Mikhail Samchukov, MD
Dr. Samchukov is a worldwide expert on distraction osteogenesis and external fixation techniques who has been on staff at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since completing his Visiting Professorship program in 1991. He received his medical degree at Khabarovsk Medical Institute in Russia and had a very successful career of orthopedic surgeon and scientist in his home country working as a Deputy General Director of the Ilizarov Orthopedic Research Center, Kurgan, Russia. Currently, Dr. Samchukov is the Co-Director of the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction in the Seay Research Center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, Dallas, Texas. He also serves as an Associate Professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas and associate professor in the department of biomedical sciences at Texas A&M University System Health Science Center in Dallas.
For many years, Dr. Samchukov’s primary research interest and initiatives included limb lengthening, deformity correction, and bone transport; computer assisted preoperative planning and monitoring; distraction osteogenesis and histiogenesis; and external skeletal fixation. His contribution to the field of distraction osteogenesis and external skeletal fixation is hard to overestimate. He is co-developer of the TrueLok, TL-Trauma, TL-Hex, and TL-EVO external fixation systems and holds 81 patents and multiple certified inventions. He was a chief editor on 5 books and is widely published in the area of distraction osteogenesis and external skeletal fixation. His list of publications includes 52 book chapters, 82 peer review articles, and 315 abstracts. Because of his unique knowledge and tremendous experience, Dr. Samchukov has received numerous research grants and is regularly invited as a guest speaker to national and International symposiums.
Alexander Cherkashin, MD
Co-Director, Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction.
Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic Hospital, Dallas TX USA
Dr. Alexander Cherkashin is known for his cross-disciplinary work in the fields of orthopedics, outcome studies and data management. After receiving his medical degree in Novosibirsk State Medical University in Russia he graduated residency program in Kurgan Scientific Center under the guidance of professor Ilizarov. For the next 12 years he worked in the renowned Ilizarov Orthopedic & Research Center in Kurgan, Russia. While working as a head of hip reconstruction department, he was conducting research on prevention of complications during application of distraction osteogenesis techniques using computer data management. At the same time, he served as a faculty of the Department of Continuing Medical Education at the Ilizarov Center.
Since 1995, Dr. Cherkashin joined research department of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and six years later became a Director of the Orthopedic Data Management Lab. His outstanding work led to development of the Ilizarov Interactive Database for analysis of the Ilizarov treatment outcome and prevention of complications. He is widely published and is co-author of 2 books and 46 book chapters; author of 45 patents in the areas of external fixation and limb reconstruction. Dr. Cherkashin is an Honorary Professor of the Ilizarov Center in Kurgan, Russia; and serves as an assistant professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas. Research areas of interest: Limb Lengthening, Deformity Correction, & Bone Transport; External Fixation & Complications; Computerized Preoperative Planning; Distraction Osteogenesis & Histogenesis; Medical Databases and Outcome Studies.