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


Research Manager:

  • Michael McTague

Research Coordinator:

  • Elizabeth Allen
  • Madeline McGovern

Research Projects

A sample of our current research topics:

  • Methods to reduce infection after surgery for high-energy fractures
  • Decreasing complications after surgery by reducing pre-operative fasting time for elderly patients
  • Linking patient-reported outcome measures to legacy measures in an orthopedic patient population
  • Stance of orthopedic trauma population on medical marijuana
  • The effects of length of surgery on post-operative complications in hip fracture patients
  • Risk factors for increased utilization of hospital resources in geriatric fracture patients
  • The financial burden of orthopedic trauma
  • Comparing treatment methods for distal femur fractures
  • Risk factors for radial nerve palsy in surgically managed humeral shaft fractures

Research Positions


Select Publications:

  1. Gitajn IL, Heng M, Weaver MJ, Casemyr N, May C, Vrahas MS, Harris MB. Mortality Following Surgical Management of Vancouver B Periprosthetic Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Oct 1.
  2. Gitajn IL, Heng M, Weaver MJ, Ehrlichman LK, Harris MB. Culture Negative Infection After Operative Fixation of Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Oct;30(10):538-44.
  3. Antoci V Jr, Patel SP, Weaver MJ, Kwon JY. Relevance of adjacent joint imaging in the evaluation of ankle fractures. Injury. 2016 Oct;47(10):2366-2369.
  4. Ting BL, Heng MM, Vrahas MS, Rodriguez EK, Harris MB, Weaver MJ. Is Disuse Osteopenia a Favorable Prognostic Sign After Femoral Neck Fracture? J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Sep;30(9):496-502.
  5. von Keudell A, Shoji K, Nasr M, Lucas R, Dolan R, Weaver MJ. Treatment Options for Distal Femur Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Aug;30 Suppl 2:S25-7.
  6. Rodriguez EK, Zurakowski D, Herder L, Hall A, Walley KC, Weaver MJ, Appleton PT, Vrahas M. Mechanical Construct Characteristics Predisposing To Non-Union After Locked Lateral Plating Of Distal Femur Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2016 Aug;30(8):403-8.
  7. Heng M, Eagen CE, Javedan H, Kodela J, Weaver MJ, Harris, MB. Abnormal Mini-Cog Is Associated with Higher Risk of Complications and Delirium in Geriatric Patients with Fracture. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2016 May 04; 98 (9): 742 -750.
  8. Zhang D, Schumacher C, Harris MB. The quality and readability of internet information regarding clavicle fractures. J Orthop Sci. 2016 Mar;21(2):143-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jos.2015.12.003. Epub 2016 Jan 14.
  9. Villa-Camacho JC, Okajima S, Perez-Viloria ME, Walley KC, Zurakowski D, Rodriguez EK, Nazarian A. In vivo kinetic evaluation of an adhesive capsulitis model in rats. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Nov;24(11):1809-16. doi: 10.1016/j.jse.2015.06.015. Epub 2015 Jul 31.
  10. Schoenfeld AJ, Weaver MJ, Power RK, Harris MB. Does Health Reform Change Femoral Neck Fracture Care? A Natural Experiment in the State of Massachusetts. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Nov;29(11):494-9.
  11. Luttrell K, Weaver M, Harris M. The effect of autonomous vehicles on trauma and health care. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2015 Oct;79(4):678-82.
  12. Karadsheh MS, Rodriguez EK, Harris MB, Zurakowski D, Lucas R, Weaver MJ. Mortality and Revision Surgery Are Increased in Patients With Parkinson's Disease and Fractures of the Femoral Neck. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Oct;473(10):3272-9. doi: 10.1007/s11999-015-4262-5. Epub 2015 Mar 24.
  13. von Keudell AG, Weaver MJ, Appleton PT, Bae DS, Dyer GS, Heng M, Jupiter JB, Vrahas MS. Diagnosis and treatment of acute extremity compartment syndrome. Lancet. 2015 Sep 26;386(10000):1299-310.
  14. Menendez ME, Ring D, Heng M. Proximal humerus fracture with injury to the axillary artery: a population-based study. Injury. 2015 Jul;46(7):1367-71. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.04.026. Epub 2015 Apr 28.
  15. Weaver MJ, Owen TM, Morgan JH, Harris MB. Delayed Primary Closure of Fasciotomy Incisions in the Lower Leg: Do We Need to Change Our Strategy? J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Jul;29(7):308-11.
  16. Chaus GW, Heng M, Smith RM. Occult internal iliac arterial injury identified during open reduction internal fixation of an acetabular fracture: a report of two cases. Injury. 2015 Jul;46(7):1417-22. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2015.04.030. Epub 2015 May 8.
  17. Morgan JH, Kallen MA, Okike K, Lee OC, Vrahas MS. PROMIS Physical Function Computer Adaptive Test Compared With Other Upper Extremity Outcome Measures in the Evaluation of Proximal Humerus Fractures in Patients Older Than 60 Years. J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Jun;29(6):257-63.
  18. Vranceanu AM, Hageman M, Strooker J, ter Meulen D, Vrahas M, Ring D. A preliminary RCT of a mind body skills based intervention addressing mood and coping strategies in patients with acute orthopaedic trauma. Injury. 2015 Apr;46(4):552-7. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2014.11.001. Epub 2014 Nov 10.
  19. Gitajn IL, Abousayed M, Toussaint RJ, Vrahas M, Kwon JY. Calcaneal avulsion fractures: a case series of 33 patients describing prognostic factors and outcomes. Foot Ankle Spec. 2015 Feb;8(1):10-7. Epub 2014 Sep 8.

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