UPMC Chautauqua WCA Hosts Open House For New Doctors

A cast cutter at the offices of Dr. Brian Mata and Dr. James Fitzgerald, orthopaedic surgeons, at UPMC Chautauqua WCA. An open house was held Thursday to welcome Mata and Dr. Brooke Kelly, physiatrist and director of medical rehabilitation unit, to UPMC Chautauqua WCA. P-J photo by Dennis Phillips

An open house was held at UPMC Chautauqua WCA Thursday to welcome two new doctors to the facility — Dr. Brooke Kelly, physiatrist and director of medical rehabilitation unit and Dr. Brian Mata, board certified orthopedic surgeon.

Both doctors started working at the hospital around February. Kelly, who is an employee of the hospital, said she is glad to be working for a large health care provider like UPMC Chautauqua WCA, located at 207 Foote Ave. She has been practicing medicine in Jamestown since 1999 and in 2005 became the director or medical rehabilitation.

Kelly said her new office location at UPMC Chautauqua WCA allows her to be closer to the impatient care units, which makes it more efficient for her schedule as it allows her to see more patients. She also said it is nice to have the fluoroscopic X-ray machine on site. Fluoroscopy is a type of medical imaging that shows a continuous X-ray image on a monitor, much like an X-ray movie.

Diane Franklin, practice manager, said it is also nice that the hospital has a catheterization laboratory, or cath lab, which is an examination room in a hospital or clinic with diagnostic imaging equipment used to visualize the arteries and the chambers of the heart and treat any stenosis or abnormality found.

Mata, who is an employee of Great Lakes Physician Practice, has an office at UPMC Chautauqua WCA and three additional locations — Dunkirk, Hamburg and Westfield — said Kelly McDonald, GLPP division administrator. She said Mata performs about half of his medical procedures at the Jamestown hospital.

Melissa Murphy Ranney, physician assistant, said Mata and Dr. James Fitzgerald started working at the hospital earlier this year. She said the new location provides more convenience to patients who don’t have to drive as far to visit the doctors. She added the doctors hold appointments, provide follow-ups and practice medical procedures at UPMC Chautauqua WCA.

Mata and Fitzgerald treat conditions like arthritis, knee and shoulder dislocations, joint injuries, impingement syndrome, fractures and sports injuries, according to GLPP website — glpp.com. Services provided include shoulder and elbow procedures, hand and wrist procedures, hip and knee replacement, foot and ankle procedures and orthopaedic trauma surgery. Ranney said Mata’s sports medicine procedures include surgeries such as rotator cuff, anterior cruciate ligament and labral repair.

Mata is a local native who has been practicing in the area for four years. He received his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine where he also completed an orthopaedic surgical residency. He earned a sport medicine fellowship with MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore. Locally, he cares for local high school athletes as well as State University at Fredonia athletes.

Fitzgerald grew up in Western New York and has practiced in the region for more than 30 years, most recently at the Lakeshore Orthopedic Group. He has performed more than 3,000 joint replacements. A graduate of the Georgetown University School of Medicine, he completed his residency at the State University at Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse. He completed an orthopaedic hand surgical fellowship at the State University at Buffalo Medical School.

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