Research

The Leni & Peter W. May Department of Orthopedics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is dedicated to understanding health conditions spanning the field of orthopedics. Our research studies involve clinical, translational, and basic science studies on a wide variety of crucially important musculoskeletal disorders. The clinical research initiatives conducted in the Orthopedic Research Laboratory and the Spine Research Laboratory are critical to advancing the science of orthopedics and optimizing the restorative capacity of medicine. 

Our researchers are focused on discovering causes of painful orthopedic diseases, and we use this information to develop novel treatments, devices, and procedures that can improve quality of life for patients. Our staff is dedicated to understanding conditions spanning the field of Orthopedics, including joint mechanics, spine diseases, and musculoskeletal injury.  

Current research interests include: 

  • Understanding why tendon fatigue injuries are slow to heal
  • Designing safe and effective rehabilitation techniques for tendon repair
  • Developing strategies to improve tendon healing
  • Studying the biomechanical and biological alterations that make intervertebral disc degeneration painful
  • Developing minimally invasive strategies for biomechanical repair of intervertebral disc herniation
  • Understanding how diet and systemic diseases, like diabetes, affect spine health
  • Developing strategies to image and assess functional changes to injured peripheral nerves 

Results from our studies are shared with physicians and medical professionals worldwide through publications in peer-reviewed medical journals and textbooks. Research funding is supported by the National Institute of Health, and prestigious foundations including the AO Research Foundation, and the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation. Our faculty are widely recognized for their clinical care and research, and collaborate with clinical and research colleagues in related specialties to provide the most advanced and well-informed care to the patients of The Mount Sinai Hospital. 

More information can be found by visiting the Orthopedics Research Laboratory at Mount Sinai.  

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