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Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to teaching, research, clinical care and community service. We are the largest academic practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia, providing patient care with quality outcomes that exceed national standards. Our faculty are responsible for Orthopaedic and musculoskeletal education at VTCSOM in addition to and resident education and post residency fellowship programs. We are proud to have nationally and internationally recognized faculty committed to educating the next generation of students at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine.


Value Domains

The Orthopaedic Surgery department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:

Basic Science and Clinical Science

Our Orthopaedic Faculty provide the musculoskeletal lectures and clinical exam workshops for all VTCSOM MS1 and MS2 students. The MS3 and MS4 students may participate in clinical block rotations in general orthopaedics, pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine and trauma/emergency medicine. Our faculty also partner with undergraduate students offering clinical rotations and mentorships.


Our Orthopaedic faculty have a long tradition of involvement in clinical and basic science research and via the Musculoskeletal Education Research Center (MERC), facilitate and foster musculoskeletal research education for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC. The MERC faculty mentor our student scientists and act to connect clinician investigators with basic scientists and engineers to perform meaningful translational research projects with real-world applications. 

Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice

Through participation in our Spine and Adult reconstruction sections, Bone Health service and Sports Medicine, to name a few, students are exposed to how the clinical care process is dependent on the entire spectrum of clinical capabilities and the "team approach" to patient care. In addition, through patient encounters, students are exposed to health systems topics such as population health, quality and safety, health care finance, value-based care, and health disparities.

Student Research

Not all student research projects are represented here, only those that have been published.