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 11/21/2018

    LaPorte DM, Tornetta P, Marsh JL. Challenges to Orthopaedic Resident Education. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Nov 21. PMID: 30480589.

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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 Jul; 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 May; 32(5):e181-e184. PMID: 29432322.

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  • Published on 4/20/2018

    Sprague S, Tornetta P, Slobogean GP, O'Hara NN, McKay P, Petrisor B, Jeray KJ, Schemitsch EH, Sanders D, Bhandari M. Are large clinical trials in orthopaedic trauma justified? BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018 Apr 20; 19(1):124. PMID: 29678204.

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  • Published on 3/1/2018

    Nauth A, Lee M, Gardner MJ, Brinker MR, Warner SJ, Tornetta P, Leucht P. Principles of Nonunion Management: State of the Art. J Orthop Trauma. 2018 Mar; 32 Suppl 1:S52-S57. PMID: 29461405.

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  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Chen EY, Marcantonio A, Tornetta P. Correlation Between 24-Hour Predischarge Opioid Use and Amount of Opioids Prescribed at Hospital Discharge. JAMA Surg. 2018 Feb 21; 153(2):e174859. PMID: 29238810.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Siegel J, Tornetta P. Orthopedic Traumatology. Tibial Plateau Fractures. 2018; 263-273.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Firoozabadi R, Miranda S, Tornetta P. Technique for Placement of Peri-Implant Antibiotics Using Antibiotic Putty. J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Dec; 31(12):e442-e445. PMID: 28827508.

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  • Published on 11/22/2017

    Hussein AI, Mancini C, Lybrand KE, Cooke ME, Matheny HE, Hogue BL, Tornetta P, Gerstenfeld LC. Serum proteomic assessment of the progression of fracture healing. J Orthop Res. 2018 Apr; 36(4):1153-1163. PMID: 28971515.

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  • Published on 10/1/2017

    Sprague S, Slobogean GP, Bogoch E, Petrisor B, Garibaldi A, O'Hara N, Bhandari M. Vitamin D Use and Health Outcomes After Surgery for Hip Fracture. Orthopedics. 2017 10 01; 40(5):e868-e875. PMID: 29039872.

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