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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Faculty Research Interests

Kyriacos Athanasiou, Ph.D., Ph.M.

  Biomechanics and Biomaterials in Cartilage Function.   Tissue Engineering and Cartilage Regeneration. 


Robert Allen, M.D.

  Nerve regeneration after trauma


Jennette Boakes, M.D.

  Long Term Outcomes of Muscle Strength on Lower Limb Function During Limb Lengthening and Amputations in the Shiners’ Hospital and U.C. Davis. 


Blaine Christiansen, Ph.D.

  Mechanisms of Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis.  Peripheral Sensory Nerve Function and Bone Mass. 


Tania Ferguson, M.D.

  Pelvic and acetabular fracture injury patterns, imaging, and biomechanics of injury and fixation; clinical outcomes of and surgical indication for pelvic and acetabular fracture surgery


David Fyhrie, Ph.D.

  Bone and Cartilage Mechanical Properties and Risk of Osteoporotic Fractures.  Mechanical Failure of Collagenous Structures and Rejection of Water: Implications for Bone Fracture. 


Eric Giza, M.D.

  Clinical Application of Juvenile Articular Cartilage Allografts for Osteochondral Defects in the Talus.  Arthroscopic Approaches to Lateral Ligament Stabilization.  


Munish Gupta, M.D.

  Spine Fusion: Basic and Clinical Investigations.  Laminoplasty Techniques for the Treatment of Multilevel Cervical Stenosis. 


Dominik Haudenschild, Ph.D.

  Early Responses to Joint Injury in Post-Traumatic Osteoarthritis.  Mechanotransduction in Chondrocytes.  Modulation of Cellular Response to Growth Factors by Cartilage Oligomeric Matrix Protein (COMP). 


Michelle James, M.D.

  Analysis of upper extremity function in children; funded studies of prosthesis use in children with below elbow deficiency and treatment of upper extremity cerebral palsy; motion analysis of the upper extremity in children and teenagers with brachial plexus birth palsy and spinal cord injury; motion analysis of thumb abduction and opposition; outcomes of nerve reconstruction for infants with brachial plexus birth palsy; outcomes of pinch reconstruction in people with tetraplegia; stereognosis assessment in children with upper extremity cerebral palsy; molecular biology of limb deficiency.


Eric Klineberg, M.D.

 Enhancement of Spine Fusion by Complexes of BMP-2 and COMP.  Histochemical and Biomechanical Properties of Human Facet Joints with Special Focus on Lubrication. Establishment of Data Bases for Clinical Outcomes in Spinal Surgery.


Kent Leach, Ph.D.
Identification of Signals for Optimal Bone Formation.  Enhancement of Bone Differentiation by Cell-Secreted Extracellular Matrix.  Secretion of Proangiogenic Factors in vivo Angiogenesis.


Cassandra Lee, M.D.
  Tissue Engineering for Articular Cartilage Defects.  Integration of Self Assembled Cartilage Constructs for Trochlear Defects in Rabbits. 


Mark Lee, M.D.

  Adipose-derived and Bone Marrow Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Treatment of Atrophic Nonunions in Rats.   BMPs and Biomechanics of Fracture Healing. 


Joel Lerman, M.D.

  Function and clinical outcomes in patients with congenital lower extremity deficiencies, as well as orthopaedic issues in spinal cord injured youths, spinal deformities and clubfeet.


Richard Marder, M.D.

  Prospective, Randomized Study of Rotator Cuff Syndrome using Subacromial bursa.  Biomechanics of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Repair in Reconstruction. 


Debra Popejoy, M.D.

  Scoliosis, gait analysis


George Rab, M.D.

  Gait analysis (kinematics), joint biomechanics and computer modeling


 A. Hari Reddi, Ph.D.

  Stem Cells for Chondrogenesis: Isolation from Bone Marrow, Muscle and Synovium.  Tissue Engineering and Regeneration of Articular Cartilage.  Engineering Lubrication in Tissue Engineered Cartilage. 


Rolando Roberto, M.D.

  Infections in Spinal Surgery. Adult Sagittal Plane Deformity Correction with Osteotomy Pedicle Subtraction. 


Peter Salamon, M.D.

  Treatment of orthopaedic problems with the hips, lower and upper extremities, use of Ponseti method in treating club feet


Robert Szabo, M.D.

  Dynamic MRI Imaging during Wrist and Forearm Motion to Assess Carpal Kinematics.  Hypermobility of the Trapeziometacarpal Joint the Thumb in Hand Osteoarthritis. Improvement of Clinical Care of Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. 


James Van den Bogaerde, M.D.

  Anatomic, biomechanical and clinical outcome studies in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery.


Philip Wolinsky, M.D.

  Healing and Non-healing Acute Fractures: Are these Differences in Mesenchymal Stem Cells?  Clinical Investigations to Predict Non-unions in Traumatic Fractures. 


Brad Yoo, M.D.

  Surgical Approaches for Complex Proximal Tibial Fractures.  Retrofibular Profile as a Radiographic Marker for Rotational Reduction of the Distal Fibula.