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Why choose Washington University Orthopedics? 

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Physiatrist Nate Olafsen, MD, performing a hand examComprehensive orthopedic care

With 83 orthopedic specialists at eight locations, our practice provides trusted, personalized and convenient care patients of all ages. Our physicians have advanced fellowship training in ten different musculoskeletal subspecialty areas, which means you receive a precise diagnosis and treatment plan for any bone or muscle injury or condition. For immediate care, call our Orthopedic Injury Clinic for same-day appointments at two area locations. 

We’re also among the first departments at Washington University School of Medicine to implement  the National Institute of Health's (NIH) Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System, or PROMIS. This national initiative uses an algorithm and patient questionnaires to hone in on how factors such as lifestyle choices, obesity, exercise and mental health impact the progression of diseases or the outcome of different treatment options. 

Read more about our the history of our department.


US News Best Children's Hospital BadgeCommitted to the highest quality of care and patient safety

We're proud to rank #1 in St. Louis and #6 in the nation for pediatric orthopedic care. We’re also recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “High Performing” total hip and knee program, which is the highest designation possible. Our total joint replacement program at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital has earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for quality and safety of joint replacement procedures. 


Virtual phone visit with a doctorKeeping you safe

When you have a bone, joint or muscle injury or concern, we’re here to help. From virtual visits to changing the way we see patients in our office, count on us to be a safe place for orthopedic care. Learn how we are keeping patients safe.



St. Louis Blues LogoBe Treated Like a Pro

For over 25 years, Washington University Orthopedics has served as the official team physicians for the St. Louis Blues hockey team. We also serve as team physicians for local club sports, collegiate and high school teams, as well as local and national athletic events. 



Regis J. O'Keefe, MD, PhD, giving the presidential address at the American Orthopaedic AssociationDefining the future of orthopedics

Our physicians hold many influential leadership positions in national and international orthopedic organizations and societies, where they aim to advance the field of musculoskeletal health. 




Regis O'Keefe, MD, PhD, and orthopaedic surgery residents talking in the hallwayTraining the next generation of orthopedic surgeons

Our residency program is nationally recognized as a top program, and currently ranks as #3 in the nation according to the Doximity residency navigator. Each year, we provide education to more than 60 residents, fellows, and post-doctoral fellows, and participate in community-wide initiatives for orthopedic education, through programs such as the Perry Initiative.


Farshid Guilak, PhD, and biomedical engineering PhD student Ali Ross, show a container with a prototype of a living hip replacement. Leading orthopedic research and discovery

As one of the top three NIH-funded orthopedic research programs in the United States for the last decade, our orthopedic providers and research faculty are turning their scientific discoveries into future orthopedic treatments. Areas of research include cartilage biology and joint disease, tendon injury and repair, and bone injury and repair. We're also looking at how stem cells promote musculoskeletal tissue regeneration of bone, cartilage, and tendons/ligaments.

An Orthopedic Clinical Research Center (OCRC) was developed to support clinical research in areas such as rotator cuff disease, anterior cruciate ligament injury, upper extremity nerve injury, and the non-operative management of hip impingement. The OCRC is currently working on over 400 active clinical research studies, with two of those being large scale, multi-center studies. 


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