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.











Orthopedic Research Society Conference 2018






Stuart Schexnayder (4th year medical student) presenting his study "Are Patients with Valgus Aligmment the Same as Varus Alignment Prior to TKA?" Stuart Schexnayder, Ethan Arnaud, Lindsey Schexnayder, Vikas Patel, Claudia Leonardi, Vinod Dasa.






  Orthopedic Research Society Conference 2019







Sydney Hodgeson (2nd year medical student) giving a podium presentation regarding health disparities at the Orthopaedic Research Society conference in Austin, TX










          From the latest Tiger Bones Newsletter - Summer 2018 Edition (click images to enlargen)




Louisiana Orthopaedic Association Conference 2018  (<- Click Link for Images)

Podium Presentations:

(2nd Place) Healing, Nonunion and Reoperation After Internal Fixation of Diaphyseal and Distal Femoral Fractures: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis - Cristina Terhoeve PGY-1. 

Does Type of Insurance Impact Outcomes After Total Knee Arthroplasty? - Hunter Starrring (presenter), William Waddell, William Steward, Stuart Schexnayder, Jack McKay PGY-4, Claudia Leonardi, Vinod Dasa.

Poster Presentations:

Cost Savings Using Generic Small Fragment Plating in Lateral Malleolus Ankle Fractures at a Level 1 Trauma Center - Thomas Royals PGY-5 (pictured), Robert Zura.

Arthroscopic Biceps Tenodesis is an Effective Surgical Method for Biceps Tenodesis - Thomas Royals PGY-5 (pictured), K DeJean, B Cascio. 

Anterior Cervical Plate Position and Clinical Outcomes after Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion - Matthew Delarosa PGY-5, Tyler White PGY-2 (pictured).

Hip Arthroscopy Outcomes - Jack McKay PGY-4 (pictured), BM Cascio, K Dejean. 

Traumatic Heterotopic Ossification and Risk Factor Analysis in a Civilian Cohort - Michell John, Stuart Schexnayder (pictured), Matt Fury, Harry Molligan, Peter Crause, Vinod Dasa. 

Are Patients with Valgus Alignment the Same as Varus Alginment Prior to TKA?  - Stuart Schexnayder (pictured), Ethan Arnaud, Lindsey Schexnayder, Vikas Patel, Claudia Leonardi, Vinod Dasa. 

The Formation of a Medical Student Research Committee and Its Impact on Involvement in Orthopaedic Departmental ResearchStuart Schexnayder, Hunter Starring (pictured), Matt Fury, Arthur Mora, Claudia Leonardi, Vinod Dasa.