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Our Team

Principal Investigators

Joseph H Schwab, MD, MS

Founder & Director of SORG, CPAI & MGB Orthopaedic Registries

Chief, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Spine Oncology & Co-Director, Stephen L. Harris Chordoma Center
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Hamid Ghaednia, PhD

Co-Director SORG, CPAI & MGB Orthopaedic Registries

Dr. Ghaednia, Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering, Co-Director of SORG, CPAI, and MGB Orthopaedic Registry. Dr. Ghaednia’s research focuses on the development of biomedical devices and wearables using a combination of analytical and machine learning algorithms.  

Aditya Karhade, MD, MBA

Director of Artificial Intelligence SORG

Dr. Karhade (Harvard MD-MBA), Director of Artificial Intelligence at SORG, Orthopaedic Surgery Resident in the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program. Dr. Karhade’s research focuses on AI for automated prognosis, diagnosis, and management. 

Affiliates and Research Managers

Soheil Ashkani-Esfahani, MD, PhD

Sarah Yeates, BS

Clinical Research Program Manager at the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

Postdoctoral Fellows

Bardiya Akhbari, PhD

Dr.Akhbari, PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Brown University, is developing deep learning and natural language processing algorithms to analyze healthcare data and registry. Bardiya’s research interest lies at the intersection of orthopedics, biomechanics, deep learning, and medical imaging, and his goal is to design systems that can translate to clinical settings in order to more effectively improve life and wellness.

Soomin Jeon, PhD

Dr. Jeon, Ph.D. in Mathematical Sciences, is developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) healthcare algorithms for data registries and medical image analysis. Dr. Jeon’s research focuses on developing and analyzing AI algorithms and their applications in health care.

Research Fellows

Tom de Groot, BS

Logan Nye, MD

Michelle Chan, MA

Harmen Kuijten, BS

Graduate Research Assistant visiting from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands, focusing on the use of AI for prognosis, diagnosis, and management of spinal metastases.
Double BS in Medicine & Mathematics, currently enrolled in Master program (Medical School) Utrecht University, The Netherlands
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Huub de Klerk, BS

Graduate Student Researcher from University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands, and Flinders Medical Centre, Australia, with PhD subject: “Predictive Modeling for Upper and Lower Extremity Injuries”.

Sanne Hoeksema, BS

Graduate Researcher visiting from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. Hoeksema’s current research focuses on the detection of distal radius fractures with AI.

Amanda Lans, MD, MS

Research fellow from University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, with PhD Subject: “Social Determinants of Health in Orthopaedics”

Jacobien HF Oosterhoff, MD

Research Fellow visiting from Amsterdam University Medical Centers, the Netherlands, with PhD subject: “Clinical Applications of Artificial Intelligence in Orthopaedics; Integrating Predictive Analytics for Hip Fracture Patients.”

Hester Zijlstra, MD

Research fellow from University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands, with PhD Subject: “Optimization of treatment and prevention of vertebral compression fractures to preserve quality of life of multiple myeloma patients.” 

Olivier Q Groot, MD

Research Fellow visiting from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, The Netherlands, with PhD subject: “Prognostication and orthopedic management of bone metastatic disease”

Nathan Miner, MS

Research Fellow from Northeastern University, Boston, MA, Department of Game Science and Design. 

David Osei-Hwedieh, MD, PhD

Clinical Research Coordinators

Andreea Lucaciu, BS

Emily Berner, BS

Orthopaedic Oncology Clinical Research Coordinator and Master of Public Health Student at Boston University

Students & Interns

Pranati Borkhetaria

Biology and Society Student at Cornell University

Andrew Chen

Electrical Engineering Student at Tufts University

Kelsey Detels, BS

MSE Candidate at John Hopkins Center for Bioengineering Innovation and Design.

William DiGiovanni

Italian and Premedicine Student at Georgetown University

Avirath Dodabele

B.S. Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Capstone Project: Orthseat(ic) – An Instrumented Balance Assessment Chair

Sarah Hearns

Chemistry-Biochemistry Student at Colby College

Liz Hughes

Biomedical Engineering Student at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Lily Kiderling, BS 

Mechanical Engineering student at Tufts University

Casey Lam

Mechanical Engineering student at Tufts University

Aayush Mehta

Student at Drexel University involved in data processing/screening in order to predict and identify high-risk patients for postoperative prophylaxis in orthopedic patients with venous thromboembolism.

Josh Norton

Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering Student at Purdue University

Christopher Ray

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Hyunjoon Rhee

Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Med student at Tufts University

Harrison Wilson

Biomedical Engineering Student at Tufts University

Shanni Zhou

Biomedical Engineering Student at Tufts University

High School Students

Rohan Chopra

Rising senior at Brookline High School 

Rana Moeinzad

Rising senior at Newton South High School 

Alumni

David Shin, BS

Data Engineer, MGB Orthopaedic Registries, SORG
BS Computer Science, Yale University

John R Bales, BS

Recent Tufts University graduate with BA in Philosophy, Orthopaedic Spine Clinical Research Coordinator

Jessica Rosendorf, BS

Incoming PhD student in Mechanical Engineering at MIT

Emma Tomlinson, BS

Melina McDevitt, BS 

BS in Biology, Tufts University

Nadine Kanbier, MS

Graduate student in Applied Data Science visiting from Utrecht University, the Netherlands 

Jack Rifkin

Rising junior studying Human Biology, Health, and Society at Cornell University. 

Robert-Jan Pierik, BS

Medical student visiting from University Medical Center Utrecht, Utrecht, the Netherlands

Sophie Lloyd, BS

Incoming PhD student in Biomedical Engineering at Dartmouth College.

Allison Sweeney, BS

Master’s student at Tufts University

Michiel ER Bongers

Research Fellow (2018-2021) from the Netherlands, with PhD subject: “Artificial Intelligence in Orthopaedic Oncology: Transition to Algorithm Assisted Healthcare”. 

Quirina CBS Thio, MD 

Research Fellow (2016-2019) from the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with PhD subject: “Prognostication and orthopedic management of bone metastatic disease” 

Paul T Ogink, MD  

Research Fellow (2015-2018) from University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, with PhD subject: “Prognostication and management in spinal surgery”. Currently Resident Orthopaedic Surgery within the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.  

Bianca Verbeek, MD 

Research fellow (2016-2017) with PhD subject: “Fracture Patterns in Spine trauma”. Currently Resident Orthopaedic Surgery at Erasmus MC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. 

Nuno Rui Paulino Pereira, MD, PhD 

Research fellow (2015-2016) with PhD subject: “Surgical decision-making for spine metastatic disease”. Currently Resident Orthopaedic Surgery at Tergooi Hospital in Hilversum, The Netherlands. 

Olivier van Wulfften Palthe MD, PhD  

Research fellow (2015-2016) with PhD subject: “Management of Sacral Chordoma”. Currently Resident Orthopaedic Surgery at Flevoziekenhuis in Almere, The Netherlands. 

Stein J Janssen, MD, PhD  

Research Fellow (2014-2015) with PhD subject: “Surgical Management of Long-Bone Metastatic Fractures”. Currently Resident Orthopaedic Surgery within the Academic Medical Center Amsterdam, The Netherlands.