Douglas Dirschl

The Lowell T. Coggeshall Professor and Chair 
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation Medicine 

Douglas Dirschl has devoted his entire career to academic medicine and has clinical and research interests in severe fractures, fracture healing, and osteoporosis. He lectures nationally with regard to fracture healing, tibial plafond fractures, outcomes following articular fractures, and post- traumatic arthrosis. 

A leader in medical education and health policy, Dirschl has authored three books, more than 30 book chapters, and more than 75 peer-reviewed scholarly articles. He has published extensively on fracture classification systems, issues related to impaired fracture healing, and severe periarticular fractures, particularly of the proximal and distal tibia. In addition, he serves on editorial and review boards for several notable scientific journals, including the Journal of Orthopaedic ResearchJournal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. He is also past president of the American Orthopaedic Association, where he was instrumental in developing a national program designed to call attention to the increasing prevalence of osteoporosis and the consequences of bone loss.

Dirschl holds a BS in chemical engineering from Stanford University and earned his MD from Oregon Health Sciences University. Most recently, he served as the Frank C. Wilson distinguished professor and chair of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedics.

Dirschl joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.

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