The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has an active research program. Fellow participation in clinical and basic science research projects is encouraged. A listing of faculty research interests includes:

Dr. Boyer: My focus is on the microvascular transplantation of epiphyseal plate allografts following short term cold storage.

Dr. Brogan: My translational research lab focuses on development of applications to enhance intraoperative evaluation of nerve injury, including the use of ultrasound, laser Doppler and molecular fluorescent probes. We also explore ways to optimize peripheral nerve regeneration utilizing 3D printing as well as novel molecular mechanisms.

Dr. Calfee: I am researching the use of standardized patient-rated outcome measures in hand surgery and the effect of comorbidities on patient-rated orthopaedic function.

Dr. Dy: My primary research focus is on the science of health care delivery and access to care, with an emphasis on identifying and addressing disparities in orthopaedic care. My secondary research focus is centered on the patient experience following traumatic brachial plexus injury, combining qualitative, health services, and clinical research methods to improve our understanding of this life-altering condition.

Dr. Gelberman: The primary focus of my research is the administration of mesenchymal stem cells and tendon specific growth factors utilizing a sustained delivery scaffold to enhance intrasynovial flexor tendon repair in an animal model.

Dr. Goldfarb: My primary research focus is the assessment of functional and aesthetic outcomes in congenital anomalies with a secondary focus on outcomes for common upper extremity conditions. 

Dr. Wall: My primary research interest is the clinical assessment of treatment of congenital upper extremity conditions and pediatric birth brachial plexus injuries, with a secondary interest in patient-rated outcomes in the pediatric upper limb.


The fellowship offers a monthly to biweekly interactive anatomy dissection session. Cadaveric upper extremities are dissected in detail by the senior resident on the hand service with assistance from the hand fellows. Specific anatomic structures are identified according to the topic being presented (ie, extensor apparatus, flexors, forearm anatomy, vasculature, etc). The dissections are then presented to the Hand Team, identifying specific anatomic details and discussing clinical correlations. Each session has a thorough list of selected readings consisting of historic and current literature establishing a strong fund of anatomic knowledge. The overall combination of visual presentation, interactive discussion, and descriptive literature provides a comprehensive foundation of upper extremity anatomy knowledge.


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