Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


Now nearing the end of its 7th year as a revitalized clinical service, Orthopaedic Surgery at the Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital has continued to grow into a vibrant and exciting Department with excellence in clinical care, education, and research. It has been another busy year! Here are some of the highlights:

  • Drs. Joe DeAngelis and Bridget Quinn joined the Sports Medicine Service
  • Stefan Muzin joined the Physiatry Service
  • We are expanding the Hand Service and have begun recruiting for another surgeon
  • Drs. DeAngelis and Appleton have contributed to the Haiti mission and will continue to serve on a rotational basis along with Ken Rodriguez


We have continued to develop the teaching program for the residents. We will have 7 Harvard Orthopaedic residents starting July 2010. The residents will have the chance to work with the sports, spine, hand, and trauma services both in the clinic and operating room under the direction of Drs. Ramappa, Day, McGuire, and Rodriquez, along with Drs. Davis, White, Rozental, and Appleton. All the residents to date have been pleased with their rotations, and the PGY 2 and PGY 5 residents continue to hone their arthroscopic skills with the excellent contributions of the Meeks, Zilberfarb, Richardson group as well as Drs. Ramappa, Davis, and DeAngelis. The dedication of our faculty has been largely responsible for making the return of the residents to the BIDMC such a positive experience.

The following is a brief synopsis of our faculty accomplishments and activities for the academic year:

Augustus A. White, III, M.D., Ph.D devotes his attention and energies to the students of Harvard Medical School. He was honored this year by the AAOS by receiving the Academy’s Leadership Award which was presented at the Annual Meeting in New Orleans. We had another very successful Annual Augustus A. White, III, M.D., Ph.D Spine Symposium in October, 2009 discussing Perspectives on Health Care and Health Care Reform. Speakers included William Toby, Veteran of the Federal Department of HHS, Private Consultant, Christopher Bono, M.D., Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of Orthopaedic Spine at BWH, and Dana Gelb Safran, ScD Senior Vice President of BCBS, MA


The Hand Service continues to generate large clinical volumes and excellent academic research. Charles Day, MD, was promoted to Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is the recipient of the 2009-2010 HMS/HSDM Excellence in Mentoring Award. He has been working on several research projects with Harvard Medical students and continues his efforts as Director, Musculoskeletal Examination Centralized Sessions, Patient-Doctor II at HMS. Dr. Day is a fellow in the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program, Class of 2008-2010 and has become a member of the American Orthopaedic Association. Tamara Rozental, MD was promoted to Assistant Professor and has been very busy academically along with building a successful hand and upper extremity practice. Her research efforts are focused in the area of fragility fractures of the upper extremity. Over the last year, she has had 7 publications, has been working on several IRB approved studies and has received funding for many of these effort. Hillel Skoff, MD continues to have an active practice in Hand Surgery. Robert Waugh is completing his year as the 4th Orthopaedic Hand Fellow at BIDMC (a combined ACGME fellowship with Plastic Surgery) and will be starting a position at Seacoast Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Somersworth, NH.


Megan E. Anderson, MD continues to grow her practice in musculoskeletal oncology at the BIDMC and Children’s Hospital. Over the last year she has had 7 publications and is working on a multi-institutional Biomechanical CT study for metastatic disease funded through the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society. She has been active with presentations at the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society and the New England Orthopaedic Society. She is a member of the faculty of the Boston Pathology Course and continues to organize the Tumor Core Curriculum for the residents. Mark C. Gebhardt, MD is busy clinically as well with his tumor practice at BIDMC and Children’s Hospital. His administrative duties occupy a large part of his time, and he continues to participate in several local, national, and international orthopaedic organizations as well as continuing collaborative research and publications. He rode his third 192 mile Pan Mass Challenge to raise money for cancer research and “Pedal for Pediatrics.” All contributions are welcome!


E. Ken Rodriguez, MD, PhD (a.k.a. "K-Rod"), our Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma, has been very busy over the last year working on 13 research projects, several of which are IRB approved and many others are pending. We hired a full time research administrator this year to keep track of all of the IRB studies in Orthopaedics. Ken continues to organize our orthopaedic trauma service at the BIDMC and is very glad to share his duties with Paul Appleton, MD. Paul Appleton was awarded the 2010 Golden Apple Teaching award. Both Ken and Paul have participated in several regional, national, and international courses over the last year. The trauma service has also had several publications including “Driving After Musculoskeletal Injury: Addressing Patient and Surgeon Concerns in an Urban Orthopaedic Practice.” Ken and Paul remain committed to educating our residents, fellows, and medical students and consistently get rave reviews from those who rotate through their service.


Doug Ayres, MD continues his appointment as Vice Chair of the Department this year and retained his position as our Quality Assurance Director. Despite these administrative burdens his practice is booming. He instituted our arthroplasty clinical pathway and preoperative teaching classes for our patients. His teaching in the operating room and clinic has received praise from the PGY-2 residents who have rotated with him. Harris Yett, MD has been working closely with the geriatrics service to provide specialized care for the elderly patients with fracture and arthroplasty needs. He and Doug lead the geriatric care program for the Harvard residents at BIDMC. Ayesha Abdeen, M.D., who joined the Arthroplasty service in 2008 has quickly grown her practice. Over the last year she has had three publications and one chapter in AAOS Advances in Knee Reconstruction. Donald Reilly, MD will leave HMFP on May 31, 2010 but will continue his affiliation with BIDMC and NEBH.


Robert Davis, MD has continued his clinical work and expanded his practice in sports medicine and trauma. He has an active role in teaching of the PGY-2 sports medicine and arthroplasty residents and PGY-1 Interns that rotate through the Orthopaedic Department. Arun Ramappa, MD provides expertise in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He has expanded his practice to the Needham and Lexington sites. He remains Co-Director of Medical Research for the Boston Red Sox and received a grant from Major League Baseball to study shoulder labral tears. His research interests include shoulder and elbow injuries in throwers, articular cartilage injuries and ACL tears, and rotator cuff repair. He continues to publish scientific articles and is very active in regional and national meetings. Joseph DeAngelis joined the practice in August 2009 and has quickly expanded his practice. He practices at Milton and Boston. Drs. Louis Meeks, Lars Richardson, and Jeffrey Zilberfarb continue their busy practice and make a significant contribution to the education of the sports medicine resident on their service, as well as to the education of HMS students.


Dr. Kevin J. McGuire continues as the Program Director of the ACGME-approved Spine Fellowship and as the Co-Director of the Spine Center, a joint venture with the departments of neurosurgery, neurology, anesthesia, radiology, and physical therapy that opened in March 2008. He has expanded to his practice to several of our off site locations including Lexington, Needham, and Newburyport. He continues his interest in outcomes research and submitted a planning grant to the NIH for “C-SPORT” in conjunction with Jim Weinstein, DO at Dartmouth for a multicenter randomized trial for cervical radiculopathy. Andrew P. White, MD continues to grow his very busy clinical practice at BIDMC and in Stoughton. Andrew was awarded a grant through the Catalyst Program at HMS to develop a method of inducing brown adipogenesis by BMP-7 as an anti-obesity therapy, and he is involved in 3 IRB approved research projects, one of which is an FDA Investigational Device Exemption trial of cervical total disk replacement. John C. Keel, MD, the Medical Director of the Spine Center has quickly expanded his practice and is now practicing in Needham and Boston. He is joined by fellow Physiatrist Stefan Muzin, MD who joined the practice in October 2009. Stefan is a graduate of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, completed his residency at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and then went on to complete a fellowship at Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. Paul Glazer, MD continues his practice in the Shapiro Clinical Center and research in several areas of spine surgery. His clinical research involves the assessment of quality of life outcomes after spinal fusion for degenerative disorders and scoliosis. Umesh Metkar, MD is completing his year as the 3rd ACGME accredited Spine Fellow.


Naven Duggal, MD continues to grow the foot and ankle service. His practice has expanded to Milton Hospital, and he maintains an active link to the trauma service. He is involved in research related to outcomes from total ankle arthroplasty and is developing a program on how to formally evaluate residents and faculty.


The Musculoskeletal Medicine Unit, located in the orthopaedic suite of the Shapiro Clinical Center is under the direction of Fadi Badlissi, MD, MSc. Fadi is a rheumatologist and geriatrician with a joint appointment in the orthopaedic and rheumatology division. His clinical interests include rheumatic diseases in the elderly, regional pain syndromes, and inflammatory arthritis. Research interests include inflammatory arthritis in the elderly, depression in rheumatoid arthritis, foot disorders, and their relation to pain and function. He and Sharon Gates, NP, continue to provide excellent care for non-operative musculoskeletal disorders in close collaboration with our Department members. Ryan Friedberg continues to develop his busy practice as a primary care sports medicine physician and was joined by Bridget Quinn, MD who joined the practice in August 2009. She has quickly expanded her practice to Chelsea, Lexington, and Boston.

Perhaps the most exciting news from the clinical department is that each of our three female orthopaedic surgeons delivered a healthy beautiful baby this summer. Ayesha Abdeen and Don’s new arrival is Safya, Megan and Carl have a new baby boy, Finn, and Tamara Rozental and Peter recently welcomed Nadia into our Orthopaedic Family. Congratulations to all! Just to be fair, many of our male orthopaedic surgeons have been equally “productive” over the recent years.


The Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is under the direction of Christopher Evans, Ph.D. This year saw the consolidation of the various laboratories within the BIDMC orthopaedic research area into the Center for Advanced Orthopaedic Studies (CAOS). The 7,000 sq. ft. facility contains laboratories dedicated to mechanical testing, imaging, and cellular and molecular biology. Animal studies are facilitated by the proximity of one of the BIDMC animal facilities on the same floor. There are 6 Principal Investigators: Chris Evans (Professor and Director), Brian Snyder (Associate Professor), Mary Bouxsein, Kevin McHugh (Assistant Professors), Ron Alkalay, and Ara Nazarian (Instructors) among a total personnel of approximately 35 individuals. Research interests include skeletal fragility, arthritis, osteoclast biology, bone healing, cartilage repair, cancer immunotherapy, spine biomechanics, intervertebral disc, fracture risk prediction, and the development of novel imaging technologies using MRI and CT. Over 50 refereed, research papers were published during the past year, a number of them in top journals such as The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Nature Medicine, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Members of CAOS sit on editorial boards and play active roles on the committees of various learned societies.

This year, CAOS generated external funding amounting to $2.1 million in direct costs and $942,000 in indirect costs for a total of $3,042,000.00. Sources of external funding include the NIH, Department of Defense, NASA, and various foundations. We were particularly fortunate to obtain two Challenge Grants from the NIH in a highly competitive round that attracted approximately 30,000 applications, of which only 6% were funded.

Much effort is devoted to the training of students and post-doctoral fellows, and several of our PIs teach courses within the Harvard-MIT system. Ara Nazarian received the Young Mentor Award from Harvard Medical School for his role in mentoring undergraduate, master’s level, and medical students. Vaida Glatt and Ara Nazarian successfully completed PhD degrees, and a number of students are pursuing PhD and MS degrees. Vahid Entezari and Ara Nazarian are enrolled in the Master of Medical Sciences Program (classes of 2011 and 2012 respectively) at the Harvard Medical School as part of the Scholars in Clinical Science Program. Blaine Christiansen and Maureen Devlin, both post-doctoral fellows in Dr. Bouxsein’s group, were awarded T32 fellowships by the Harvard Geriatrics Translational Research Training Program and MGH Endocrine Training Grant, respectively, and Ara Nazarian received a T32 fellowship from the Clinical Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Education and Training (COMET) Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Maureen Devlin was also awarded a National Research Service Award (NRSA) Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the National Institute for Child Health and Development. Casey Olsen received a National Science Foundation Fellowship to enable his PhD studies under Brian Snyder. In addition, Ryan Porter and Ara Nazarian were awarded K99/R00 Awards from the NIH. Each year, NIAMS awards only 4 of these coveted grants, which support the development of post-doctoral researchers into independent investigators.

The quality of these activities has been recognized by a number of awards. Ryan Porter gained 2nd place in the Van Arman Award Competition of the Inflammation Research Association. Rachel Ellman and Jordan Spatz (MIT-HST Bioastronautics Program) earned recognition for the First Place and Runner-up Student Poster Presentations, respectively, at the NASA Human Research Program Workshop in February 2009. Vahid Entezari received a Trainee Travel Award from the Association for Clinical Research Trainees/ Burroughs-Wellcome Fund to attend the 2010 Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting, ACRT/SCTS Joint Annual Meeting, in Washington, DC. The Urist Award for Tissue Regeneration Research and the Arthur Steindler Award for Contributions to Musculoskeletal Research were also awarded.

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