Beith Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Mark C. Gebhardt, MD

Mark C. Gebhardt, M.D.

Frederick W. and Jane M. Ilfeld Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Harvard medical school

2012-13 Chief's Report | BIDMC Chief's Report 2012-2013 PDF

Trauma Service


The Orthopaedic Trauma Service is led by Ken Rodriguez M.D.-Ph.D. and Paul Appleton, M.D. They are busy as usual with fracture care but have also significantly increased their basic science and clinical research activities. In collaboration with the Center of Advanced Orthopaedic Sciences at BIDMC, the Trauma Service is an active collaborator in translation research studies. Drs. Nazarian (CAOS), Rodriguez (BIDMC) and Grinstaff (BU) were awarded in 2012 a National Institutes of Health R21 grant for development of a Portable Wound Hemostasis System Using a Hydrogel Polymeric Foam. They are also working to develop a transcutaneous magnetically activated system for infection prevention in implants, and a new approach to femoroplasty for fracture prevention in severely osteoporotic hips.


This fall, Dr. Rodriguez will be traveling to Germany as a Distinguished Visiting Surgeon to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center with the US Army. In this rotation, he will provide surgical care for servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments!


Orthopaedic Trauma residents continue to consistently rank the BIDMC trauma rotation as one of the most rewarding in the residency program and have also taken the initiative in several clinical trauma studies based at BIDMC. We have also developed closer ties with our other Harvard affiliated institutions within the context of the developing Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Service. We have done so by increasing research collaboration in multicenter studies and by credentialing the MGH-Brigham trauma fellows to participate in cases at the BIDMC. The trauma service is looking forward to an exciting and productive 2013-2014 academic year.

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