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Mitch Harris, MD, director of the Stepping Strong Center, Mike Weaver, MD, winner of the 2016 Stepping Strong Innovator Award, benefactors Jennifer Epstein and William Keravuori, Audrey Epstein Reny, and Steven Reny
2016 Winner: Michael J. Weaver, MD

Program Director, Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School


Genevieve Laing
Engineer, Cooper Perkins

Greg Leya, MD
MBA candidate, Harvard College

Arvind Von Keudell, MD
Orthopaedic Resident, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program

John J. Wixted, MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Lars Zandbergs
Student, Massachusetts College of Art


21st Century Tools to Measure Bone Healing

Millions of people break bones every year as a result of traumatic injuries. While there are numerous drugs to treat medical problems like high blood pressure or asthma, there are no medications to help heal broken bones. The reason for this deficit is that, with current technology, it is impossible to accurately measure bone healing, making drug trials difficult to perform. To solve for this, Weaver’s team is developing a device that precisely measures bone healing with the goal of spurring drug development, reducing pain, and ultimately improving the speed of recovery.


Michael J. Weaver, MD, is the program director of the Harvard Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship and an assistant professor at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the vice chair of the HMS Orthopaedic Trauma Initiative, helping to increase and foster collaboration in trauma research, education, and clinical care between the major Harvard teaching hospitals. Weaver attended the University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine, and completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. After residency, he completed his training at the combined Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital Orthopaedic Trauma Program. Weaver’s clinical interests include non-unions, orthopaedic trauma, osteomyelitis, pelvic/hip fractures, hip replacements, periarticular fractures, and perioprosthetic fractures.

Stepping Strong Innovator Awards Recipients to Advance Bone Healing, Burn Care

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