Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Research

At Houston Methodist, our researchers are pioneering research in several areas like regenerative medicine to promote osteogenesis, surgical infection prevention with the use of antibiotic releasing microspheres, arthritis management through the use of growth factors for tissue recovery, and imaging for improved preoperative evaluation and surgical planning. We have developed and improved many orthopedic devices, procedures and therapies that have been translated into clinical practice worldwide. Our ongoing commitment to orthopedic research, through collaboration with our research partners, helps to ensure our continuing leadership in the diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic conditions. 

Orthopedic Research Laboratories


Integrating advanced medical research with clinical application, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and Houston Methodist Research Institute expedite the translation of advanced medical discoveries from bench to bedside by uniting some of the nation's top researchers with leading orthopedic surgeons.
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Kevin Varner, MD

Kevin Varner, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery and the C. James and Carole Walter Looke Presidential Distinguished Centennial Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Learn More.

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In a serendipitous finding, Houston Methodist orthopedic surgeons discovered a rare bilateral carpal fusion in the wrist of a high-level collegiate athlete. Learn More.

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By conducting a double-blind, randomized trial, our researchers have found that infusing morphine and vancomycin directly into the tibia during knee replacement reduces pain and pain medication needed after surgery. Learn More.