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History of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation at Yale

Since Orthopaedics became incorporated at Yale more than a century ago, there have been tremendous research advancements in medical and surgical technology.

Our faculty and clinicians have been at the forefront of surgical innovation by designing and implementing cutting-edge technologies, surgical techniques, and inventive research. We have sought to create and develop both surgical and non-surgical solutions as well as foster a culture of respect, well-being, and excellence across our clinical practice, education, and research.

We are proud of our longstanding commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, which has enabled us to collaborate, leverage our various strengths, and deliver world-class procedures and rehabilitation. Together, we continuously improve outcomes and abilities that restore quality of life with a commitment to compassionate, patient-centered care.


Incorporation of Orthopaedics at Yale

Established by Crippled Children’s Aid Society, now known as The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven.


Dr. Ernest Arnold

First orthopaedic surgeon in New Haven, CT.


Dr. O. Donald Chrisman

Established a cartilage biology laboratory and research mentorship program. Our Disputation resident award is named in his honor.


Dr. Denis O’Connor

Section Chief of Orthopaedics (Department of Surgery).


Dr. Wayne O. Southwick

Dr. Southwick joins faculty as Chief of Section of Orthopaedics (Department of Surgery).


Dr. Augustus A. White

Dr. White made history as the first Black resident in the department. He also went on to become the first Black faculty member in 1969.


Dr. James A. Albright

Dr. Albright wrote The History of Orthopaedic Surgery in New Haven in 1975 as well as The Scientific Basis of Orthopaedics with Dr. Richard Brand in 1979.


Dr. Southwick published the Triplane Osteotomy of the hip for the treatment of severely slipped femoral capital epiphysis, in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.


Dr. Augustus A. White

Established the Disputation Program, which is now a standard event in most orthopaedic programs throughout the country and internationally.


Dr. Wayne O. Southwick & Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi

Performed the first total hip and knee arthroplasty at New Haven Hospital and Waterbury Hospital.


Residency Program Established


Yale Orthopaedic Association Established

Alumni association established by Dr. Southwick.


Dr. Manohar Panjabi & Dr. Augustus A. White

Drs. Panjabi and White established the Spine Biomechanics Laboratory and Clinical Program.


Dr. Peter Jokl

Established the Yale University Sports Medicine Program.


Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi & Dr. Terry Light

Drs. Keggi and Light presented their Anterior Approach to the Hip for Replacement to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, which subsequent publication in 1980.


Dr. John A. Ogden

Dr. Ogden was appointed Chief of Section of Orthopaedics (Department of Surgery).


Dr. Claudia Thomas

Dr. Thomas graduates as the first woman and first Black woman resident in the department, as well as the first Black woman orthopaedic surgeon.


Dr. John Fulkerson

Modified Dr. Southwick’s dovetail transfer of the patellar tendon for instability to develop the Fulkerson Procedure.


Anges Vignèry, PhD, DDS

Dr. Vignèry joins the faculty as first woman scientist in the Section of Orthopaedics (Department of Surgery).


Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Established as a department by Yale School of Medicine.


Dr. Gary Friedlaender

Inaugural Chair of the department after serving as Section Chief. Also established the first Connecticut Bone and Tissue Bank, the Limb-sparing Bone Tumor Clinical Program, and the Orthopaedic Immunobiology Laboratory.


Research Expansion

Bone Biology, led by Drs. Roland Baron and Agnes Vignèry; Immunology, led by Dr. Mark Horowitz; and Biochemistry led by Dr. Caren Gundberg. This is in addition to the Histology Lab established by Dr. Mark Horowitz and directed by Nancy Troiano in 1984.


Keggi Orthopaedic Foundation (KOF) Established

The KOF supported the training of over 250 international fellows (Yale Visiting Scholars) from Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, Tadzhikistan, Georgia, and Vietnam.


Dr. Wayne O. Southwick

Endowed chair established in his honor.


Dr. Michael Baumgaertner

Established the “Tip-Apex Distance” as the international standard to achieve optimal fixation of hip and proximal femoral fractures.


Dr. Wayne O. Southwick

Received the first American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Diversity Award.


Spine Center Established

Collaboration between orthopaedic surgery and neurosurgery, co-directed by Dr. Jonathan Grauer and Dr. Khalid Abbed.


Dr. Lee E. Rubin & Dr. Kristaps J. Keggi

Published the world’s first comprehensive text on Anterior Hip Surgery, The Direct Anterior Approach to Hip Reconstruction.


Dr. Franics Y. Lee

Top NIH-funded orthopaedic surgeon clinician scientist, recruited for translational research expansion in the areas of bone inflammation and surgical innovation on skeletal metastases.


Maureen Carey Endowed Fund for Nursing Education

Established to honor the department’s first head clinic nurse.


Dr. Lisa Lattanza

Appointed the Chair of the Department, becoming its first woman chair.


Dr. Rummana Aslam

Appointed first Chief of the Division of Physiatry.


Yale Orthopaedics Surgical Innovation and Research Collaboration

Founded under the leadership of Drs. Lisa Lattanza, Daniel Wiznia, Steven Tommasini, John Fulkerson, Dan Cooperman, and David Frumberg.


Dr. Christina Allen

Named the first orthopaedic surgeon Medical Director for all of Yale University Athletics, now under the Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation.


Dr. Lisa Lattanza

Awarded the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Diversity Award for her lifetime of work promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in orthopaedic surgery, including the founding of The Perry Initiative.


Masters of Science in Personalized Medicine and Applied Engineering

In collaboration with Yale school of Engineering & Applied Science, the department formed a new combined master’s degree program between Yale School of Medicine and Yale School of Engineering & Applied Science. The program will train clinicians and engineers using the most advanced technology for personalized medicine. This degree is the first of its kind in the United States.

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