Paul Tornetta, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Paul Tornetta


Dr. Paul Tornetta is Chief and Chair, Professor and Residency Program Director in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma for the Boston Medical Center. Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. Tornetta 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.

Dr. Tornetta 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, Dr. Tornetta has been named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor every year since 1999 and Boston Magazine Top Doc since 2006.

Other Positions

  • Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine


  • SUNY Downstate Medical Center, MD
  • Franklin & Marshall College, BA


  • Published on 3/2/2021

    Nolte MT, Tornetta P, Mehta S, Ponce BA, Grabowski G, Turner NS, Spitnale MJ, Kogan M. Resident Wellness During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Nationwide Survey of Orthopaedic Residents. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Mar 02. PMID: 33651749.

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  • Published on 3/1/2021

    Parisien RL, Ehlers C, Cusano A, Tornetta P, Li X, Wang D. The Statistical Fragility of Platelet-Rich Plasma in Rotator Cuff Surgery: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2021 Mar 01; 363546521989976. PMID: 33646884.

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  • Published on 2/24/2021

    Gosangi B, Lebovic J, Park H, Thomas R, Gujrathi R, Harris M, Tornetta P, Khurana B. Imaging patterns of lower extremity injuries in victims of intimate partner violence (IPV). Emerg Radiol. 2021 Feb 24. PMID: 33629191.

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  • Published on 2/3/2021

    Foote CJ, Tornetta P, Reito A, Al-Hourani K, Schenker M, Bosse M, Coles CP, Bozzo A, Furey A, Leighton R. A Reevaluation of the Risk of Infection Based on Time to Debridement in Open Fractures: Results of the GOLIATH Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies and Limited Trial Data. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2021 02 03; 103(3):265-273. PMID: 33298796.

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  • Published on 1/21/2021

    Shahien AA, Sullivan M, Firoozabadi R, Lu K, Cannada L, Timmel M, Ali A, Bramlett K, Marcantonio A, Flynn M, Vallier H, Nicolay R, Mullis B, Goodwin A, Miller A, Krause P, Mir HR, Tornetta P. Combined Orthopaedic and Vascular Injuries with Ischemia: A Multicenter Analysis. J Orthop Trauma. 2021 Jan 21. PMID: 33512862.

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  • Published on 1/5/2021

    Sprague S, Heels-Ansdell D, Bzovsky S, Zdero R, Bhandari M, Swiontkowski M, Tornetta P, Sanders D, Schemitsch E. Prognostic factors for predicting health-related quality of life after intramedullary nailing of tibial fractures: a randomized controlled trial. Bone Jt Open. 2021 Jan; 2(1):22-32. PMID: 33537673.

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  • Published on 11/27/2020

    Vora M, Samineni AV, Sing D, Salavati S, Tornetta P. Spinal Anesthesia Associated With Increased Length of Stay Compared to General Anesthesia for Ankle Open Reduction Internal Fixation: A Propensity-Matched Analysis. J Foot Ankle Surg. 2021 Mar-Apr; 60(2):350-353. PMID: 33461921.

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  • Published on 10/20/2020

    Trikha V, Tornetta P. Management of pelvi-acetabular injuries: Global scenario and future trends. J Clin Orthop Trauma. 2020 Nov-Dec; 11(6):961-962. PMID: 33191996.

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  • Published on 10/2/2020

    Alessandrino F, Keraliya A, Lebovic J, Mitchell Dyer GS, Harris MB, Tornetta P, Boland GWL, Seltzer SE, Khurana B. Intimate Partner Violence: A Primer for Radiologists to Make the "Invisible" Visible. Radiographics. 2020 Nov-Dec; 40(7):2080-2097. PMID: 33006922.

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  • Published on 10/1/2020

    Dwivedi N, Breslin MA, McDermott A, Lin S, Vallier HA, Tornetta P. What Is the Financial Impact of Orthopaedic Sequelae of Intravenous Drug Use on Urban Tertiary-care Centers? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2020 Oct; 478(10):2202-2212. PMID: 32667752.

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