Med Scholars Research

Emily Moya

With rising healthcare costs and a transition to value-based care, it is important to understand what drives the cost in high-volume surgical procedures, such as anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions. Under the guidance of Dr. Shea, I am performing a cost analysis to document the degree of cost variation in pediatric ACL reconstruction and ACL reconstruction with meniscus repairs at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. We also aim to identify variables that currently drive-up costs with ACL reconstruction and ACL reconstruction with meniscus repair.

Furthermore, I’ll be studying osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the capitellum and developing a better approach for graft matching. This is particularly important because an increase in youth sports participation has led to an increase in overuse elbow injuries in pediatric patients.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Kevin Shea, MD