Chunfeng Zhao, M.D., is focused on orthopedic translational research to improve functional outcomes of musculoskeletal disorders. Dr. Zhao's research niche lies in engineering strategies, including mechanical, chemical and tissue engineering for musculoskeletal tissue repair, regeneration and transplantation.
Additionally, as a scientist with a clinical background and biomechanics training, Dr. Zhao is interested in orthopedic biomechanics-related research — from large-scale joint biomechanics and instrumentation design to small-scale mechanobiology of cells.
Another area of interest is in medical imaging research, which includes using ultrasound elastography techniques to enable earlier or precise diagnosis and outcome prognosis for carpal tunnel syndrome.
Tendon acute or chronic injuries, especially flexor tendon, rotator cuff, anterior cruciate ligament and Achilles tendon
Tissue engineering for tendon regeneration
Spine and joint biomechanics
Orthopedic instrumentation design
Autologous or allograft transplantation
Significance to patient care
Dr. Zhao's long-term goal is to develop new interventions using mechanical, chemical and tissue engineering approaches to improve functional outcomes after tendon or ligament injuries. Tendon and ligament injuries are among the most common health problems, costing billions of dollars a year in the United States alone. Any advancement in this field in understanding disease mechanism, improving diagnostics, and enhancing prevention and treatment will have a significant impact on patient care.