March 03, 2021

Washington University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery currently ranks first in the United States for National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for orthopedic clinical science research.


WashU Orthopedics received over $8.3 million from the NIH in 2020, according to the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research (BRIMR).

In addition, three WashU Orthopedics research faculty rank in the top 20 of NIH-funded principal investigators for orthopaedic research:

 #3 – Matt Silva, PhD - $2.15 million

 #13 – Jie Shen, PhD - $1.3 million

 #14 – Farsh Guilak, PhD - $1.3 million


At Washington University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, a large team of both basic and clinical scientists work in tandem to investigate musculoskeletal disease and treatment.

From programming cartilage cells to deliver anti-inflammatory drugs, to representing our department on a national stage, together, our research team is transforming the future of orthopedic care through discovery and innovation.



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