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Department of Orthopedics

Department of Orthopedics

Research Faculty

CU Orthopedics

Nancy Hadley-Miller, MD

Director of Research, Department of Orthopedics
Director, Scoliosis Genetics Laboratory
Medical Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center Children's Hospital Colorado


MS: Biology, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
MD: University of Maryland Medical School, Baltimore, MD
Internship: General Surgery, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Boston University, Boston, MA
Fellowships: Pediatric Orthopedics and Pediatric Orthopedics Research, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Research Focus:
Genetics of scoliosis, limb deformity and neuromuscular disorders

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Karen B. King, PhD

Associate Professor
Director, Orthopedics Molecular Biology Laboratory

BA, Biology, Goshen College, Goshen, IN
PhD, Biochemistry, Rush University, Chicago, IL

Research Focus:
Musculoskeletal disorders, cyclical articular joint loading; mechanobiology;
connective tissue biochemistry; work and sports-related injuries.

Professional Memberships:

1999-2006    Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Faculty (COEH), University of California, Berkeley, Davis, and San Francisco
1999-Present    International Society for Matrix Biology
2000-Present    American Society for Matrix Biology
2000-Present    Orthopaedic Research Society
1999-Present    Osteoarthritis Research Society International
2008-Present    American Society for Bone and Mineral Research

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Karin Payne, PhD

Assistant Professor
Director, Regenerative Orthopedics Lab

BS, McGill University, Physiology
MS, Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, University of Montreal, Biomedical Engineering, 2002
PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Bioengineering, 2007

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Emily M Lindley, PhD

Assistant Professor
Spine Division

BS, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, VA 
PhD, Neurobiology, University of California Irvine
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Spine Clinical Outcomes, CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Research Focus:
Spine disorders, spine surgery outcomes, chronic pain, pain management

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James Carollo, PhD, PE

Associate Professor
Director, Center for Gait & Movement Analysis, Children's Hospital Colorado
Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center, The Children's Hospital

BSc. and MSc. Bioengineering, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas
Ph.D. Biomedical Engineering Joint Program between University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas and Southwestern Medical Center

Research Focus: 

Recognition of human movement; application of wavelets for EMG analysis; and biomechanical modeling and automatic pattern development of novel movement measurement instruments to facilitate clinical decision-making.

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Todd Baldini, MS

Lab Manager, Orthopedics Biomechanics Laboratory

BS, Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
MS, Biomedical Engineering, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY

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​Erin Baschal, PhD


Lab Manager, Scoliosis Genetics Laboratory

PhD, Human Medical Genetics, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO
BA, Chemistry with a Biochemistry Option, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, Colorado Springs, CO

Research Focus:

Genetics of scoliosis and other musculoskeletal disorders

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