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Clohisy named head of orthopaedic surgery

Denis Clohisy, M.D.

After an extensive nationwide search, the University of Minnesota Medical School named surgeon Denis Clohisy, M.D., head of its Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, effective November 1, 2007.

A member of the Medical School faculty since 1991, Clohisy is nationally recognized for his work with musculoskeletal tumors. His main areas of interest include the development of experimental models of breast cancer, the discovery of new bone cancer therapies, and the study of the mechanisms that lead to bone cancer pain.

“As a leader in medicine committed to excellence, Dr. Clohisy is the right choice for a renowned department in our Medical School,” says Deborah Powell, M.D., dean of the Medical School.

Clohisy has led many NIH-funded research projects on bone cancer pain and currently chairs the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ research committee.

Clohisy earned his M.D. at Northwestern University and first came to the University of Minnesota Medical School as a resident. He completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Washington University and a fellowship in musculoskeletal oncology at Harvard University before joining the University of Minnesota faculty. Since 1999 Clohisy has held the Roby C. Thompson Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair in Musculoskeletal Oncology.

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