Christopher T. Born Intrepid Heroes Professor of Orthopedic Surgery, Professor of Orthopaedics

Biosketch:  Christopher T. Born, MD, FACS, FAAOS

Dr. Born is currently the Intrepid Heroes Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Emeritus Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Rhode Island Hospital.  He is a 1970 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received his MD degree from Georgetown University in 1979.  He completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining the Brown University faculty in 2005, he held academic and clinical teaching positions at Level I Trauma Centers including the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Camden, New Jersey, the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University.

 Dr. Born is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is a past Board member of the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA).  He currently serves as the Chairman of its Mass Casualty Response Committee and is the past Chairman of its Fellowship Committee.  Dr. Born is honored to have been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the US Military Hospital in Landstuhl, Germany and serves on the combined AAOS/OTA Extremity War Injury and Disaster Preparedness Work Group where he chairs the section on disaster response.  He has been the Co-Chair of the Academy’s Disaster Response Course since its inception.  Dr. Born is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and for eight years served on its Committee on Trauma in addition to being a Section Chair for Orthopaedic Surgery.  He is currently a consultant to the College’s Committee on Trauma Disaster Sub-Committee and is a past Specialty Society Governor for orthopaedic surgery.  Dr. Born is a past Board member of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma and is the past-President of the Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma, having also chaired its Humanitarian Committee.  He researches, writes and lectures extensively on issues of musculoskeletal trauma and disaster management both nationally and internationally. He has traveled to Iran and to Haiti with the US Government’s International Medical Surgical Response Team to give humanitarian medical aid to earthquake victims.  

Dr. Born heads the Diane N. Weiss Center for Orthopaedic Trauma Research at Rhode Island Hospital and is the Director of its Sipprelle Family Orthopaedic Trauma research fellowship.  The center’s current research activities include assessment of biofilm formation on orthopaedic implant materials as well as the development of a rapid (35 minute) assay to identify the presence of bacteria on implants and tissue.  Additional work is being carried out on the antimicrobial/antifungal utility of a silver-based coating to mitigate odor from prosthetic sockets and orthotics as well as its potential for application on implants, catheters, wound dressings and surgical site preparation. 

Brown Affiliations

research overview

Trauma and Bio-Medical Orthopaedics