Marc Jacofsky: CORE Values

by Don Ketchum, ASU Magazine
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The world of orthopedic research and treatment continues its evolutionary spin second by second, minute by minute and day by day. One man who puts all of his energy into keeping things moving is Marc Jacofsky, who obtained his master’s and Ph.D. degrees from ASU in physical anthropology and continues his connection to the university by working as an adjunct faculty member at ASU in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change.

Jacofsky, 34, grew up in New York and came to Arizona in 1999. He helped form The CORE Institute (Center for Orthopedic Research and Education) in 2005 with his brother, David, an orthopedic surgeon. At the start, there were three surgeons, three employees and one location. Today, Jacofsky says, there are 30 providers (doctors/treatment personnel), 300 employees and affiliations with six hospitals around the state, five in Maricopa County and one in Prescott.

He is the institute’s vice president of research and development, involved in the research aspect as director of the BSHRI-CORE Research Labs in Sun City. The organization concentrates on three primary areas of study – gait and motion analysis, biomechanical testing, and clinical research. He also has dealt with intellectual property development, having applied for five or six patents over the last three years.

“We want to provide the best care we can, to be out front through research and innovative technologies,’’ Jacofsky said. “We are primarily looking at joint replacement and fractures.’’ One of the organization’s most promising projects is called Secure Tracks, a support device that helps patients walk after surgery such as hip or knee replacements. The device slides along tracks in the ceiling. It helps the patient walk faster and with a more normal gait.

“It is relatively impossible to fall. You don’t have to lean over as you would with a walker,’’ he said.

Although his relationship with the university has changed since his days as a graduate student, he still keeps in touch with his ASU colleagues.

“My time there (at ASU) was good. We still have some collaborative research efforts,’’ he said. “In our department, we had a good sense of communication without a great sense of competition (with each other). The success of any one individual was and is good for the university. That is the same type of approach we have tried to take at CORE.’’

Reprinted from the article “Young alumni build on early success” in ASU Magazine, May 2011, Vol. 14, No. 4.

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