We were treating victims of abuse, and had no idea. The absolute disconnect was startling.
Dr. Mohit Bhandari
We Were Treating Victims of Abuse, and Had No Idea
I was surprised one evening in December 2003 when my wife — a social worker with a focus in care of victims of domestic violence — began asking me details about the management of serious bone fractures.

Even though I was specializing in orthopaedic trauma, and we'd been married five years, she'd never before taken an interest. I knew it wasn't mere curiosity.

She explained how many women arriving at a centre for victims of violence in Minneapolis, where she worked at the time, had been treated for serious fractures as a result of abuse — including fractures of the pelvis, humerus, clavicle and ankle, as well as dislocations of various joints. I knew — without a doubt — that an orthopaedic surgeon would have been involved in care for every one of these.

Yet the next day, I asked the surgeons I was working with in my trauma care fellowship if they recalled treating any patients with fractures incurred by domestic violence. The response was a resounding “no.” Not one could remember the last time they’d seen a case.

The absolute disconnect was startling.

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Dr. Mohit Bhandari, MD ’94, is Professor and Chair at McMaster University’s Division of Orthopaedic Surgery and Canada Research Chair in Evidence-Based Orthopaedic Surgery. He has received the Order of Ontario was named member of the Order of Canada this year, for his research and advocacy related to intimate partner violence and the role of orthopaedic surgeons.
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