Research and Training

instructors and residents in the VirtuOHSU Simulation Center
OHSU's VirtuOHSU Simulation and Surgical Training Center provides outstanding leadership in education and training opportunities in surgical skills and simulation. It serves the entire continuum of health professionals, trainees, students, and researchers at OHSU.

As part of Oregon's only academic health center, the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is educating the next generation of healthcare professionals and researching new treatments and cures.

Orthopaedic training programs

Our training programs create medical professionals who are self-motivated lifelong learners, caring and effective clinicians, committed educators and dynamic researchers.


OHSU's Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation research programs emphasize research that can go from the lab to the clinic and general population. Brian Johnstone's lab focuses on basic and translational studies of stem cells and their differentiation into skeletal tissues for repair and regeneration with an emphasis on articular cartilage tissue engineering, and enhancing spinal fusion. We also collaborate with Ronen Schweitzer, Ph.D., interim director of research at Shriners Children’s Portland, on basic research related to musculoskeletal conditions.

Support OHSU Orthopaedics

You can make a significant impact on our ability to train the next generation of specialists, advance patient care, and develop new knowledge through research.

We are building on a legacy of excellence that spans Richard Dillehunt, M.D., and Leo Lucas, M.D., to Lawrence Noall, M.D., and Rodney Beals, M.D., to our interim department chair, Darin Friess, M.D. Your personal gift is a vital part of this legacy and will help us advance the future of Orthopaedics.

Visit our Giving Opportunities page to learn more about the funds that support our educational, training and research missions and how your donation can help.

Beals Memorial Seminar

The Beals Memorial Seminar is an annual event established in honor of the late Dr. Rodney K. Beals, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Orthopaedics at OHSU. The seminar includes research presentations by the chief residents and presentations on orthopaedic issues and treatments by OHSU faculty and guest speakers.

See videos and information from previous seminars

Contact us

Robin Sasaoka
Residency and Fellowship Program Coordinator
503-494-5842  |

Brian Johnstone, Ph.D.
Research Director

Molly Mayer
Administrative Coordinator

Grand Rounds lecture archive

Watch archived Grand Rounds lectures or view a lecture in real-time via our Grand Rounds lecture archive page.

OJO archive

Read the Oregon Journal of Orthopaedics, an annual update on the state of orthopaedic surgery in Oregon created and published by our orthopaedic residents. Visit the OJO archive page

OHSU 2025: Our future vision

Two Orthopaedics faculty members are leading efforts to meet OHSU's goal to become a regional and national leader in education.

Dr. Jacqueline Brady and her team are working to enhance, expand, and optimize simulated learning platforms (such the VirtuOHSU simulation lab) for relevant programs.

Dr. Nels Carlson and his team are working to implement a framework for lifelong learning centered on OHSU as an education home for all communities.

Clinical trials

Clinical trials are research studies in which people help doctors find ways to improve health and treat diseases. The results of these research studies provide the data necessary to make improvements in the treatment and prevention of disease. Search OHSU clinical studies