New Chair of Orthopaedics Named at University of Rochester Medical Center

June 20, 2000

Randy N. Rosier, M.D., Ph.D., Dean's Professor of Orthopaedics, has been named chair of the Department of Orthopaedics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Rosier succeeds Richard I. Burton, M.D., Wehle Professor of Orthopaedics, who is stepping down after 14 years as department chair. Burton will remain a member of the faculty and continue to practice orthopaedics at Strong.

Since 1993, Rosier has held joint appointments as Dean's Professor of Orthopaedics and professor of oncology at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Since 1994, he has also served as professor of biophysics and biochemistry at the Medical Center. Rosier has a long history with the University, dating back to 1976 when he received his master's degree. He subsequently earned his medical degree and his doctorate degree in biophysics at the University of Rochester.

An accomplished author of hundreds of published journal articles, abstracts, and book chapters, Rosier will continue to focus his clinical and research responsibilities in addition to his new duties as chair. Among his interests are tumors of the musculoskeletal system and metabolic bone disease. His research relates to growth factor regulation and signaling in bone and cartilage, as well as molecular mechanisms of tumor metastasis and radiation damage to skeletal tissues.

During his time at the University of Rochester, Rosier is credited with establishing Strong's Osteoporosis Center, the Metabolic Bone Clinic, and the Orthopaedic Oncology Service. Through his work with the tumor clinic, Rosier introduced to Rochester the concept of limb salvage to treat bone sarcomas in both adults and children, and his research has helped physicians better understand the mechanisms behind bone tumor metastasis.

"I'm delighted that Dr. Rosier has accepted the position of chair for the Department of Orthopaedics," said Jay H. Stein, M.D., senior vice president and vice provost for Health Affairs at the Medical Center, and Strong Health CEO. "His leadership skills and his achievements as a physician, researcher, and teacher make him an outstanding choice for this important position."

As chair, Rosier will continue to propel the Department of Orthopaedics into a top slot among orthopaedic departments around the country and throughout the world. He will build upon the work of Burton, under whose leadership the department increased its research funding from the National Institutes of Health to become second in the nation, nurtured an orthopaedic residency program which is now rated one of the best in the U.S., increased department endowments immensely, recruited many superb young orthopaedic faculty, and increased clinical revenues ten fold.

Among his goals as chair, Rosier will oversee the completion of the new Musculoskeletal Clinical Institute, the expansion of the orthopaedic research laboratories, with the designation as a Center for Musculoskeletal Research, the launching of a new Spine Center, the expansion of the Hand Center and the Sports Medicine Center, and the continued development of departmental endowments. Rosier also plans to establish a program for clinical research in orthopaedics that will span treatment from the molecular level to the patient, recruit additional Ph.D.-level researchers, and broaden the orthopaedic residency program to include web-based learning, computer-based problem solving, and data base development to facilitate clinical research. He will also coordinate orthopaedic patient services at Strong Memorial and Highland hospitals.

After receiving his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Rochester, Rosier completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and his fellowship in orthopaedics at the University of Iowa. Among his accomplishments, Rosier has served on the Orthopaedic Study Section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and he is a past recipient of the American Orthopaedic Association's American-British Commonwealth (ABC) traveling Fellowship. Rosier is a permanent member of the Research Advisory Board for Shriner's Hospitals, secretary of the Orthopaedic Research Society, a member of the Executive Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association, and a member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Rosier has served as investigator and/or co-investigator of nearly 20 national research grants. He is currently a principal investigator of four NIH-funded studies which focus on growth factor signaling and regulation of cartilage during skeletal development and in osteoarthritis, and mechanisms of radiation injury to growth cartilage.

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