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Gary Friedlaender, MD, BS

Wayne O. Southwick Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Professor of Pathology; Chair Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

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Gary Friedlaender, MD, BS

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  • Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

    P.O. Box 208071

    New Haven, CT 06520-8071

    United States



Dr. Friedlaender received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and his orthopaedic surgical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital. In 1976, after 2 years service in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Dr. Friedlaender joined the full-time faculty of Yale University School of Medicine and since 1986 has served as the Wayne O. Southwick Professor and, until 2016, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Chief of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Friedlaender has also trained at Massachusetts General Hospital in musculoskeletal oncology, which remains his primary clinical and research interest.

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Dr. Friedlaender has served as President of the American Association of Tissue Banks (1983-85), the American Council on Transplantation (1983-85), the Orthopaedic Research Society (1994-95), the Academic Orthopaedic Society (1995-96), the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2001-02) and the American Orthopaedic Association (2010-11). He has also chaired the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and served as a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and as a member of the AAOS Committee on Ethics. In the past, Dr. Friedlaender served as Chair of the National Arthritis Board, NIAMS (NIH), as a member of the Orthopaedic Study Section at NIH and as a member of the Advisory Council of NIAMS. He was chair of the Research Committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Academic Orthopaedic Society and chaired the AAOS work group on Tissue Banking Issues. He served or serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Spine, Journal of Orthopaedic Research and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and he has written numerous scientific publications and received national awards for his basic science research (Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons).

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Massachusetts General Hospital (1983)
  • Fellow
    Berg-Sloat Traveling Fellowship (Karolinska Inst,Oxford Univ,Univ Nottingham, Royal National Ortho), Sweden and England Bone Biology and Tumor Immunobiology (1976)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1974)
  • Fellow
    NIH-Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT Oncology and Immunobiology (1973)
  • Resident
    University of Michigan (1971)
  • Intern
    University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan Surgery (1970)
  • MD
    University of Michigan Medical School (1969)
  • Fellow
    Ford Foundation Fellowship in Reproductive Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Reproductive Immunobiology (1969)
  • BS
    University of Michigan, Zoology (1967)


  • Metastatic Disease to Bone
    Boston, MA, United States 2017
    Boston Orthopaedic Pathology Course
  • Metastatic Disease to Bone
    Stony Brook, NY, United States 2016
    Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • The Art of Observation: Lessons for Physicians
    Stony Brook, NY, United States 2016
    Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • Samuel AM, Ibe I, Friedlender GE, Lindskog DM: Bone Scans Have Little Utility in Evaluation of Well-differentiated Cartilagenous Lesions of the Humerus
    Orlando, FL, United States 2016
    Annual Meeting

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Tipton Leadership AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons2014
Distinguished Contributions to OrthopaedicsAmerican Orthopaedic Association2013
Inaugural Stefansky Visiting Professor for Communication SkillsUniversity of Toronto2012
Crawford J. Campbell Visiting ProfessorAlbany Medical Center2012
Allen Fellowship Distinguished Visiting ProfessorCase Western Reserve School of Medicine2012
Alan DeForest Smith LecturerNew York Orthopaedic Hospital/Columbia University2011
PresidentAmerican Orthopaedic Association2010
Distinguished Achievement AwardUniversity of Michigan Medical Alumni Association2008
Edward T. Smith Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Texas (Houston)2006
Fischer-Owen LecturerUniversity of Louisville2005
Jeanette Wilkins Memorial LecturerUniversity of Southern California2004
William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorLoyola University2002
William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Michigan2002
Orthopaedist-of-the-YearConnecticut State Orthopaedic Society2002
Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical SocietyYale University2001
PresidentAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons2001
Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical SocietyYale University2001
William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Illinois2000
William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Illinois2000
Honorary MemberHellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery1999
Honorary MemberVeterinary Orthopaedic Society1999
Jacque Jenny LecturerVeterinary Orthopaedic Society1999
Arthur A. Thribodeau Visiting ProfessorTufts University1997
Patrick Kelly Visiting ProfessorMayo clinic1997
MRC Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Calgary1996
K. Mallory Visiting ProfessorOhio State University1996
Carroll Silver Visiting ProfessorBrown University1996
Distinguished Service AwardAmerican Association of Tissue Banks1996
Nicholas Andry Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic ResearchAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons1995
PresidentAcademic Orthopaedic Society1995
PresidentOrthopaedic Research Society1994
R. Beverly Raney Visiting ProfessorUniversity of North Carolina1994
Presidential Guest SpeakerMichigan Orthopaedic Association1993
Wayne O Southwick Teaching AwardYale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation1993
Robert A. Robinson Visiting ProfessorMaryland Orthpaedic Association1992
Gold Medal and Rubio Memorial LecturerSpanish Orthopaedic Society1989
C. Howard Hatcher Visiting ProfessorStanford University1989
Peter Kiewit LecturerEisenhower Medical Center1987
Presidential Guest SpeakerBritish Orthopaedic Research Society1984
Julius Neviaser Memorial LectureshipWashington Hospital Center1984
PresidentAmerican Council on Transplantation1984
President (Founding), American Council on TransplantationAmerican Council on Transplantation1984
President, American Association of Tissue BanksAmerican Association of Tissue Banks1983
Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society1982
Keynote Address: Thoughts on the Long Term Preservation of Tissue BankingInternational Symposium on the Preservation and Storage of Oregans and Tissues for Transplantation1977
Keynote Address: Organ PreservationXIV International Congress on Refrigeration1975

Professional Service

National Institutes of HealthNIH Consensus Development Conference On Total Knee Replacements Planning Committee 2002 - 2003
American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsCouncil of Subspecialty Societies2001 - 2002
National Institutes of HealthCenter for Scientific Review, Bone, Muscle, Connective Tissue Boundaries Study Section2001 - Present
Orthopaedic Research and Education FoundationGrant Peer Review Committee2000 - 2005
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsEditorial Review Board2000 - Present
Journal SpineBoard of Associate Editors2000 - Present
National Institutes of HealthNIAMS Council1998 - 2002
Food and Drug AdministrationFDA Panel on Blood and Blood Products1996 - 1997
Arthritis AssociationMedical Advisory Board1996 - 1997
The Cancer JournalBoard of Associate Editors1994 - 2007
Journal of Orthopaedic ResearchBoard of Associate Editors1994 - 2006
National Institutes of HealthNIH Special Study Section (Clinical Services Special Emphasis Panel),1994 - 1995
National Institutes of HealthNIH Consensus Conference On Total Hip Replacement1994 - Present
NIAMS, National Institutes of HealthNational Arthritis Board1993 - 1995
National Institutes of HealthNational Advisory Board for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases 1991 - 1995
National Institutes of HealthOrthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Study Section1986 - 1989
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related ResearchEditorial Board1986 - Present
Journal of Bone and Joint SurgeryBoard of Consulting Editor for Research1981 - 1988
International Atomic Energy AgencyAdvisory Group on the Effects of Sterilization on Biological Tissues1976 - Present

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