R. Lor Randall, an internationally recognized sarcoma surgeon and scientist, became chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the David Linn Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery at UC Davis Health on Aug. 1.
A compassionate and patient-focused physician, Randall comes to UC Davis from the University of Utah, where he founded leading-edge teams to treat and study cancers of connective tissue in children and adults. He also launched and led the Huntsman-Intermountain Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Care Program, the first program of its kind in Utah, and advanced methods for salvaging limbs of patients with bone tumors.
As a scientist, Randall built the team that developed a genetically engineered mouse that researchers worldwide can use to study the molecular mechanisms of sarcomas. As an educator, he created the Sarcoma Advanced Research and Clinical Fellowship, a highly sought after clinical training opportunity that he will bring to UC Davis.
“Sarcoma patients are dealing with a life-changing disease that takes much more than skill to heal,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “Dr. Randall has the combination of empathy, expertise and commitment to continually improve care that matches our vision and will bring our team to new levels of excellence.”
— Lars Berglund, interim dean, UC Davis School of Medicine
Randall now leads 70 UC Davis surgeons, physicians, researchers and trainees who provide the full spectrum of specialty care for musculoskeletal injuries and disease — from joint reconstruction to hand surgery. The team has an international reputation for treating orthopaedic trauma and for investigations of novel therapies, including stem cell therapies, to repair cartilage and bone.
“Dr. Randall is a proven collaborator and leader who will further enhance our clinical expertise and research programs to improve orthopaedic care for patients everywhere,” said Lars Berglund, interim dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine.
Prior to joining the University of Utah, Randall completed his fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at the University of Washington Fred Hutchison Cancer Center, residency in orthopaedic surgery at UC San Francisco and medical degree at Yale. He has received numerous national and international awards, has a solid history of scientific grant funding and has published over 175 peer-reviewed articles along with innumerable chapters and abstracts on sarcoma surgery and biology.
More information about UC Davis Health and its Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is at health.ucdavis.edu.