Mission: The Institute is dedicated to keeping people of all ages physically active through orthopaedic research and education in the areas of arthritis, healing, rehabilitation, and injury prevention.
Founded in 1988 by orthopaedic surgeon Dr. J. Richard Steadman, the Steadman Philippon Research Institute is an independent, tax-exempt (IRS code 501(c)(3)) charitable organization, employing scientists, researchers, fellows, visiting scholars, and interns.
The Steadman Philippon Research Institute is known throughout the world for our research into the causes, prevention and treatment of orthopaedic disorders. We are committed to solving orthopaedic problems that limit an individual's ability to maintain an active life.
Our research perspective is based on clinical relevance, with a goal of improving the care of the patient. Recognizing that the body's innate healing powers can be harnessed and manipulated to improve the healing process has led to exciting advances in surgical techniques, such as microfracture and innovative rehabilitation developed by Dr. Richard Steadman, and validated at our Institute. Today, the Institute is recognized worldwide for Dr. Marc Philippon’s pioneering research for the treatment of sports related injuries to the hip.
Our Primary Areas of Research and Education are:
- BioMedical Engineering - advances patient care by focusing on injury mechanisms and prevention, development and validation of novel surgical treatments and rehabilitation techniques, and teaching advanced research protocols using state of the art biomedical research techniques and technologies.
- Outcomes-Based Orthopaedic Research - conducts evidence- or outcomes-based research using actual clinical data that aids both physicians and patients in making better and more informed treatment decisions.
- Imaging Research - develops and evaluates noninvasive imaging techniques of the joints for the purpose of directing and monitoring clinical treatment and outcomes and to enhance the clinical relevance of Biomechanics Research.
- Translational and Regenerative Medicine Research - undertakes biological studies, at the cellular level, to investigate the causes and effects of degenerative arthritis, techniques of cartilage regeneration, and basic biological healing processes.
- Education and Fellowship Program - administers and coordinates the physicians-in-residence fellowships and visiting scholars programs, hosts conferences and international medical meetings, and produces and distributes publications and teaching visual media.
- Surgical Skills Laboratory - equips SPRI to educate medical professionals on advanced surgical technologies and train surgeons in new techniques.
- Technology and Multimedia Communications - produces a wide range of media content for all areas of research and education at the Institute and maintains all technology aspects of SPRI.
Athletes are becoming bigger, faster and stronger, unfortunately their connective tissue does not; therefore, injuries are becoming more complex. Our research into the anatomy and mechanisms of the complex knee and shoulder is recognized worldwide.
We collect data and publish clinical research results on knees, hips, shoulders, spine and imaging and have become one of the most published and innovative organizations in sports medicine research and education. Our findings are published in relevant peer reviewed scientific and medical journals and our research results are presented at medical meetings worldwide.
Philanthropic gifts are used to advance scientific research and to support scholarly academic programs that train physicians for the future. Through our Fellowship and Visiting Scholar programs, the Institute has now built a network of more than 180 Fellows and Visiting Scholars worldwide who share the advanced ideas and communicate the concepts they learned in Vail to their patient base.