Paul Tornetta III, MD, has been appointed Chief and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston Medical Center and BU School of Medicine, effective immediately.
Tornetta has been a member of our community since 1998, most recently serving as Professor and Vice Chair of the Department as well as Director of Orthopaedic Trauma. In addition, Paul has served as the Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program since 2006. A highly skilled clinician, mentor and teacher, his clinical and research interests surround orthopaedic trauma and fractures, specifically the treatment and outcomes of pelvis and acetabular fractures, long bone fractures and nonunions, and peri-articular fractures.
Tornetta received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry and mathematics from Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Penn. He earned his medical degree from SUNY-Health Science Center at Brooklyn (NY), where he also completed his internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery, followed by a fellowship in Acetabular/Pelvic Fractures at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan in Los Angeles under Joel Matta, MD.
Tornetta has expertise in multicenter trials and trial methodology, serving on the executive committees of the SPRINT, FAITH, TRUST, and FLOW trials. He leads the Orthopaedic Trauma Research Consortium and was on the executive committee of the department of defense funded METRC consortium. He has lectured extensively worldwide on orthopaedic trauma, evidence based literature application, and education. He has served on the faculty of more than 250 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) CME, Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) and international symposia and skills courses as well as developing new educational programs for these organizations. An author of more than 250 peer-reviewed publications, Paul is also a lead editor for Rockwood and Green’s textbook on fracture care (an industry standard) and an editor of multiple other textbooks and textbook series. He has contributed to the field with the development of new surgical techniques as well as implants.
He has served many roles for national and international orthopaedic associations. He has been the chair of multiple committees, served on the board, and is the incoming chair of the Council on Education for the AAOS, is a past president of the OTA and was an American British Canadian (ABC) traveling fellow. The recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation clinical research award, several BUSM Robert E. Leach Resident Teaching Awards and OTA Bovill Awards, Tornetta has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor every year since 1999 and Boston Magazine Top Doc since 2006.