Each fellow is expected to design, to lead and to complete a research project during the fellowship year. Studies of all design are performed within the division.

A number of multicenter clinical trials, prospective and retrospective clinical studies are active. The faculty are also active in biomechanical, cadaver and basic science research projects. Ongoing research within the division is currently focusing on an array of topics including upper extremity fracture care, peripheral nerve repair and vaso-occlusive disease. Many opportunities exist throughout the year to participate in various research projects, book chapters, and review articles, based on an individual fellow’s interest.

An extensive orthopaedic research laboratory, including a hand and microvascular surgery lab, is available to residents and fellows. A modern fresh cadaver laboratory fully equipped with hand surgery instruments is available for the practice of surgical procedures of the upper extremity. These allow for extensive research opportunities as well as the development of microsurgical skills.