Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D., is Chief Executive Officer of the
Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science,
Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the
Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.
He previously served as the UConn Health Center’s Vice
President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UConn School of
Medicine. Prior to his arrival at the UConn Health Center, Dr.
Laurencin was the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and
chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University
of Virginia, as well as the Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at the
University of Virginia Health System. In addition, he was
designated as a University Professor at the University of
Virginia, one of the university’s most prestigious titles, and
held professorships in Biomedical Engineering and Chemical
Dr. Laurencin is an expert in shoulder and knee surgery and
an international leader in tissue engineering research. He is a
Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American
College of Orthopaedic Surgeons, is widely published in
scholarly journals and holds more than 20 U.S. patents.
President Obama named Dr. Laurencin a 2009 winner of the
Presidential Award for Excellence, awarded to science, math and
engineering mentors. Additionally, Dr. Laurencin was recently
honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of the
top 50 innovators for his groundbreaking technological work in
the regeneration of knee tissue. He was also recently named
among “100 Chemical Engineers of the Modern Era” by the American
Institute of Chemical Engineers, and is the 2009 winner of the
Pierre Galletti Award, the American Institute for Medical and
Biological Engineering’s highest honor.
Among his many national responsibilities, Dr. Laurencin has
served as Speaker of the House of the National Medical
Association, and currently serves as Chair of the Board of the
National Medical Association’s W. Montague Cobb Health
Institute. He has been a member of the National Institutes of
Health National Advisory Council for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal
and Skin Diseases and the National Science Advisory Board for
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. He currently sits on the
National Science Foundation’s Engineering Directorate Advisory
- Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn
- New England Musculoskeletal Institute
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
B.S.E., Princeton University
Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
M.D., Harvard Medical School
Surgical House Office, The Pennsylvania Hospital, Philadelphia
Orthopaedic Surgery Resident, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic
Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School,
Beth Israel Hospital
Cornell University Medical Center/The Hospital for Special
Surgery: Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
- 2008, One of the Top 50 Innovators, Scientific American
- 2007, Who’s Who in Engineering Higher Education, Academic Keys
- 2007, Robert A. Bland Award, College of Engineering,
University of Virginia
- 2006, Nicolas Andry Award by the American Association of
Bone and Joint Surgeons for Significant Achievements in
- 2006, America’s Top Surgeons
- 2005, 2004, Americas’ Top Doctors
- 2004, Elected to National Academy of Sciences, Institute
- 2004, Who’s Who in America
- 2002, William Grimes Award, American Institute of
- 2002, Distinguished Professor Designation Bestowed,
- 1998, Distinguished Alumni Award, Princeton University
- 1997, Elected Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic
- 1992, Who’s Who in Engineering and Science
- 1987, Robinson Memorial Prize for Surgery
- 1984-1987, Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Prize, MIT
Kumbar S.G., James R., Nukavarapu S.P., Laurencin C.T.
Electrospun nanofiber scaffolds: engineering soft tissues.
Biomed Mater. 2008 Sep;3(3):034002.
Jabbarzadeh E., Starnes T., Khan Y.M., Jiang T., Wirtel A.J.,
Deng M., Lv Q., Nair L.S., Doty S.B., Laurencin C.T. Induction
of angiogenesis in tissue-engineered scaffolds designed for bone
repair: a combined gene therapy-cell transplantation approach.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Aug 12;105(32):11099-104.
Kumbar S.G., Nukavarapu S.P., James R., Nair L.S., Laurencin
C.T. Electrospun poly(lactic acid-co-glycolic acid) scaffolds
for skin tissue engineering. Biomaterials. 2008
Feng G., Wan Y., Balian G., Laurencin C.T., Li X.
Adenovirus-mediated expression of growth and differentiation
factor-5 promotes chondrogenesis of adipose stem cells. Growth
Factors. 2008 Jun;26(3):132-42.
Laurencin C.T., Nair L. The FDA and safety--beyond the
heparin crisis. Nat Biotechnol. 2008 Jun;26(6):621-3.
Nukavarapu S.P., Kumbar S.G., Brown J.L., Krogman N.R.,
Weikel A.L., Hindenlang M.D., Nair L.S., Allcock H.R., Laurencin
C.T. Polyphosphazene/nano-hydroxyapatite composite microsphere
scaffolds for bone tissue engineering. Biomacromolecules. 2008
Greish Y.E., Sturgeon J.L., Singh A., Krogman N.R., Touny
A.H., Sethuraman S., Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T., Allcock H.R.,
Brown P.W. Formation and properties of composites comprised of
calcium-deficient hydroxyapatites and ethyl alanate
polyphosphazenes. J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2008 Sep;19(9):3153-60.
Jiang T., Kumbar S.G., Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T. Biologically
active chitosan systems for tissue engineering and regenerative
medicine. Curr Top Med Chem. 2008;8(4):354-64.
Khan Y., Laurencin C.T. Fracture repair with ultrasound:
clinical and cell-based evaluation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008
Feb;90 Suppl 1:138-44.
Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T. Nanofibers and nanoparticles for
orthopaedic surgery applications. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008
Feb;90 Suppl 1:128-31.
Khan Y., Yaszemski M.J, Mikos A.G., Laurencin C.T. Tissue
engineering of bone: material and matrix considerations. J Bone
Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90 Suppl 1:36-42.
Laurencin C.T., Einhorn T.A., Lyons K. Fracture repair:
challenges and opportunities. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90
Laurencin C.T, Christensen D.M., Taylor E.D. HIV/AIDS and the
African-American community: a state of emergency. J Natl Med
Assoc. 2008 Jan;100(1):35-43.
Einhorn T.A., Laurencin C.T., Lyons K. An AAOS-NIH symposium.
Fracture repair: challenges, opportunities, and directions for
future research. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90(2):438-42.
Laurencin C.T., El-Amin S.F. Xenotransplantation in
orthopaedic surgery. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2008 Jan;16(1):4-8.
Brown J.L., Nair L.S., Laurencin C.T. Solvent/non-solvent
sintering: a novel route to create porous microsphere scaffolds
for tissue regeneration. J Biomed Mater Res B Appl Biomater.
Wan Y., Feng G., Shen F.H., Laurencin C.T., Li X. Biphasic
scaffold for annulus fibrosus tissue regeneration. Biomaterials.
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- Regeneration of knee tissue.
- Musculoskeletal regeneration.
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