Orthopaedic Research Faculty & Labs

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has a national and international presence in orthopaedic research that is based on a broad representation of the varied subspecialties within this surgical field for treatment of problems in infants, adolescents, middle-aged and older individuals. The goal of the Orthopaedic Research Program is to develop fundamental knowledge to advance the treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and diseases. Our faculty members are dedicated to advancing the field with a focus on “bench to bedside” innovations through sponsored research. The mentoring and development of Stanford residents, as potential clinical investigators, widens this fundamental mission of the department.

Nidhi Bhutani, PhD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Steven Frick, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and, by Courtesy, of Pediatrics (Endocrinology) at the Stanford University Medical Center

Robin Kamal, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Stanford University Medical Center

Jessica Rose, PhD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital and the Stanford University Medical Center

Robert L. Smith, PhD

Professor (Research) of Orthopedic Surgery, Emeritus

Fan Yang, PhD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and of Bioengineering

Yunzhi Peter Yang, PhD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and, by courtesy, of Materials Science and Engineering and of Bioengineering

Our Research News and Updates!

AIMBE College of Fellows Inductee, Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang

Dr. Yunzhi Peter Yang, PhD


Dr. Yang presenting at the 2010 Annual AIMBE Conference.

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!"