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UW Welcomes Fall Visiting Professor, Robert V. O’Toole, MD

On Friday, August 31, 2018, the UW Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation welcomed their UW Fall Visiting Professor, Robert V. O’Toole, MD, who spoke on:

  • “METRC and Trauma Outcome Studies”
  • “Damage Control Orthopaedics in 2018”
  • “Who Really Has Compartment Syndrome”

Dr. Robert V. O’Toole is a Professor of Orthopaedics with tenure at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and Division Head of Orthopaedic Traumatology and Chief of Orthopaedics at R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. He has served as the Director of Clinical Research since 2005. He has served as Program Director for the Shock Trauma Orthopaedic Traumatology Fellowship Program, since 2009. He is active in clinical care, research, and education pertaining to patients who sustain orthopaedic trauma.

Dr. O’Toole’s clinical interests include fractures, high‐energy trauma, pelvic and acetabular fractures, problem fractures including malunion and nonunion, and complications related to trauma including infection, posttraumatic arthritis, and compartment syndrome.

He is an active clinical researcher and currently serves as the principal investigator on research trials totaling more than $30 million in competitive funding. Much of his work is in collaboration with the United States Department of Defense‐funded Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC, He leads an active research group that is currently running 16 prospective clinical trials, has 10 full‐time research staff, and strives to address clinical issues affecting patients through high‐quality clinical trial design. The group is always interested in collaboration and welcomes contact from other researchers.

Dr. O’Toole has been part of the team responsible for continued growth in the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma over the last decade. Clinical volumes have increased substantially over the time period, and the group now boasts 10 faculty members, nine research coordinators, nine nurse practitioners, five fellows, eight programs that send residents to rotate with our Department, and a host of other staff who carry out the group’s mission of clinical, educational, and research excellence. The Division is well positioned and aims to continue to play an important national role in orthopaedic trauma care in the coming years