Orthopaedic Digital Communications Group

Orthopaedic Digital Communications Group

The Orthopaedic Digital Communications Group is a multi-disciplinary team working to develop patient education materials.


The Orthopaedic Digital Communications Groupis a multi-disciplinary team of scientists, clinicians, therapists and designers. We create innovative patient-and-family-centered educational materials to streamline the medical experience for our patients and help them make informed decisions about their health.

Our patient-centered materials are provided in an easy-to-read PDF. We want patients and their families to access our educational materials on desktop computers, tablets and smartphones.

Our team earned a Partners in Excellence Award for our work on the educational guides we provide our patients.

Group Members

  • Arun Shanbhag, PhD, MBA, Senior Advisor
  • Lara Lind, MA, Web Coordinator
  • Robert Dorman, PT, Clinical Specialist, Physical Therapy
  • Janet Dorrwachter, NP, Nurse Practitioners
  • Emily Mulla, NP, Nurse Practitioner
  • Jill Pedro, RN, Nurse Clinical Specialist
  • Logan Sharma, OTR/L, Clinical Specialist, Occupational Therapy
  • Pam Tobichuk, RN, Preadmission Nurse Case Manager
  • Kristin Wood, NP, Nurse Practitioner

Research Projects

  • Patient Guides:Our comprehensive patient guides give step-by-step information on things like meeting our doctors, how to prepare for surgery, what to expect after surgery in the hospital and recovery at home.

Our team earned a Partners in Excellence Award for our work on the educational guides we provide our patients.

  • Patient Education Videos:Two videos are in production and will supplement our Hip Replacement Patient Guide and Knee Replacement Patient Guide. The videos introduce patients to our Hip & Knee Replacement Care Team, walk patients through admission to MGH, surgery, discharge from MGH and recovery at home.
  • Aches & Joints:Our peer-reviewed online portal provides patients and care providers with an objective overview of musculoskeletal topics.
  • Grand Rounds:In our Grand Rounds, leading academic experts discuss problems in medicine, innovative treatments and solutions that work. Our Grand Rounds are posted to Aches & Joints, which offers users the opportunity to share in this rich educational experience.



Contact Us

Online Strategy & Communications Group

  • Phone: see email addresses

Lara Lind: llind@partners.org
Arun Shanbhag: shanbhag@helix.mgh.harvard.edu

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