Dr. Javad Parvizi, MD
Vice Chair for Research
Javad Parvizi MD, a native of Azerbaijan, completed his medical training in the United Kingdom graduating from University of Sheffield in 1991. He then completed his surgical training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, where he also attained a master’s degree from the Mayo Foundation in Molecular Biology involving evaluating bone healing and cartilage repair, which sparked his interest in both basic science and clinical research in the field of orthopedics. His fellowship training was completed under the direction of Professor Reinhold Ganz in Inselspital, Switzerland. Dr. Parvizi’s background created the foundation for the existing interest and expertise he brings to the Rothman Institute where he sits today as James Edwards professor of orthopaedics and the director and vice chairman of research. His clinical practice involves reconstruction of complex pelvis, hip, and knee conditions with special emphasis on joint preservation and periprosthetic joint infection. As the Vice Chair for Research, he oversees the operations of clinical and basic science research. He has extensive experience on conducting clinical trials and outcome studies on joint replacement patients. He is also actively involved in basic science research in tissue engineering and has received numerous grants from the National Institute of Health, Department of Defense, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, and many other funding bodies for his work on development of self-protective smart orthopedic implants and molecular diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection. He is a member of numerous National and International Societies such as The Hip Society, The Knee Society, The International Hip Society, The Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The Musculoskeletal Infection Society and has served in leadership roles in a large number of national committees. He chaired the workgroup of the MSIS workshop that proposed the MSIS definition of PJI in 2010 that has been adapted by the Center for Disease Control as the definition of PJI. He was the president of Musculoskeletal Infection Society in 2013 and as part of his presidential initiative held the International Consensus Group (ICG) on Periprosthetic Joint Infection that brought together over 300 world experts on PJI from 52 countries and 130 different societies. The document generated as part of the ICG meeting has been widely disseminated across the globe and translated to numerous languages. He served as a member of the CDC committee that produced the updated SSI prevention guidelines in 2014. He serves as a member of study section for the National Institute of Health and grant review for various other funding organizations. He is a member of various editorial boards for orthopedic journals. He has received wide recognition for his clinical and basics science research including numerous awards from The Hip Society, The Knee Society, The American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, The MSIS, and numerous other organizations. He has been offered the Brazilian presidential award of honor, and is an honorary member of the Brazilian Hip Society, the British Hip Society, the Peruvian Orthopaedic Society, the Venezuelan Orthopaedic and Traumatology Society, and numerous others. He was given the best researcher of the year award in 2011 by the Arthritis Foundation. He has authored over 600 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 120 book chapters, and is the editor of 16 text books in orthopaedics.
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Gehrke
Prof. Dr. Thorsten Gehrke is the first international member of the Reduced Revisions Editorial Board. He is the Medical Director of at ENDO-Klinik Hamburg, Europe´s largest clinic for arthroplasty, sports orthopedics and spinal surgery. He began his formal medical studies at Institute of Anatomy at University of Kiel, Germany, graduating Magnum cum Laude in 1988 before entering residency and being awarded his licensed to practice orthopedic medicine since 1997. Dr. Gehrke has authored two dozen published book chapters pertaining to hip and knee replacement procedures, techniques and complications. In addition he has 129 peer-reviewed publications, focused on hip and knee joint arthroplasty, revision surgery and specifically septic revisions of hip and knee replacements. He was Chairman of the first International Consensus Group (ICG) on Periprosthetic Joint Infection that brought together over 300 world experts on prosthetic joint infections from 52 countries and 130 different societies. He is a member of numerous National and International Societies such as the American Knee Society, the European Society of Bone and Joint Infections, the European Hip Society, the International Hip Society, the German Knee Society. Moreover he is been awarded several professional honors and many honorary professorships in different parts oft he world (Asia, US, Latin America).
Recently he organized together with Dr. Javad Parvizi the second International Consensus Meeting of Orthopaedic Infections with more than 900 delegates from 98 countries.
Dr. Antonia F. Chen, MD/MBA
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Researcher
Antonia F. Chen MD/MBA is an accomplished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher. She is currently at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at Harvard Medical School. She was the Associate Director of Research at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, an Associate Professor at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, and the Director of Medical Education Curriculum, Musculoskeletal Studies at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College and Thomas Jefferson University. She received her BS from Yale University and her MD from Rutgers Medical School, where she graduated with Distinction in Research and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. Antonia received her MBA from Rutgers Business School and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society. She completed her orthopaedic residency at the University of Pittsburgh and her fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at the Rothman Institute. She is on the editorial board of 6 journals, and was the president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society. She has authored over 100 publications, 35 book chapters, and 2 books, has won multiple research awards, and has presented all over the world.
Carlos Higuera-Rueda, MD
Carlos Higuera-Rueda, MD, is currently a staff surgeon at the Cleveland Clinic Florida, where he divides his time between leadership, research and patient care. He is the Chairman of the Levitetz Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Florida and Director of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Center. He completed residency at the Cleveland Clinic and a clinical fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He specializes in hip and knee arthroplasty surgery. He is interested in complex revision procedures including infections. His research interest is mainly in periprosthetic joint infections including diagnostic tools, patient optimization and overall outcomes after arthroplasty.
Michael M. Kheir, MD
Michael M. Kheir, MD is currently an orthopaedic surgery resident at the Indiana University School of Medicine. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with dual degrees in biochemistry and psychology. He received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, during which time he also completed a year of research at the Rothman Institute. He is involved in national and international musculoskeletal infectious disease groups, including the editorial board for the International Consensus Group (ICG) on Periprosthetic Joint Infection in 2018. He serves on the Young Surgeons Committee for SICOT (International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology). Despite being early in his career, he has authored 45 publications and 6 book chapters, had his work featured through multiple media sources, won research awards from several professional societies, and presented his work at conferences nationwide.