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Arvind von Keudell, MD
2020 Winner: Arvind von Keudell, MD

Director, Geriatric Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery and Research, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School


Thomas Zumbrunn, PhD
Pioneer Fellow, ieLab
Institute for Biomechanics, ETH Zurich


Periarticular fractures pose a significant risk when inadequately reconstructed, potentially causing instability, joint degeneration, post-traumatic osteoarthritis, and post-surgical complications—all of which can adversely impact a patient’s quality of life. For this Innovator Award project, Drs. Arvind von Keudell and Thomas Zumbrunn offer a novel software solution that features biomechanical quantification and augmented reality technology that can lead to safer, more effective clinical outcomes.

With funding from the Stepping Strong Center, the team aims to attain clinical proof of concept for this software solution, allowing quantification of personalized surgical planning. Based on a combination of unique patient factors, previously attained data from musculoskeletal modelling will be implemented into a clinically applicable workflow for pre-operative planning. Specific project deliverables include:

  • Advanced planning services, providing quantification of planned treatment strategies, based on case-specific fracture patterns.
  • 3D-printed anatomical models, allowing intraoperative physical visualization of fracture patterns, reduction, and planned reconstructions.
  • Virtual surgery assistance through augmented reality features, providing touch-less revisit of fracture details, planned bone reconstructions, and CT scans within the surgical environment.

Arvind von Keudell, MD, is a fellowship-trained board-eligible orthopaedic trauma and hip surgeon. He is currently the director of Orthopaedic Geriatric Trauma Surgery and Research and an affiliate faculty at the Center of Surgery and Public Health and at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. A graduate of the Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria, he completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Division at the Brigham before starting his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. He then underwent subspecialty fellowship training at the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Massachusetts General Hospital.

Von Keudell was selected as the recipient of the prestigious Jack McDaniel AO Travelling Fellowship and underwent additional surgical training in hip and acetabular reconstructive procedures in Bern, Switzerland. He has published more than 50 peer reviewed articles and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and the Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, among others.

Von Keudell’s clinical interests include the treatment of all fractures—including pelvic, acetabular, and periprosthetic fractures—and the treatment of post-traumatic osteoarthritis, osteonecrosis of the hip, total hip replacement, revision total hip replacement, and hip preservation.

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