Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Richard T. Laughlin, M.D., Chair

Welcome from the Chair & Residency Program Director

Welcome to the Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation. Our goal is to provide superior orthopaedic care to patients in our region while educating future generations of orthopaedic surgeons. We have a dedicated full-time faculty that interacts well with clinical faculty, providing a comprehensive experience in orthopaedic surgery and related musculoskeletal care fields. The most common learning environment is one-to-one resident-to-faculty interaction in clinical settings, including Miami Valley Hospital (the area's Level I Trauma Center and tertiary referral hospital), Children's Medical Center of Dayton, the Dayton Veteran's Affairs (VA) Medical Center and Miami Valley Hospital South. In these clinical settings, the residents participate in orthopaedic patient care in all the subspecialties.


In 2007, the Residency Review Committee (RRC) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) granted the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program a full five-year accreditation. This accreditation increased the number of residency training positions to four residents per year. In addition to the five-year training tract, we now offer a six-year tract, which includes a musculoskeletal research year between the first and second clinical training years. All positions are filled through the National Residency Match Program (NRMP). In 2009, the RRC and the ACGME also granted a full five-year accreditation to the Wright State University Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship Program under the direction of Dr. Michael Prayson, which created a PGY-6 position. Now governed by the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, fellowship positions are filled through the San Francisco matching program.

Affiliated Hospitals

Residents rotate through the four supporting hospitals and one outpatient surgery center. Miami Valley Hospital, the primary training institution, is the region's only Level I Trauma Center (over 3,000 trauma admissions per year) and is a tertiary referral hospital for orthopaedic subspecialty care. Miami Valley Hospital was named one of America's top 50 hospitals for orthopaedic care in 2008 by U.S. News and World Reports. Children's Medical Center is a 150-bed independent children's hospital, which provides comprehensive pediatric services with four full-time pediatric orthopaedic surgeons. The VA Medical Center is one of the largest in the nation, providing a comprehensive experience in joint replacement and general orthopaedic surgery. MIami Valley Hospital South, Miami Valley Hospital's partner institution, was recently added to the program to further improve resident experience in joint replacement surgery. Finally, residents gain experience through their subspecialty rotations at a free-standing surgery center, which emphasizes outpatient surgery (hand, sports, foot and ankle).


Residents complete an intern year, which meets American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) requirements. At the end of the intern year, residents complete the United States Medical License Examination (USMLE) Step 3 exam to obtain a full medical license. The remaining four years of clinical training include rotations in general orthopaedics, orthopaedic traumatology, spine, hand, foot and ankle, sports/knee reconstruction, sports/upper extremity reconstruction, reconstructive shoulder surgery, joint replacement surgery and pediatric orthopaedic surgery.


All residents participate in and complete a research project. Numerous resources make this research possible: a full-time Ph.D. biomechanics faculty, a fully-functioning animal lab with a full-time pathology-trained veterinarian, a high-volume donation program with a large supply of fresh cadaver material, a comprehensive trauma registry, a gait lab, and a research team committed to collaborative research leading to publishable funded projects truly contributing to the body of knowledge in musculoskeletal fields.

Overall, this is an exciting time to be a part of orthopaedics—a field with boundless potential as technology increases our ability to care for the musculoskeletal problems of our patients. As you explore the website to learn more about our programs, I would be happy to further discuss our opportunities with you.


Richard T. Laughlin, M.D.
Professor & Chair
Residency Program Director

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