Steven J. Cyr, M.D., is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon who received extensive training to specialize in the delicate science of Spine Surgery. Anyone who knows Dr. Cyr well will tell you that he is a man driven for quality and excellence. His high standards can be seen throughout his educational process and career. He received top honors at Southwest Texas State University by graduating Summa Cum Laude and Valedictorian with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. In addition to rigorous academics, he was also a member of the Bobcat football team during his three years at SWTSU. Dr. Cyr gained early acceptance into medical school and earned his M.D. from the University Of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. He then began his service to the United States Air Force with a transitional internship at Wilford Hall Medical Center. He served the air force community as a flight surgeon for two years before beginning residency training in orthopedic surgery at Wilford Hall.
Following residency, Dr. Cyr was chosen from among the country’s top neurosurgical and orthopaedic residents as the only fellow for the highly competitive and prestigious Neurosurgery/Orthopaedic surgery spine fellowship at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota. This training program has ranked number one for orthopedic and neurosurgical training programs in America for more than 20 years. The Mayo fellowship combines these two fields, giving their surgeons an understanding of nerve and spine function and treatment that is second to none. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Cyr and his family moved back to San Antonio, where he served as the Chief of Air Force Spine Surgery and Spine Surgery Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Air Force. For six years, Dr. Cyr taught Air Force orthopedic surgery residents, orthopaedic physician assistant fellows, and medical students at Wilford Hall He also served as Assistant Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences. He has twice served our war-wounded soldiers in Iraq at the Air Force Theater Hospital in Balad. He brought innovative techniques to the military and was the first to perform the total disc replacement procedure as well as endoscopic spinal surgery. He specializes in complicated spine issues and has gained notoriety for successful repairs of failed surgeries on patients from numerous other states and around the world. Dr. Cyr’s expertise and skills are now available to civilian patients at the Orthopaedic and Spine Institute, where his passion for excellence and quality keep him at the leading edge of spine surgery.
Dr. Cyr is the author and creator of The OsteoCorps, a STEM-based comic series which has gained national interest due to its unique approach to combining entertainment with education. “The OsteoCorps” is the story of a team of superheroes whose powers are based on actual medical terms and conditions and their battle against villains who create disease and injury. Issue 1 was released in July of 2015 along with a digital interactive version available on the Apple app store and Google Play. Issues 2 and 3 of the series have also been completed and are available in hard copy format. There is also a free running game on the apple app store entitled Cobalt Chrome after one of the main characters. Dr Cyr and the OsteoCorps’ live characters frequently participate in and support many community events and local schools with a live presentation, bringing the comic to life. The OsteoCorps has recently partnered with the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology as the foundation of the children’s exhibit. In keeping with its focus on education and health, the OsteoCorps is also working on a nutrition line with organic juices and products to help kids begin “winning the battle within”. This educational platform has been used to make education exciting and to inspire a love of learning, healthy living, and an interest in STEM professions. The OsteoCorps Foundation, is a formal 501c3.
The premise of the OsteoCorps was Dr Cyr's life-long desire to eliminate injury and disease. Its main characters, the mentors of the OsteoCorps, are likenesses of Dr. and Mrs. Cyr. Ian Cision and Ann Cision (puns for Incision) are researchers who have devoted their entire lives to formulating a serum that can reverse or prevent injury and illness. The story begins with the successful creation of the Genesis serum and how it accidentally transforms the Cision children into superheroes. Dr. Cyr conceptualized every character personally, their powers, arch enemies, and battles based on injuries, illness, and treatment of the muscular and skeletal systems. The idea is to teach children about their conditions and the science behind the source and treatment of each condition without it being obvious. He wanted to create unique characters imbued with special powers that were in line with those needed to treat their injuries and disease states. In the entertainment world, this is called Edutainment. It is entertainment with a purpose.
Each villain from the MalUnion (a pun for the term malunion which means a broken bone which has healed resulting in a deformity or a crooked limb), a league of bad guys controlled by their leader, FraXure, is imbued with powers of destruction and disease. The spin on the so called "bad guys" is that all but the two evil leaders, FraXure and Vertebro, are actually friends or relatives of the Cisions who have been given a poisoned version of the curative Genesis serum.
The idea is to point out that people with injuries or disease are not bad or mutated, but merely sick or ill. Dr Cyr wants to make sure that children don't feel like being injured or having a disease makes them "bad" so to speak, but merely sick. His characters all have specific strengths as well which forces them to work as a team to effect healing and to become victorious over the MalUnion.
Ultimately, it's a battle between health and illness (good vs bad) but in a totally new frontier. The characters can adjust their cell sizes and thus, their bodies, to be nanometer sized or normal sized. They can fight in the body or in the outside world. The battles are limitless as are the types of cells and diagnoses facing humans. The battles begin in the musculoskeletal system but will likely eventually spread to other systems of the body. Characters such as Captain Osteon, Fusion, and Cobalt Chrome form the core of the OsteoCorps. They are the Cision's children morphed into adult versions of themselves with super powers but can readily transform back into children. They battle "bad guys" like FraXure, Slipped Disc, SkullyOsis, and CoreOshun. The story is unique. The medical terms are informative and empowering. Edutainment has never been more exciting. Follow the OsteoCorps to unveil the excitement and mystery superheroes can add to understanding medicine, the body, and all its wonders. Your journey awaits.....
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