Dr. Charla R. Fischer, Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery and Dr. Francis Y. Lee, Professor with Tenure and Vice Chair of Research received an NIH Research Supplements award to promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Dr. Fischer is a practicing spine surgeon with a particular interest in treating the aging spine. This interest has led her to study bone biology related to osteoclastogenesis and osteolysis. Dr. Fischer is mentored by Dr. Francis Y. Lee, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Francis Y. Lee is a musculoskeletal tumor and pediatric surgeon. Dr. Lee's current research programs on bone inflammation, regeneration and cancers are funded by the Department of Defense, NIAMS, NIBIB, OREF and Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation. Dr. Lee is the PI of the NIH parent grant for Dr. Fischer's Supplement award. Dr. Lee is examining the anti-inflammatory function of specific proteins. Dr. Fischer will expand Dr. Lee's experimental baseto examine the osteoporotic spine. Dr. Lee has been mentoring junior faculty, orthopaedic residents (Columbia Orthopaedics Translational Research in Orthopaedics Pre-Residency Fellowship) and P&S students interested in pursuing clinical and translational research.