Research Committee

Edward Akelman, M.D.

Dr. Akelman is the Chairman of the Orthopaedic departments at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital and Miriam Hospital. Dr. Akelman is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery(ABOS) and holds the subspecialty certificate in orthopaedic surgery of the hand. He devotes his practice to hand, wrist and elbow conditions. He has expertise in caring for common hand problems such as Dupuytren’s disease, hand fractures, sports injuries, arthritis and nerve problems of the hand, wrist and elbow.

Joseph Crisco

Joseph J. Crisco III, Ph.D.

J.J. Trey Crisco is the Henry F. Lippitt Professor of Orthopedics, Professor of Engineering at Brown University. He majored in Mathematics and Fine Arts at Amherst College and received his doctorate in Applied Mechanics from Yale University. His research interests are in musculoskeletal biomechanics where he focuses on upper extremity mechanics and osteoarthritis using advanced imaging analysis and neuromuscular therapy through toy and game play for children. He also has an extensive interest in sports injury prevention and performance. His work has been primarily funded by the NIH and has resulted in over 200 peer-reviewed publications.

Roy Aaron, MD

Roy Kenneth Aaron, M.D., a specialist in arthritis and metabolic bone disease, is an attending orthopedic surgeon at Miriam Hospital. He is Director of clinical research for the department, and Director of the Orthopaedic Cell Biology Laboratory. He is also Director of the Brown / VA Center for Restorative and Regenerative Medicine. Dr. Aaron performs arthroscopic and other procedures for joint preservation in arthritis. Dr. Aaron spends a substantial amount of time in the laboratory and is doing research into osteoarthritis and cartilage transplantation using stem cells for joint resurfacing. He is interested in the use of biological alternatives to joint replacements for joint diseases.

Richard M. Terek, M.D.

Richard M. Terek, M.D., a specialist in adult reconstructive surgery and musculoskeletal oncology, is an attending orthopedic surgeon at the Miriam and Rhode Island Hospitals. Dr. Terek performs hip and knee replacements for patients with arthritis at the Total Joint Center at The Miriam Hospital. He is also an expert in the treatment of patients with osteogenic sarcoma, Ewing sarcoma, chondrosarcoma, soft-tissue sarcoma, metastatic cancer (cancers such as breast, prostate or lung which have spread to the bones), and benign bone and soft tissue tumors. Additionally, Dr. Terek is actively involved with teaching medical students at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and is Director of the Orthopaedic Oncology Laboratory.

Rachel Schilkowsky, M. Eng.

Rachel Schilkowsky joined the RIH Orthopaedic Foundation Test Facility in 2017. Her responsibilities as a test engineer include project planning and performance, developing and implementing mechanical test programs, coordinating and assisting with bioskills laboratories, and performing compliance testing for sports protective equipment. Prior to joining RIHOF, she worked as a research analyst at a medical device consulting firm where she counseling R&D teams in support of product development, intellectual property strategy, and technology transfer. Rachel graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors of Biological Engineering and a Masters of Mechanical Engineering.

Janine Molino, PhD – Biostatistician

Steven Ardente – Administrative Coordinator