Mark S. Vrahas, MD

To: Mark S. Vrahas, M.D.

By: Michael Weaver, M.D.

When I came to join the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Program as a resident I expected to meet some of the giants of medicine. The first time I met Mark Vrahas, at his home hosting the Cochon de Lait – roasting a suckling pig – I had no idea that I had done just that. However, I have come to know a humble man who is a natural leader, a superb surgeon and a great teacher and mentor.


When Mark Vrahas was recruited to Harvard he was tasked with creating a joint service between the BWH and MGH. He assembled a team between the two hospitals that has become a model for clinical cooperation, teaching and research within the program. The Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Service continues to flourish under his leadership and is in the process of expanding to formally cooperate with BIDMC and Children’s Hospital creating the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Service.


Dr. Vrahas has made significant academic contributions to orthopaedics. He has published numerous basic science and clinical research articles, authored chapters and edited textbooks. Through is current role as chair of the AO Center for Investigation and Documentation (AOCID) he helps direct the international research efforts of the AO, with a particular interest in developing better outcome instruments to evaluate the care of orthopaedic trauma patients.


While Mark Vrahas is a master technician, equally at home reconstructing a shattered acetabulum or replacing an arthritic hip – what sets him apart is his tireless dedication to helping those in need. It is difficult to find a physician who cares more for his patients.


Dr. Vrahas is recognized within the program as one of its’ finest educators, being one of the first recipients of the Golden Apple teaching award. Beyond Harvard, he is well known internationally within the orthopaedic community, traveling throughout the country and world to teach through the AAOS and AO. He is a patient, enthusiastic teacher who genuinely cares about those who work with him.


His generosity and compassion extend beyond the halls of the hospital. Come Thanksgiving and Christmas there is always a seat at his family’s table for a resident who can’t make it home for the holidays.


Mark Vrahas has impacted the lives of countless residents – and has made us better for the experience. I count myself lucky to have found such a mentor. It is with great pleasure that I dedicate this edition of the Harvard Orthopaedic Journal to him.


Michael J. Weaver, MD

2012 Harvard Orthopaedic Journal