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Advances in Motion provides health care professionals with information about the latest breakthroughs, research and clinical advances from Massachusetts General Hospital. Stay tuned as we add new specialties.

Featured In Orthopaedics

The majority of adults have cervical disc disease by age 65, but patterns of cervical disc deformation have not been well studied. Mass General researchers imaged volunteers during flexion-extension of the neck, and their findings may have implications for improving motion-preservation surgeries.

Featured In Cardiovascular

Ahmed Tawakol, MD, co-director of the Cardiac MR PET CT Program, discusses the link between stress and atherosclerotic disease, and his team’s work using multimodality imaging to better understand that risk.

Featured In Cardiovascular

In an editorial, Jagmeet Singh, MD, PhD, highlights the progressive trend in connected devices to manage patient care and the need for a cultural shift electrophysiologists’ clinical practice.

Featured In Orthopaedics

Many failures of metal-on-metal total hip arthroplasty are due to adverse local tissue reactions, which are associated with elevated metal ion levels due to implant wear. Mass General surgeons wondered whether the modular S-ROM stem, which has an additional metal-on-metal interface, influences outcomes.

Featured In Cardiovascular

A Mass General study found that combining coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing with Thrombolysis in Myocardial Infarction (TIMI) score can better rule out acute coronary syndrome (ACS) than use of TIMI alone for symptomatic patients presenting at the ED

The Latest Orthopaedics Advances

Tertiary care orthopedic foot and ankle specialists are pursuing innovations in total ankle arthroplasty (TAA) to promote its wider adoption

The development of advanced materials at the Massachusetts General Hospital Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory is leading to improvements in total knee arthroplasty (TKA) components’ wear rates.

Contributing Physicians

Chief, Center for Hip & Knee Replacement, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Andrew Albert Freiberg, MD

Director, Harris Orthopaedics Laboratory , Director, Technology Implementation Research Center (TIRC), Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Orhun K. Muratoglu, PhD

Advances Specialties


Malissa Wood, MD, co-director of the Corrigan Women’s Heart Health Program, discusses her team’s comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to the care of the women with cardiovascular disease risk factors.

Education & Training Opportunities

May 23-30, 2018

The Massachusetts General Hospital Corrigan Minehan Heart Center prepares future health care professionals and trains providers in innovative therapies and care. As part of these efforts, the center hosts regular Grand Rounds presentations from thought leaders and researchers on important cardiology topics. Cardiology Grand Rounds is open to all healthcare professionals.

October 13-14, 2018

This two-day course is dedicated to educating frontline caregivers with up-to-date diagnosis and management of women with cardiovascular conditions during pregnancy. A second day is dedicated to the workup and management of patients with coronary artery dissection.

Clinical Trials

In Cardiovascular

The purpose of this study is to see if motivational text messages based on physical activity levels and an educational tool for medication compliance can help individuals with heart failure and diabetes.

In Orthopaedics

This research will compare the effectiveness of Brisement injections and physical therapy for the treatment of Achilles tendinosis. Both are proven to be effective treatments, but there is little research comparing them directly.