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Research at Mass General
The Mass General Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab (FARIL) is a groundbreaking initiative by the MGH foot and ankle service focused on pioneering breakthroughs in foot and ankle research and innovation that will directly impact the care of the foot and ankle patients. Led by Dr. Christopher W. DiGiovanni and Bart Lubberts MD PhD, researchers are considering the biggest issues facing foot and ankle care today. Specifically, our research addresses how to diagnose and treat complex foot injuries such as fifth metatarsal fracture, syndesmotic instability and Lisfranc injuries.
Perhaps the most important quality of FARIL is its ability to integrate all aspects of Foot and Ankle care by incorporating every facet of research. From top institutions in the US to internationally recognized academia, FARIL researchers bring their diverse training and experience to create new tests and treatments. FARIL also brings together organizations (MGH research institute, AOFAS) and industry leaders to implement new technology used to treat foot and ankle injuries. With patient care at its center, FARIL brings every component of foot and ankle research to one cutting-edge location. FARIL is an offsite Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School affiliated Laboratory.
Right now, researchers are pioneering new ultrasound techniques to create a dynamic picture of the ankle. This will allow physicians to accurately diagnose ankle injuries that would have previously been difficult or even impossible to recognize without surgery. The lab is also developing new treatment methods for common foot and ankle problems. New arthroplasty techniques and equipment are being established to improve and perfect total ankle replacement. Biomechanic studies are being undertaken to improve surgical techniques and reduce recovery time. These are just some of the ways FARIL leads the way in foot and ankle research.
If you are interested in getting involved in the lab, please send your CV and letter of recommendation to Bart Lubberts MD PhD.
Bart Lubberts was born in Sneek, The Netherlands. After graduating from university-preparatory school, OSG Sevenwolden Heerenveen, he started medical school at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Following one year of clinical rotations in Deventer, The Netherlands, he completed his final clinical rotations in traumatology and emergency medicine at the Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. In the last year of his study, he did a Research Internship at the Hand and Upper Extremity Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Bart was awarded his MD in 2014.
Thereafter he returned to Boston to start as a Research Fellow at the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Department at the Massachusetts General Hospital under the supervision of Dr. Christopher W. DiGiovanni. In 2017, after learning the German language, he commenced surgical training in Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University Hospital in Basel, Switzerland.
In January 2019, Bart started his new position as Director of Research and Development of the Massachusetts General Hospital Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab. He is a member of the Research Staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Instructor of Harvard Medical School.
Fusion & Arthroplasty
The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Laboratory is a platform for innovation, research and education and creates a unique environment were clinicians, researchers, and engineers work together and share their expertise. This stimulates high quality and clinical relevant research. During your time at our service you get to opportunity to do clinical - and biomechanical research, to assist with grant applications, and to secure one or more first author publications. These opportunities are utilized in our areas of expertise: Arthroscopic assessment of the foot and ankle, diagnostic evaluation of foot and ankle disorders using ultrasound, and prophylactic strategies for the prevention of venous thromboembolism in foot and ankle patients.
We offer three academic positions:
Please send your resume/CV and letter of interest to Bart Lubberts MD, PhD at email@example.com.
If you are interested in supporting the Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab, visit the Orthopaedic Surgery Philanthropy page. In the designation, please be sure to put the Foot and Ankle Research and innovation lab. Thank you for your support!
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