Achievements and Highlights from the Orthopeadic Research Institute

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929 North St. Francis
Wichita, Kansas 67214, USA
Phone: 316-268-5454
Fax: 316-291-4998

Since its inception in 1987, the Orthopaedic Research Institute at Via Christi Hospital in Wichita has been a leader in its field. Here are a few of its many accomplishments:

  • Innovation, development, patenting, and wide commercialization of the Wichita Fusion Nail, an intramedullary (inside the bone) rod for knee fusion
  • More than 100 published articles and invited presentations
  • Publication in 1999 of "A Primer of Biomechanics," Springer, New York, ISBN 0-387-98456-9, a textbook on biomechanics for orthopaedic residents
  • Implanting of orthopaedic/surgical devices in five patients
  • Received a Department of Veterans Affairs, Rehabilitation R&D Service Research grant of more than $500,000
  • Adjunct/volunteer faculty service by ORI staff in Kansas University School of Medicine-Wichita and the Wichita State University College of Engineering.
  • Provides internships for medical students, and engineering undergraduate and graduate students
  • Invited lectures by ORI staff members in more than a dozen countries including France, Germany, India, Japan, Korea, Mexico and Chile
  • Sponsorship of "Perspectives in Total Joint Arthroplasty," an annual instructional course for orthopaedic surgeons from throughout the United States
  • Established an extensive fatigue/environmental testing laboratory that includes six independently controlled load frames with servohydraulic actuators
  • Provides contract testing and development services for numerous industrial sponsors
  • Provides materials sensitivity testing for orthopaedic patients at risk for adverse reactions
  • Applied research and design efforts in support of the development of more than a dozen orthopaedic/surgical devices and systems
  • Received Income from patent license fees of more than $500,000



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