What is Clinical Outcomes Research?
This research uses surveys to allow patients to inform doctors about their OWN opinions, feelings, and life quality before and after medical care. Dr Christoforetti is the principal investigator for O.T.C.O.R. (Orthopaedic Treatment Clinical Outcomes Registry), an Institutional Review Board Approved study at the Allegheny Singer Research Institute. Patients receiving outpatient surgical and conservative care for shoulder, hip or knee injuries may be consented and enrolled to participate. Using state of the art software from OBERD (Outcomes Based Electronic Registry Database), patients are automatically sent secure links to sign in and complete surveys before, and up to 5 years after their medical care. These numbers are then compiled to help Dr Christoforetti improve his own practice as well as collaborate with other centers of excellence to advance the field! His main collaboration to date is with the MASH StudyGroup (www.mashstudy.com), the largest and highest quality multi-center registry for hip arthroscopy in the United States.
Some of Dr Christoforetti's Original Outcomes Research:
What is Basic Scientific Research?
Basic scientific research occurs in a laboratory or other non-clinical setting and uses traditional methods of science to answer questions about nature. In 2004, Dr Christoforetti spent 6 months at the National Institutes of Health studying mesenchymal stem cells at the NIAMS Branch and his work on tendon healing in embryonic chickens was shown at the Orthopaedic Research Society. Today, Dr Christoforetti works collaboratively with Dr Mark Carl Miller at the Allegheny Singer Research Institute and Allegheny General Hospital Department of Orthopaedics to create and conduct projects for study in the field of orthopaedic tissues. In 2014, their research on the strength of sutures in human hip labrums was selected for presentation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Ongoing funded research investigates the effectiveness of human acellular dermal patches to restore hip function after failed hip arthroscopic surgery- an increasingly common problem he and other experts tackle for patients in need. Other basic science initiatives may focus on the behavior of cellular therapies in specific injury environments.
What is Academic Orthopaedic Surgery?
This is a term used to describe the practice of orthopaedic medicine and surgery with a threefold focus: caring for patients, performing research to advance the field of orthopaedics, and teaching future orthopaedic surgeons. Traditionally, only the best surgeons are selected to hold faculty positions and become thought leaders shaping the field for the future. Dr Christoforetti is Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Drexel University College of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics. He is also Faculty-at-Large for the American Hip Institute in Chicago, Master Instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and Clinical Instructor at Duquesne University Department of Physical Therapy. His contributions to national and international education in the form of hundreds of lectures on topics in hip and shoulder surgery can be found in the attached Curriculum Vitae.