Vincent Zecchino, MD Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Orthopaedics


Dr. Ehrlich is a graduate of Dartmouth College, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, AOA. His orthopaedic residency was followed by a pediatric orthopaedic/research fellowship at the Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Ehrlich was the Chief of Pediatric Orthopaedics at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School before coming to Brown University in 1990. He served six years as the Chairman of the Research Committee for both the Academic Orthopaedic Society and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and has twice been a permanent member of the Study Section on Orthopaedics and Musculoskeltal Disease for the National Institutes of Health. He was also Chairman of the Committee on Research of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society. He received the M.A. ad eundem award at Brown, the Excellence in Research Award from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Kappa Delta Award from the AAOS for the best orthopaedic research in the United States. Dr. Ehrlich became President of the Academic Orthopaedic Society in 1999. He was previously President of the Orthopaedic Research Society. In 1998 he received the Arthur H. Huene Memorial Award, Lifetime Contribution to Pediatric Orthopaedics from the Pediatric Orthopaedics Society of North America. In 1998 he received an Endowed Chair, the Vincent Zecchino, M.D. Professorship of Orthopaedic Surgery, and was honored with the creation of the Michael G. Ehrlich M.D. Professorship of Orthopaedic Research. Dr. Ehrlich became Chair of the Orthopaedic Department at Brown University and Orthopedic Surgeon-in-Chief at Rhode Island Hospital from 1990 to 2016. He also was Chief of Orthopaedics at the Miriam Hospital after they joined Rhode Island Hospital as part of the Lifespan Corporation in 1994. He was on the Board of Directors at the Lifespan Corporation from 1994 through 2015. After he stepped down as Chair in 2016, he became Director of Orthopedic Research for the Lifespan Health System, a position he still holds. He has authored more than 200 journal articles, book chapters and abstracts. Some of Dr. Ehrlich's research interests include limb-lengthening physiology, neuromuscular disorders in children, biologic epiphyseodesis and degradative enzyme systems in cartilage. Dr. Ehrlich was awarded the Milton W. Hamolsky Outstanding Physician of the Year Award in 2005. 

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