Funded Studies



— SINCE 2015 —






$200,000 seed money provided to fund the DARTMOUTH-HITCHCOCK ORTHOPEDIC RESEARCH and EDUCATION ENDOWMENT at Southwestern Vermont Health Care (the GreenCare Model)


$100,000 provided to Southwestern Vermont Health Care, for an orthopedic examination and treatment facility in Manchester VT.


$100,000 provided to OREF to fund the OREF-Aircast Foundation study, Are Opioids Needed?, awarded to John W. Xerogeanes MD, Emory University.


$100,000 provided to OREF for funding When Can Patients Safely Drive After Rotator
Cuff Repair, Peter Apel M.D. PhD, Carillon Medical Center.



$150,000 provided for co-funding the OREF-James R. Andrews Collaborative Research Agenda in the Prevention of Youth Sports Injuries


$150,000 provided to funding the AOSSM-Aircast Foundation “Return to Play” Clinical Outcomes in Biomechanic or Sports-Injury variables/parameters. First $50,000 for Improving ACL Reconstruction Return to Play Outcomes Through Psychologically Informed Rehabilitaion, Archer, Kristen, MD, Vanderbilt.


$100,000 to funding the AOSSM-AIRCAST FOUNDATION study “Validation of an Evidence-Based Return to Sport after ACL Reconstruction”, awarded to Mark V. Paterno, Ph.D., Cincinnati Childrens Hospital.


$75,000 provided to the OREF-Russell Warren Sports Grant Program


$50,000 provided to funding the OREF-Aircast Foundation grant for a Multicenter randomized trial of Home vs. PT Rehabilitation for Reverse TSA, Garrigues, Grant MD, Duke University.


$50,000 provided to OTA for funding Axially Vascularized 3D Printed Bone Flaps, McGill
University Health Center, Mitchell Bernstein M.D., FRCSC.


$20,000 provided to OTA for funding An Analysis of Longevity in the Geriatric Hip Fracture
Population, Jacobi Medical Center, Sandip P. Tarpada M.D.


$80,000 committed to OTA for funding Virtual Mechanical Testing of Humeral Fracture Healing
and Non-Union, Boston Medical Center, Hannah L. Dailey PhD et al.


$50,000 provided to jointly funding the OTA grant for “Can Soft Tissue Perfusion Measured by Real-time Laser Assisted Indocyanine Green Angiography Predict Post-Operative Wound Complication in High Risk Tibial Plafond”, Gerard Slobogean, M.D., principal investigator, University of Maryland.


$150,000 committed to OTA, at $50,000 year for three years for grants to be mutually determined, commencing in 2020. The initial award selected in 2019, to be funded in 2020, is for a study of Axially Vascularized 3D Printed Bone Flaps, awarded to Mitchell Bernstein, MD FRCS, as principal investigator, McGill University Health Center.


$75,000 to Rush University for Pre-Clinical Testing of Peripheral Kappa Receptor Agonist for Back Pain, Howard An M.D. principal investigator.


$45,000 committed, at $15,000 per year for three years, commencing in 2018, to Duke Health for the Glenn Johnson/Aircast Foundation Feigen Leadership Scholar Award.


$100,000 committed, at $10,000 per year for ten years, for the annual AAOS Research Symposium.


$5,000 committed to the Womens Orthopedic Forum, toward 2018 through 2020 annual meeting costs.


$10,000 provided to AAOS for funding the class on Daily Dilemma in Trauma, taught by
Paul Tornetta III M.D.


$10,000 provided to Rush University for funding a computer related study on Femoral
Acetabular Impingement Syndrome, Shane J. Nho, M.D., M.S. etal.


$10,000 provided to Performance Rehab for funding a preliminary PT study on Enhancing
Hip Strength using a Unique Belt and Resistance Band, Dr. Erin Markel, DPT, CSCS.



Each grant awarded at $5,000


OREF 2015

Koehler, Daniel Mark, MD
U. of Iowa Hosp. College of Medicine
Time Driven Activity Based Cost Analysis of Open vs Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release


Noticewala, Manish Suresh, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Pain, Function and Performance Assessment in Overhead Youth Athlete


Bawa, Harpreet, Singh, MD
University of Chicago
Growth Factor Expression During Tendon Healing in three Tendon Types


Gage, Mark Joseph, MD
New York University – Hospital for Joint Diseases
Which Surgical Treatment Method of Femoral Neck Fractures Allows for More Rapid Return to Function? A study using a novel method to monitor Postoperative activity


Witten, Brent Gregory, MD
West Virginia University School of Medicine
Outpatient Compliance with Portable Pneumatic Compression Device


Jain, Amit, MD
John Hopkins University
Duration of Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Orthopaedic Trauma: What is the Standard of Care?


OREF 2016

DiSegna, Steven T., M.D.
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Predicting Early Failure in Total Knee Arthoplasty


Dobson, Christopher, MD
University of California, San Diego
Biomarkers of Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formaiton and Relationship to Adipoisity in Total Joint Arthoplasty patients


Grosso, Matthew J., MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Adductor Canal Block Versus Periartiular Bupivacaine Injection in total knee arthoplasty


Ho, Jason C., MD
Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Long Term Effects of Glenoid Component Version in Total Shoulder Arthoplasty


Pitcher, Austin A., MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Biomechanical Evaluation of Augmentation Strategies For Fixation of Proximal Humerous Fractures in Osteoporotic Bone


Rosenthal, Brett D., MD
Northwestern University Medical School
Development of 3D- printed Hyperelastic Bone composites for Bone Regeneration and Spine Fusion


Smith, Bryan M., MD, DPT
Loyola University of Chicago School of Medicine
Development of a Real Time Model of Foot and Ankle Kinematics During Simulated Gait A Pilot Study


Tangtiphalboontana, J., MD
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Effect of Ibuprofen on Postoperative Narcotic Consumption and Shoulder Functional Outcomes After Arthoscopic Rotator Cuff Repair


Von Keudell, Arvind G., MD
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Biomechanical Properties of Intramedullary Suture Anchor vs Traditional Tension Band Wiring in Osteoporotic Olecranon Fractures


Yamaguchi, Kent T., MD
UCLA School of Medicine
The Effect of Proximal Tibia Anterior Closing Wedge Osteotomy on ACL Forces and Knee Kinematics; A Biomechanical Study


OREF 2017

Abbitt, William P., MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Alpha-defensin; Predictor of Successful Revision TJA


Caldwell, Jon-Michael, MD
Columbia University Medical Center
Arthroscopic Technique for Implantation of Tissue Engineered Scaffold


Chan, Justin H., MD
Northwestern University-Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Biomechanical Analysis of Partial Extensor Tendon Lacerations over Metacarp


Elkins, Jacob, MD, PhD
University of Iowa, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation
Biomechanical Considerations in Morbid Obesity in Total Joint Arthoplasty


Gebhart, Sandra S., MD
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Bisphosphonates Prevent Heterotopic Ossification in the Upper Extremity


Korth, Kyle, MD
University of Wisconsin, Hospitals and Clinics
How Tendon Anchoring Techniques Affect Fixation for Tendon Transfers


Patterson, Joseph T., MD
University of California, San Francisco, Contracts & Grants
Implants, Morbidity, and Costs in AO/OTA 31-A2 Hip Fractures Among Veterans


Rockson, Hayden B., MD, MA
University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care
Defining Success in Perioperative Care Pathways for Hip Fracture Patients


Thomas, Danielle, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Knot of Henry Variation and the Effect on Plantar Flexion Strength


Yim, Nury, MD
NYU Langone Medical Center
Rosiglitazone and Fracture Healing


OREF 2018

Anderson, Forest L. MD, M.Ed.
Columbia University-Orthopaedics
T1-rho MRI Evaluation of Glenohumeral Cartilage After Instability Repair


Austin, Daniel C., MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
An in vitro study of the wear characteristics of polyethylene on bone.


Davis, Max MD
University of Michigan Medical Center
Effect of antibiotic cement on the induced membrane in the Masquelet Technique


Deveza, Lorenzo MD, PhD
Baylor College of Medicine
Isolation and identification of Human Periosteal Skeletal Stem Cells


Rames, Richard MD
Washington University
Long-term Results and Incidence of Osteolysis of Young THA Patients


Torchia, Michael MD
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Characterizing the Microbiome of the Native, Arthritic Knee


OREF 2019

Christi, Matthew, MD
University of Alabama
Biofilm Growth on Cerclage Materials; Are Nonmetallic Polymers Superior?


Hajewski, Christina, MD
University of Iowa
The Utility of Deltoid Ligament Reconstruction in Syndesmotic Inquiries


Hutchinson, Ian, MD
Albany Medical College
Preoperative Phototherapy with Benzyl Peroxide to Decrease Pacnes Burden


Loeb, Alexander, MD
Johns Hopkins University
Enhanced Recovery After Surgery Program for Geriatric Fragility Fractures


Parek, Ayoosh, MD
Mayo Clinic
Baseball Statistics for Assessing Return to Play in Pitchers


Roberts, Heather MD
University of California, San Francisco
Epidemiology, Outcomes and Cost Revision Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty




$20,000 provided to OREF for funding Inflammation in Rotator Cuff Repair, Columbia University
Medical Center, David Kovacevic M.D.


$10,000 provided as a co-funded $20,000 OREF grant, for Mediators of the OA Cascade in the
Pre-Arthritic Hip, Washington University, Cecilla Pascual Garrido M.D., PhD.


Prior to 2015, the Foundation had funded 38 Grant Applications in the total amount of $3,796,296

In addition to the specific funded studies identified below, as of August 2019, the principal investigators in those grants had obtained 30 NIH funded awards, for an average of 3.5 projects.

Upon receiving a large charitable contribution to the Foundation, the Foundation, as reconstituted, has again begun funding, primarily through collaboration efforts with OREF, AOSSM MD OTA.

The Foundation had funded, or committed to fund, the following studies and programs prior to 2015:

Spring 1999
Gobinda Sarkar, PhD
Evaluation of hDhm2p Expression,
Human Homolog of a DNA
Recombination Gene, in
Musculoskeletal Tumors
Mayo Clinic


Fall 1999
Sheldon Lin, MD
Delayed Fracture Healing in Diabetes
Mellitus: Effect of Systemic Control
with Insulin and Local Insulin Delivery
UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School


Christopher Harner, MD
Function of the PCL and Posterolateral
Structures in the Intact, Injured,
and Reconstructed Knee
University of Pittsburgh


Spring 2000
Jeffrey Weiss, PhD
Effective Anti-angiogenic Treatment
of Ligament Healing
University of Utah


Deborah Ciombor, PhD
Stimulation of Chondrogenic
Differentiation by Polymer-Encapsulated
Growth Factors
Rhode Island Hospital


Fall 2000
Michael Hudson, PhD (Deceased)
S.aureus-Infected Osteoblasts Initiate
an Inflammatory Response
UNC at Charlotte


Michael Hadjiargyrou, PhD
Molecular Characterization of
Two Novel Genes Differentially
Expressed During Fracture Healing
SUNY at Stony Brook


Richard Debski, PhD
Analysis of Reconstruction
Procedures for Acromioclavicular
Joint Injury
University of Pittsburgh
Brian Davis, PhD
Mechanisms Underlying Calcaneal
Cleveland Clinic Foundation


Gerald Williams, MD
Tendon to Bone Healing: Role of
the Mechanical Environment
University of Pennsylvania


Spring 2001
Claudia Kappen, Dr.rer.nat.
Functional Genomics of Cartilage
University of Nebraska Medical Center


Karen Yates, PhD
Function of Wnt Genes in Chondroblast
Differentiation in vitro
Brigham & Women’s Hospital


Sean Scully, MD, PhD
The Role of Tenascin in
Chondrosarcoma Metastases
Mayo Clinic


Fall 2001
Gobinda Sarkar, PhD
Evaluation of a Human DNA
Recombination Gene, hDhm2,
in Musculoskeletal Tumors
Mayo Clinic


Evan Flatow, MD
Assessment of Damage Accumulation
in Rat Tendons
Mt. Sinai School of Medicine


Long-En Chen, MD, PhD
Nitric Oxide in Reperfused
Peripheral Nerve
Duke University Medical Center


Spring 2002
Maury L. Hull, PhD
Increases in Anterior Laxity and
Graft Slippage During Aggressive
Rehabilitation of Knees Reconstructed
with Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone and
Hamstring Anterior Cruciate Ligament Grafts
University of California, Davis


Scott A. Rodeo, MD
Meniscal Allograft Transplantation in the
Sheep Knee: Evaluation of Early Markers
for Degenerative Change and Assessment
of Surgical Timing on Articular Cartilage Deterioration
Hospital for Special Surgery


Zong-Ming Li, PhD
Biomechanical Evaluation of Hand Motor Function
University of Pittsburgh


Fall 2002
Tong-Chuan He, MD, PhD
Expression Profiling Analysis of
BMP9-mediated Osteoblastic Differentiation
University of Chicago


Michael J. Zuscik, PhD
Cell and Molecular Effects of Nicotine
on Chondrogenesis and Cartilage Differentiation
University of Rochester

Spring 2003
Ranjan Gupta, MD
Schwann Cell Response to the
Biomechanical Forces Associated
with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
University of California, Irvine


Fall 2003
Wen-Ning Qi, MD
NF-(B Signaling Pathway Regulates
iNOS Expression in Response to
Reperfusion Injury
Duke University Medical Center


Bang H. Hoang, MD
The Role of Wnt Signaling in the
Progression of Osteosarcoma
University of California, Irvine


Spring 2004
John M. Cavanaugh, MD
An Experimental Study of Mechanical,
Neurophysiological and Structural
Changes of Spinal Nerve Roots Caused
By Tensile Loading
Wayne State University


Matthew B. Dobbs, MD
A Genome-Wide Linkage Analysis
for Idiopathic Clubfoot
Washington University School of Medicine


Fall 2004
Francis Y. Lee, MD
Targeting Cell Survival Pathways
In Chondrosarcoma
Columbia University


Joseph B. Myers, PhD, ATC
Identifying Contributors to Functional
Impairment in Patients with Rotator
Cuff Tears
University of Pittsburgh


Darryl G. Thelen, PhD
Hamstring Muscle Mechanics and
Function During Sprinting
The University of Wisconsin-Madison


Kristy Weber, MD
The Role of IL-6 in the Growth of Renal
Cell Carcinoma Bone Metastasis
Johns Hopkins University


Spring 2005
Darryl D. D’Lima, MD
Cytoprotection in the Treatment of Cartilage
Scripps Clinic


Xiaojuan Li, PhD
Assessment of Cartilage and Subchondral
Bone Injuries of the Knee Following Anterior
Cruciate Ligament Tear with High Field
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
University of California, San Francisco


Fall 2005
Javad Parvizi, MD, FRCS
Molecular Mechanism of Arthrofibrosis Following
Total Knee Arthroplasty
Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University


Qiuqian Wu, MD, PhD
Age-Related Changes in TGF-B/BMP Signaling
Impair Fracture Healing in a Mouse Model
University of Rochester


Spring 2006
Esmaiel Jabbari, PhD
Synergistic Effects of Microencapsulated BMP and
RGD Peptide on Osteoinductivity of Injectable In-Situ
Crosslinkable Poly(lactide) Scaffolds
University of South Carolina


Amy J. Wagoner Johnson, PhD
Evolution of Bone Formation and the Effects on
Mechanical Deformation and Damage Mechanisms
in Tailorable Scaffolds
University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign


Fall 2006
Robert L. Mauck, PhD
Meniscus Tissue Engineering with Anisotropic
Biodegradable Nanofibrous Scaffolds
University of Pennsylvania


Fall 2007
Johnna Temenoff, PhD
Co-Culture Constructs to Promote Regeneration
of the Ligament-Bone Interface
Georgia Institute of Technology


Lei Wei, MD, PhD
Disruption of SDF-1 Signaling Inhibits Cartilage
Degeneration and Attenuates Osteoarthritis Pathogenesis
Brown Medical School


Fall 2008
Hani A. Awad, MD
PTH Treatment for Enhanced Massive Bone
Allograft Union
University of Rochester


Hans-Christoph Pape, MD
Damage Control Orthopaedics: The Effects on
Local and Systemic Complications
University of Pittsburgh