2020-2024 Steering Committee Candidate:
I am an Associate Professor, Director for Resident Research and the Bioskills Laboratory, and the co-Director of the current T-32 program entitled “Training in Orthopaedic Team Science” at the Johns Hopkins University. Encompassing both basic and clinical science, my research focuses on the study of adult osteonecrosis and osteoarthritis, bone grafting and cell-based therapy, and factors influencing the long-term outcome of total joint replacement. This work – mostly in collaboration with orthopaedic surgeons, residents, and fellows – has resulted in over 130 peer-reviewed papers, 23 chapters, 2 books and 5 dedicated journal issues. I have been invited to provide keynote presentations on teamwork at universities and at scientific society meetings.
Vision & Purpose:
It is an honor to be nominated and selected as a fellow of the International Union of Societies – Biomaterials Science and Engineering. As a fellow, I have also served as the Society For Biomaterials’ delegate to the International Union. I believe that my role would be to provide a voice for the fellows in activities relating to the IUS-BSE.
My vision for the College of Fellows include (but are not limited to) the following:
1. I believe that the College of Fellows should have a permanent seat at the meetings of delegates with the Board of Directors of the IUS-BSE.
2. I believe that the College of Fellows should play an active, significant role in the program planning for World Biomaterials Congresses. In addition to the debates that we have had, other sessions should be proposed and speakers nominated to the Program Committee.
3. I believe that there are opportunities for communication between fellows of different countries. This may relate to key topic areas in the field, sharing of technological resources and knowledge, global harmonization, and educational opportunities.
4. I would like to see expansion of the existing International Summer Exchange Program to include additional countries and institutions.
5. I believe that the College of Fellows can serve as a hub for research networking opportunities to bring together teams of scientists, engineers, and clinicians to solve major health issues.