Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Research Division

Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Research Division

The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Research Division is an inter-institutional, multi-disciplinary team dedicated to understanding the human biological and clinical processes associated with traumatic orthopedic injuries.


The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Service Research Unit is an inter-institutional effort between four core institutions: Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Children’s Hospital. It is our mission to improve the clinical, functional and quality of life outcomes of patients with traumatic musculoskeletal injuries through novel and innovative clinical research. The Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Service has a history of successful research collaborations with investigators from many Medical and Surgical specialties including Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Endocrinology, Physical therapy, Biomechanics, and Psychometrics.

Group Members


Program Director:

  • Suzanne Morrison, MPH

Research Project Manager:

  • Michael McTague

Research Coordinator:

  • Robert Lucas

Research Projects

Areas of study for the Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Research Division includes:

  • efficacy of certain orthopaedic implants
  • Orthopedic disease in the geriatric population
  • use of patient reported outcome measures to assess injury recovery

Research Positions


Select Publications from 2012:

  1. Clayton JL, Harris MB, Weintraub SL, Marr AB, Timmer J, Stuke LE, et al. Risk factors for cervical spine injury. Injury. 2012 Apr;43(4):431-5.
  2. Glatt V, Miller M, Ivkovic A, Liu F, Parry N, Griffin D, Vrahas M, Evans C. Improved healing of large segmental defects in the rat femur by reverse dynamization in the presence of bone morphogenetic protein-2. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Nov 21;94(22):2063,2073; ( ) : . doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01604.
  3. Helmerhorst GT, Lindenhovius AL, Vrahas M, Ring D, Kloen P. Satisfaction with pain relief after operative treatment of an ankle fracture. Injury. 2012 Nov;43(11):1958,1961; ( ) : . doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.08.018. Epub 2012 Aug 16.
  4. Maliha G, Morgan J, Vrahas M. Transient osteoporosis of pregnancy. Injury. 2012 Aug;43(8):1237,1241; ( ) : . doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.03.009. Epub 2012 Mar 30.
  5. Miller MA, Liu W, Zurakowski D, Smith RM, Harris MB, Vrahas MS. Factors predicting failure of patella fixation. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2012 Apr;72(4):1051,1055; ( ) : . doi: 10.1097/TA.0b013e3182405296.
  6. Okike K, Lee OC, Makanji H, Harris MB, Vrahas MS. Factors associated with the decision for operative versus non-operative treatment of displaced proximal humerus fractures in the elderly. Injury. 2013 Apr;44(4):448,455; ( ) : . doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.09.002. Epub 2012 Sep 27.
  7. Smith RM, Dyer GS, Antonangeli K, Arredondo N, Bedlion H, Dalal A, et al. Disaster triage after the haitian earthquake. Injury. 2012 Nov;43(11):1811-5.
  8. Thomas SH, Arthur AO, Howard Z, Shear ML, Kadzielski JL, Vrahas MS. Helicopter emergency medical services crew administration of antibiotics for open fractures. Air Med J. 2013 Mar-Apr;32(2):74,79; ( ) : . doi: 10.1016/j.amj.2012.06.007.
  9. van Kollenburg JA, Vrahas MS, Smith RM, Guitton TG, Ring D. Diagnosis of union of distal tibia fractures: Accuracy and interobserver reliability. Injury. 2012 Nov 28. pii: S0020-1383(12)00483-4:. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.10.034.
  10. Weaver MJ, Bruinsma W, Toney E, Dafford E, Vrahas MS. What are the patterns of injury and displacement seen in lateral compression pelvic fractures? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2012 Aug;470(8):2104,2110; ( ) : . doi: 10.1007/s11999-012-2364-x.
  11. Weaver MJ, Harris MB, Strom AC, Smith RM, Lhowe D, Zurakowski D, et al. Fracture pattern and fixation type related to loss of reduction in bicondylar tibial plateau fractures. Injury. 2012 Jun;43(6):864,869; ( ) : . doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2011.10.035. Epub 2011 Dec 9.

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