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. 

To better diagnose, treat, and prevent performance related injuries, our researchers are studying the prevalence of hip disorders in ballet dancers. Learn More.

Kevin Varner, MD, is Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopedic Surgery and the Chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. Learn More.


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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stem cells

Houston Methodist Orthopedic & Sports Medicine researchers identified a novel stem cell based regenerative medicine approach able to promote cartilage repair in osteoarthritic patients. Our scientists and doctors demonstrated that cartilage progenitor/stem cells (CPSC) could be used for cartilage repair strategies after trauma and display also a high commitment toward chondrogenesis in osteoarthritis. Learn more