Meet Your ORS Ambassadors

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Meet Your ORS Ambassadors 2018-05-14T16:50:53+00:00

Learn more about the ORS Ambassadors! ORS encourages you to personally connect with an ORS Ambassador in your area directly to find out more on the local level. You may also email ORS at ors@ors.org.

Andrea I. Alford, PhD

Michigan Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
I pursued a career in musculoskeletal research because I was fascinated to learn just how physiologically dynamic bone is. I have stayed in this field because our ability to move is critical for all other aspects of our health.

Three words how others describe me:
motivated, passionate, empathetic

Favorite quote:
“Every where you look is a gift,” I am not sure who said this first, but I first heard it from Joy Barrett, the head pastor at Chelsea First United Methodist Church.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
For me, ORS has been instrumental in my career development because of the other scientists ORS has helped me connect with. These connections are made at the annual meeting, through the society’s strong social media presence and because the ORS is purposeful in offering leadership opportunities for orthopaedic stake holders at all career stages.

Michael Hast, PhD

Adjunct Assistant Professor
Director, Biedermann Lab for Orthopaedic Research
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania

Why did you choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?

I have always enjoyed fixing things, which is why I pursued my degree in Mechanical Engineering.  At the same time, the field of medicine (and orthopaedics in particular) has always fascinated me.  In retrospect, I like to think that I didn’t choose this career– we inevitably found each other. 

Three words how others describe you:

Smart, outgoing, quick-witted

Favorite Quote:

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.

-Steve Jobs

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?

I always meet new people that have similar research interests at the annual meeting.  It’s exciting to share ideas with people that truly understand and appreciate orthopaedic science.  It’s been especially rewarding to have some of these relationships develop over the years, to the point that I have meaningful friendships and scientific collaborations with folks that used to be “strangers” to me.

Thomas Kean, PhD

Instructor
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Texas/Southwest

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
Musculoskeletal diseases are one of the greatest challenges, and regenerative medicine is starting to become a reality that can address those challenges.

Three words how others describe you?
Innovative; Curious; Tenacious

Favorite Quote:
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.” – Douglas Adams

I like how this relates to the scientific discovery process; you feel like you’re getting close to an answer, and then you realise that you’ve only scratched the surface below which are a hundred more questions/possibilities.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
The Annual Meeting is an excellent place to see what is going on outside of my niche and to present the data we’re currently investigating.

Find me on LinkedIn and Research Gate:
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thomas_Kean
https://www.linkedin.com/in/tom-kean-a3476318

Profile coming soon!

Ryan D. Ross, PhD

Rush University Medical Center, Department Cell & Molecular Medicine
Chicago, IL

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
My interest in musculoskeletal research stems from my somewhat eclectic training and fact that the skeletal system and bone as a tissue lets me combine my interests in chemistry, materials, mechanics, and biology.

Three words how others describe you?
Thoughtful, Observant, Resilient

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
The ORS provides me with the chance to share and receive feedback on my research progress and ideas, provides mentorship both directly through sponsored events and indirectly through networking, and has now given me the chance to give back and shape the society’s direction.

Dmitriy Sheyn, PhD

Research Scientist
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
California (Southern)

Three words how others describe you?
I’m the man of the world, eager to communicate and collaborate with other scientists

Favorite Quote:
“I haven’t failed, I’ve just found 10,000 things that don’t work.”- Thomas Edison

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
ORS is my home base, the Annual Meetings are my main source of interaction and brainstorming new ideas.

Follow me on social media! http://bio.csmc.edu/view/15142/Dmitriy-Sheyn.aspx

Simon Tew, PhD

Senior Lecturer in Orthopaedic Sciences, Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease
University of Liverpool, Liverpool, UK

Why did choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
I had an opportunity to conduct PhD studies into cartilage wounding responses and was hooked from there. For me, investigating the musculoskeletal system offers the challenges and intrigue of basic biological research combined with the opportunity to contribute to a field which has enormous impact on the health of people across their lifespan.

Three words how others describe you?
Relaxed; polite; logical

Favorite Quote
“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.” Richard Feynman

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
Attending ORS since my time as a post graduate student has allowed me to learn new things about the musculoskeletal system, understand the research community that exists worldwide in this area and keep up to date with friends and colleagues within that community.

 

 

Olivia M. Torre, MEng

Leni & Peter W. May Department of Orthopaedics, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Why did you choose to pursue a career in musculoskeletal research?
To improve our understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal problems associated with aging.

Three words how others describe you?
Inquisitive, driven, persistent

Favorite quote?
Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.

How has ORS become an instrumental part of your career?
The ORS has given me the opportunity to present my work to broader audiences, to connect and brainstorm with other trainees and network with leaders in the field.

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