Dr. Theodore Miclau was endowed the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute International Chair on May 3, 2023 at the UCSF Mission Bay in San Francisco. Dr. Miclau was joined by (from left): Jenna Lim, Judy Guggenhime, Kim Meredith, Dr. Sue Carlisle, Connie Shanahan, Dr. Susan P. Ehrlich (Photo: Courtesy of UCSF Foundation)
SAN FRANCISCO (May 3, 2023) -- The UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery is pleased to announce that Theodore Miclau III, MD, has been appointed as the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute International Chair.
As holder of the chair, Dr. Miclau will continue to support the research, teaching and clinical activities related to international orthopaedic trauma activities for the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG).
"Dr. Miclau exemplifies the Department's commitment to medical education in developing countries," said Thomas P. Vail, MD, chair of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. “The endowed chair allows for extra funds to support and strengthen Dr. Miclau's mission in developing the Department’s international program."
The investiture was originally to take place April 2020 but was postponed due to COVID.
About Dr. Miclau
Dr. Miclau grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico. After graduating from Yale College and Yale University School of Medicine, he completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, during which time, he spent a year at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland studying fracture healing. After finishing an orthopaedic trauma fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, he was awarded the AO-Jack McDaniel fellowship and visited prominent trauma centers in St. Gallen, Switzerland and Berlin, Germany. Subsequently, Dr. Miclau joined the faculty of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an orthopaedic traumatologist at the San Francisco General Hospital.
Early in his career, he received a five-year Career Development Award (K08) from the National Institutes of Health and the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation to study the role of angiogenesis in fracture repair; he has had funding from NIH for that program since that time. He also received the North American and American-British-Canadian traveling fellowship awards from the American Orthopaedic Association.
Dr. Miclau was named Vice Chairman for the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2003. The following year, he became the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at ZSFGH and a full-tenured Professor. In 2009, he became Director of the UCSF/SFGH Orthopaedic Trauma Institute (OTI) which is home to the largest number of trauma fellowship trained surgeons in the United States and has robust clinical, educational, research, and outreach programs.
On a national and international level, Dr. Miclau continues to hold various leadership positions, serves on a diverse number of committees and editorial and grant review panels. He is Past-President of some of the most prestigious organizations in his field, including the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS), and Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA). He is the current Steering Committee Chair of the International Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Chair of the OTA Global Relations Committee, Committee Chair of the Osteosynthesis and Trauma Care Foundation’s Research Committee, Chair of the Advisory Committee of the AO Research Institute, and Trustee of the AO Foundation. He led the development of and currently organizes the Consortium of Orthopaedic Academic Traumatologists (COACT), which has the goal of enhancing the collaborative efforts of North American centers that engage in education and research in low and low-middle income countries, and the Asociación de Ciruganos Traumatólogos de las Americas (ACTUAR), which is a growing surgeon network dedicated to promoting research in Latin America. He has been the course chair for the Annual San Francisco International Orthopaedic Trauma conference, now in its 17th year, and other conferences nationally and internationally.
His research focuses on clinical studies of musculoskeletal injury care and basic research of bone repair, which is supported by extramural grants from the US Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health. He has published over 230 peer-reviewed research papers and 20 book chapters. He has teamed with a variety of organizations to develop clinical, research, and leadership courses throughout the United States, Europe, and Latin America.
Dr. Miclau is the first recipient of the Orthopaedic Trauma Institute International Chair, which is the first-of-its-kind in the United States, and the first endowed chair at the ZSFG Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.