Team Week 2023

To close out Team Week, we would like to welcome the Kirby family! Mother and daughter duo, Molly and Meghan Kirby, share their experiences navigating Meghan’s lifelong history of hip dysplasia and related surgeries as a family.

Dr. Eric Smith shares his expertise on total hip replacement and the particular considerations for patients with hip dysplasia who are undergoing a THA. Dr. Smith discusses what a total hip replacement is and what the recovery often looks like, as well as outcomes from the procedure along with new research in the field of arthroplasty.
Dr. Eric Smith is an orthopedic surgeon at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA specializing in hip and knee replacement, reconstruction, and revision surgery. Dr. Smith attended medical school at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, LA before completing his residency at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, HI. After serving ten years on active duty where he was deployed to Afghanistan as an orthopedic surgeon, he joined the team at Boston Medical Center as the Chief of the Division of Arthroplasty. Currently, Dr. Smith is the Chief of Arthroplasty at NEBH and is highly involved in the clinical care of patients, in addition to research and teaching.

Samantha Strong, Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Accredited Case Manager, currently has her own virtual private therapy practice. She discusses the role of social work and mental health therapy for patients and families navigating challenging medical situations. Samantha also shares how having a child with hip dysplasia has fueled her passion for this patient population. Her desire is to raise awareness and meet the needs of this community by developing support groups for patients and parents. If you would like more information, you can email Samantha at
Dr. Eduardo Novais discusses the field of hip preservation, including details about hip dysplasia, treatments at various stages of life, recovery, the role of the medical team and patient in the surgical/recovery process, and patient expectations and outcomes after treatment. Dr. Novais also shared about exciting research related to the field of hip preservation and exciting advancements to look forward to that could directly impact the experience of individuals with hip dysplasia as well as further improvements to treatment outcomes.
 Dr. Eduardo Novais is an orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children’s Hospital specializing in hip preservation surgery. After attending medical school in Brazil, Dr. Novais completed multiple Fellowships across the United States for further training. He served as the Director of the Hip Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado prior to joining the Orthopedic Center and the Child and Young Adult Hip Preservation Program at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Dr. Joshua Wellington is a fellowship trained pain management physician. He has been practicing pain medicine in the Midwest for the last 19yrs, focusing on advanced pain therapies such as spinal cord stimulation and spinal drug delivery with implanted pain pumps.

Dr. Wellington discusses the role of pain medicine physicians in managing acute and chronic pain in individuals with hip dysplasia.

Dr. Joel Wells is a fellowship-trained comprehensive hip surgeon. He specializes in periacetabular osteotomy, arthroscopic and open hip preservation surgery, hip sports surgery, anterior total hip replacement, hip resurfacing, and hip reconstruction. He has a particular interest in hip dysplasia, femoroacetabular impingement syndrome, Perthes, complex hip deformities and hip research. Dr. Wells is also the medical director of the Comprehensive Hip Center Program at Baylor Scott & White Medical Center — McKinney.
Dr. Wells discusses the role of the hip preservation surgery and hip arthroscopy for individuals with hip dysplasia.

Megan Philipp PT, DPT, Cert. DN is a physical therapist dedicated to education of hip pathologies and hyper-mobility disorders. She is a PT turned patient with a left hip surgery in 2020 and RPAO in 2022, and she discusses her experience as a PT influencing her journey with hip dysplasia and how hip dysplasia has shaped her practice as PT.