Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

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Welcome to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Our goal is to provide superior orthopaedic care to patients in our region while educating future generations of orthopaedic surgeons. We have a dedicated full-time faculty that interacts well with clinical faculty, providing a comprehensive experience in orthopaedic surgery and related musculoskeletal care fields. The most common learning environment is one-to-one resident-to-faculty interaction in clinical settings, including Miami Valley Hospital (the area's Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital), Dayton Children’s Hospital, the Dayton Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Atrium Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital South. In these clinical settings, the residents participate in orthopaedic patient care in all the subspecialties.


In 2007, the Residency Review Committee (RRC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) granted the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program a full five-year accreditation. This accreditation increased the number of residency training positions to four residents per year. In addition to the five-year training tract, we now offer a six-year tract, which includes a musculoskeletal research year between the first and second clinical training years. All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). The Wright State University Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program, under the direction of Dr. Michael Prayson, is accredited by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and fellowship positions are filled through the San Francisco matching program.

Affiliated Hospitals

Residents rotate through several hospitals during their residency. Miami Valley Hospital is a Level I Trauma Center and a tertiary referral center for orthopaedic subspecialty care. It has more than 3,000 trauma admissions per year. Miami Valley is the sponsoring institution for the residency. Miami Valley Hospital South opened initially as an outpatient surgery center in 2007, but now is a full service hospital. It works in conjunction with MVH, and a large volume of elective/reconstructive orthopaedic cases are handled there. The Dayton Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center is one of the largest VA medical centers in the nation providing a comprehensive experience in joint replacement orthopedics. Dayton Children’s Hospital is a 155-bed private, not-for-profit tertiary pediatric health care facility that provides comprehensive pediatric orthopaedic services with five pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. Atrium Medical Center has recently been added to the teaching hospital panel. It is a Level III Trauma Center and provides a general orthopaedic surgery rotation. Good Samaritan Hospital also provides case material in joint replacement and plastic and hand surgery for the plastic surgery residents.


Residents complete an intern year, which meets American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requirements. At the end of the intern year, residents complete the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Step 3 exam to obtain a full medical license. The remaining four years of clinical training include rotations in general orthopaedics, orthopaedic traumatology, spine, hand, foot and ankle, sports/knee reconstruction, sports/upper extremity reconstruction, reconstructive shoulder surgery, joint replacement surgery and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.


All residents participate in and complete a research project. Numerous resources make this research possible: a full-time Ph.D. biomechanics faculty, a fully-functioning animal lab with a full-time pathology-trained veterinarian, a high-volume donation program with a large supply of fresh cadaver material, a comprehensive trauma registry, a gait lab, and a research team committed to collaborative research leading to publishable funded projects truly contributing to the body of knowledge in musculoskeletal fields.

Overall, this is an exciting time to be a part of orthopaedics—a field with boundless potential as technology increases our ability to care for the musculoskeletal problems of our patients. As you explore the website to learn more about our programs, I would be happy to further discuss our opportunities with you.


Richard T. Laughlin, M.D.
Professor & Chair
Residency Program Director

Department Newsletters


Medical-Spirituality Conference to explore life’s meaning in the face of difficult diagnosis

This year’s 10th anniversary Medical-Spirituality Conference will feature acclaimed authors and speakers Lucy Kalanithi and Steven Z. Pantilat.

Students can explore career opportunities at Path to Health Professions Day

High school and college students can learn more about careers as doctors, nurses and veterinarians during Path to Health Professions Day on Feb. 19.

Researchers to study role of genes in new treatments for deadly pediatric brain tumor

The researchers are trying to understand how tumors caused by an incurable brain cancer in children resist all current treatments through changes in gene expression.


Last edited on 08/11/2017.