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  • Ellicia Coyne | Executive Director

Dine with the Docs: Talking Joints Inland Northwest’s top orthopedic surgeons host first annual even

COEUR D’ALENE (April 24, 2019) — The area’s top orthopedic surgeons from Spokane and Coeur d’Alene are inviting the community to dinner on May 15, a free event in which the doctors will share important information about managing joint-related issues.

Dine with the Docs: Talking Joints is the first annual community event to be held by the Institute for Orthopedic Research and Innovation (IORI), a non-profit organization with a mission to keep lives active through innovative orthopedic research, education, and patient-centered care. As a 501(c)(3) public charity, IORI offers public events providing relevant orthopedic information to the Inland Northwest community.

The event will take place 6:30 p.m. at the Coeur d’Alene Resort with Adam Olscamp, MD; Mike Kody, MD; Jeff Lyman, MD; and Tim Lovell, MD presenting topics about alternatives in pain management, emerging trends in shoulder surgery and regenerative medicine, initial clinical trial results and radiofrequency ablation, and arthritis and hip and knee replacement. Online registration is available at

“We are excited to bring these topics to the community in our first annual event,” said board member Tim Lovell, MD. “Orthopedic conditions and joint pain impact 1 in 2 Americans and are the leading cause for disability and chronic pain.”

Volunteer physician board members bring 100 years of orthopedic experience to IORI for research to bring the highest quality patient care in our region.

“Our dream is to have different orthopedic surgeons from different groups collaborate together,” said IORI Vice President Mike Kody, MD. “We're using our common knowledge in orthopedic surgery and our interest in research to help improve patient care.”

Current trials under way include a treatment to help manage pain after knee replacement, non-surgical treatments to manage knee pain, and an alternative treatment to spinal fusion will begin enrolling in June.

"There are people and organizations in our own backyard with groundbreaking ideas that have the potential to significantly improve patients’ lives,” said IORI President Jeffrey Lyman, MD. “In addition to benefiting our local community, IORI’s work may have a far-reaching impact.”

IORI is governed by a board of directors (Jeffrey Lyman, MD; Adam Olscamp, MD; Mike Kody, MD; Tim Lovell, MD; Ellicia Coyne, Sean Ruggiero, Diane James and Matt Lyman) as well as employees, and volunteers. IORI obtains grants and sponsorships to conduct clinical trials, which provide essential cutting-edge treatments for individuals in the community.

For more information about IORI visit

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