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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 Lubbers 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.
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.
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Long-term positions are available for those pursuing a PhD or the equivalent at their respective institution. These positions generally last 2 to 3 years, and it is expected that candidates will independently manage multiple research projects and assist leading the lab.
If interested in any positions, please contact Bart Lubberts, MD, PhD at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab is pursuing cutting edge technology that will change future foot and ankle care. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who is willing to work with medical professionals on developing a surgical device. This position is ideal for a graduate engineering student who would like to gain experience before continuing their education. We would prefer someone who is a natural problem solver who is able to work with a diverse team. A strong candidate will be able to work with abstract ideas and make them into concrete realities.
Responsibilities: Specific Functions:
General laboratory functions:
If interested, please contact Bart Lubberts at email@example.com.
The Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School Foot and Ankle Research and Innovation Lab is looking for a Research position for medical or PhD student with programming skills to work with clinicians in pioneering new techniques and tools for clinical application. Successful candidates will use their programming skills on imaging and pathology data sets to develop algorithms for diagnosing musculoskeletal disease. Much of the work will be done with clinicians from around the world and therefore sufficient proficiency of the English language is required. Successful candidates get the opportunity to become first author on publications as well as obtaining a leadership position in the laboratory. This is not a paid position. However, if the candidate is successful, it is expected to receive sufficient amount of funds that can be used to provide salary. This is a unique opportunity to apply your programming skills for something that has a direct impact and can help improve patient care.
How to apply: If you are interested in this position, please complete this form and submit supporting documents:
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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