for me to give a podium presentation for the first time at the ISAKOS Congress. (Figure 4) I was overwhelmed by receiving the book, The Failed Rotator Cuff, from the moderator for our section, Dr. Augustus D. Mazzocca.

Reunion of the ASEAN Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Junior Travelling Fellows 2019

Furthermore, this program and Congress helped us connect with friends. Since the pandemic, it has been hard to meet friends in person. I was amazed to meet many friends from Thailand, Asia Pacific countries, and worldwide. It was so great to have time to exchange and discuss knowledge again in person.

As a finalist of the “ISAKOS Young Investigator’s Scholarship & Research Mentoring Program 2023” and a new active member of the ISAKOS, I have learned the importance of discovering new perspectives, sharing knowledge, and working as a team to stimulate a more holistic research environment. I believe that there is still room for educational growth that can still happen in my country and regional areas, such as Asia-Pacific region countries. As a lecturer at a university hospital and one of the team members in the Thailand Board of Medicine and Sports Science in the National Olympic Committee of Thailand, there are great opportunities to share and strengthen Sports Medicine knowledge among doctors, residents, medical students, and individuals in my country and around the world.

Finally, I sincerely thank the ISAKOS Scientific Committee, sponsors, and all involved for selecting me to be part of this beautiful program.

Amit Yadav, M.S (Orth),DNB(Orth) INDIA

I am an orthopaedic surgeon working as an international training fellow at Wrightington Hospital, United Kingdom. I am interested in knee reconstruction, osteotomy, cartilage repair procedures, and knee replacement.

I attended the ISAKOS Congress as a Young Investigator finalist in Boston in 2023. This was my ISAKOS first Congress. I felt very fortunate and honored to learn from world-renowned experts, the excellent organization of the meeting, and the high quality of the academic and scientific program.

On June 20th, I attended a symposium introducing me to the ISAKOS Young Investigator’s Scholarship and Research Mentoring program. The session was extensive, covering topics from developing a clinical research question to the clinic study design, basic statistics for research studies, and how to write a research abstract and paper. There was also a session and panel discussion on conducting a multicentric study. The symposium ended with the recognition of the Young Investigator Award winners, all of whom were presented with the very informative ISAKOS Basic Methods Handbook for clinical orthopaedics research, which provides a wealth of useful guidelines for upcoming fellows and researchers. It was a pleasure to meet Dr. Volker Musahl.

ISAKOS Congress topics were extensive from ortho biologics, and osteotomy to robotic knee replacement. I also presented a paper on the role of artificial intelligence in total knee arthroplasty implant identification and an e-poster on HTO vs. Uni knee replacement in young age.

I would like to thank the ISAKOS Scientific Committee for the opportunity. I had the opportunity to meet Prof. David Dejour, Dr.Volker Musahl, Dr. Sachin Tapasvi, and Dr. Sabastian. I would like to thank my Indian mentor, Dr. Mangal Parihar and Dr Sangeet Gawhale, who helped me in my career.

Makena Jean Mbogori, MBCHB, MMed Orth, FCS ECSA, CANADA

I must express heartfelt appreciation for the incredible opportunity to attend the 2023 ISAKOS Congress in Boston this past June.

As a recipient of the ISAKOS Young Investigators Scholarship Award, I was able to immerse myself in an amazing networking experience with fellow orthopaedic research enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. The discussions and interactions I had with these passionate individuals was truly invaluable, fostering a sense of camaraderie and inspiring collaboration that will undoubtedly shape the future of sports medicine research.

The research sessions and plenary discussions led by the best sports medicine research surgeons in the world were nothing short of extraordinary. I was awestruck by the depth and breadth of knowledge shared during these sessions. The innovative approaches, groundbreaking studies, and novel techniques presented served as a constant reminder of the limitless possibilities within the field of sports medicine. Being able to witness firsthand the cutting-edge research and engage in thought-provoking discussions left an indelible mark on my professional growth and aspirations.

I must also commend the clear and evident dedication that JISAKOS has for nurturing young and upcoming surgeons in the field of sports medicine research. The support and encouragement extended to us through programs like the Young Investigators Scholarship reaffirms the organization's commitment to fostering the next generation of leaders in our field. The opportunities provided at the conference have not only expanded my knowledge and understanding but have also empowered me to make significant contributions to sports medicine research in the years to come.

Attending the ISAKOS Congress in Boston has undoubtedly been a milestone in my career, and I am eager to utilize the knowledge and inspiration gained to further advance the field of sports medicine.

Ramakanth Rajagopalakrishnan D.ortho, DNB(ortho).D.SICOT, INDIA

I am writing to express my deepest gratitude and appreciation for the honor of receiving the “ISAKOS Achilles Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Research Award – 2023 & ISAKOS Young Investigator's Scholarship and Research Mentoring Program – 2021” for scientific and clinical research from ISAKOS -2023 congress in Boston, USA. The paper was entitled “Progressive Foot Peak Pressure Analysis after FHL Transfer for Chronic Retracted Tendo-achilles Tear” – A Pedobarographic Analysis of Normal Foot Versus Affected Foot”. The purpose of this study was to answer the following questions: Serially document the various pressure changes in foot after FHL transfer and Analyse the pattern of pressure changes in forefoot and hindfoot at subsequent follow-up. We hypothesized that foot pressure changes restore normalcy comparable to opposite side. The research did, in fact, show that FHL transfer in Chronic Tendo-achilles tear yields good clinical outcomes, and Foot peak pressures and loading of the foot, though initially deranged, are restored and comparable to normal limb by 1 year. GTPP and MTPP pressure attributing to loss of FHL has shown progressive improvement at the final follow-up. FHL hypertrophy provides adequate strength to repair and restore foot pressures.

I am humbled and overwhelmed by this exceptional recognition, and I would like to convey my sincerest thanks for the privilege of being chosen as the recipient.

Receiving this award is an extraordinary moment in my career, and it has left an indelible mark on my heart. To be recognized for my scientific and clinical research is a true testament to the passion, dedication, and countless hours invested in advancing knowledge and improving patient care. This prestigious accolade validates the significance of my work and reinforces my commitment to making a meaningful impact in the field of scientific and clinical research.

I am deeply grateful to the selection committee for bestowing upon me this prestigious honor. The ISAKOS Scientific Committee’s expertise, discernment, and meticulous evaluation have made this recognition all the more meaningful. ISAKOS’s obligation and belief in the importance of research and its potential to transform lives is a testament to their vision and commitment to scientific advancement.

I am particularly thankful to the ISAKOS Sports Medicine Committee for fostering an environment that encourages and supports scientific and clinical research. ISAKOS’s dedication to pushing the boundaries of knowledge, promoting innovation, and improving patient outcomes is commendable. This award not only motivates me, but also inspires countless researchers around the world to pursue excellence in their respective fields.

I would be remiss if I did not express my profound appreciation for my mentors (Prof S Rajasekaran, Dr Sundararajan SR, Dr Dheenadhayalan, Dr Ajoy Prasad Shetty, Dr Dhanasekaraja, Dr N Rajkumar and other consultants), colleagues(Dr Terrence, Dr Venu, Dr Shivam, Dr Meet, Dr Pratheeban, Dr Sujith, Dr Sai pradeep, Dr Sameer and Mr Palaniswamy) and collaborators (Miss Jeslin, Miss Aneesha, Mr Ananthu and Theater staff) who have played a pivotal role in shaping my research journey. Their guidance, expertise, and unwavering support have been instrumental in my growth as a researcher. I am privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside such brilliant minds, and I am indebted to all of them for their invaluable contributions to my success.

Furthermore, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to my institution (Ganga family), where all the doctors, staff and employees are committed to uphold the four pillars (Clinical Work, Academics , Research and Social Responsibility), Mission and vision of our institution laid down by our Chairman and Managing directors. I also want to extend my gratitude to my patients and study participants. Without their willingness to participate in my research endeavours, none of my accomplishments would have been possible. Their trust, cooperation, and enthusiasm to contribute to scientific advancement are truly humbling.

I also want to acknowledge the unwavering support of my family and friends. Their love, understanding, and encouragement have been my constant source of strength throughout my research journey. I am eternally grateful for their belief in me and their unending support during both the triumphs and challenges I have faced.

My ISAKOS Congress experience: The ISAKOS Congress is a platform for orthopaedic surgeons, sports medicine physicians, researchers, and allied healthcare professionals to collaborate, learn, and exchange ideas. The Congress covered a wide range of topics related to arthroscopy, knee surgery, and orthopaedic sports medicine. The congress had comprehensive scientific program, featuring lectures, symposia, workshops, and live surgeries. It encompassed the latest developments in surgical techniques, rehabilitation protocols, imaging modalities, biomechanics, and innovative technologies. The program included sessions dedicated to specific areas such as ligament injuries, cartilage repair, meniscal tears, joint preservation, and sports-related trauma. One of the key highlights of the ISAKOS Congress was the participation of leading experts and thought leaders in the field. Renowned orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine specialists delivered keynote addresses, present cutting-edge research findings, and share their clinical experiences. This gave us to gain insights into the latest trends and advancements, enabling them to enhance their knowledge and improve patient care. In addition to the scientific program, the ISAKOS Congress had given us ample opportunities for networking and professional interactions. We had opportunity to engage in discussions with peers, connect with industry representatives, and explore the latest advancements in surgical equipment, implants, and technology showcased by exhibitors. The 2023 ISAKOS Congress played a vital role in fostering international cooperation and promoting excellence in arthroscopy, knee surgery, and orthopaedic sports medicine.

Lastly, I would like to express my gratitude to the scientific community, colleagues, and peers who have extended their warm congratulations and well wishes. Your recognition and encouragement further fuel my determination to continue making impactful contributions to scientific and clinical research.

In conclusion, I want to reiterate my heartfelt appreciation for the honour of receiving the most prestigious award in scientific and clinical research. This recognition serves as a catalyst for my future endeavours, and I am committed to utilizing this platform to drive progress, foster innovation, and improve patient care.

Once again, thank you for this exceptional honor. I am deeply grateful for the opportunities it affords and the responsibility it carries. I am resolute in my dedication to advancing scientific knowledge and making a positive impact on the lives of patients and the scientific community as a whole.


As a recipient of the 2023 ISAKOS Young Investigator's Scholarship and Research Mentoring Program Finalist, I had opportunity to attend the ISAKOS Congress in Boston, USA. I felt fortunate and honored to be selected and to represent my country at an international platform dedicated to arthroscopy, knee surgery and sports medicine.

The organization’s commitment to stimulate and promote young researchers was evident throughout the conference, pre-courses and instructional course lectures. Receiving the Basic Methods Handbook for Clinical Orthopaedic Research from one of its esteemed authors was a truly humbling experience. This book stands as an invaluable resource for orthopaedic residents and surgeons alike, who aspire to integrate research and investigation into their medical practice.

The Congress further exemplified the innovative nature of ISAKOS, leaving no doubt about the organization’s forward-thinking approach. Each session brimmed with scientific pioneering, covering a wide range of topics. The unwavering dedication to evidence-based practices and impactful research was palpable throughout the 2023 ISAKOS Congress in Boston. This unwavering commitment to state-of-the-art excellence stands as one of the distinctive hallmarks that sets ISAKOS apart from others in the field. This conference provided me with a unique opportunity to forge connections and build friendships with individuals from various corners of the globe. As a young member, I found immense joy in meeting numerous contemporaries who share my passion and aspirations. ISAKOS deserves commendation for its remarkable endeavors in not only promoting education but also in providing tools and resources to empower young investigators, particularly those hailing from developing nations. The organization’s commitment to inspiring and nurturing the next generation is truly admirable.

I am deeply grateful for the invaluable opportunity I was granted, and I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the ISAKOS organizing committee, the esteemed faculty, the passionate delegates, and my fellow young investigators. Each of them played a significant role in making this experience truly remarkable. Lastly, I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to my alma mater for their support and guidance, without which this journey would not have been possible.