Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine
The mission of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is to provide extraordinary musculoskeletal and comprehensive rehabilitative patient care to restore function and improve quality of life; to excel in education; to cultivate translational science; and to inspire innovation.
The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Penn State College of Medicine is committed to advancing our field through scientific discovery and education.
Our faculty, clinicians and researchers have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, ranking as one of the best hospitals in the nation for 2020-21 in orthopedic care.
We foster the next generation of orthopaedic leaders through our training programs. Our Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science expands the scope of basic science, translational research and regenerative medicine interests within the department.
April Dawn Armstrong, BSc(PT), MSc, MD, FRCSC
C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Chief, Division of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
More about Orthopaedics @ Penn State
Education in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation offers a variety of training programs for learners at all levels.
In addition to an ACGME-accredited Orthopaedic Residency, the department offers three accredited fellowships in Hershey, Pa. - the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship, the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship and the Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, the last offered in conjunction with the Department of Family and Community Medicine.
In State College, Pa., the department offers two additional accredited fellowships - an Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship and another Primary Care Sports Medicine Fellowship, also in partnership with Family and Community Medicine.
A number of opportunities are available for medical students as well, including clerkships, acting internships and electives.
Meanwhile, annual continuing education programs provide opportunities for providers in a number of specialties to refine their skills.
Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Research in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is performed through the Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science.
The center was created in 2005 as the Division of Musculoskeletal Sciences and expanded to its current form in 2018 to accommodate the expanded scope of basic science, translational research and regenerative medicine interests within the department.
Clinical Care in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation translates its research expertise into patient care to offer comprehensive treatments for a variety of orthopaedic issues through the Bone and Joint Institute and Spine Center.
Bone and Joint Institute
Penn State Health Bone and Joint Institute is proud to be a leader in the care of patients with disorders of the bones, joints and spine. Faculty, clinicians and researchers have been recognized by U.S. News & World Report, ranking as one of the best hospitals in the nation for 2020-21 in orthopedic care.
Penn State Bone and Joint Institute comprises physicians dedicated to providing patients with the highest-quality care through a coordinated team approach. Each physician has pursued formal fellowship training and developed subspecialty interests in addition to general orthopaedics.
Penn State Health Spine Center provides treatment for all back and neck pain needs, from simple to complex.
For those for whom daily activities have become more difficult or who are living with pain, the patient care team from the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation works to determine the best course of treatment in conjunction with board-certified physicians from neurosurgery, physical medicine and rehabilitation, pain management and radiology.
Explore Programs in Orthopaedics
- For medical students: Clerkships, acting internships and electives
- Continuing education: Credits are offered for various programs. Find programs at Continuing Education.
- Residency (ACGME-approved)
- Fellowships (ACGME-approved)
- Foot and Ankle
- Hand and Wrist
- Hip and Knee Joint Arthoplasty
- Orthopaedic Oncology
- Pediatric Orthopaedics
- Shoulder and Elbow
- Sports Medicine
Services and Affiliations
- Adult orthopaedic care
- Bone cancer treatment at Penn State Cancer Institute
- Center for Orthopaedic Research and Translational Science
- Pediatric orthopaedic care at Penn State Health Children's Hospital
- Penn State Bone and Joint Institute
- Penn State Health Rehabilitation Hospital (in partnership with Select Medical)
- Rehabilitation and therapy services
- Spine Center
- Sports medicine