On Feb 28, 2019, Antonia F. Chen from Brigham and Women’s Hospital came to Nanjing to have a brief academic exchange with domestic peers on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of periprosthetic joint infection (PJI) (Figure 1). We were honored to invite Prof. Chen, who is currently the Director of Research, Arthroplasty Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School, to have an interview with us, sharing her experience in the field of orthopaedic infection.
Antonia F. Chen (Figure 2) is an accomplished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher. She is currently the Director of Research, Arthroplasty Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She was the Associate Director of Research at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, an Associate Professor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and the Director of Medical Education Curriculum, Musculoskeletal Studies at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University. She received her BS from Yale University and her MD from Rutgers Medical School, where she graduated with Distinction in Research and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Antonia received her MBA from Rutgers Business School and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and her fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at the Rothman Institute. She is on the editorial board of 6 journals, and is the president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. She has authored over 100 publications, 35 book chapters, and 2 books, has won multiple research awards, and has presented all over the world.
AOJ: Would you briefly summarize the key points of the treatment for PJI for the experts who did not have the opportunity to attend this meeting?
Prof. Chen: The key points are to prevent infection if possible while doing the primary total joint replacement, diagnose PJI appropriately, treat PJI well by selecting the right surgical treatment regimen (DAIR, one- or two-stage), and ensure appropriate biofilm treatment with physical and chemical disruption.
AOJ: What sort of ongoing projects do you have in this area?
Prof. Chen: We are conducting multiple clinical studies examining institutional and international trends of PJI, the genetics associated with PJI, sampling techniques, and biofilm development on polyethylene.
AOJ: How did you become involved in the research of orthopaedic, and how would you describe the particular challenges, setbacks, and successes you’ve encountered along the way?
Prof. Chen: I became interested in research because I wanted to engage in something that could change the field and improve the lives of our patients. I started doing research as an undergraduate student in university, but didn’t do orthopaedic clinical research until I was a medical student. The biggest challenges in research are choosing a good topic and completing the study. I have had multiple studies rejected from journals—but the key is to not give up. With persistence, hard work and time, I’ve been able to publish many articles and continue to seek further knowledge to improve patients’ lives.
AOJ: What would be your suggestions for the college students who are pouring their lives into this filed?
Prof. Chen: Don’t give up. You may end up pursuing a field that you don’t expect, but as long as you love what you are doing, that’s what matters.
On behalf of the editorial office of Annals of Joint (AOJ), I would like to extend my gratitude to Prof. Chen for sharing her opinions with us.
Conflicts of Interest: The author has no conflicts of interest to declare.
(Science Editor: Crystal M. Yan, AOJ, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Cite this article as: Yan CM. Interview with Prof. Antonia F. Chen: please never give up as long as you love what you are doing. Ann Joint 2019;4:20.