Perhaps unique from the usual JOT publication, this supplement presents a collection of scientific studies in tribute to the achievements of a single orthopaedic surgeon, not articles specific to a certain topic or area of interest. This situation, of course, is due to the simple fact that this particular surgeon has had many accomplishments in areas of orthopaedics that are wide ranging. He has also served as an educator to hundreds, mentor to many, and friend to an inclusive group of surgeons having in common a consuming interest in surgical excellence. We speak, of course, of a man well known to anyone actively involved in the orthopaedic community—namely, Jeff Mast.
Initially, as a student himself, and subsequently, as a major influence on the AO philosophy of trauma care, Jeff has changed the lives of surgeons and patients, alike, propelled through his energetic instruction at numerous basic, advanced, and specialty education courses. His sincere dedication to education and mentorship can be seen in the letter he wrote to Brett Bolhofner in 2005, meticulously describing the periacetabular osteotomy surgical technique (see Supplemental Digital Content 1, http://links.lww.com/JOT/A238). His advocacy and expertise in preoperative planning raised awareness of this critical process and showed us all how even the most difficult cases can be performed in an organized and, if not routine, at least controlled fashion.1,2 We are pleased to be able to republish 1 example in this supplement.1 His investigations with adjunctive locking nuts presaged the era of locking plates.3,4 Jeff was at the forefront in evolution of the indirect reduction of fractures,5 which was another “game changer” in fracture care. His book “Planning and Reduction Technique in Fracture Surgery”6 became required reading almost immediately after its publication. And anyone who was lucky enough to be at the 16th Annual Meeting of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association in San Antonio, TX in 2000 for Jeff's presentation entitled, “The Metamorphosis of the Trauma Surgeon to the Reconstructionist,” as the John Border, MD Memorial Lecturer could not help but be in awe of his expertise. Therefore, we are pleased to be able to include a testimonial by his close friends—Brett Bolhofner, Eric Johnson, and Keith Mayo.
As noted, Jeff's orthopaedic interests are wide ranging, including acute trauma, posttraumatic reconstruction, and hip preservation. Therefore, this supplement includes articles somewhat outside the usual orthopaedic trauma fare. However, we are confident that it will be of great interest to the JOT readership. Jeff has been a mentor to the contributing authors of this supplement, and it is our honor to have been chosen to coordinate this fitting tribute.
1. Mast JW. Preoperative planning in the surgical correction of tibial nonunions and malunions. Clin Orthop Rel Res. 1983;178:26–30.
2. Mast JW, Teitge RA, Gowda M. Preoperative planning for the treatment of nonunions and the correction of malunions of the long bones. Orthop Clin North Am. 1990;214:693–714.
3. Kolodziej P, Lee FS, Patel A, et al. Biomechanical evaluation of the schuhli nut. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1998;347:79–85.
4. Kassab SS, Mast JW, Mayo KA. Patients treated for nonunions with plate and screw fixation and adjunctive locking nuts. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1998;347:86–92.
5. Leunig M, Hertel R, Siebenrock KA, et al. The evolution of indirect reduction techniques for the treatment of fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2000;375:7–14.
6. Mast JW, Jakob R, Ganz R. Planning and Reduction Technique in Fracture Surgery. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag; 1989.