Richard Pelker, PhD, MD

Professor, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Chief, Joint Reconstruction Service

Research Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Interests

Allografts; Biomechanical Phenomena; Bone and Bones; Bone Remodeling; Bone Substitutes; Orthopedics

Research Summary

My laboratory interests are in the area of biomechanics. Some current ongoing projects include:

  1. The effects of various adjuvant therapies on the healing and remodeling of bone and bone allografts;
  2. The orthopaedic application of new osteo inductive bone substitutes;
  3. The formation of several different bone designs.

Selected Publications

  • The Influence of Medical Insurance on Patient Access to Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Appointments Under the Affordable Care Act

    Daniel H. Wiznia, MD*, †, Emmanuel Nwachuku, MD‡, Alexander Roth, BA†, Chang-Yeon Kim, MD†, Ameya Save, MD†, Nidharshan S. Anandasivam, BS†, Michael Medvecky, MD†, Richard Pelker, MD, PhD†, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine Volume: 5 issue: 7, July 2017, p1-7. 2017

  • Access of patients with lumbar disc herniations to spine surgeons: The effect of insurance type under the Affordable Care Act.

    Spine Nov 2016. 2016

  • The Effect of Insurance Type on Patient Access to Carpal Tunnel Release Under the Affordable Care Act

    Journal of Hand Surgery April 2016 Volume 41, Issue 4, Pages 503–509.e1 2016

  • Survey of Patient Insurance Status on Access to Specialty Foot and Ankle Care Under the Affordable Care Act.

    Foot Ankle Int 2016 July; 37(7): 776-81 2016

  • Primary Care Physician and Patient Perceptions of Reimbursement for Total Knee and Hip Replacement.

    Journal of Arthroplasty Volume 31, Issue 7, July 2016, Pages 1395–1399. 2016

  • Actual knee motion during continuous passive motion protocols is less than expected.

    Bible JE, Simpson AK, Biswas D, Pelker RR, Grauer JN. Actual knee motion during continuous passive motion protocols is less than expected. Clinical Orthopaedics And Related Research 2009, 467:2656-61. 2009

  • Current practices of AAHKS members in the treatment of adult osteonecrosis of the femoral head.

    McGrory BJ, York SC, Iorio R, Macaulay W, Pelker RR, Parsley BS, Teeny SM. Current practices of AAHKS members in the treatment of adult osteonecrosis of the femoral head. The Journal Of Bone And Joint Surgery. American Volume 2007, 89:1194-204. 2007

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Contact Info

Richard Pelker, PhD, MD
Office Location
Yale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 133

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Orthopaedics & RehabilitationP.O. Box 208071
New Haven, CT 06520-8071