Dr. Ma is the 2018 recipient of MU School of Medicine's Dorsett L. Spurgeon, MD, Distinguished Medical Research Award. He was recognized and presented his work on November 15 at the 2018 Health Sciences Research Day.
Dr. Ma is a true clinician-scientist. His career is driven by his exploration of scientific questions, aiming at improving the lives of our patients. Dr. Ma’s research focus is primarily in sports medicine, including anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, elbow and shoulder surgeries, and arthroscopic surgery.
He leads efforts to develop a rodent model to understand how the external mechanical environment and stimulus affects healing of the ACL graft. He directs an ACL research program within the Thompson Lab that includes work on understanding the variable biological responses of intraarticular tissues relevant in ACL injured knees and human studies evaluating biological differences of ACL autograft tissues. He also works with canine models to understand how ACL injury may result in loss of a native neuromuscular reflex, which may explain the high clinical incidence of post-traumatic osteoarthritis with ACL injuries.
Congratulations, Dr. Ma!