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  • Geoffrey Abrams, MD

    Geoffrey Abrams, MD

    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Abrams' research is focused on elucidating the pathobiology behind tendinoapthy and developing new treatment modalities for the disease. Specifically, his team is studying the role of micro-RNA as it relates to chronic inflammation and stem cell differentiation in the development and perpetuation of chronic tendinopathy.

  • Derek F. Amanatullah, M.D., Ph.D.

    Derek F. Amanatullah, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Bio Dr. Amanatullah specializes in hip and knee replacements for individuals with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, infectious arthritis and avascular necrosis. He also performs revision surgeries of knee and hip implants with problems.

  • Danial Barati

    Danial Barati

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Orthopedic Surgery

    Bio A Ph.D. in Chemical/Biomedical Engineering with 10+ years’ research experience. Expert in biomaterials, stem cells, drug delivery systems, in vivo animal study, novel bioinstrumentation, microscopy, and carrying out experimental research. Equipped with a solid academic background in basic principles of chemical engineering and programming with Python. Strong communication, team working, critical thinking and negotiation skills.

    Specialties:
    • Developing biomaterials scaffolds and drug delivery systems for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
    • Performing animal surgery to set up in vivo models.
    • Performing in vitro cell culture (i.e. mesenchymal stem cells, endothelial cells, etc.) and cell study in 3D models .
    • Technical project leadership.

  • Michael J. Bellino, MD

    Michael J. Bellino, MD

    Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Bellino also serves as Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery with specialty interest in hip and pelvis reconstruction. His areas of clinical expertise include: pelvis and acetabulum fractures, periarticular and long bone fractures, malunions and nonunions, hip arthritis, hip dysplasia, and femoro-acetabular impingement. His research interests focus on anatomy and biomechanics of the hip and pelvis as well as surgical treatments for disorders of the hip.

  • Nidhi Bhutani

    Nidhi Bhutani

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests The long-term goal of our research is to understand the fundamental mechanisms that govern and reprogram cellular fate during development, regeneration and disease.

  • Julius Bishop, MD

    Julius Bishop, MD

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Bishop specializes in treating fractures of the upper extremity, lower extremity, pelvis and acetabulum as well as the management of post-traumatic problems including malunion, nonunion and infection.

    He received his undergraduate and medical school degrees from Harvard University and went on to complete the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program. He pursued his subspecialty training in Orthopaedic Traumatology at the world-renowned Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

    His research interests include applying decision analysis models to orthopaedic trauma problems, studying clinical outcomes after musculoskeletal injury, orthopaedic biomechanics, the basic science of fracture healing, and evaluating new strategies and techniques in fracture surgery.

  • Thomas Jefferson Blumenfeld

    Thomas Jefferson Blumenfeld

    Clinical Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Dr. Blumenfeld is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon with a clinical focus on primary and revision hip and knee joint replacement surgery. He is a clinical associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine.

    Dr. Blumenfeld has performed more than 4,000 knee and hip replacement procedures. His expert technique, comprehensive experience, and careful attention to detail enable him to excel at both first-time and revision procedures. Over the course of his career, he has achieved and maintained a complication rate well below the national average.

    He listens empathetically to all patients, seeking to understand the impact their condition has on their daily activities. He prepares a personalized treatment plan that corresponds to the needs of each patient.

    In every case, Dr. Blumenfeld’s treatment goals are to help relieve pain, enhance function, and improve quality of life. He seeks to assure even firsttime patients that he is committed to helping them fully understand both their diagnosis and recommended treatment, as well as timeframe for recovery.

    All patients follow-up at regular intervals for clinical and X-ray evaluations following surgery. Dr. Blumenfeld encourages patients to visit him at least once every two years for a preventive care evaluation.

    In addition to delivering clinical care, Dr. Blumenfeld conducts extensive research. He has been a principal investigator on clinical trials of new hip replacement systems. He was also a clinical investigator testing a robotic surgical system for total hip arthroplasty procedures. The team that developed this breakthrough received the prestigious Computerworld Smithsonian Award for Innovation in the Arts and Sciences for Medicine. As a pioneer in robotic surgery, Dr. Blumenfeld selectively uses computer-aided navigation technology for planning and performing surgical procedures.

    Most recently, Dr. Blumenfeld’s research has focused on how to help surgeons reduce complication rates. He is actively investigating how the long termcost of hip and knee replacement procedures may vary depending on how early a patient¬ is diagnosed and treated.

    He has authored dozens of articles on advanced surgical techniques for hip and knee arthroplasty, new materials for surgical implants, prevention of surgery-related infection, and other topics. His work has appeared in publications including Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Journal of Arthroplasty, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Hip International, and others. In addition to authoring book chapters on primary and revision hip replacement surgery, Dr. Blumenfeld has written a book that shares his perspective on managed care and physician-patient communication.

    He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Arthroplasty, Arthroplasty Today, and Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research and is CME editor for Arthroplasty Today. He has been a member of the Adult Reconstruction–Knee Program Subcommittee and Hip Program Subcommittee for the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

    Dr. Blumenfeld has given presentations on advances in joint replacement surgery at the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, and other conferences.

  • Eugene Carragee, MD

    Eugene Carragee, MD

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Carragee's research interests lie in outcomes assessment of surgical and rehabilitative treatment for cervical and lumbar intervertebral disk herniation; diagnosis and treatment of spine infections, instrumentation of the degenerative spine and spinal deformities and low back pain syndromes, pain and pain management.

  • Charles Chan

    Charles Chan

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Chan's research interests include identifying risk factors for growth plate injuries during ACL reconstruction, developing new strategies to prevent pediatric sports injuries, and clinical outcomes of surgical reconstructions in the pediatric athlete.

  • James Chang, MD

    James Chang, MD

    Johnson and Johnson Professor of Surgery and Professor, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My role in research is to apply novel advances in tissue engineering and microsurgery to the clinical problems of hand trauma, peripheral nerve injuries, and congenital hand problems. I am interested in developing new tissues and techniques that will allow optimal reconstruction of form and function to those patients requiring reconstructive surgery.

  • Karyn Chappell

    Karyn Chappell

    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Orthopedic Surgery

    Bio Postdoctoral Scholar in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University. Interested in improving the imaging of the tissues that wear out in and change around the knees in order to develop new outcome measures to test and quantify new therapeutic interventions. Experienced MRI imaging scientist with a demonstrated history working in both research and clinical practice. Strong healthcare services professional with a PhD from the Department of Medicine at Imperial College London. My PhD focussed on developing a methodology for imaging knees on a novel MRI extremity scanner with magic angle directional imaging (MADI). Skilled in Healthcare Information Technology (HIT), Digital Imaging, Image Post Processing, Healthcare, Research Methodology, Musculoskeletal MRI and Healthcare Management. I have a Post Graduate Certificate in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology from Anglia Ruskin University. My first degree was from King's College London where I was first introduced to most imaging modalities, however the first MR image of a mid-sagittal T1 brain never lost its appeal so MRI was what I chose to specialise in. After over 25 years in the field of MRI research I still find plenty of challenges and technological advances for a lifetime of research questions.

  • Ivan Cheng, MD

    Ivan Cheng, MD

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and, by courtesy, of Neurosurgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Cheng's research interests lie in the biologic enhancement of spinal fusions, molecular techniques of intervertebral disc regeneration, and techniques of spinal instrumentation. For more information, please go to http://www.ivanchengmd.com.

  • Emilie Cheung, MD

    Emilie Cheung, MD

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Pyrocarbon humeral head replacement
    Clinical outcome after shoulder replacement
    Clinical outcome after elbow replacement
    Clinical outcomes following complex reconstruction of the shoulder and elbow,
    Bone mineral density in the shoulder,
    3D kinematics of the shoulder girdle after arthroplasty

  • Loretta Chou, MD

    Loretta Chou, MD

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests I am a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon, subspecializing in Disorders of the Foot and Ankle. My clinic offers diagnosis and treatment of deformities and acute injuries of the foot and ankle.


    My research interests include: rupture and tendinitis of the Achilles tendon, osteochondral defects of the talus, Total Ankle Arthroplasty, arthrodesis (fusion) of the foot and ankle, open fractures treated with operations, and anatomy of the foot and ankle.

  • Constance Chu, MD

    Constance Chu, MD

    Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Medicine) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System

    Bio Dr. Constance R. Chu is Professor and Vice Chair Research, in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University. She is also Director of the Joint Preservation Center and Chief of Sports Medicine at the VA Palo Alto. Previously, she was the Albert Ferguson Endowed Chair and Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. She is a clinician-scientist who is both principal investigator of several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health and who has been recognized as a Castle-Connelly/US News and World Report “Top Doctor” in Orthopedic Surgery as well as on Becker’s list of Top Knee Surgeons in the United States. Her clinical practice focuses on the knee: primarily restoration and reconstruction of the ACL, menisci and cartilage. She graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School.

    As Director of the multi-disciplinary Joint Preservation Center structured to seamlessly integrate the latest advances in biologics, mechanics, and imaging with comprehensive patient centered musculoskeletal and orthopedic care, Dr. Chu aims to develop a new model for health care delivery, research and education with an emphasis on health promotion and prevention. Cornerstones of this program include teamwork and a focus on personalized medicine. A central goal is to transform the clinical approach to osteoarthritis from palliation to prevention. In addition to optimizing clinical operations, outstanding research is critical to developing more effective new treatments. Towards this end, Dr. Chu is leading innovative translational research from bench to bedside in three main areas: quantitative imaging and biomarker development for early diagnosis and staging of joint and cartilage injury and degeneration; cartilage tissue engineering and stem cell based cartilage repair; and molecular and biological therapies for joint restoration and joint rejuvenation. Her research efforts have led to more than 30 professional awards and honors to include a Kappa Delta Award, considered to be the highest research honor in Orthopedic Surgery.

    Dr. Chu also regularly holds leadership and committee positions in major professional organizations such as the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American Orthopedic Association (AOA). In her subspecialty of Orthopedic Sports Medicine, she is a past President of the Forum Sports Focus Group, a member of the Herodicus Society of leaders in Sports Medicine, and immediate past Chair of the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Research Council. She is alumnus of the AOA American, British, Canadian (ABC) and the AOSSM Traveling Fellowships.

  • Margaret Cooke, MD

    Margaret Cooke, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Dr. Cooke is a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. She has a strong clinical interest in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery for adult and pediatric patients. She is dual fellowship trained in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery and Pediatric & Congenital Hand Surgery.

    As an orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Cooke’s goal is to alleviate pain and improve hand, wrist, and elbow function so that her patients can return to the activities they enjoy. Her primary clinical interests are nerve compression (carpal tunnel), nerve injuries (traumatic/lacerations), joint instability/arthritis (degenerative conditions of the hand wrist and elbow), sports/athletic injuries, fracture care, and pediatric & congenital conditions of the hand and upper extremity.

    Dr. Cooke utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach in order to provide comprehensive care for each patient. She works closely with colleagues from oncology, radiology, physical therapy, and other specialties. Her team includes certified hand therapists, cast technicians, medical assistants, and patient care coordinators. Together, Dr. Cooke and her team are committed to providing the best possible care for patients.

    She invites patient referrals as early as possible when an upper extremity problem is suspected. She ensures a trusting relationship with referring physicians (whether primary care providers or specialists) by staying in communication so they understand and are comfortable with her recommendations.

    In addition to patient care, Dr. Cooke has enjoyed contributing to her field through research. Among Dr. Cooke’s clinical research interests is fracture healing, including gene expression following administration of medication to stimulate bone repair. She has authored articles on topics like infection prediction and pain management after surgical repair of fractures. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, Spine, and Transplantation. She also co-wrote the chapter “The History of Carpal Tunnel” for the textbook Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Related Median Neuropathies.

    Dr. Cooke’s honors include a Howard Hughes Research Fellowship, an Outstanding Chief Resident Research Award, and recognition for authoring one of the top ten Foot & Ankle research papers at the 2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons conference.

    In addition to her practice in the U.S., Dr. Cooke has traveled abroad as a physician volunteer to provide surgical services in underserved areas where there is no access to hand surgery specialists. In partnership with the surgeon-founded nonprofit organization Touching Hands, she has performed hand surgeries on adult and pediatric patients in Honduras. Dr. Cooke also has traveled with Shriners Hospital to treat children in Davao, Philippines.

  • Catherine Curtin

    Catherine Curtin

    Professor of Surgery (Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery) and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Maintaining and optimizing upper limb function in people with spinal cord injury and other nerve disorders.
    Improving pain and general well being after severe hand injuries.
    Improving treatment and recognition of pain.

  • Scott L. Delp, Ph.D.

    Scott L. Delp, Ph.D.

    James H. Clark Professor in the School of Engineering, Professor of Bioengineering, of Mechanical Engineering and, by courtesy, of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Experimental and computational approaches to study human movement. Development of biomechanical models to analyze muscle function, study movement abnormalities, design new medical products, and guide surgery. Imaging technology development including MRI and microendoscopy. Biomedical technology development.

  • Joseph P. Donahue

    Joseph P. Donahue

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Dr. Donahue is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with Subspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He is fellowship trained and specializes in Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, and Sports Medicine.

    Dr. Donahue received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Medicine from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center (NYC), Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (NYC), and the Alfred I. duPont Institute (DE), and went on to a fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Stanford/SOAR Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

    Dr. Donahue’s interests include arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. He specializes in anterior cruciate ligament injuries, shoulder instability, and rotator cuff tears. He has done research on both shoulder instability and rotator cuff tears and has developed new techniques and medical devices for rotator cuff and all soft tissue repairs. He has started and actively serves on the medical advisory board for several surgical device companies and continues to design new surgical devices for arthroscopic procedures. He has authored several device patents and journal articles.

    Dr. Donahue has been a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, the California Orthopedic Association, The International Knee Society, the California Medical Association, and the Santa Clara Medical Society.

    Dr. Donahue has served as the Program Director of the SOAR Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He has served as the Director of Santa Clara University’s Sports Medicine Program and the Head Team Physician for all of Santa Clara University’s athletic teams, a team physician for the San Francisco 49ers, the San Francisco Giants, the Stanford Athletic Department, and many other area collegiate and high school teams.

  • Brady Evans, MD, MBA

    Brady Evans, MD, MBA

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Dr. Evans is an orthopaedic surgeon and a clinical assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery specializing in the treatment of hand and upper extremity conditions. He has extensive training in the full range of orthopaedic treatment approaches, from noninvasive strategies to the most advanced surgical procedures, including peripheral nerve and microvascular surgery.

    Among the wide spectrum of conditions that Dr. Evans treats are joint, ligament, and tendon injuries; nerve and vessel disorders; all forms of arthritis; fractures; carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome; and, pediatric and congenital disorders of the hands and upper extremities.

    Implementing a comprehensive patient treatment plan usually involves multiple specialists. Dr. Evans collaborates with other team members such as spinal care specialists, rheumatologists, plastic surgeons, and physical and occupational therapists. He also closely coordinates treatment and follow-up with the primary care physicians and emergency medicine physicians, as well as other orthopaedic specialists, who refer patients for his specialized care.

    For every patient he sees, he develops a personalized plan of care emphasizing the most conservative treatment possible. The goal of each patient’s care plan is to precisely diagnose the condition, relieve symptoms that may include pain and immobility, and restore use of the affected hand or limb as safely and quickly as possible.

    The opportunity to treat diverse, complex conditions from start to finish and help patients return to functionality and mobility are among the key reasons Dr. Evans chose to practice orthopaedic surgery. To help advance his specialty through innovative research initiatives, Dr. Evans has investigated applications of frontier technology such as virtual reality and artificial intelligence to enhance patient care and education. His research interests also include the management of distal radius fractures, surgical decision-making, and costs and outcomes of orthopaedic surgical procedures.

    As an author, Dr. Evans has published articles in numerous journals including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, Archives of Surgery, Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine, and others. Article topics range from clinical issues to the financial aspects of care. He also has contributed textbook chapters as the primary author of “Fractures of the Distal Radius and Ulna” in Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults, 9th edition and as an author of “Carpal Tunnel Syndrome After Fractures and Other Trauma” in the 2017 edition of the guide Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. In addition, he is a reviewer for HAND, the official journal of the American Association for Hand Surgery, and for the Journal of Hand Surgery Global Online.

    Dr. Evans makes scientific presentations at major national conferences on a variety of topics: resident education, virtual reality in health care, plus various aspects of clinical care.

    He has won honors and recognition for his research and scholarship, including the Richard J. Smith Award from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School for the best clinical/translational paper presentation.

    Dr. Evans is board-eligible with the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

  • Gary S. Fanton, MD

    Gary S. Fanton, MD

    Clinical Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Dr. Gary Fanton is the Chief of the Section of Sports Medicine at Stanford’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery. His practice primarily involves the diagnostic evaluation and treatment of sports and trauma-related injuries of the upper extremity, knee, and ankle. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is currently the Team Physician in Orthopedics for the San Francisco 49ers. Dr. Fanton's past experience includes positions as team orthopedist for the San Francisco Giants, company physician for the San Jose Ballet, head team orthopedist for Stanford University football and basketball, and team orthopedist for Stanford’s additional 29 varsity sports. He co-founded the SOAR clinic where he was an active partner in private practice since 1983. He holds a B.S. degree from the University of Michigan and M.D. degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin.

    Dr. Fanton's special interests include arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder...specifically, injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament of the knee, cartilage injuries, rotator cuff tears, and shoulder instability. He has done extensive research on knee ligament tears, explored new techniques for shoulder stabilization and tendon repair, and he utilizes state-of-the-art surgical procedures to enhance rehabilitation and recovery after surgery. He is frequently asked to be a guest lecturer both nationally and internationally on these and other sports-medicine related topics. He has also authored dozens of articles on sports injuries and new surgical techniques.

    Dr. Fanton was a co-founder and board member of Oratec Interventions, a medical device start-up for minimally invasive spine and joint procedures that went public in April, 2000, which was subsequently purchased by Smith-Nephew in 2002. He actively serves on the medical advisory board for several public and private surgical device companies in the Orthopedic industry and he continues to design and develop unique surgical devices for minimally invasive surgery. He has co-authored several device patents and has several others pending.

    Dr. Fanton has been a member in good standing with the American Academy of Orthopedic surgeons since 1985 and he is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is also member of the Orthopedic Research Society, NFL Team Physicians Society, the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine, The International Knee Society, International Cartilage Repair Society, and a founding member of the International Musculoskeletal Laser Society.

  • Kara Flavin, MD

    Kara Flavin, MD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Current research interest is stroke recovery, including use of virtual reality and robotics for post-stroke rehabilitation.

  • Francesca Alejandro

    Francesca Alejandro

    Affiliate, Orthopaedic Surgery

    Bio Francesca Alejandro, NP was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area and has resided here for most of her life. She attended San Jose State University, where she obtained her Bachelors in Public Health and minor in Child Development. Seeking to further her education, she attended Western University of Health Sciences and obtained her Masters in Ambulatory Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner degrees.

    Francesca Alejandro, NP started working at Stanford in 2008, at the time as an Operating Room assistant, and was fortunate to come back once she completed her training as a Nurse Practitioner. Francesca enjoys collegiality of the Academic setting and has a passion for Medicine, specifically Orthopedics. She enjoys spending time with her patients and educating them on how to manage their conditions and improve their health. In her spare time she enjoys traveling, medical missions, cooking, spending time with family, and watching football.

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