The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has dedicated significant resources to the pursuit of clinical, translational, and basic science research.
Our state-of-the-art Thompson Lab, housed on the fourth floor of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), includes ~12,000 square feet solely dedicated to research for a team of more than 50 researchers representing 13 different specialties.
The lab houses Basic Science and Translational Research, Skeletal Morphology Research, Bioengineering Research, and Clinical Research teams and facilities. MOI houses over 40 clinical faculty specializing in sports medicine (primary care and surgical), joint replacement, pediatrics, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder, hand, spine, trauma, limb preservation, regenerative medicine (Mizzou BioJoint® Center), physical medicine and rehabilitation, and diagnostic imaging.
More than 200 other health care professionals and staff provide care and services including nursing, imaging, prosthetics, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and mental health. Our internationally recognized faculty and staff — combined with our state-of-the-art Thompson Lab and variety and volume of patients — create an optimal environment for bedside-to-bench-to-bedside research. See below for a full list of active projects and presentations.
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Featured Clinical Researchers of the Quarter
Jay Bridgeman, MD
Dr. Jay Bridgeman is an orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in injuries to the hand and upper extremity, carpal tunnel syndrome, nerve injuries, microsurgery, and limb reconstruction. His research interests include bone deformity and orthopaedic training in the developing world.
After completing his residency at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Dr. Bridgeman completed a hand surgery fellowship at the University of Washington Medical Center. In 2018, he received the Barry J. Gainor Excellence in Teaching Award and was the highest ranked faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2016 and 2017.
Dr. Bridgeman is currently leading the following clinical research studies:
- Effect of NSAID Use on Pain and Opioid Consumption Following Distal Radius Fracture: A Prospective, Randomized Study
- Hand Stiffness Following Non-hand, Upper Extremity Trauma: A Unique Set of Diagnostic Criteria
Sebastien Lalonde, MD
Dr. Sebastien Lalonde is an orthopaedic surgeon with expertise in hand and upper extremity trauma, microvascular and nerve repair/grafting, limb preservation, and small joint arthroplasty. His research interests include management of hand trauma and microvascular patients, advances in arthritis care, and health care quality and safety in hand surgery and microvascular patients.
Dr. Lalonde completed his residency at Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He completed two fellowships — an upper extremity fellowship at Queen’s University followed by a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Toronto. Recently, Dr. Lalonde co-authored a book chapter titled “Open reduction and internal fixation of fractures and dislocations of the hand.” Last year, he completed a Masters of Science in healthcare quality and his final project evaluated the perioperative management of patients with free flap transplantations—the review changed the way we take care of patients at MU.
Dr. Lalonde is currently leading the following clinical research studies:
- Non-operative vs Surgical Treatment of Isolated Non-Thumb Metacarpal Shaft Fractures: A Randomized Controlled Trial
- Differential Efficacy of Corticosteroid Solutions for Non-Operative Treatment of Digit Flexor Tenosynovitis: A Double-Blind Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial