Our dedicated orthopaedic researchers, with the support of the NorthShore Research Institute, work on a growing portfolio of collaborative research projects across disciplines.
Joint Care (Adult Reconstruction)
Our Joint Care (Adult Reconstruction) specialists program supports a Joint Replacement Registry, which allows us to track patients and their outcomes and to leverage this data for a variety of studies aimed at improving care. NorthShore will participate in the American Joint Replacement Registry allowing our physicians to track data on a complete range of devices and techniques and monitor performance and trends locally and nationally. Outcomes data will be studied and applied to best practices going forward for device design and surgical methods.
The Sports Medicine team was recently awarded the Charles S. Neer Clinical Science Award from American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons for research directed at reducing risk during shoulder surgery. A collaborative project with the Department of Anesthesia, the team led by Orthopaedic Department Chair Jason Koh, MD identified strategies to reduce risks related to blood flow and oxygen supply to the brain during surgery. NorthShore is leading the way in safety and quality improvements for shoulder surgery and other orthopaedic patients.
Back & Spine
Our Back & Spine team is pursuing research related to lumbar spinal instability. Studies led by Eldin Karaikovic, MD, PhD, are identifying methods to more accurately diagnose lumbar instability in situations where traditional tests are inconclusive. The team is using advanced technology combining high-definition cameras and computerized systems developed to analyze motion in high performance sports. Dr. Karaikovic's team is also engaged in biomechanical studies related to the stability of different techniques in pedicle screw fixation used to repair certain spinal conditions, as well as minimally invasive cementing techniques for treatment of osteoporotic vertebral fractures.
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
A Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation team is concentrating on osteoarthritis-related research. A team led by Victoria Brander, MD, is investigating the use of of hyaluronic acid, (a synthetic joint fluid), platelet rich plasma and other injectible agents to improve osteoarthritis outcomes. Dr. Brander's research also targets developing strategies to maximize recovery following joint replacement surgery, as well as looking at risk factors for optimal recovery.
Foot & Ankle
Exciting initiatives in foot and ankle-related research led by Steven L. Haddad, MD, are focused on developing new ankle joint prostheses, as well as revising existing prostheses for total ankle replacement patients. Dr. Haddad's work is aimed at refining the biomechanics of ankle replacement to simulate more natural joint motion. He is also evaluating outcomes data on currently implanted prostheses. His team is also involved in advancing methods to correct complex foot and ankle deformities, and to more effectively treat ruptured tendons.
A commitment to excellence in orthopaedic patient care is backed by a growing emphasis on clinical research ensuring that our patients have access to the most advanced treatment options. NorthShore's orthopaedic experts cooperate with other clinical departments in NorthShore to advance promising studies.