Research is one of the pillars upon which Rothman Orthopaedics has built its long-standing success. For more than 50 years, we have participated in ground-breaking research and clinical trials with the goal of advancing knowledge, developing treatments, and improving outcomes for the benefit of our patients.
Working in partnership with Thomas Jefferson Hospital, we have built one of the world’s most robust foundational science programs in orthopaedics. Together we are leading the way in groundbreaking research in the areas of back pain, joint infection, fibrosis, and regenerative medicine.
Over the years, Rothman Orthopaedics has moved from following protocols to establishing them. Whether it’s determining the proper use of urinary catheters or aspirin prophylaxis, our physicians are setting the pace in orthopaedic care.
One of the most powerful tools in our research chest is the detailed data we have collected on a staggering 1.3 million patients—a number that grows by 15,000+ a year. This data covers past medical history, outcomes, patient satisfaction and detailed hospital and billing information among others. The database is used to improve care, evaluate and enhance physician performance, develop new standards, and take on ever-more complex research studies.
Rothman Orthopaedics’ commitment to research also attracts high-caliber residents and fellows who want to train in a research-oriented environment that is on the cutting edge of orthopaedic care. Here, trainees can get involved in drug trials, device trials and investigator-initiated studies.
The effect that our vigorous research program has on patients is significant. The vast majority of patients who are asked to participate in research studies readily agree. Studies can range from a relatively simple outcomes survey to a more involved clinical trial. The feedback is clear: patients appreciate being seen by physicians who are setting the standards of care.
In 2020 we had a total of 217 publications across all our subspecialties
Hand & Wrist: 29
Shoulder & Elbow: 55
Foot & Ankle: 7
PM & R: 1
Trauma & Fracture: 3