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Steven A. Olson, MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Chief, Hip Preservation Surgery

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Mailing Address:
DUMC 3389 Durham, NC 27710


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MD, University of Missouri Columbia School of Medicine, 1986

Orthopaedic Trauma, University of California–Davis Medical Center, 1991-1992
Trauma, AO Foundation (France, Switzerland, and Germany), 1992
Pelvic-Acetabulum Reconstruction, Good Samaritan Hospital (California), 1993

Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, 1986-1991

Clinical Interests:
Hip preservation surgery including hip arthroscopy, open surgical dislocation, periacetabular osteotomy; treatment of hip joint disorders secondary to hip impingement and adult hip dysplasia; hip procedures of the direct anterior total hip replacement using the specialized surgical table; periacetabular osteotomy for adult hip dysplasia; treatment of fractures of the femur and hip; management of acute fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum; long-term effects of trauma to the pelvis and extremities

Research Interests:
As an Orthopaedic Surgeon my primary focus of research is joint preservation. My primary clinical interests are Orthopaedic Trauma and Hip Reconstruction.

In Orthopaedic Trauma my research interests are 1) Basic science investigations of articular fractures with two current animal models in use. 2) Clinical research includes evaluation of techniques to reduce and stabilize articular fractures, as well as management of open fractures.

In the area of Hip Reconstruction my areas of research are 1) Hip Arthroscopy and treatment of hip disorders, and treatment of labral tears in the treatment of hip pain. 2) Periacetabular osteotomy for the treatment of hip dysplasia.

Backus, JD; Furman, BD; Swimmer, T; Kent, CL; McNulty, AL; Defrate, LE; Guilak, F; Olson, SA. Cartilage viability and catabolism in the intact porcine knee following transarticular impact loading with and without articular fracture. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 2011;29:501-510.

Horne, PH; Olson, SA. Direct anterior approach for total hip arthroplasty using the fracture table. Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2011;4:139-145.

Lewis, JS; Hembree, WC; Furman, BD; Tippets, L; Cattel, D; Huebner, JL; Little, D; DeFrate, LE; Kraus, VB; Guilak, F; Olson, SA. Acute joint pathology and synovial inflammation is associated with increased intra-articular fracture severity in the mouse knee. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. 2011;19:864-873.

Olson, SA; Brown, TD; Athanasiou, KA; Natoli, RM; Dirschl, DR. Applied biomechanics in articular injuries: perspectives in the basic investigation of articular injuries and clinical application. Instructional course lectures. 2011;60:583-594.

Garras, DN; Carothers, JT; Olson, SA. Single-leg-stance (flamingo) radiographs to assess pelvic instability: how much motion is normal?. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume. 2008;90:2114-2118.

Ward, BD; Furman, BD; Huebner, JL; Kraus, VB; Guilak, F; Olson, SA. Absence of posttraumatic arthritis following intraarticular fracture in the MRL/MpJ mouse. Arthritis and Rheumatism. 2008;58:744-753.

Garras, DN; Crowder, TT; Olson, SA. Medium-term results of the Bernese periacetabular osteotomy in the treatment of symptomatic developmental dysplasia of the hip. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: British Volume. 2007;89:721-724.

Ziran, BH; Wasan, AD; Marks, DM; Olson, SA; Chapman, MW. Fluoroscopic imaging guides of the posterior pelvis pertaining to iliosacral screw placement. Journal of Trauma: Injury Infection and Critical Care. 2007;62:347-356.

Furman, BD; Olson, SA; Guilak, F. The development of posttraumatic arthritis after articular fracture. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2006;20:719-725.

Guevara, CJ; Pietrobon, R; Carothers, JT; Olson, SA; Vail, TP. Comprehensive morphologic evaluation of the hip in patients with symptomatic labral tear. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2006;453:277-285.

Anwar, IA; Battistella, FD; Neiman, R; Olson, SA; Chapman, MW; Moehring, HD. Femur fractures and lung complications: a prospective randomized study of reaming. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 2004;71-76.

Konrath, GA; Hamel, AJ; Olson, SA; Bay, B; Sharkey, NA. The role of the acetabular labrum and the transverse acetabular ligament in load transmission in the hip. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery: American Volume. 1998;80:1781-1788.

Olson, SA; Bay, BK; Hamel, A. Biomechanics of the hip joint and the effects of fracture of the acetabulum. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 1997;92-104.

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