Gary Elliott Friedlaender MD

Wayne O. Southwick Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Professor of Pathology; Chair, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Clinical Program Leader, Sarcoma Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program | Sarcoma Oncology Program


Bone Center

Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

National Gaucher Disease Treatment Center

Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Oncology | Pediatric Orthopaedics | Orthopaedic Histology and Histomorphometry Laboratory


Dr. Friedlaender received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and his orthopaedic surgical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital. In 1976, after 2 years service in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Dr. Friedlaender joined the full-time faculty of Yale University School of Medicine and since 1986 has served as the Wayne O. Southwick Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and as Chief of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Friedlaender has also trained at Massachusetts General Hospital in musculoskeletal oncology, which remains his primary clinical and research interest.

Dr. Friedlaender has served as President of the American Association of Tissue Banks (1983-85), the American Council on Transplantation (1983-85), the Orthopaedic Research Society (1994-95), the Academic Orthopaedic Society (1995-96) and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2001-02) and he will assume the Presidency of the American Orthopaedic Association in 2010. He has also chaired the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and served as a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and as a member of the AAOS Committee on Ethics. In the past, Dr. Friedlaender served as Chair of the National Arthritis Board, NIAMS (NIH), as a member of the Orthopaedic Study Section at NIH and as a member of the Advisory Council of NIAMS. He was chair of the Research Committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Academic Orthopaedic Society and chaired the AAOS work group on Tissue Banking Issues. He served or serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Spine, Journal of Orthopaedic Research and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and he has written numerous scientific publications and received national awards for his basic science research (Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons).

Dr. Friedlaender is a scientific consultant for Wright Medical Group and for Carbylan BioSurgery and is compensated for these services.


  • M.D., University of Michigan Medical School , 1969

Selected Publication

  • Bible JE, Lee RS, Friedlaender GE: The Need for Increased Access to the U.S. Health-Care System. J. Bone Joint Surg 91:476-484 (2009).

Latest Honor and Recognition

  • Orthopaedist-of-the-Year(2002) , Connecticut State Orthopaedic Society