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Louis J. Soslowsky: Fairhill Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
November 4, 2008, Volume 55, No. 11


Dr. Louis J. Soslowsky, professor of orthopaedic surgery and bioengineering, has been appointed to the Fairhill Endowed Professorship in the School of Medicine.  He serves as vice chair for research in the department of orthopaedic surgery, director of the McKay Orthopaedic Research Laboratory, and the founding director of the new NIH-sponsored Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders. 

Dr. Soslowsky’s research goals include determining the fundamental relationships and mechanisms of tendon and ligament injury, healing, repair, and regeneration, and using this information to develop and evaluate potential treatment modalities. His rat model for rotator cuff injuries of the shoulder has been adopted as the standard by researchers in this area. He has also developed sophisticated and rigorous models in transgenic and knockout mice for studying injury, repair, and functional tissue engineering of tendons and ligaments. 

Dr. Soslowsky is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Y.C. Fung Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the Hughston Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He is a two-time recipient of the Charles Neer Award from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, a fellow of ASME and AIMBE, and a past chair of the Bioengineering Division of ASME.  Dr. Soslowsky is the basic research editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, and serves on the advisory boards of the Journal of Biomechanics and Journal of Orthopaedic Research.

Dr. Soslowsky earned his PhD in biomechanics from Columbia University and began his first faculty appointment at the University of Michigan, where he rose to the rank of associate professor with tenure in 1997, prior to his recruitment to Penn.

The Fairhill Professorship was established from the sale of the Fairhill Mansion, the family homestead of Isaac Norris, a member of a distinguished Philadelphia family whose ancestor founded Norristown.  Mr. Norris was a trustee of the College and Academy of Philadelphia, now the University of Pennsylvania, from 1751-1755. He also served as the speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly from 1751-1764.




Almanac - November 4, 2008, Volume 55, No. 11