Ilya Voloshin, M.D.

Ilya Voloshin, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 665
Rochester, NY 14642

Administrative: (585) 276-3106
Fax: (585) 276-2344

Lab Information

The Center for Musculoskeletal Research houses nearly 70 MD and PhD researchers and graduate and post-doctoral students. This team has been the top orthopaedics lab in the United States since 2006.

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Research Bio

Dr. Voloshin is Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Division of the Department of Orthopaedics. His P30 CCMBM Grant has allowed for multiple collaborations with investigators in the CMSR and Biomechanics and Multimodal Tissue Imaging Core which has led to several publications using a human cadaveric shoulder model.
His research primarily has focused on the surgical treatment of distal third clavicle fractures, and repair and reconstruction of superior labral tears in a setting of biceps pathology and rotator cuff disease. Three biomechanics projects are presently accepted for national presentations and for manuscript submission to peer-reviewed journals. Findings from these projects are highly translational to clinical practice, and have paved the way for clinical trials. Dr. Voloshin has access and opportunity to care for thousands of patients with shoulder disorders for study in the basic science lab and will help utilize clinical research resources in the Administration Core to complete multiple clinical research studies.
Dr. Voloshin has provided human bone, cartilage, tendon and soft tissues to the Histology, Biochemistry, and Molecular Imaging Core to be utilized by P30 URMBMCC members and utilizes CCMBM resources including the Pilots and Mentoring support in the Enrichment Program, and the Navigator Program in CTSA to pursue NIH and PCORI funding opportunities in the future.

The main focus of Dr. Voloshin's research in last five years can be divided in basic science biomechanical projects and clinical outcomes studies surrounding shoulder disorders. The basic science biomechanical projects were focused on two controversial areas: surgical treatment of distal third clavicle fractures and the biomechanical role of superior labrum in a setting of biceps tenotomy or tenodesis in patients with rotator cuff disease. Specifically research in distal third clavicle fractures focused on importance of coracoclavicular fixation in Type II distal third clavicle fractures. Treatment of these fractures often results in poor outcome due to the inherent significant displacement forces involved in this injury. Dr. Voloshin's research showed the importance of coracoclavicular fixation in these fractures.
Dr. Voloshin's biomechanics research on the role of superior labrum in the setting of biceps tenodesis or tenotomy in patients with rotator cuff disease demonstrated that the superior labrum plays an important role in superior stability of the glenohumeral joint and the importance of repair or reconstruction of the superior labrum in patients with deficient superior labrum undergoing biceps tenotomy or tenodesis. The findings of these biomechanical studies are translational to clinical practice and clinical trials are planned to show the clinical effectiveness of the findings.
His clinical research in the last five years has mainly focused on clinical outcomes studies utilizing NSQIP database. The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program Participant User File (NSQIP) comprises a clinical database with systematic patient tracking at hospitals that voluntarily participate. Rigid adherence to set protocols with interval auditing are necessary components to participation. The NSQIP database is emerging as an important tool in evaluating patient characteristics and other factors associated with surgical complications, increased length of stay, prolonged operative times, and other problems that greatly influence patient outcome and compound health care costs. Dr. Voloshin's research has highlighted multiple factors that drive healthcare costs in treatment of shoulder disorders.

Awards & Honors (Local)

Goldstein Research Award | University of Rochester, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery 2010
Goldstein Award for Clinical Orthopaedic Research | Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation | University of Rochester 2008
Finalist, AJSM systemative Review Competition | American Journal of Sports Medicine 2007
Translational Research Award | Coulter Foundation 2006
Shoulder Arthroscopy Traveling Fellow | Arthroscopy Association of North American 2006
Ilizarov Mini-Fellowship | Lecco, Italy 2002

Recent Journal Articles

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2016 May
Thorsness R, Shields E, Iannuzzi JC, Zhang L, Noyes K, Voloshin I. "Cost Drivers After Surgical Management of Proximal Humerus Fractures in Medicare Patients." Journal of orthopaedic trauma. 2016 May; 30(5):262-8.
2015 Dec
Shields E, Behrend C, Beiswenger T, Strong B, English C, Maloney M, Voloshin I. "Scapular dyskinesis following displaced fractures of the middle clavicle." Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery. 2015 Dec; 24(12):e331-6. Epub 2015 Jul 10.
2015 Dec
Koehler RJ, Goldblatt JP, Maloney MD, Voloshin I, Nicandri GT. "Assessing Diagnostic Arthroscopy Performance in the Operating Room Using the Arthroscopic Surgery Skill Evaluation Tool (ASSET)." Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association. 2015 Dec; 31(12):2314-9.e2. Epub 2015 Aug 28.
2015 May
Shields E, Thirukumaran C, Thorsness R, Noyes K, Voloshin I. "An analysis of adult patient risk factors and complications within 30 days after arthroscopic shoulder surgery." Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association. 2015 May; 31(5):807-15. Epub 2015 Feb 04.
2015 May
Shields E, Olsen JR, Williams RB, Rouse L, Maloney M, Voloshin I. "Distal biceps brachii tendon repairs: a single-incision technique using a cortical button with interference screw versus a double-incision technique using suture fixation through bone tunnels." The American journal of sports medicine. 2015 May; 43(5):1072-6. Epub 2015 Feb 19.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Orthopaedics (SMD) - Primary


Sports Medicine - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery - American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


MD | Medicine | Dartmouth Medical School1998
BS | Biochemistry | State University of New York at Stony Brook1994

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Sports Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surg08/01/2003 - 07/31/2004
Residency in Orthopaedics at University of Rochester Medical Center06/26/1999 - 06/25/2003
Internship in General Surgery at University of Rochester Medical Center06/26/1998 - 06/25/1999