Orthopaedic Research Society

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Orthopaedic Research Society
Orthopaedic Research Society Logo.svg
Formation 1954
Type professional, scientific and medical society
Headquarters Rosemont, Illinois
Region served
Website www.ors.org

The Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS) is a professional, scientific and medical organization focused on orthopaedic research[1][2]. The stated mission of the ORS is to advance orthopaedic research through education, collaboration, communication and advocacy[3][4]. The ORS aims to increase resources for research, and awareness of the importance and impact of such research on orthopaedic patients and the public.

The Journal of Orthopaedic Research is the official journal of ORS[5].


Collaboration has been at the cornerstone of the Orthopaedic Research Society since it was founded in 1954[6][7].

In 1940, Dr. Alfred R. Shands[8], who would later become one of the founding members of the ORS served as the chair of the Research Committee of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons [6].  The committee conducted a survey of its member which indicated that just over 180 members were conducting some type of research [7]

In the 1950’s, several musculoskeletal investigators expressed a desire to have a forum for presenting their work and receiving constructive criticism[6][7]. Dr. Phillip D. Wilson, a member of the Academy, along with several others, met in San Francisco and proposed the idea of starting an organization focused solely on musculoskeletal research.   This idea gained unanimous support from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons at their Annual Meeting in 1951[7].

In 1952, the first meeting of the founding members of the ORS took place. At this first meeting, Dr. Philip D. Wilson created a draft constitution and set of by-laws for the fledgling society [9].  It was determined that the purpose of the society was to “encourage and coordinate investigation and research in basic principles or clinical problems related to the special field of Orthopaedic Surgery.” [6]   Due to the unexpected death of Dallas B. Phemister, MD, who had agreed to take on the role of chairman, the formal organization of the society was delayed[7].

1954 marked the first official meeting of the group at the Palmer House in Chicago under the Chairmanship of Dr.  Wilson [9].  At this first meeting there were twenty-nine people in attendance.  Cultivating the relationship between clinicians and scientists while providing them with opportunities to come together and share ideas was the driving factor in establishing the society. “The close relationship of between clinicians and basic scientists would help ensure the prominent role of orthopaedic surgeons in delivering care to patients with injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system,” explained Eugene R. Mindell, MD who served as president of the ORS from 1972 – 1973[9][10]

The ORS continues to grow and evolve.  Membership has grown to more than 4,100 members from across the globe [11].  Once a role only held by surgeons, in 1982 the ORS elected Van C. Mow as the first PhD president [12].  Currently, Presidents are elected from each of the three disciplines represented in the membership: clinicians, biologists, and engineers[10]

Research Sections[edit]

ORS is organized into following specific areas or sections [13]

  • Meniscus
  • Orthopaedic Implants
  • Preclinical Models Selection
  • Spine Section
  • Tendon Section


  • AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)[14]
  • NIAMS Coalition (National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases)[15]
  • OREF (Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation)[16]
  • Research!America[17]
  • USA Bone and Joint Initiative[18]
  • ICORS (International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies)[19]


  1. ^ "ORTHOPAEDIC RESEARCH SOCIETY - GuideStar Profile". www.guidestar.org. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  2. ^ "Research Education Programs". www.oref.org. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Advocacy Now". www.pwrnewmedia.com. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  4. ^ "Participating Organizations". United States Bone and Joint Initiative. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2017-10-17. 
  5. ^ "Journal of Orthopaedic Research". doi:10.1002/(issn)1554-527x. 
  6. ^ a b c d Brown, Thomas D. (2002-8). "TOWARD BETTER INTERACTION BETWEEN ORTHOPAEDISTS AND RESEARCHERS: A TWO-WAY STREET☆". JBJS. 84 (8): 1473. ISSN 0021-9355.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ a b c d e Goldberg, Victor M. (1989-07). "Presidential address for the orthopaedic research society, 1988. ?Back to the future??responsibilities of the society". Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 7 (4): 612–615. doi:10.1002/jor.1100070421. ISSN 0736-0266.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  8. ^ "https://www.ors.org/alfred-r-shands-jr-md-award/". www.ors.org. Retrieved 2018-06-12.  External link in |title= (help)
  9. ^ a b c Cooper, R. R.; Shands, A. R. (1975-1). "The orthopaedic research society. Its first twenty years". Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (106): 285–289. ISSN 0009-921X. PMID 1092506.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  10. ^ a b "https://www.ors.org/past-presidents-of-the-ors/". www.ors.org. Retrieved 2018-06-12.  External link in |title= (help)
  11. ^ "https://www.ors.org/about-ors/". www.ors.org. Retrieved 2018-06-12.  External link in |title= (help)
  12. ^ "Van C. Mow", Wikipedia, 2018-03-28, retrieved 2018-06-12 
  13. ^ "About ORS Sections". www.ors.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  14. ^ "American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons". Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  15. ^ "NIAMS Coalition Members". www.niams.nih.gov. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  16. ^ "Research Education Programs". www.oref.org. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  17. ^ "Member Organizations". Research!America. 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  18. ^ "Participating Organizations". United States Bone and Joint Initiative. 2014-06-10. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 
  19. ^ "International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies ICORS". International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies ICORS. Retrieved 2016-11-17. 

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