Surgical Advanced Technology Laboratory

The Surgical Advanced Technology Laboratory (SATL) is focused on identifying technologies that are not commonly used for orthopedic applications and developing them for the treatment of  musculoskeletal diseases, disorders and traumas.

Some of the projects currently ongoing in this lab include polymer shells that stabilize and encourage rapid healing of severe fractures, a tissue-engineered biomimetic periosteum to support bone growth, an improved mesh for hernia repairs, and resorbable nanodelivery systems that locally release analgesic drugs to relieve postoperative pain, eliminating the need for opioids. Researchers from the SATL have applied for several patents based on work completed at the lab and multiple technologies designed here will enter human clinical trials within the next few years. 


Bradley K. Weiner, MD
Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Associate Member, Research Institute
Program Director, Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Department of Orthopedic Surgery
Houston Methodist

Scientific Director

Ennio Tasciotti, PhD
Associate Professor of Nanomedicine 
Institute for Academic Medicine
Houston Methodist