School of Medicine

Orthopaedics

Research

For over sixty years the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Utah has a nationally recognized tradition of excellence in patient care and teaching.  Research programs have grown substantially in the past decade. Today laboratories for bioengineering, biomechanics, and musculoskeletal biology work collaboratively to compliment a robust clinical research program within the Department.   Thirty-eight full-time clinical faculty cover the breadth of orthopaedic subspecialties for clinical service, resident and fellow education, and related clinically-focused research. The research division includes 7 PhD, 1 MD-PhD and 1 MD faculty, as well as 6 PhD students, 5 postdoctoral fellows, and 9 full-time clinical research coordinators. The Department has a well-organized research staff supporting coordination and supervision of research activities. These activities include all aspects of protocol development and implementation, to data maintenance and regulatory management, to grant management services, and financial oversight. The current research portfolio includes more than $5 million in annual external support, principally from the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense, Department of Veteran’s Affairs, as well as private foundations and industry-sponsored research.