Clinical Research at South Bend Orthopaedics

In addition to our commitment to improve our patient’s clinical outcomes, at South Bend Orthopaedics we strive to make an impact on improving the future of orthopedics through clinical research. The physicians at South Bend Orthopaedics are involved in many clinical studies in nutrition, medical devices, and procedures.


SBO is actively engaged in 35 projects focused on research in numerous orthopedic specialties.

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Since 2022

As an emerging leader in orthopedic research, South Bend Orthopaedics has begun to regularly publish studies in top peer-reviewed journals. Learn more here.

Clinical Research Areas

With a commitment to improving the musculoskeletal health of our patients, our team is actively engaged in research across a diverse range of orthopedic specialties. From innovative surgical techniques and rehabilitation methods to exploring novel treatments for orthopedic conditions, our dedicated researchers are paving the way for the future of orthopedic medicine. Here are some of our current clinical research areas.

Spinal Procedures

Involves designing controlled studies to assess the safety and effectiveness of various interventions, often comparing outcomes between intervention and control groups.

Orthopedic Devices and Procedures

Encompasses the systematic evaluation of medical devices and surgical techniques used in orthopedics.

Bone Health

Comprehensive investigations into the factors that affect bone strength, density, and overall skeletal well-being.

Orthopedic Nutrition

Studying the relationship between dietary choices and their effects on musculoskeletal health.

Injury Prevention

Systematic studies aimed at identifying strategies, interventions, and practices to reduce the risk of injuries.

Integrating Motion Capture Scans in Surgical Care

Assessing the potential benefits and applications of motion capture technology in orthopedic and surgical procedures.

Monitoring Radiation in Orthopedics

Evaluating the safe and effective use of radiation in diagnostic imaging and therapeutic procedures.

Todd Graham Fellowship: An Orthopedic Research Fellowship for Pre-Medical Graduates

South Bend Orthopaedics Associates is pleased to sponsor the Todd Graham Fellowship, a post-graduate fellowship project that provides pre-medical graduates with the opportunity to explore the fields of orthopedic, interventional pain, and podiatric medicine all while conducting real world clinical research.

The students selected for the fellowship will be working as full-time clinical researchers as well as gaining valuable experience shadowing different orthopedic surgeons in the clinic and operating room. The goal of this program is to provide fellows an extensive research training experience with a deep understanding of scientific investigation coupled with valuable clinical and operating room experience in order to strengthen the skills needed for successful application to medical school.

Fellowship Details

The mission of the Todd Graham Research Fellowship is to inspire members to become independent, motivated, skilled researchers and excel in future endeavors by providing mentorship and shadowing and networking opportunities.

  • Graduated from an (Indiana) University
  • Have applied to, or intend to apply to medical school in the near future
  • Be able to arrange a 1–2 year deferment from matriculation if currently on a waitlist or accepted to medical school
  • Be willing to commit to one full year of work to SBO
This is a comprehensive 12 month program that begins every June. You will be mentored by the head research coordinator and by orthopedic surgeons across every subspecialty South Bend Orthopaedics offers.

  • You will learn cutting-edge techniques, contribute to impactful projects, and author academic publications alongside experts in the field.
  • Rotating shadowing experience: Every 6 weeks, you will be paired with a new orthopedic specialist to observe them in action. Each week will consist of three days working in the research department and the remaining days will be spent shadowing. One day will be spent in-clinic where you will watch patient evaluations and treatment planning. The other day you will scrub-in on surgical cases and see procedures firsthand. Here is a link to the tentative program schedule​ (Excel spreadsheet).
  • Through the entirety of the fellowship the fellow will be expected to submit research to various conferences and journals. This will provide the fellow with future opportunities to present their research at conferences on behalf of South Bend Orthopaedics.
  • The research, writing, and shadowing opportunities are unparalleled. If you are eager to dive into orthopedic medicine prior to starting your medical training, this is the program for you.
  • Applications are available March 1 for the upcoming year. Start date is in June
  • All application materials must be submitted to [email protected]
  • Interviews will be held March 21–March 29th
  • Announcement of the recipient will be made on or before April 1st
  • Complete the Application Form

Learn more about the groundbreaking clinical research conducted by our dedicated team at South Bend Orthopaedics. For questions about research trials or the Todd Graham Fellowship, contact us at [email protected] or by calling 574-247-5199.