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Research Innovation

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery has a national presence in orthopedic research that is based on the active collaboration of subspecialties within the field of surgical management in children, adults, and older individuals.

The Research Program is dedicated to advancing the field with a focus on hand, foot, ankle, knee, hip, spine, elbow, shoulder, and sports medicine subspecialties. The mentoring and development of Summa Health residents as potential clinical investigators broadens this fundamental mission of the department. Through research, our residents acquire essential knowledge to investigate, publish scientific work, and contribute to the future of the evidence-based orthopedic practice.

Mentored by attending faculty members, the residents are stimulated to develop patterns of lifelong learning and contribute to advancement in orthopedic outcome-based research.

The Department of Orthopedics at Summa Health has a long-standing history of research productivity, innovation and scholarship that has directly impacted patient care.

The Orthopedic Surgery Department supports and encourages all residents and attending physicians to pursue scholarly activity in the form of research. Opportunities exist to study orthopedic related scientific inquiries including clinical, bioengineering, biomaterials, basic science and quality improvement projects.  There are ongoing research projects in collaboration with the University of Akron, Kent State University, and Northeast Ohio Medical University. 

The Hoyt Musculoskeletal Research Foundation Fund provides available funding for research projects in both clinical and translational research activities with the goal of making a rapid and significant impact on patient care. 

A tremendous set of resources enables orthopedic residents and faculty to conduct cutting-edge research and make major contributions to the field. The Orthopedic Department places a high value on research, with a two-month mandatory research rotation split between Program Years II and III for all surgical residents.  We have dedicated staff to support ongoing projects, including project design, statistical analysis, securing funding, navigating regulatory compliance and journal submission. Research is routinely presented at regional and national meetings and published in peer-reviewed journals.

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