The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has dedicated significant resources to the pursuit of clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Our state-of-the-art Thompson Lab, housed on the fourth floor of Missouri Orthopaedic Institute (MOI), includes ~12,000 square feet solely dedicated to research for a team of more than 50 researchers representing 13 different specialties.

The lab houses Basic Science and Translational Research, Skeletal Morphology Research, Bioengineering Research, and Clinical Research teams and facilities. MOI houses over 40 clinical faculty specializing in sports medicine (primary care and surgical), joint replacement, pediatrics, hip and knee, foot and ankle, shoulder, hand, spine, trauma, limb preservation, regenerative medicine (Mizzou BioJoint® Center), physical medicine and rehabilitation, and diagnostic imaging.

More than 200 other health care professionals and staff provide care and services including nursing, imaging, prosthetics, pharmacy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, nutrition, and mental health. Our internationally recognized faculty and staff — combined with our state-of-the-art Thompson Lab and variety and volume of patients — create an optimal environment for bedside-to-bench-to-bedside research. See below for a full list of active projects and presentations.

Research projects Research presentations


Featured Clinical Researcher of the Quarter: Mike Kim, MD

Mike Kim, MD

Dr. Mike Kim, MD is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow surgery. After completing his orthopaedic residency at Daegu Fatima Hospital in South Korea, Dr. Kim completed three fellowships—Shoulder, Elbow, and Sports Medicine fellowship at Columbia University in New York; Trauma fellowship at University of Missouri in Columbia; and Shoulder and Elbow fellowship at Washington University Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. In 2020, he was elected to join the prestigious ranks of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES).

Dr. Kim is an active clinical and basic science researcher. His main research interests are biomechanics of shoulder replacement, prosthetic shoulder joint infection, and rotator cuff muscle fatty atrophy. He has authored more than 60 peer-reviewed scientific articles and presented his research at numerous national and international meetings. He serves on the editorial review board for the Journal of Orthopaedic Research and serves as a reviewer for Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Dr. Kim is currently leading the following clinical research studies:

  • Effect of Different Postoperative Rehab Methods on Clinical Outcomes following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • Local Anesthetic Infiltration vs. Interscalene Block in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • ASES Shoulder Prosthetic Joint Infection Multicenter Database Study