Paul Tornetta III, MD
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Dr. Paul Tornetta is Chief and Chair, Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma for the Boston Medical Center. Dr. Tornetta received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. He earned his medical degree from SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn (NY), where he also completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery, followed by a fellowship in Acetabular/Pelvic Fractures at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles under Joel Matta, MD.

Dr. Tornetta has expertise in multicenter trials and trial methodology, serving on the executive committees of the SPRINT, FAITH, TRUST, and FLOW trials. He leads the Orthopaedic Trauma Research Consortium and was on the executive committee of the department of defense funded METRC consortium. He has lectured extensively worldwide on orthopaedic trauma, evidence-based literature application, and education. He has served on the faculty of more than 250 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) CME, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and international symposia and skills courses as well as developing new educational programs for these organizations. An author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, Dr. Tornetta is also a lead editor for Rockwood and Green’s textbook on fracture care (an industry standard) and an editor of multiple other textbooks and textbook series. He has contributed to the field with the development of new surgical techniques as well as implants.

Dr. Tornetta has served many roles for national and international orthopaedic associations. He has been the chair of multiple committees, served on the board, and is the incoming chair of the Council on Education for the AAOS, is a past president of the OTA and was an American British Canadian (ABC) traveling fellow. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation clinical research award, several BUSM Robert E. Leach Resident Teaching Awards and OTA Bovill Awards, Dr. Tornetta has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor every year since 1999 and Boston Magazine Top Doc since 2006.

Boston University School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Surgery

The Effect of Teriparatide on Distal Radius Fracture Healing
11/01/2004 - 10/31/2006 (Co-PI)
Eli Lilly and Company

An Ascending Dose Safety and Feasibility Study of Ossigel in the Management of Stable and Unstable Closed Diaphyseal Fractures of the Tibia
07/16/1999 - 06/30/2001 (PI)
Orquest Inc

Clinical Research Study to Demonstrate the Equivalence of ~-BSM to Autograft in the Repair of Proximal Tibia Fractures
02/10/2000 - 03/01/2001 (PI)
ETEX Corporation

Serum Protein-Based Indices for the Progression of Fracture Healing and Nonunion
09/30/2019 - 09/23/2023 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University Dept of Defense

STREAM Study: Streamlining Trauma Research Evaluation
11/01/2013 - 08/31/2020 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University NIH-NIAMS

SOLVED: A Study of Locked Plates versus Intramedullary Nails in Distal Femur Fractures
01/01/2008 - 09/30/2019 (PI)
Orthopaedic Trauma Association

Oxygen Study, METRC: The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium
12/01/2013 - 09/29/2019 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University Dept of Defense

POvIV Study
10/01/2012 - 09/14/2019 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University DOD-USAMRAA

SACRAL Study: A Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study of Sacral Fractures Using Patient Based…
01/01/2013 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
UNIV OF WASHING Orthopaedic Trauma A

IMPRESS: Intramedullary Nails versus Plates Fixation Re-Evaluation Study in Proximal Tibia Fractures
01/01/2008 - 12/31/2018 (PI)
Orthopaedic Trauma Association

PilotBIND Study, METRC: A Retrospective Study of Early Mechanical Stabilization and Bleeding in Disr
04/17/2017 - 09/29/2018 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University DOD-USAMRAA

PAIN Study, METRC 2: The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium
09/29/2012 - 09/14/2018 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University DOD-USAMRAA

FIXIT Study: The Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium
11/15/2009 - 09/14/2018 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University DOD-USAMRAA

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  1. Al-Hourani K, Donovan R, Stoddart MT, Foote CJ, Kelly MB, Tornetta P. Definitive Fixation Outcomes of Open Tibial Shaft Fractures: Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 11 01; 35(11):561-569. PMID: 34050075
  2. Al-Hourani K, Tornetta P. In Reply to Commentary on: "Definitive Fixation Outcomes of Open Tibial Shaft Fractures: Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis". J Orthop Trauma. 2021 11 01; 35(11):572. PMID: 34224483
  3. Henkelman E, Tornetta P. Can Orthopaedic Residents Beat a Personality Assessment? J Surg Educ. 2021 Oct 23. PMID: 34702693
  4. Parisien RL, Trofa DP, O'Connor M, Knapp B, Curry EJ, Tornetta P, Lynch TS, Li X. The Fragility of Significance in the Hip Arthroscopy Literature: A Systematic Review. JB JS Open Access. 2021 Oct-Dec; 6(4). PMID: 34703967; PMCID: PMC8542173; DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.OA.21.00035;
  5. Cooke ME, Tornetta P, Firoozabadi R, Vallier H, Weinberg DS, Alton TB, Dillman MR, Westberg JR, Schmidt A, Bosse M, Leas DP, Archdeacon M, Kakazu R, Nzegwu I, OToole RV, Costales TG, Coale M, Mullis B, Usmani RH, Egol K, Kottmeier S, Sanders D, Jones C, Miller AN, Horwitz DS, Kempegowda H, Morshed S, Belaye T, Teague D. Open Ankle Fractures: What Predicts Infection? A multi-center study. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Oct 14. PMID: 34711768
  6. Khurana B, Raja A, Dyer GSM, Seltzer SE, Boland GW, Harris MB, Tornetta P, Loder RT. Upper extremity fractures due to intimate partner violence versus accidental causes. Emerg Radiol. 2021 Oct 09. PMID: 34626284; PMCID: PMC8501321; DOI: 10.1007/s10140-021-01972-9;
  7. Patterson JT, Ishii K, Tornetta P, Leighton RK, Friess DM, Jones CB, Levine A, Maclean JJ, Miclau T, Mullis BH, Obremskey WT, Ostrum RF, Reid JS, Ruder JA, Saleh A, Schmidt AH, Teague DC, Tsismenakis A, Westberg JR, Morshed S. Smith-Petersen Versus Watson-Jones Approach Does Not Affect Quality of Open Reduction of Femoral Neck Fracture. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Oct 01; 35(10):517-522. PMID: 34510125
  8. Shahien AA, Sullivan M, Firoozabadi R, Lu K, Cannada L, Timmel M, Ali A, Bramlett K, Marcantonio A, Flynn M, Vallier H, Nicolay R, Mullis B, Goodwin A, N Miller A, Krause P, Mir HR, Tornetta P. Combined Orthopaedic and Vascular Injuries With Ischemia: A Multicenter Analysis. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Oct 01; 35(10):512-516. PMID: 33512862
  9. Veltre DR, Tornetta P, Krause P, George MP, Vallier H, Nguyen MP, Reich MS, Cannada L, Eng M, Miller AN, Goodwin A, Mir HR, Clark C, Sandberg B, Westberg JR, Mullis BH, Behrens JP, Firoozabadi R. Gunshot Fractures of the Forearm: A Multicenter Evaluation. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Oct 01; 35(10):e364-e370. PMID: 33813542
  10. Mullis BH, Agel J, Jones C, Lowe J, Vallier H, Teague D, Kempton L, Schmidt A, Friess D, Morshed S, Miller A, Leighton R, Tornetta P. Unilateral Sacral Fractures Demonstrate Slow Recovery of Patient Reported Outcomes Irrespective of Treatment. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Aug 31. PMID: 34483321
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