Orthopedic and Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Thomas Einhorn of the Boston University School of Medicine

Written by Laura Dyrda | August 16, 2010 | Print  |
Thomas Einhorn, MD, an orthopedic physician with Boston University School of Medicine and chairman of the Department of Orthopedics, has recently been in the news for successfully using biologic techniques to heal a patient's broken leg after several other surgeries failed. This procedure is but one of many successful biologic procedures attributed to Dr. Einhorn during his career.

This past year, Dr. Einhorn has also been safely reversing early avascular necrosis of the hip using bone marrow aspirate concentration, according to a news release.

"In the last decade, there has been a lot of excitement with the development of new procedures and technologies. It is critical now to push the envelope on research to determine if these new technologies are effective," Dr. Einhorn said at the March 2010 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeon's Annual Meeting.

He is currently focusing his research and clinical trials on the ability of stem cells to grow in cell cultures in a laboratory, the ability of the stem cells to create tissue and the ability of the cells to induce blood vessel formation.

Dr. Einhorn has conducted research at the Boston University Orthopedic research lab since 1990, working with a team of 50 physicians and scientists in order to develop skeletal regeneration and healing treatments. He has published several articles on biological engineering and serves in an editorial position for The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, Journal for Orthopaedic Research and Bone.

Dr. Einhorn has received several awards, including the Marshall R. Urist Award and the Alfred R. Shands, Jr. Award from the Orthopedic Research Society. He earned his medical degree at Cornell University Medical College in New York City and completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. His additional training includes a fellowship in metabolic bone disease and orthopedic research at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Read other coverage on leaders of the orthopedic and spine industry:

- Orthopedic & Spine Industry Leader to Know: Dr. Sigurd H. Berven of the University of California

- Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Walter R. Lowe of the University of Texas Health and Science Center

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