Our History

The Department of Orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine is a program rich in tradition, history and accomplishments. For over 60 years, the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program has provided the ultimate postgraduate clinical training experience in orthopaedic surgery.  As a department, we have benefited from remarkable stability under the leadership of only 4 Department Chairmen in the last 5 decades, including our current Interim Chair, Dr. Scott D. Boden. We have produced a diverse group of alumni who practice all over the country. We are proud to be associated with graduates who hold leadership positions in both community and academic settings and a faculty that include past Presidents or officers of most of the major specialty organizations including the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Research Society, and the American Orthopaedic Association.  Atlanta is a hub of diversity and this remains an important part of our character. The Department is pleased to carry on a proud tradition.

The Educational Experience

The Department’s didactic program provides the structure by which the orthopaedic resident can attain a mastery of orthopaedic medical knowledge. We offer a variety of educational initiatives which are founded on an organized, weekly core lecture series. In addition, the program highlights weekly service-specific conferences, journal clubs, M&M, anatomy courses and surgical-skills labs. The Program’s focus on advanced preparation for surgical cases, advanced preparation for didactic lectures, in depth interaction with faculty during clinical rotations and structured study for the annual Orthopedic In-service Training Exam (OITE) provides an all-encompassing learning experience.  

The Clinical Experience

Through a broad, high volume clinic experience, the program leaves no stone unturned.   The early and extensive surgical experience allows a mastery of the psychomotor skill sets required to provide the highest quality surgical care for the orthopaedic patient. Our residents have the benefit of training in a spectrum of settings which allows efficient exposure to all aspects of Orthopaedics to prepare them for any setting they may find themselves in after graduation.  These care settings include:

The Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center- A free-standing outpatient musculoskeletal center which allows interaction of multiple specialties caring for musculoskeletal patients including orthopaedic surgery, neurological surgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, occupational medicine, MSK radiology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, primary care/sports medicine, and family practice.  In addition, there is a dedicated Orthopaedic Ambulatory Surgery Center and injection procedure rooms that allow efficient patient care and learning experiences.

Emory University Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital (EUOSH) - An academic Orthopaedic & Spine specialty Hospital which has some of the highest patient satisfaction ratings and lowest infection rates reported

Grady Memorial Hospital- A safety-net hospital which is one of the busiest Level I trauma centers in the U.S. and has a dedicated Orthopaedic faculty which has optimized the efficiency of care and learning in the OR

The Emory Sports Medicine / Atlanta Hawks Complex- which opened in 2017 and houses the in-town location of the Emory Sports Medicine Center, A Sports Science Research Program, and the Atlanta Hawks NBA training facility and practice courts. 

Emory University Hospital Midtown - a mixed academic/community hospital which has the ancillary services needed for a busy MSK oncology service.

The Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center- A government hospital, which provides exposure to the veterans population and care environment.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)- A large children’s health care system () which has two pediatric hospitals and an extensive community feeder network.

Emory John’s Creek Hospital- a mixed academic/community hospital provides experience in orthopaedic trauma and general orthopaedic care.

We believe these diverse care settings are a true strength of our education program as they expose our residents and fellows to care delivery in the most efficient and focused environments for the subspecialty which translates into efficient and extensive clinical experience and affords ample time for self-study, research, and personal recharging time.  We use virtual lecture technology to minimize same-day travel between institutions for program-wide educational conferences. We are proud to produce graduates who can continue their training at the country’s top fellowships or beginning a community practice.

Orthopaedics Didactic Conferences

The academic year is comprised of various site-specific and department-wide conferences. Some are year round, while others occur during only a portion of the year. With few exceptions, this is considered protected time for the residents, free of clinical responsibility.

The Research Experience

We encourage our residents to formulate and answer critical questions throughout the residency and have a mentoring system to help teach the process, help select fruitful projects, and help prepare them for presentation/publication.  We have an extensive clinical outcomes research database as well as a basic science and translational research laboratory program which allow projects in almost any research area that might interest a trainee.  There is a dedicated research rotation for each resident to allow them to complete several pre-planned projects and ensure they have a competitive resume for the fellowship application process. Exposure to the department’s clinical research program and quality improvement initiatives provide an understanding of how to improve musculoskeletal care for decades to come.

The Future

This is a particularly exciting time for Emory Orthopaedics. We are most proud to have over 95% retention rate of our faculty over the last 20 years.  We believe one of the key ingredients for a world class training program is a stable and happy faculty. Their energy and enthusiasm has only added to the outstanding quality of patient-care and resident education that we provide.  Our free-standing Multidisciplinary Musculoskeletal Center and our Orthopaedics & Spine Hospital were pioneering in academic medical centers and are frequently visited by other centers trying to emulate our models of patient and family centered care, high patient service and satisfaction, and clinical efficiency which all contribute to an optimal learning environment.  We strive to continue with our innovative approaches to caring for the orthopaedic patient for decades to come.

Come Visit!

We seek driven, caring, and innovative applicants who strive to help us to continuously improve and evolve our educational program. It’s one thing to read about our special environment, but we think you need to visit in person to actually see, feel, and experience The Emory Difference.

Thank you again for your interest in our program. We hope that you will consider Emory Orthopaedics for your residency or fellowship training. We invite you to learn more about us, our residency, our fellowships, and most importantly our culture.