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Antonia F. Chen, M.D., M.B.A.

Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern and holds the Dr. Charles F. Gregory Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Antonia F. Chen, M.D., M.B.A. is the new Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, at UT Southwestern and holds the Dr. Charles F. Gregory Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Chen joins UT Southwestern from Harvard Medical School where she is Chief of Arthroplasty and Joint Reconstruction and Director of Research of Arthroplasty Services in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

After completing undergraduate studies at Yale University, Dr. Chen received an M.B.A. from Rutgers Business School. She obtained her medical degree from Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Following her residency in orthopedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Chen continued her postdoctoral training with a fellowship in hip and knee arthroplasty at the Rothman Institute. She stayed at the Rothman Institute as Associate Director of Research and was Director of Medical Education Curriculum for Musculoskeletal Studies at Thomas Jefferson University. In 2018, she was recruited to the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

A practicing orthopedic surgeon known for exceptional patient care, Dr. Chen specializes in hip and knee replacements. As a clinician-scientist, she studies clinical outcomes after total hip and knee replacements, including preoperative patient optimization to reduce infection risk, activity after joint replacement, infection after surgery, and joint stiffness. She also collaborates with research scientists in laboratories across Harvard Medical School investigating issues related to joint arthroplasty.

Dr. Chen has published extensively on a wide variety of topics ranging from the complex microbiome of periprosthetic joint infections to the sociological determinants of surgical quality of care. Her effectiveness as an educator has been recognized with multiple awards, including the 2023 Outstanding Mentor Award from Mass General Brigham and the 2021 Excellence in Student Mentoring Award from Harvard Medical School.

A sought-after leader in her field, Dr. Chen is active in professional organizations around the world, such as the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Association, the European Knee Association, and the American Joint Replacement Registry. She is currently the Second Vice President in the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons presidential line.

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