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Orthopaedic Research

About

In addition to providing clinical care and teaching future generations of orthopaedic surgeons, our mission is to participate in research that advances our understanding and ability to treat disorders of the spine and extremities.

We work with researchers from other medical disciplines, such as internal medicine, family medicine, and radiology, as well as basic scientists in other fields. We are a collaborator in the University of Missouri's Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory, exploring new methods to treat the most important musculoskeletal diseases and injuries.

Research Team

Research Faculty
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James L. Cook, DVM, PhD

Research Professor
Education
  • DVM (Veterinary Medicine): University of Missouri, Columbia
  • PhD (Pathobiology): University of Missouri, Columbia
  • Diplomate: American College of Veterinary Surgeons

Dr. Cook is the director of the MU Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory and William C. Allen Endowed Professor for Orthopaedic Surgery. Primary appointment is in Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, joint appointment in College of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, adjunct appointment in Pathobiology and Director of Division of Research for Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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Dana Duren, PhD

Professor and Director of Orthopaedic Research
Education
  • PhD (Biomedical Sciences): Kent State University, 2001
  • MA (Biological Anthropology): Kent State University, 1999
  • BA (Anthropology): University of Missouri, 1993

Dana Duren, PhD, joined the MU School of Medicine in 2016 as professor and director of orthopaedic research. Her research, funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, focuses on bone and joint health over the life span, and methods for assessing bone maturation in the pediatric patient.

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Ferris Pfeiffer, PhD

Assistant Research Professor
Education
  • PhD: University of Missouri- Columbia, Missouri 2007
    Emphasis in numerical methods, finite element analysis, and biomechanics
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • MS: University of Missouri- Columbia, Missouri 2004
    Emphasis in system dynamics and fluid power
    Major: Mechanical Engineering
  • BS: University of Missouri- Columbia, Missouri 2003
    Major: Mechanical Engineering

Dr. Pfeiffer was hired as head of Biomechanics and Bioengineering of the MU Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory in 2010. In 2012, he was appointed to Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biological Engineering. His current areas of research include spine and biomechanical studies in Orthopaedics.

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Trent Guess, PhD

Associate Professor
Education
  • PhD (Mechanical Engineering): University of Kansas – Lawrence
    Emphasis in Biomechanics
  • MS (Mechanical Engineering): Colorado State University – Fort Collins
  • BS (Mechanical Engineering): University of Kansas – Lawrence

Dr. Guess was recently hired as an Associate Professor with the HealthSouth Professorship at the University of Missouri – Columbia. He has joint appointments with the Departments of Physical Therapy and Orthopaedic Surgery. He also serves as director of the Mizzou Motion Analysis Center.

Research Staff

Kyle Blecha

Kyle Blecha

Sports Medicine Coordinator-DARI Research Specialist
Education
  • MEd: University of Missouri – Columbia
  • BS: California State University, Fresno
Positions
  • 2000-2014: Western Michigan University
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Lori Clark, RN, BSN

Associate Director, Program/Project Operations
Education
  • BSN: University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia MO
Positions
  • 2008: In-House Coordinator, Midwest Transplant Network
  • 2006: Hospital & Family Services Coordinator, Midwest Transplant Network
  • 2001: Organ Procurement Coordinator, Midwest Transplant Network
  • 1997: Staff Nurse II, Pediatric ICU, University Hospital
  • 1996: Charge Nurse, Pediatric/Adolescents, Mid-Missouri Mental Health Center

Ms. Clark is responsible for the oversight of human clinical trials.

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Stacee Clawson, RN, BSN

Nurse Clinician, Clinical Trials and Compliance
Education
  • BSN: University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing, Columbia MO
Positions
  • 2010: Nurse Clinician/Clinical Trials Coordinator – University of Missouri, Division of Diabetes and Endocrinology
  • 2010: Staff Nurse – University of Missouri, Outpatient Surgery
  • 2009: Staff Nurse PRN/Float – Boone Hospital Center (SICU, MICU, NSICU, adult step-down, medical/surgical floors)
  • 2007: Staff Nurse PRN/Float – University of Missouri (SICU, CICU, MNICU, BICU, adult step-down, medical surgical floors)
  • 2004: Staff Nurse – Boone Hospital (SICU)

Ms. Clawson is responsible for research compliance, & clinical trial project management/coordination.

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Steve Friedman

Senior Editor
Education
  • BA: Southeast Missouri State University
Positions
  • 2011-present: Sr. Editor, MU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2006: Editor, MU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2003: Senior Information Specialist, University of Missouri Health Care

Mr. Friedman manages the preparation and editing of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals, grant applications, and various presentations.

Christina Holzhauser

Christina HolzHauser

Research Specialist 1
Education
  • MFA: University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Creative Writing-Nonfiction
  • BS: University of Houston, Anthropology
Positions
  • 2015-2016: Adjunct Professor of English, University of Missouri
  • 2014-2015: Archaeology Field Technician, Flat Earth Archeology/ Gray and Pape
  • 2008-2014: Instructor of English, Coordinator of Developmental English, Lincoln University
Vicki Jones

Vicki Jones

Program / Project Support Coordinator
Education
  • BA: Psychology, Columbia College 1996
Positions
  • 2016-present: Program / Project Support Coordinator, MU Department of Orthopaedic Sugery
  • 2015-2016: Coordinator, Protocol Services, MU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2008-2015: Research Coordinator, Columbia Orthopaedic Group
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Jill Jouret

Engineer
Education
  • BS: University of Missouri-Columbia, Bioengineering
Positions
  • 2008-2014: Assistant Editor, The Lancet medical journals
Kimberly Lever

Kimberly Lever

Research Project Analyst
Education
  • BA: Miami University
  • MA: Kent State University
Positions
  • 2005-2016-Research Assistant-Wright State University
Kevin Michael Matz

Kevin Michael Matz

Office Support Assistant
Education
  • 1991-1992: DePaul University, Chicago - Computer Career Program
  • 1985-1988: Millikin University
Positions
  • 2012-2015: IBM, Service Request Coordinator
  • 1997-2012: Camdenton R-III School District, Dispatcher

Mr. Michael Matz manages enrolled subjects’ schedules for all research team studies and monitors clinical trial revenue.

Nicole Odom

Nicole Odom

Research Specialist I
Education
  • BS: University of Missouri – Columbia, Chemistry
    Minor: Biology
Positions
  • 2015-2016: Student Research Assistant at the University of Missouri – Columbia,  Schultz-Appel Chemistry Ecology Lab
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Lasun Oladeji

Research Specialist
Education
  • MD (Medicine): University of Illinois College of Medicine, Peoria, IL 2016
  • MS (Molecular & Integrative Physiology): University of Illinois Urbana Champaign 2011
  • BS (Biology): Duke University, Durham, NC 2009
Positions
  • 2013-2014: Orthopaedic Research Fellow at the University of Alabama Birmingham
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Troy Pashuck

Research Specialist
Education
  • MD (Medicine): University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
  • BA (Business Administration): University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Positions
  • 2006-2008:  Laboratory Assistant  - University of Florida, College of Medicine
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Cameron Purves

Grants and Contracts Specialist
Education
  • BS: University of Missouri – Columbia, General Business
Positions
  • 2011-2013: Administrative Assistant for Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
  • 2009-2011: Computer Support Specialist at the Missouri Orthopaedic Institute

Cameron directs the processing of grants and contracts activities and serves as liaison between MU Department of Orthopaedic Surgery researchers and institutional counterparts.

Alyssa Shaw

Alyssa Shaw

Coordinator, Protocol Services
Education
  • BHS: Health Science, University of Missouri- Columbia
Positions
  • 2015-2016: Mizzou Therapy Services, Patient Service Representative
Julie Spier

Julie Spier

Coordinator, Protocol Services
Education
  • 2007-2008: Columbia Public School of Practical Nursing
Positions
  • 2012-2014: Kanoski Bresney, Legal Assistant
  • 2012: Orthopedic Center of Illinois, LPN
Kelsey West

Kelsey West

Coordinator, Protocol Services
Education
  • BS: Columbia College- Columbia, Business Administration in Healthcare Management
Positions
  • 2015: SSM St. Mary’s- Audrain, Patient Service Representative
Eric Zelasko

Eric Zelasko

Coordinator, Protocol Services
Education
  • MA: Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – English Language and Literature
  • BS:  Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville – Historical Studies/English Literature (Double Major)
Positions
  • 2010-2016: Patient Accounts Representative, Pathology
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