Paul Tornetta, MD

Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery

Paul Tornetta
617.414.6295

Biography

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

  • Ad Interim Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Surgery, Boston Medical Center

Education

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

Publications

  • Published on 6/15/2019

    LaPorte DM, Tornetta P, Marsh JL. Challenges to Orthopaedic Resident Education. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Jun 15; 27(12):419-425. PMID: 30480589.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Nauth A, Wasserstein D, Tornetta P, Cole PA, Obremskey WT, Attum B, Slobogean GP. Patient Outcomes in Orthopaedic Trauma: How to Evaluate if Your Treatment Is Really Working? J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Jun; 33 Suppl 6:S20-S24. PMID: 31083144.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Dashe J, Parisien RL, Pina M, De Giacomo AF, Tornetta P. Is the Caprini Score Predictive of Venothromboembolism Events in Orthopaedic Fracture Patients? J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Jun; 33(6):269-275. PMID: 31124908.

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  • Published on 6/1/2019

    Mitchell SL, Obremskey WT, Luly J, Bosse MJ, Frey KP, Hsu JR, MacKenzie EJ, Morshed S, O'Toole RV, Scharfstein DO, Tornetta P. Inter-Rater Reliability of the Modified Radiographic Union Score for Diaphyseal Tibial Fractures With Bone Defects. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 06; 33(6):301-307. PMID: 30741726.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Zhang JY, Tornetta P, Jones B, Zheng Y, Whitten A, Cartner J, Ricci WM. Locking Hole Inserts: Effect of Insertion Torque on Fatigue Performance and Insert Loosening in Locking Plates. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Mar; 33(3):120-124. PMID: 30768531.

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  • Published on 3/1/2019

    Cronin PK, Freccero DM, Kain MS, Marcantonio AJ, Horwitz DS, Tornetta P. Garden 1 and 2 Femoral Neck Fractures Collapse More Than Expected After Closed Reduction and Percutaneous Pinning. J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Mar; 33(3):116-119. PMID: 30779723.

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  • Published on 2/20/2019

    Tornetta P, Jacobs JJ, Sterling RS, Kogan M, Fletcher KA, Friedman AM. Personality Assessment in Orthopaedic Surgery: AOA Critical Issues. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2019 Feb 20; 101(4):e13. PMID: 30801381.

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  • Published on 12/4/2018

    Jawa A, Pittman JL, Carducci MP, Koenig S, Bhandari M, Tornetta P. The Effect of Level I Evidence on Surgical Decision Making in the United States Versus Canada. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2018 Dec; 2(12):e056. PMID: 30680367.

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  • Published on 7/1/2018

    Tornetta P. Invited Commentary related to: A Novel Indirect Reduction Technique in Ankle Syndesmotic Injuries: A Cadaveric Study. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 07; 32(7):367-368. PMID: 29916990.

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  • Published on 5/1/2018

    Collinge CA, Attum B, Lebus GF, Tornetta P, Obremskey W, Ahn J, Mirick G, Schmidt A, Spitler C, Coles C, Krause P. Acute Compartment Syndrome: An Expert Survey of Orthopaedic Trauma Association Members. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 05; 32(5):e181-e184. PMID: 29432322.

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