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September 28, 2006
Doretta Royer 315 464-4833

SUNY Upstate faculty appointments named in Orthopedic Surgery, Ophthalmology

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – SUNY Upstate Medical University announces the following appointments:

Andrew W. Grose, M.D., has been named assistant professor orthopedic surgery. Grose is involved in research that focuses on the basic science of bone formation and fracture healing. His clinical interests include polytraumatized patients, complex fractures including pelvic and acetabular fractures, as well as hip joint preservation surgery and total joint replacement of the hip and knee. Grose is published in the area of hip and knee reconstruction and has particular interests in the areas of orthopedic trauma and adult reconstructive surgery.

Grose received a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Syracuse University in 1985 and was named a VPA Scholar by the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University in 1999. He earned a medical degree in 1999 from SUNY Downstate Medical Center and completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at New York Medical College in Valhalla, N.Y., in 2004. He completed separate fellowship training in adult reconstructive surgery and orthopedic trauma at the Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, N.Y., in 2005 and 2006 respectively. Grose resides in Syracuse.

Richard A. Tallarico, M.D., has been named assistant professor of orthopedic surgery. Tallarico specializes in spine surgery with a clinical interest in complex spinal disorders and is trained in minimally invasive techniques. He completed research in the areas of spondylolisthesis and spine injuries in athletes. His current research interests focus on spinal motion preservation.

Tallarico received a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Albany in 1996. He earned a medical degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2000 and completed residency training in orthopedic surgery at SUNY Upstate in 2005. During his residency, he was presented with the David G. Murray, M.D., Outstanding Orthopedic Student award. Tallarico completed spine surgery fellowship training at Brown University School of Medicine in 2006. He is a member of the North American Spine Society and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Tallarico resides in Manlius.

Peter D. Calvert, Ph.D., has been named assistant professor of ophthalmology. Calvert’s research interest is in retinal neural cell biology. He is investigating the mechanism of protein localization to the specific domains within eye cells, how signals lead to changes in this localization and how genetic mutations cause proteins to mislocalize, leading to retinal disease or dysfunction. Calvert uses a specialized multiphoton microscope that employs a high power infrared laser to detect proteins in living cells. The laser light is invisible, allowing specific molecules to be followed in four dimensions: laterally, horizontally, vertically and over time without stimulating the photoreceptors. The microscope is one of only two of its kind in the United States.

Calvert received a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin in Platteville in 1989. He earned his doctorate in neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1996. Calvert resides on the east side of Syracuse.

Takehito Saito, Ph.D., has been named a research professor in the Department of Ophthalmology. Saito, one of the world’s foremost investigators of the neural properties of the eye, has made germinal discoveries into the first steps of seeing and how nerve cells in the back of the eye relay visual information to one another before sending the information to the brain. Saito is widely published in the on how retinal regeneration in select animals may possibly lead to cures for blinding diseases in humans.

Saito received a bachelor’s degree in 1962, his master’s degree in biology in 1964 and his doctorate degree in biology in 1971, from the Tokyo University of Education. In addition to his appointment at SUNY Upstate, Saito is professor emeritus of the Institute of Biological Sciences at the University of Tsukuba in Japan. Saito lives in Syracuse.

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