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Vrahas Appointed Founding Chair of Orthopaedics


Mark Vrahas, MD

Mark Vrahas, MD, has been appointed the founding chair of Cedars-Sinai's new Department of Orthopaedics. He assumes the post Aug. 8.

Vrahas arrives at Cedars-Sinai with an international reputation for clinical excellence and a strong record of building and leading highly effective orthopedic trauma programs. He is currently the Robert W. Lovett Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School and vice-chair for Population Health & OR Operations at Massachusetts General Hospital's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also, he is chief of Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Program at Mass General and Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"Dr. Vrahas was chosen after a rigorous national search and exemplifies the finest clinical, academic and administrative role model for leading this newly established department with vision and skill," said Shlomo Melmed, MD, executive vice president of Academic Affairs and dean of the medical faculty. "We look forward to the opportunity of a flourishing orthopedics program under his proven national leadership."

The founder of the Harvard Orthopedic Trauma Initiative, Vrahas led efforts to foster collaboration among orthopedic trauma services at all Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals — Mass General, Brigham and Women's, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children's Hospital.

Vrahas is widely recognized as an expert in orthopedic trauma, and pelvic and acetabular surgery. He lectures around the world, publishes extensively and serves as an editorial board member for leading orthopedic journals. He has successfully mentored dozens of residents and fellows in orthopedic trauma surgery and research.

Vrahas completed medical school and residency at the University of Pittsburgh, followed by fellowships in biomechanics research at the University of Iowa and in orthopedic trauma and adult reconstruction at the University of Toronto. He was chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at Charity Hospital in New Orleans before arriving in Boston in 1999.