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Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D., Yeshiva, Einstein, 1993 Edward M. Schwarz, Ph.D.
Richard and Margaret Burton Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedics
Director, Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CMSR)
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Osteoimmunology and Novel Drug Therapies for Rheumatoid Arthritis, Bone Regeneration and Osteomyelitis

Ackert-Bicknell, CherylCheryl Ackert-Bicknell, Ph.D., University of Maine, 2007
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Genetic Regulation of Bone

Jennifer H Anolik MD PhDJennifer H. Anolik, M.D, Ph.D, University of Rochester 1994, Ph.D., 1996, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
B Cell Autoimmunity and Novel Drug Therapies for Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoimmunology

Hani A. Awad, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1999 Hani A. Awad, Ph.D.
Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics
Director, BBMTI Core CMSR
Biomechanics and Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering

Judith A. Baumhauer, M.D., University of Vermont (M.D.), 1989, University of Rochester (M.P.H.), 2009 Judith F. Baumhauer, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Orthopaedics

Danielle S.W. Benoit, Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2006 Danielle Benoit
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Therapeutic Biomaterials


Brendan F. Boyce, M.D., UK-U Glasgow, 1972 Brendan F. Boyce, M.B.Ch.B.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Director, Anatomic Pathology; Co-Director, HBMI Core CMSR

Bone Cell Biology and Bone Pathology

Mark Buckley PhD Mark R. Buckley, Ph.D., Cornell University, 2010
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Multi-scale Biomechanics (Cell Level to the Organ Level)

Laura Calvi MD Laura M. Calvi, M.D., Harvard, 1995
Dean's Professor of Medicine - Endocrinology
Microenvironment of Hematopoietic Stem Cells (HSC) in the Bone; Stem Cell Microenvironmental Interactions and Pharacologic Strategies

Emily Carmody, M.D., University of Rochester, 2003 Emily E. Carmody, M.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and the Cancer Center 
Director, Center for Bone Health
Director, Fracture Liaison Service

Robert Dirksen Robert T. Dirksen, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1991
Lewis Pratt Ross Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Physiology
Elucidate the Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms that Control Intracellular Calcium Dynamics in Skeletal Muscle Cells in Health and Disease

Eliseev, Roman Roman A. Eliseev, M.D., Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2002
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Brian D Giordano MD Brian D. Giordano, M.D., SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine, 2004
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Co-Director, Hip Preservation Program
Hip Abductor Sisease and its Relationship with the Progression of Hip Osteoarthritis

Warren C. Hammert, D.D.S., M.D., Medical College of PA, 1996Warren C Hammert DDS MD
Professor of Orthopaedics and Plastic Surgery
Chief of Hand Surgery

Jonason, Jennifer Jennifer H. Jonason, Ph.D., Yale University, 2006
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Signaling Mechanisms of Skeletal Development and Disease
Constantinos Ketonis, M.D., Ph.D., Jefferson Medical College, 2011Constantinos Ketonis, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in Orthopaedics, Implant development, Microbiology and Infection, Biofilms 
Benjamin Korman, M.D., Ohio State University, 2009Catherine Quo
Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

Catherine K. Kuo, Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann ArborCatherine Quo
Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
Mechanobiology, Stem Cells, Tissue Engineering; Development Biology; Biomaterials; Orthopaedics

Whasil Lee, Ph.D., Duke University 2011 Whasil Lee
Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Pharmacology and Physiology
Mechanotransduction Signaling Mechanisms of Musculoskeletal Cells

Alayna Loiselle, PhD Alayna Loiselle, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Molecular Mechanisms of Tendon and Bone Regeneration

R. John Looney, M.D., University of Rochester, 1976 Richard John Looney, M.D.
Professor of Medicine - Environmental Medicine

Photo of Michael Maloney, M.D.Michael Maloney, M.D., Georgetown University, 1992
Dean's Professor of Orthopaedics

Sandeep Mannava, M.D., Ph.D., Wake Forest University (Ph.D.), 2012, SUNY Upstate (M.D.) 2009Sandeep Mannnava
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Rotator Cuff and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine, Biology of Aging, Regenerative Medicine, Soft Tissue Mechanics
Emmanuel N. Menga, M.D., University of Rochester, 2009Emmanuel Menga
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Clinical and Functional Outcomes of Pediatric and Adult Spine Surgery

Addisu Mesfin MDAddisu Mesfin, M.D., Drexel University, 2006
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics, Public Health Sciences, and Neurosurgery
Signaling Mechanisms in Degenerative Disc Disease


Robert A. Mooney, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins, 1980 Robert A. Mooney, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Photo of J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D. J. Edward Puzas, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1976
Senior Associate Dean, Basic Research
Donald and Mary Clark Professor of Orthopaedics
Professor of Environmental Medicine


Homaria Rahimi MD Homaira Rahimi, M.D., Rutgers University, 2004; MTR, University of Pennsylvania, 2011
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Inflammatory arthritis, osteoimmunology and lymphatic dysfunction

Benjamin F. Ricciardi, M.D., Weill Cornell Medical College, 2009Benjamin Ricciardi
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Photo of Christopher Ritchlin, M.D. Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H., Albany Medical College (M.D.),1982, University of Rochester (M.P.H.), 2008
Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
Chief of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

Paul Rubery MD Paul T. Rubery, M.D., Cornell University, 1988
Chair of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

James Sanders MD James O. Sanders, M.D., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1986
Professor of Orthopaedics and Pediatrics

Caroline Pinto Thirukumaran, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2016Caroline
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Orthopaedics Health Services Research and Policy

Ilya Voloshin, M.D., Dartmouth, 1998Photo of Ilya Voloshin, M.D.
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Zhenqiang Yao, B.Med., Ph.D., University of Westminster, 2016Zhenqiang Yao
Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Xie, Chao Chao Xie, M.D., Zunyi Medical College, China, 1992
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics
Vice Chair for Biomedical Research and Training in China
Lianping Xing, M.D., Ph.D., Penn State University, 1994 Lian
Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Bone Cancer Biology, Musculoskeletal Repair and Maintenance

Photo of Xinping Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.Xinping Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Shanghai Medical University (M.D.), 1990, University of Rochester (Ph.D.), 1999
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Research Track Faculty

Research Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Surgery, Cancer Control
Biological Mechanisms of cancer-related skeletal muscle wasting
Musculoskeletal injury prevention and performance enhancement


John L. Daiss, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University,1982John Daiss, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Immune response to bacterial infections, diagnostics of bacterial infections, physical bases of chronic infection

Benjamin Frisch Benjamin Frisch, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2012
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Hematology/Oncology
Hematopoiesis, Leukemic bone marrow microenvironment

Jonathan Leckenby, M.B.B.S., B.Sc., University of London, 2006Catherine Quo
Research Assistant Professor of Surgery - Plastic Surgery

Nida Meednu, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2009Nida Meednu
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 

Ananta Paine, Ph.D., Germany-Hannover Medical School, 2008Ananta Paine
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology 
Javier Rangel-Moreno, Ph.D., Mexico-Natl Polytechnic Inst, 2002Javier Rangel-Moreno
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology
Alexander Rosenberg, PhD Alexander Rosenberg, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1993
Research Assistant Professor, Director of Bioinformatics
Bioinformatics; Data Workflows, Data Science; Visualization

Sheu, Tzong-jen Tzong-jen Sheu, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2002
Research Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Affiliated Faculty

Allen P. Anandarajah, M.B.B.S., Nigeria-U Nigeria Medical School, 1990Allen Anandarjah
Associate Professor of Medicine - Allergy/Immunology/Rheumatology

Photo of John Elfar, M.D. John C. Elfar, M.D., Harvard University, 2002
Adjunct Associate Professor

Vera Gorbunova, PhD Vera Gorbunova, Ph.D., Weizmann Institute of Science, 2000
Doris Johns Cherry Professor of Biology
Biology of Aging

Lynne E. Maquat, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 2009 Lynne Elizabeth Maquat, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for RNA Biology
Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Cancer Center
J. Lowell Orbison Distinguished Service Alumni Professor

Disease-Associated mRNA Decay Pathways

Mark Noble PhD Mark Noble, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1977
Martha M. Freeman, MD Professor in Biomedical Genetics
Professor of Neuroscience 

M. Owen Papuga M. Owen Papuga, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2011
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Charles A. Thornton, M.D., University of Iowa, 1981Thornton
Saunders Family Distinguished Professor in Neuromuscular Research
Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience

David Weber MD, MSCEDavid Weber, M.D., M.S., University of Kansas (M.D.), 2007, University of Pennsylvania (M.S.), 2013
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Relationships Between Bone Health, Body Composition and Chronic Disease in the Pediatric Population

Michael ZuscikMichael J. Zuscik, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1993
Adjunct Professor 
Cartilage Biology and Osteoarthritis