The LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Orthopaedic  Research has developed a comprehensive musculoskeletal research program post Katrina. Our broad expertise ranges from the cellular mechanisms of tissue regeneration to health economics of orthopaedic procedures.

The Departmental research goals cover several broad areas of focus. Resident and student research are the focus of our clinical research activities.

We have developed individualized research programs for residents and students including a unique summer research internship program for students between their 1st and 2nd years of medical school. Participation in these activities are a vital part of the educational experience and help the trainees understand the importance of research in their clinical practice.

Our Clinical Trials section has grown tremendously over the past few years. With the resources of the LSU Health Sciences Center, our partnership with Ochsner, and Children's Hospital, the Department has the ability to participate in trials across the entire spectrum of musculoskeletal medicine.

We have also created the LSU Musculoskeletal Research Consortium, a comprehensive group of musculoskeletal researchers based across the LSU system focusing on translational musculoskeletal research. Our group is a strong interdisciplinary collaboration of basic scientists, clinicians, and allied health professionals looking to advance musculoskeletal medicine.

Please click on the links on this website for more information about specific areas or feel free to contact us with any questions.


Vinod Dasa, MD
Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs
Irv Cahen Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research
Director of Research
Co-Director LSU Musculoskeletal Research Consortium








    LSU Orthopedic Surgery Resident Mary Fox
    participates in her study on wrist range of motion.


















                       Medical Student Linus Igbokwe transporting tissue for the only 
                                musculoskeletal health disparities tissue repository in the 
                                                                                          country, at LSUHSC.