Date of Defense

Spring 4-25-2012

Date of Graduation

Spring 4-28-2012

First Advisor

Brad Gordon, College of Health and Human Services

Second Advisor

Richard M. Oxhandler, College of Health and Human Services


Orthopedic medicine


Orthopedic medicine is changing and advancing along with the rest of the medical field. There are new concepts developing in orthopedic trauma, tissue engineering, collagen, nano-orthopedics, biodegradable implants, robot-assisted surgery and more. The changes to orthopedics are focused on the changing needs of patients, and orthopedists are also changing their ways to keep up with the demand required of them. Advancements in fields such as stem cells, imaging technology, functional tissue engineering, and robotic assistance will further propel the diagnostic and treatment abilities of orthopedic medicine. In order to accomplish these advancements and provide for the needs of the future patient, more research will be required as it is the key to the future of orthopedic medicine.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access