Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Surgery Research

Basic Science Faculty


A. Champa Jayasuriya, Ph.D.

Professor and Director of Research

Beata Lecka-Czernik, Ph.D.

Beata Lecka-Czernik, Ph.D.


Bone Laboratory

Vijay K. Goel, Ph.D.

Vijay K. Goel, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor

Jiayong Liu, M.D.


Jiayong Liu, M.D.

Associate Professor

Research Opportunities 

Research efforts in the orthopaedic department aim to provide a deeper understanding of the complex nature of the human skeletal system, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of surgical procedures and treatments in the following areas of expertise:

  • Trauma / fixation
  • Spinal injuries and disorders
  • Sports medicine
  • Hand and foot disorders
  • Hip and knee replacements

All faculty and residents participate in research. Each attending usually has at least one ongoing clinical research project.

Finite Element SpineAs a result of a direct collaboration with the Bioengineering Department, we have established the Engineering Center for Orthopaedic Research Excellence (E-CORE). Drs. Vijay K. Goel, PhD and Nabil Ebraheim, MD were appointed the founding co-directors. The Center includes an interdisciplinary team of investigators from diverse fields such as medicine (e.g., orthopaedics, anatomy, radiology), engineering (bioengineering, mechanical, chemical), bone metabolic diseases (e.g. endocrinology, bone biology, bone marrow stem cells) and allied health care professionals such as kinesiology and physical therapy. The Center provides an opportunity for the group to work together to understand the complex nature of the human skeletal system, like the hip, knee and spine.

The Department of Orthopaedics also has a collaboration with the Bone Biology Lab, if a resident wishes to pursue basic science research during their training. Here, we specifically perform a variety of studies to reveal more about human mesenchymal stem cells and the implications of diabetes and bone characteristics.

The mission for research within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is to support and conduct research involving patients that shapes the future of evidence-based orthopaedic practice. This includes support of clinically relevant research involving patients to answer questions related to the usefulness of examination procedures and diagnostic tests, the effectiveness, efficacy and safety of surgery and other therapeutic interventions and the power of prognostic indicators. 

The goals and objectives for research within the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are to:

  • Seek industry, foundation and federal funding to support research
  • Collaborate with basic scientists to enhance translational research
  • Provide advice and support related to research design and data analysis
  • Educate and mentor fellows, residents and students
  • Perform scientific and risk management review
  • Ensure compliance with all regulations governing clinical and translational research

The orthopaedic department at UT is one of the most published in the country. A team of highly-skilled physicians, many of whom are known nationally, is complemented by a dedicated group of research faculty.
Basic Science Faculty

Last Updated: 6/27/22