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What is the Orland Bethel Family Musculoskeletal Research Center?

The Orland Bethel Family Musculoskeletal Research Center (BMRC) will enable the University of Pittsburgh to elevate its study of musculoskeletal disorders, including osteoporosis, degenerative arthritis, fragility fractures and spinal pathology. It will attract and retain top scientists and advance leading-edge research, making musculoskeletal medicine a major focus at the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences alongside cancer and neuroscience.

The Orland Bethel Family Foundation’s gift, matched by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, created the center. The University expects it to open in 2024.

Orland Bethel, founder of Hillandale Farms, one of the United States’ largest egg producers, had suffered from debilitating back pain. He credits Joon Y. Lee, Orland Bethel Professor in Spine Surgery, (Division of Spinal Surgery) Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, and UPMC with restoring his function and mobility through surgery and treatment.

“My family and I are pleased to offer our support to the spectacular work of Dr. Joon Lee and the other surgeons, physicians and researchers within the department led by Dr. MaCalus V. Hogan through the creation of the Orland Bethel Family Musculoskeletal Research Center,” Bethel said. “I know how the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC changed my life and can only imagine how the lives of others—worse off than I was—will be improved thanks to the ongoing research at this new center.”

Smiling group photo of (from left) MaCalus Hogan, Orland Bethel and Joon Y. Lee.

From left: MaCalus Hogan, Orland Bethel and Joon Y. Lee.

The latest news

2024 Seminar Calendar

2024 Seminar Calendar

January 17: Dr. Jie Shen, Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine "Fracture Nonunion: New Insights into Mechanism and Therapy" February 12: Dr. Volker Musahl and Dr. Richard Debski - Biomechanics March 11: Dr....

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Meet The Researcher – Albert Lin, MD

Meet The Researcher – Albert Lin, MD

Can you share a bit about your early life and what sparked your interest in research, medicine and orthopaedics? I’m a native Pittsburgher through and through.  I was born in West Penn Hospital, grew up in Monroeville and went to Shady Side Academy.  My...

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Meet The Researcher – John R. Fowler Jr., MD

Meet The Researcher – John R. Fowler Jr., MD

Can you share a bit about your early life and what sparked your interest in research, medicine and orthopaedics? I was born in Pittsburgh and grew up in Plum until about 3rd grade when my family moved to Erie.  I have always been interested in science and started to...

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Transforming Lives

“I know how the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC changed my life and can only imagine how the lives of others—worse off than I was
—will be improved thanks to the ongoing research at this new center.” — Orland Bethel

We are poised to develop potential breakthroughs in therapeutics through clinical and basic science research in musculoskeletal diseases and orthopaedic surgery. The center will support clinicians, investigators, trainees and students in areas that will bring hope to the hundreds of thousands who face these problems every day.

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