The goal of the MGH Hand Surgery Clinical Research Unit is to contribute to advancements in knowledge and innovation that will maximize the hand and arm health of our own patients and patients worldwide. We addresse complex and sometimes vexing traumatic injuries and their consequences, surgical techniques and devices, tricky diagnoses and areas of debate, and the emotional aspects of recovery. Our hand transplant unit hopes to be free of potentially toxic anti-rejection drugs in the near future. We work with collaborators from every part of the globe and we are particularly proud of the Science of Variation Group - an international online collaborative that is working to understand and optimize reliability in orthopaedic surgery. We have particularly close and fruitful collaborations with the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands and The Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A sample of the subjects we address:
Short-term volunteer positions are available for medical students who are interested in dedicating time to orthopaedic hand and upper extremity research. Short-term researchers take on projects under the guidance of our PhD candidates and become well-versed in clinical research methodology and biostatistics. Long-Term positions are also available for those planning on pursuing a PhD or the equivalent at their respective institutions. Such positions extend between two and three years and are well-suited for those interested in independently managing multiple research projects while also exercising leadership in the field. Our researchers have published and presented their work in top journals and at national and international conferences including the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery.
For interested applicants, please submit CV and 3 reference letters to David Ring, MD, PhD.
A sample of our research is listed below. See our PDF for a complete listing.