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Why choose Washington University Orthopedics?  

Our Mission and Vision

Our mission is to have a national and international impact on orthopedics through excellence in clinical care, education, research and leadership. Our vision is to grow our impact on patients and our community by improving access and outcomes, to expand our geographic footprint, to train the next generation of orthopedic surgical leaders, and to transform the future of orthopedic care through discovery and innovation. 



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

With 84 orthopedic specialists at eight locations, our practice provides trusted, personalized and convenient care for 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.



Committed to the highest quality of care and patient safety

We're proud to rank #1 in St. Louis and Missouri for both adult and pediatric orthopedic care. We're also #7 in the nation for pediatric orthopedic care. 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, and we are consistently recognized for our commitment to trusted, excellent care for all patients. 


Runner having knee pain. Avoid the Emergency Room with the Orthopedic Injury Clinic

The Orthopedic Injury Clinic, available in West County and South County, offers same-day appointments for sprains, strains, fractures, and sports-related injuries in patients ages 5 and above. Casting, splinting, and X-ray services are conveniently available onsite.



Female athlete cheering.Washington University Living Well Center

The Washington University Living Well Center is a new and unique lifestyle medicine program dedicated to providing you with tools and resources you need to be successful in your healthy-living journey. The Living Well Center can help you improve your health for an upcoming surgery, target and a treat specific condition if you are not a candidate for surgery, enhance your quality of life during and after cancer treatment, or optimize your health to meet a specific goal, such as healthy living after having a baby or training for an athletic event.

Ready to make a change? Schedule an appointment at the Living Well Center today: 314-514-3565

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Be 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 #2 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 the #1 NIH-funded orthopedic research program in the United States, 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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