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Clinical & Scientific Research

As a preeminent center for research and education in both orthopaedics and sports medicine, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic has established a reputation for being a pioneer in medical breakthroughs. Moreover, we have been responsible for developing advanced surgical methods and procedures to enhance treatment, rehabilitation and recovery for all of our patients.

In 1973, the clinic established an orthopaedic and sports medicine fellowship program that is now one of the country's largest and most respected. Each year this program provides intensive training and research for more than a dozen of the nation's finest young doctors. This is a fitting tribute to its founder, Dr. Kerlan, who passed away in September of 1996, after dedicating nearly fifty years of medical education, research and clinical practice to the medical community.


The vision of the Clinical Research Department (CRD) is to create and search out alternative treatments strategies for the patients of Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic and the general public through high-quality, population-based research.


The mission of the Clinical Research Department (CRD) is to develop, conduct and translate high-quality research into practice and to promote evidence-based practices in addition to service-oriented, cost-effective medical care. We partner with clinicians in the design and implementation of research so that the results will be relevant to clinical practice. Working within an integrated delivery system enables us to evaluate innovative models of care, conduct epidemiologic and outcomes studies and participate in clinical trials important to our patients and other populations. We work with federal agencies, foundations, universities and other research groups to answer important health policy and public health questions. And the results of our research are shared with our patients, clinicians and the community through publications and presentations.

Current Research

We are currently doing research in the areas of:

  • Sports medicine
  • Joint replacement
  • Spine care
  • Exercise physiology