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Emory School of Medicine names new chair of orthopaedics

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Holly Korschun

Emory University School of Medicine has named Scott D. Boden, MD, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Chief of Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Medicine for Emory Healthcare. Boden has served as interim chair since February 2018, and he follows former chair James Roberson, MD.

Boden is a professor of orthopaedic surgery, director of the Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center, chief medical officer/chief quality officer of Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Hospital, and vice president of business innovation for Emory Healthcare. He has been at Emory since completing his spine surgery fellowship in 1992.

As chair, Dr. Boden will provide leadership in all clinical, educational and research endeavors involving orthopaedics. He also will work closely with Emory Healthcare leadership to ensure high quality patient care and to coordinate services across all medical facilities.

Boden’s collaborative spirit and commitment to innovation are evidenced by his leadership roles in various initiatives, including development of the Emory Sports Medicine Complex, strategic partnerships with the Atlanta Hawks, Braves, Falcons, Dream and other corporate entities, and the affiliation between Emory Healthcare and Walmart on employee health, spine surgery and joint replacement surgery. Boden also is a driving force behind the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub set to launch on September 1.

An accomplished spine surgeon and researcher, Boden is considered a visionary in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. His research has most recently focused on the development of small molecules to promote bone and cartilage regeneration. Boden was recently named principal investigator for a $13 million grant from the Marcus Foundation to support a multicenter clinical trial studying various stem cell options to treat osteoarthritis.

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