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Posted: July 13th, 2012
The Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine community gathered to observe the inaugural appointment of Edward M. Greenfield, PhD, as the Harry E. Figgie III, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics on June 21, 2012.
Dr. Greenfield is a Professor of Orthopaedics and Pathology at Case Western Reserve University. He also is Director of Research in the Department of Orthopaedics at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and is Director of the Case Western Reserve University/National Institutes of Health Training Program in Musculoskeletal Research.
"We're very proud to celebrate Dr. Figgie's legacy while honoring Dr. Greenfield's efforts that have made interdisciplinary research a hallmark in the Department of Orthopaedics," says School of Medicine Dean Pamela B. Davis. "Basic scientists, surgeons, pathologists, biomedical engineers and other researchers, who speak very different scientific languages, come together under Dr. Greenfield's leadership to enhance mobility - a tremendous factor in patients' quality of life."
Dr. Greenfield's research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate clinically important aspects of bone biology, including orthopaedic implants, orthopaedic infections, osteosarcoma, and skeletal responses to hormones.
His work with orthopaedic implants was recognized by two of the highest awards in the field of orthopaedic research, including the William Harris Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society and the Kappa Delta Award from the American Society of Orthopaedic Surgeons. These awards honored Dr. Greenfield's investigations of the major cause of orthopaedic implant loosening, one of the most common concerns for doctors and patients. Dr. Greenfield examines how bones bond to implants (osseointegration), and whether bacteria impair this bond or contribute to loosening. He also conducts studies to develop counter-measures for impaired osseointegration. The long-term goal is to understand these processes in sufficient detail to develop new ways to diagnose and treat orthopaedic problems in patients.
A graduate of New College in Sarasota, Florida, Dr. GreenfieldÂ completed his MS and PhD at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then pursued a post-doctoral fellowship in bone cell biology at Washington University in St. Louis, prior to joining the faculty at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.