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Trauma Regeneration and Rehabilitation

Focusing on developing patient-specific interventions, these investigators are working to treat patients sustaining musculoskeletal injury, specifically injuries that result in acute and chronic musculoskeletal disease. These treatment goals include acute interventions, regenerative interventions for both bone and muscle, and eventually identifying the optimal means of rehabilitation for the patient to resume a normal lifestyle.

Young Investigator Travel Award

The Indiana University School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery sponsors the Charles H. Turner Young Investigator Bone Research Award. Established in 2011 in honor of Charles H. Turner, MD, this travel award supports IU School of Medicine trainees at all levels to attend the Advances in Mineral Metabolism (AIMM) meeting each year, and the Sun Valley Meeting every two years.

Trainees interested in presenting research at one of these conferences can apply here and should also include an abstract no longer than 500 words and a brief paragraph describing your interest in the award and how you believe it will advance your career development. Applications are accepted annually, deadlines will be posted when dates are determined.

Team Leaders

Melissa A. Kacena, PHD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Roman M. Natoli, MD, PHD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Brian Mullis, MD, is the program director and a professor He is a full time trauma surgeon with clinical interests in both upper and lower extremity. Mullis’ research focuses primarily on clinical research including multicenter studies evaluating functional outcomes of trauma patients. Dr. Mullis also often works with residents and in 2018 has been invited to lecture to several resident courses. In the past year, he has lectured at:

  • AO Basic Residents Course (co-chair), Birmingham, AL March 2018
  • AO Basic Residents Course, Kansas City, MO March 2018
  • S&N Masters Fracture Forum, Huntington, CA April 2018
  • AAOS/OTA Daily Dilemmas in Trauma, Baltimore, MD April 2018

He has also received a Department of Defense sponsored grant focusing on mentor and trainee co-presence in trauma surgeries: These interests include but are not limited to outcomes utilizing different implants following trauma, multi-modal pain regimens, and allogeneic blood transfusion strategies. See-What-I-Do: Increasing the sense of mentor and trainee sense of co-presence in trauma surgeries with the STAR platform.

Faculty Investigators

Keith G. Avin, PHD

Adjunct Assistant Research Professor of Medicine

Lynda F. Bonewald, PHD

Director, Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health

Angela Bruzzaniti, PHD

Associate Professor of Oral Biology, School of Dentistry

Tien-Min G. Chu, PHD

Associate Dean for Research, School of Dentistry

Thomas J. Fischer, MD

Adjunct Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Ed Greenfield, PHD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Nilsson Holguin, PHD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Melissa A. Kacena, PHD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jiliang Li, MD, PHD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Todd O. McKinley, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Brian H. Mullis, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Uma Sankar, PHD

Associate Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Stephen Schlecht, PHD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Edward F. Srour, PHD

Robert J. and Annie S. Rohn Professor of Leukemia Research

Stephen B. Trippel, MD

Professor Emeritus of Orthopaedic Surgery

Diane Wagner, PHD

Adjunct Associate Professor of Medicine

Chandler L. Walker, PHD

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Stuart J. Warden, PHD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Steven S. Welc, PHD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology, and Physiology

L D. Wurtz, MD

Chair, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Hiroki Yokota, PHD

Adjunct Professor of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology

Teresa A. Zimmers, PHD

H.H. Gregg Professor of Cancer Research

Roman M. Natoli, MD, PHD

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Terry Loghmani, Physical Therapy

Niki Munk, Health Sciences

Purdue University

Dianne Little, College of Veterinary Medicine

Stewart Low, Chemistry

Julie Liu, Davidson School of Chemical Engineering

Russell Main, College of Veterinary Medicine

Jonathan Lowery, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine