Dr. Villafuerte received his MD from the Universidad de Costa Rica and completed his residency specializing in orthopedics. Later he participated in several fellowship around the world including:
-Leg lengthening and limb reconstruction through Sheffield University at Northern General Hospital NHS, Sheffield UK;
-Hand and upper extremity surgery through Tufts University at New England Medical Center and New England Baptist Hospital;
-Sports Medicine, Trauma, joint replacement and orthopedic Oncology through Harvard Medical School at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Boston Children’s Hospital.
After obtaining his Full Medical License in Massachusetts, he joined the VA Boston Healthcare System, where he has been serving as an attending for more than 8 years, proudly given the highest care possible to the US Veteran population. Dr. Villafuerte also serves as a teaching faculty for Orthopedic residents from Boston University and Harvard Medical School. He was awarded the 2014 Resident Teaching award from the Boston University Orthopedic Residents for his commitment to teaching. In august 2013 he was certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.
His areas of expertise include: joint replacement; primary and revision surgery at the shoulder, hip, knee and elbow; treatment of bone and soft tissue tumors; periprostetic fractures; and trauma surgery.
- VA Boston Healthcare System
- Universidad de Costa Rica, MD
- Published on 7/2/2019
Purudappa PP, Sharma OP, Priyavadana S, Sambandam S, Villafuerte JA. Unexpected positive intraoperative cultures (UPIC) in revision Hip and knee arthroplasty- A review of the literature. J Orthop. 2020 Jan-Feb; 17:1-6. PMID: 31879464.
- Published on 1/1/2014
Zmistowski B, Della Valle C, Bauer TW, Malizos KN, Alavi A, Bedair H, Booth RE, Choong P, Deirmengian C, Ehrlich GD, Gambir A, Huang R, Kissin Y, Kobayashi H, Kobayashi N, Krenn V, Lorenzo D, Marston SB, Meermans G, Perez J, Ploegmakers JJ, Rosenberg A, C Simpfendorfer, Thomas P, Tohtz S, Villafuerte JA, Wahl P, Wagenaar FC, Witzo E. Diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection. J Orthop Res. 2014 Jan; 32 Suppl 1:S98-107. PMID: 24464903.
- Published on 12/15/2013
Zmistowski B, Della Valle C, Bauer TW, Malizos KN, Alavi A, Bedair H, Booth RE, Choong P, Deirmengian C, Ehrlich GD, Gambir A, Huang R, Kissin Y, Kobayashi H, Kobayashi N, Krenn V, Drago L, Lorenzo D, Marston SB, Meermans G, Perez J, Ploegmakers JJ, Rosenberg A, Simpendorfer C, Thomas P, Tohtz S, Villafuerte JA, Wahl P, Wagenaar FC, Witzo E. Diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infection. J Arthroplasty. 2014 Feb; 29(2 Suppl):77-83. PMID: 24342275.
- Published on 4/1/2008
Mourikis A, Rebello G, Villafuerte J, Moneim M, Omer GE, Veitch J. Radiocarpal dislocations: review of the literature with case presentations and a proposed treatment algorithm. Orthopedics. 2008 Apr; 31(4):386-92; quiz 393-4. PMID: 18453177.
- Published on 3/1/2006
Buecker PJ, Villafuerte JE, Hornicek FJ, Gebhardt MC, Mankin HJ. Improved survival for sarcomas of the wrist and hand. J Hand Surg Am. 2006 Mar; 31(3):452-5. PMID: 16516741.
- Published on 9/20/2005
Mankin HJ, Hornicek FJ, Ortiz-Cruz E, Villafuerte J, Gebhardt MC. Aneurysmal bone cyst: a review of 150 patients. J Clin Oncol. 2005 Sep 20; 23(27):6756-62. PMID: 16170183.
- Published on 10/1/2003
Ali AM, Villafuerte J, Hashmi M, Saleh M. Judet's quadricepsplasty, surgical technique, and results in limb reconstruction. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2003 Oct; (415):214-20. PMID: 14612648.