Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine Research

The University of Kentucky Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine is actively engaged in a wide range of research activities including basic science and biomechanical investigations, patient outcome registries, and industry sponsored and investigator initiated clinical trials. In addition to the College of Medicine, the Department has ongoing research collaborations with the UK Colleges of Engineering, Health Sciences, and Public Health; the UK Center for Clinical and Translational Science(CCTS); the Markey Cancer Center; the Department of Athletics; Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center (KIPRC); Fayette County Public Schools; Shriner’s Hospital for Children – Lexington; the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON); and other medical centers throughout the world. In recent years members of the Department have successfully gained research funding from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), Kosair Charities, the National Institute of Health(NIH), National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA), NFL charities, and the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA). These efforts, along with industry partnerships, allow UK Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine to offer patients the latest treatment options, particularly in the areas of joint replacement and cartilage repair.

Residency Research Overview

- Comment on current structure of department research
- Previous amounts of funding and ongoing large projects
- PGY 2 Research Rotation
- Collaboration with Shriner's 

Residency Expectations

1 project of publishable quality

Research Opportunities

- Various teams (trauma/sports with ongoing projects)
- Collaboration with other departments

Caitlin Conley, PhD

Positions Held:
  • Assistant Professor