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

MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
BA, Franklin & Marshall College

Dr. Paul Tornetta is Chief and Chair, Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Chobanian and Avedisian 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 Chobanian & Avedisian 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

SEXTANT: Title Evaluation of a New Strategy for Protocolized
04/01/2021 - 09/29/2023 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University Dept of Defense

Serum Protein-Based Indices for the Progression of Fracture Healing and Nonunion
09/30/2019 - 09/29/2023 (PI)
Trustees of Boston University Dept of Defense

A Prospective Study of Early Mechanical Stabilization and Bl
10/01/2020 - 09/29/2022 (PI)
Johns Hopkins University Dept of Defense

STREAM Study: Streamlining Trauma Research Evaluation
11/01/2013 - 12/31/2021 (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

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  1. Obremskey WT, Tornetta P, Luly J, Morshed S, O'Toole RV, Hsu JR, Mitchell SL, Mackenzie EJ, Frey KP, Castillo RC, Bosse MJ, Scharfstein DO. Outcomes of Patients With Large Versus Small Bone Defects in Open Tibia Fractures Treated With an Intramedullary Nail: A Descriptive Analysis of a Multicenter Retrospective Study. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Aug 01; 36(8):388-393. PMID: 34962235
  2. Olszewski N, Tornetta P. Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of a Partial Articular (OTA-43B) Pilon Fracture Through a Direct Anterior Approach. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Aug 01; 36(Suppl 3):S25-S26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35838573
  3. Pinski JM, Ryan SP, Pittman JL, Tornetta P. Is fixation of the medial malleolus necessary in unstable ankle fractures? Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2022 Jul 05. PMID: 35788764
  4. Collinge CA, Finlay A, Rodriguez-Buitrago A, Beltran MJ, Mitchell PM, Mir HR, Gardner MJ, Archdeacon MT, Tornetta P. Treatment Failure in Femoral Neck Fractures in Adults Less Than 50 Years of Age: Analysis of 492 Patients Repaired at 26 North American Trauma Centers. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Jun 01; 36(6):271-279. PMID: 35703846
  5. Wei J, Li D, Sing DC, Yang J, Beeram I, Puvanesarajah V, Della Valle CJ, Tornetta P, Fritz J, Yi PH. Can images crowdsourced from the internet be used to train generalizable joint dislocation deep learning algorithms? Skeletal Radiol. 2022 Nov; 51(11):2121-2128. PMID: 35624310
  6. Wei J, Li D, Sing DC, Yang J, Beeram I, Puvanesarajah V, Della Valle CJ, Tornetta P, Fritz J, Yi PH. Detecting total hip arthroplasty dislocations using deep learning: clinical and Internet validation. Emerg Radiol. 2022 Oct; 29(5):801-808. PMID: 35608786
  7. Mullis BH, Agel J, Jones C, Lowe J, Vallier H, Teague D, Kempton L, Schmidt A, Friess D, Morshed S, Miller AN, Leighton R, Tornetta P. Unilateral Sacral Fractures Demonstrate Slow Recovery of Patient-Reported Outcomes Irrespective of Treatment. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Apr 01; 36(4):179-183. PMID: 34483321
  8. Isla A, Landy D, Teasdall R, Mittwede P, Albano A, Tornetta P, Bhandari M, Aneja A. Postoperative mortality in the COVID-positive hip fracture patient, a systematic review and meta-analysis. Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2022 Feb 23. PMID: 35195751; PMCID: PMC8864596; DOI: 10.1007/s00590-022-03228-9;
  9. Shahien AA, Tornetta P. Lack of Displacement of the Fibula Is Not a Confirmation of Ankle Stability in Supination External Pattern Ankle Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Jan 01; 36(1):e1-e5. PMID: 33878070
  10. 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 Multicenter Study. J Orthop Trauma. 2022 Jan 01; 36(1):43-48. PMID: 34711768
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