This is the official web page of the Titanium Rib Project, an FDA-sponsored clinical trial of an investigational surgical implant known as the Titanium Rib. We are the primary site of three in the world where this procedure is done, and are located at Santa Rosa Children's Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Our project is affiliated with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, under the Department of Orthopaedics.

- NEWS -

For all you folks out there awaiting surgery, letters have been sent regarding dates
for the summer. 
  Lori and Bernice will get
you scheduled and of course if you have concerns or questions in the meantime you can call
either of them at the office. 

Just in case you're wondering, we're now up to 97 patients in the program!! No wonder it
feels so busy!  The Boston site (Boston Children's Hospital) had its first implant procedures
in August 1999, and so far things are going well.  Pittsburgh is also up and running, and we expect
new patients to be enrolled there soon.



All of you involved in the rib program who wish to be included on this web site in a list
of the rib family network, please email or snail mail whatever info you would like posted
to Mary Sueltenfuss here at the office. I will make sure that Hugh or the appropriate site
designer gets it so we can get you all better connected to one another and to the outside
world!  Again, all suggestions are welcome and anyone who has useful info or links to other
web sites should definitely send them to us as well.  Thanks for your cooperation!

It's About Time!

It is our hope that this web site will become a useful resource for people involved in the study as well
as those who are interested in learning more about what we do here.  As you can see, we are currently and perpetually, it seems, under
construction.  We promise that in the very near future, great things await us all!  If you have suggestions, questions or comments about this site you should now direct them to Hugh Enockson, a proud parent of a famous riblet, Maggie Enockson, and - fortunately for us is also a skilled graphics designer who
has volunteered his time to whip this site into shape! He can be reached at . In the meantime, please bear with us and don't forget we still have phones and can receive regular mail and email, though it sometimes requires a bit more patience to get through. We really are here, just swamped!

Because this site is under construction, you may prefer to contact  us by mail or telephone:

Titanium Rib Project
Santa Rosa Children's Hospital
519 W. Houston St.
San Antonio, TX  78207

Bernice Avilez, Medical Coordinator:                                   (210)704-2988
Mary Sueltenfuss, RN, Research Nurse /
    :                                  (210)704-3027
Lori Buegeler, R.N., Clinical Case Manager:                           (210)704-2374
Robert M. Campbell, M.D., Principal Investigator:                 (210)704-2988
Melvin D. Smith, M.D., Co-Investigator:                              (210)692-7337

                        For general information and inquiries, write to:


Rib Family Network

Who is the "Rib Team"?..Physicians, Staff..