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. Egan CR, Dashe J, Hussein AI, Tornetta P. Are Narrative Letters of Recommendation for Medical Students Interpreted as Intended by Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2021 08 01; 479(8):1679-1687.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34252917; PMCID: PMC8277265; DOI: 10.1097/CORR.0000000000001691;
  2. Kuripla C, Tornetta P, Foote CJ, Koh J, Sems A, Shamaa T, Vallier H, Sorg D, Mir HR, Streufert B, Spitler C, Mullis B, McGowan B, Weinlein J, Cannada L, Charlu J, Wagstrom E, Westberg J, Morshed S, Cortez A, Krause P, Marcantonio A, Soles G, Lipof J. Timing of Flap Coverage With Respect to Definitive Fixation in Open Tibia Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Aug 01; 35(8):430-436. PMID: 34267149
  3. Swiontkowski M, Teague D, Sprague S, Bzovsky S, Heels-Ansdell D, Bhandari M, Schemitsch EH, Sanders DW, Tornetta P, Walter SD. Impact of centre volume, surgeon volume, surgeon experience and geographic location on reoperation after intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fractures Can J Surg. 2021 07 05; 64(4):E371-E376. PMID: 34222771
  4. Tornetta P, Resad S, Kogan M. The Use of Personality Assessment in Mentoring and to Aid in Self-reflection in Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 07 01; 29(13):545-552. PMID: 33851949
  5. Nolte MT, Tornetta P, Mehta S, Ponce BA, Grabowski G, Turner NS, Spitnale MJ, Kogan M. Resident Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Nationwide Survey of Orthopaedic Residents. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 May 15; 29(10):407-413. PMID: 33651749
  6. Shahien AA, Tornetta P. Lack of Displacement of the Fibula is NOT Confirmation of Ankle Stability in SE Pattern Ankle Fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Apr 17. PMID: 33878070
  7. Khurana B, Sing D, Gujrathi R, Keraliya A, Bay CP, Chen I, Seltzer SE, Boland GW, Harris MB, Dyer GSM, Tornetta P. Recognizing Isolated Ulnar Fractures as Potential Markers for Intimate Partner Violence. J Am Coll Radiol. 2021 Apr 03. PMID: 33823142
  8. 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 Apr 02. PMID: 33813542
  9. Zhang JY, Tornetta P, Dale KM, Jones CB, Mullis BH, Egol KA, Robinson E, Bosse MJ, Schmidt AH, Hymes RA. The Fate of Patients After a Staged Nonunion Procedure for Known Infection. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 04 01; 35(4):211-216. PMID: 32931687
  10. Al-Hourani K, Donovan R, Stoddart M, Foote C, Kelly M, Tornetta P. Definitive fixation outcomes of open tibial shaft fractures: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Mar 27. PMID: 34050075
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