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The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce the successful recruitment of Muhammed Farooq Rai, Ph.D. as the newest Principal Investigator in the Orthopaedic Research Laboratories, Musculoskeletal Research Center.
Congratulations to current and past Ortho Research trainees Nilsson Holguin, Ryan Tomlinson and Courtney Karner! Each was selected to receive the ASBMR Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Award at the ORS International Sun Valley Workshop on Musculoskeletal Biology in Sun Valley, Idaho. Read more...

Stem cells engineered to grow cartilage, fight inflammation.


“Bmp2 conditional knockout in osteoblasts and endothelial cells does not impair bone formation after injury or mechanical loading in adult mice”

Congratulations to Roberta Faccio, Ph.D., for receiving the Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery’s Lee T. Ford Award for Academic Achievement in 2016. Roberta was chosen in recognition of her excellent research publications and recent grant awards from NIH, Shriners Hospital and the Siteman Cancer Center.








Advancing Orthopaedic Surgery Through Basic Research


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery was established in 1995 as a formal department of Washington University School of Medicine. Since its inception, the goal has been to develop a strong foundation in musculoskeletal research and to achieve a reputation for excellence in clinical care and teaching.

The department’s commitment to excellence in patient care, teaching and research is based upon the belief that outstanding service to patients, family members, referring physicians, fellow employees, students and the future of medical science should be the standard, not the exception.

Since 1995, the department has concentrated on the development of its research program including the establishment of a focused research agenda and the recruitment of leading faculty.

Orthopaedic Research ranks #1 in NIH research funds for 2013.

Washington University Orthopedics ranks number one in NIH research funds in 2013.  The department remains in the top since 2009, after being ranked fourth in 2006 and third in both 2007 and 2008. In 2011, Washington University Orthopedics is followed by University of Rochester, University of Pennsylvania, Johns Hopkins University and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. The Department received $5 million in NIH funding in 2011.

For more information, visit the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research.