Dr. William Maloney, Department Chair, Professor
Welcome to the
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Stanford University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is dedicated to providing excellent patient care and outstanding education for students, residents, and fellows in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal medicine. Please enjoy exploring our distinguished faculty, services, and devotion to patient care.
- IMPORTANT UPDATE -
As of June 5, 2020
Canceled: Orthopaedic Surgery Sub-I Rotation
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the School of Medicine has canceled all visiting students to Stanford for 2020-2021. Students interested in our program should contact Christine Pallasigui.
Digital Health at Stanford
Growth & Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery continues to grow and excel in the area of Digital Health, an evolving and important use of technology to improve individuals’ health and wellness. Stanford’s remarkable leadership in this space is covered comprehensively in The Stanford Center for Digital Health Landscape Report. The Faculty Interviews section features key innovator Dr. Matthew Smuck, Chief of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and recently appointed Professor! Dr. Smuck is also highlighted in the Center Outreach Initiative section of the report as key personnel in the recently launched NIH-funded Restore Center, and for his research lab, the Wearable Health Lab. The Wearable Health Lab harnesses the power of wearable biosensor data to span the gap between a qualitative approach toward a quantitative approach in research, prevention, and treatment of orthopedic and neurological disease. Congratulations to Dr. Smuck for his impressive research efforts and for his recent promotion!
Dr. John Vorhies studies how to improve scoliosis treatment
Tips from Dr. Emily Kraus on deciding when children can return to sports during the pandemic.
"A" Grades for Patient Safety
Stanford Healthcare teams continue to work diligently to manage the difficulties of COVID-19 while keeping patient care and safety at the forefront.
On April 30, the Leapfrog Group, an independent nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system, issued “A” grades to Stanford Health Care and Stanford Health Care – Valley Care for patient safety.
We are proud of our hospitals and teams, and will continue great efforts towards safety and patient care.
Tissue Engineering Feature
Acoustic Patterning of Growth Factor for Three-Dimensional Tissue Engineering
Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang, and Stanford associates Yaser Shanjani, Sean Michael Siebert, Dai Fei Elmer Ker, and Angel E. Mercado-Pagán, featured here in Tissue Engineering on their platform technology of growth factor patterning and biofabrication.
AIMBE College of Fellows Inductee, Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang
It is with great admiration and celebration that we congratulate Yunzhi Peter Yang, PhD, Stanford Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery in Materials Science and Engineering, and Bioengineerings, for being inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows Class of 2020. This honor is noted as one of highest professional distinctions accorded to a medical and biological engineer, as well as an opportunity to give back and make the fields of medical and biological engineering stronger through advocacy.
AIMBE is the authoritative voice and advocate for the value of medical and biological engineering to society, with a mission to recognize excellence, advance the public understanding, and accelerate medical and biological innovation. AIMBE welcomed a select 157 fellows across 34 countries into the this year’s fellows class, and Dr. Yang was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for “outstanding contributions in developing functionally graded biomaterials and bio-inspired vascularization approaches for musculoskeletal tissue engineering and translational biomedical research.”
Due to the current and unprecedented times, AIMBE cancelled the in-person annual meeting and induction ceremony scheduled for March 29-30, 2020. Thus, under special procedures, Dr. Yang was remotely inducted, along with 156 colleagues, comprising the 2020 AIMBE College of Fellows Class. We congratulate Dr. Yang and his colleagues on this amazing recognition!
Dr. Yang - "In 2010 I attended the AIMBE annual conference for the first time. I was presenting my research as a Coulter Foundation early career translational research awardee and traveling to Capitol Hill to advocate our biomedical research on behalf of AIMBE. Ten years later I myself have the honor to be inducted into the College of Fellows of AIMBE. Quite a journey!"
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PM&R Residents Tackle N95 Supply Shortage
The PM&R Residents, along with a select few, were chosen as one of 230 international teams to participate in the Johns Hopkins Center for Bioengineering, Innovation, and Design (CBID) COVID-19 Design Challenge.
Match Day 2020 - Congratulations to all!
March 20, 2020
International Surgical Outreach
Stanford Making An Impact In Vietnam
In February 2020, Stanford Orthopaedic Hand Surgeon Dr. Robin Kamal, Orthopaedic Surgery Chief Resident Lauren Shapiro, associated faculty, & residents made their second visit to Hospital 175 in Ho Chi Minh City, where they rejoined surgeons and residents with whom they operated with and taught the last year.
Preparing to treat patients who traveled from all over Vietnam, the team spent their first day in indications clinic where they examined varied and complex cases. Subsequently, the next few days were spent in the operating rooms in the mornings and teaching, lecturing, and reviewing case presentations in the afternoons. The team primarily performed hand and upper extremity cases including distal radius fractures, both bone forearm fractures, distal humerus and humeral shaft fractures and malunions, distal radius mass biopsy, and an elbow instability case, in addition to a case involving multiple tendon transfers for a patient with a radial nerve injury following a motorbike accident. Dr. Lauren Shapiro, Chief Resident -
Overall, it was a great experience – learning and working in a different environment. Already looking forward to going back next year!
Dr. Emily Kraus: Medicine, Running, & Injury Prevention
Dr. Kraus, Clinical Assistant Professor at Stanford Children's Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center, shares her knowledge and passion for medicine, running, and injury prevention. As a passionate physician, and an avid runner and cyclist, Dr. Kraus talks about her amazing journey to becoming a specialist in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Sports Medicine and a competitive athlete, and her incredible dedicaiton to patient care. Check out her amazing article featured here.
"Tales from the Crypt," A talk about 3-D imaging of a 2000 year old mummy
In wonderful representation of the noble Hatshepsut, fifth Pharaoh of the eighteenth Dynasty of Egypt, Dr. Amy Ladd presented an insightful and incredibly educational talk about 3-D imaging of a 2000 year old mummy child to a substantial Stanford audience on Feb. 20, 2020. The imagery showed the layers of the human body, looking through the shroud of the perfectly preserved mummy. The images would show tissue, muscle, arteries, veins, ligaments, organs, and finally the skeletal system, and revealed some details on how the child lived and died.
Dr. Amy Ladd -
What an exceptional ability to collaborate with so many fantastic people at Stanford, unlike anyplace on the planet.
My personal highlight was to see so many people across campus who attended.
Stanford Ortho at Super Bowl LIV
Stanford Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Timothy McAdams has lead the San Francisco 49ers' medial staff as the team's head physician since 2014. Seen here, he shares the 2020 Super Bowl LIV field in Miami with Stanford Orthopaedic Surgery Department Chair, Dr. William Maloney, and Stanford Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Assistant Professor, Dr. Geoffrey Abrams.
February 2, 2020
Interested in Participating in a Study?
Dr. Constance Chu and her research team are looking for participants in their Acute ACL Trial.
In this study, Dr. Chu and her team will use an FDA-approved drug called tranexamic acid (TXA)—already widely used to reduce bleeding during orthopaedic surgeries—to see if TXA treatment right after ACL injury and during ACL surgery can improve knee recovery and cartilage health over 2 years of follow-up. This clinical trial is part of a $10 million grant led by Dr. Chu from the Department of Defense to combat the problem of osteoarthritis occurring after joint injuries.
If interested, please call the research hotline: 650-721-7612.
WOA President, Dr. William Maloney
Effective Summer 2019
AOA Second President-Elect, Dr. Serena Hu
Dr. Matthew Smuck
New Stanford Hospital,
Open for Patient Care
A Surgical Mission,
Dr. John Vorhies & Team
Dr. Steven Frick, POSNA President Address
Dr. Aaron Salyapongse
Dr. Salyapongse has joined our Pleasanton Total Joint Ortho team as Clinical Associate Professor and Chief of Orthopaedics at SHC Valleycare.
We're excited to welcome him and his vast experience to the team!