Areas of Expertise

Indiana University School of Medicine is a committed leader in physician education, medical research and clinical care. Through the successful pursuit of funding, collaborations and talent, the school’s achievements across medical specialties are recognized nationally; yet IU School of Medicine is making extraordinary advancements in specific areas of expertise.

Strong partnerships with Indiana hospitals and global biomedical companies enable IU School of Medicine to generate research and implement discoveries in ways that truly benefit individual patient outcomes and overall population health. Collaboration with other universities and schools within Indiana University through federally funded research centers and institutes led by IU School of Medicine faculty is quickening the path from laboratory to treatment.

These critical areas of medicine are particular areas of focus and strength at IU School of Medicine.


Global Health

IU School of Medicine is training the next generation of physicians who will improve the health of people in Indiana and throughout the world. IU School of Medicine’s Global Health program includes work opportunities in Kenya, Honduras, Mexico for student clerkships and electives.

Global Health Research

IU School of Medicine research work in global health centers on the programs and support of the AMPATH Research Network. This group supports collaborative research involving investigators in Africa, Europe and North America to improve the health of the Kenyan people through the identification, development and dissemination of relevant and timely information about medical care, public health and public policy in Kenya and other resource-constrained settings.

Global Health


Musculoskeletal Health

Recently awarded a five-year NIH grant for a Comprehensive Musculoskeletal Training Program, IU School of Medicine trains new scientists in studying musculoskeletal disorders to improve treatment. The new Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health leverages the expertise of research groups at IU School of Medicine, in conjunction with IUPUI, to boost the population of doctors and scientists who study and specialize in musculoskeletal disorders.

Musculoskeletal Faculty

David B. Burr, PhD

David B. Burr, PhD

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research, IUPUI
Dr. Burr directs a very active histology and histomorphometry laboratory that’s active in training students at all levels. The facility is known as one of the premier skeletal histology and histomorphometry labs in the United States.Dr. Burr directs a very active histology and histomorphometry laboratory that’s active in training students at all levels. The facility is known as one of the premier skeletal histology and histomorphometry labs in the United States.
Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD

Lynda F. Bonewald, PhD

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health
An internationally recognized scientific and academic leader in bone research, Dr. Bonewald is the first director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at IU School of Medicine.

Traumatic Brain Injury

IU School of Medicine is a leader in the research, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of traumatic brain injury and mild traumatic brain injury, known also as concussion. With the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, IU School of Medicine is a designated Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems Site, one of just 16 such centers in the nation. The work of this partnership focuses on the long-term treatment and rehabilitation of people with traumatic brain injury (TBI) as well as critical research to fill knowledge gaps related to TBI and concussion.

What is TBI?

Traumatic Brain Injury, or TBI, is damage to the brain that can result from violent impact to a person’s head. TBI symptoms range from mild to severe, typically depending on force of the impact and extent of the damage. In cases of mild traumatic brain injury, or concussion, a person may not lose consciousness, or may lose consciousness only for a few seconds or minutes. In the most serious cases, TBI can result in death. Typical symptoms range from short term dizziness and confusion to chronic memory loss and cognitive disability.

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Precision Health Initiative

IU School of Medicine’s Precision Health Initiative, selected as the winner of the IU Grand Challenges Program, will transform biomedical research, health care innovations and the delivery of health interventions in Indiana. The goal of this initiative is to position IU School of Medicine and its partner institutions among the leading universities in understanding and optimizing the prevention, onset, treatment, progression and health outcomes of human diseases through a more precise definition of the genetic, developmental, behavioral and environmental factors that contribute to an individual’s health.

Stay Informed

IU School of Medicine is a statewide school that is educating future physicians and scientists throughout Indiana. To stay current on the school’s work and progress in these areas of expertise and other areas of medicine, explore the newsroom and research blog, where faculty physicians and investigators throughout the school’s academic departments post updates about their work. To hear faculty describe their work in person, find seminars, scientific presentations and other live events on the IU School of Medicine calendar.