Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD
Message from the Chair
Welcome to the University of Wisconsin Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. Our comprehensive program focuses on providing cutting edge patient care for both adult and pediatric patients, conducting state of the art research, and training the next generation of orthopedic surgeons, physiatrists, physical therapists, as well as spine and sports medicine surgeons. Our physicians are on the forefront of new techniques and procedures to continually improve patient care, and have completed rigorous training and specialty fellowships. Many are nationally and world-renown as leaders in their respective disciplines.
Our department is home to three divisions including Orthopedic Surgery, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Physical Therapy. Each of these divisions provides patient care, education, and training. We pride ourselves on recruiting nationally recognized educators, researchers, and clinicians within each of these three divisions, and have more than 50 full time faculty and over 200 full time staff who support our mission.
The University of Wisconsin Orthopedic Surgery program has a strong reputation in training Orthopedic Surgery residents at the highest level. The vast majority of our residents go on to sub-specialty fellowship training in academic positions. We perform over 10,000 operations per year in the sub-specialties of Total Joint Replacement, Spinal Surgery, Trauma Surgery, Sports Medicine, Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Musculoskeletal Tumor Surgery, Foot and Ankle, and Pediatric Orthopedics. The department has fellowships in Spinal Surgery, Sports Medicine Surgery, Non-Operative Sports Medicine, and Non-Operative Pediatric Orthopedics. medical students, Residents, and Fellows will have access to a surgical simulation center which will open in early 2012. This will further advance the educational experience of our trainees.
Our Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation residency offers training in a variety of clinical settings for inpatient, outpatient, pediatric, and adult patients. The Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation program focuses on providing a superior academic and clinical experience. Here you will find proceduralists performing spinal injections and EMGs, neuromuscular and pediatric rehabilitation, and a wide range of musculoskeletal rehabilitative care. We offer a Fellowship in Pain Management, and manage an inpatient rehabilitation unit.
The School of Physical Therapy and its staff of full-time educators, researchers, and clinicians, offers a Doctorate of Physical Therapy degree to 40 graduates per year. This highly competitive program trains not only clinicians but also future leaders in the field of Physical Therapy.
Research is a strong component of our program as well. Our approach to research is centered around tissue engineering, biomechanics, and novel stem cell therapy. With over 9,000 square feet of research space housing four Ph.D. researchers, we have ample opportunity for trainees to be involved in translational research. Clinical research is supported by a team of research coordinators, biostatisticians, and database management.
Whether you are a patient, provider, or a future resident or student within our department, you can be assured that our department’s physicians, clinicians, and staff are committed to maintaining a program that offers the highest quality patient care, as well as exceptional educational programs, clinical programs, and cutting edge research. Please take a moment to learn more about the care, programs, and services we offer.
Thomas A. Zdeblick, MD
A.A. McBeath Professor and Chairman