Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Faculty

Charles R. Clark, MDCharles R. Clark, MD



  • Medical School - University of Michigan
  • Residency - Yale University

Honors, Awards, and Organizations

  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Deputy Editor
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgery, President-Elec
  • Cervical Spine Research Society, Executive Committee
  • Knee Society
  • Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, University of Notre Dame
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Epsilon of Indiana, University of Notre Dame
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta, Gamma of Indiana, University of Notre Dame (Pre-medical Honor Society)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Alpha of Michigan, University of Michigan (Medical Honor Society)
  • Graduate with Distinction, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Physician Recognition Award, American Medical Association (1991-94) (1994-97) (1997-00)
  • Orthopaedic Educational Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (1986, 1989, 1992)
  • American, British and Canadian Traveling Fellow (American Orthopaedic Association (1989)
  • Dewar Award, Ontario Orthopaedic Association (1990)
  • M-3 Teacher of the Year - Top Five Nominee, University of Iowa, College of Medicine (1992)
  • Collegiate Teaching Award - College of Medicine Nominee (1992) (1995)
  • Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award - College of Medicine Nominee (1994)
  • Council on Teaching - College of Medicine Nominee (1996)
  • William B. Bean Lecturer - Iowa Student Medical Research Day (1996)
  • Ernest O. Theilen Clinical Teaching and Service Award - College of Medicine Nominee (1996)
  • Collegiate Teaching Award Recipient - College of Medicine, University of Iowa (1997-98)

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Inpatient: Supervise the care of an active Orthopaedic inpatient service with an average census of 7 to 20 patients (primarily adult reconstructive surgery).
  • Outpatient: Conduct three outpatient clinics per week (seeing approximately 60-70 patients per week) - 1) cervical spine, 2) hip reconstruction, and 3) knee reconstruction.
  • Other: Provide in house consultation and surgery for complex reconstructive joint problems at the Iowa City Veterans Administration Hospital.
  • Spine Cord Injury
  • Knee Arthritis

Current Projects

  • Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare Posterior Cruciate Sparing Versus Posterior Cruciate Substitution in Total Knee Arthroplasty (Committee A)
  • The Knee Registry: Measuring and Improving the Quality of Care in Knee Surgery (Committee A)

Recent Publications/Reviews

  • Clark CR and Bauer T: Routine Pathological Examination of Operative Specimens from Primary Total Hip and Total Knee Replacement: Another Look. Editorial. (J Bone and Joint Surg., 82A, No. 11, 2000)
  • Puttlitz CM, Goel VK, Clark CR, Traynelis VC: Pathomechanisms of Failures of the Odontoid. (Spine Vol. 25, No. 22:2868-2876, 2000)
  • Puttlitz CM, Goel VK, Traynelis VC and Clark CR: A Finite Element Investigation of Upper Cervical Fixation. (Spine. In Press.)
  • Clark CR, Rorabeck CH, MacDonald SJ, MacDonald D, Swafford J, Cleland D. Posterior Stabilized and Posterior Cruciate Retaining Total Knee Replacement: A Randomized Controlled Study. (Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, November 2001, Volume 392, pp. 208-212).
  • Poss R, Clark CR, and Heckman J: A Concise Format for Reporting the Long-Term Follow-up Status of Patients Managed with Total Hip Arthorplasty." Editorial. (J Bone and Joint Surg., 83A:1779-1780, 2001.