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Orthopedic Research


In the quest for orthopedic excellence, the Orthopedic Research Department at AdventHealth Orlando strives to develop deeper knowledge through the advancement of research and education. We have a direct relationship with the AdventHealth Orthopedic Institute Orlando, and are led by nationally renowned orthopedic traumatologists and surgeons. It is our mission to improve the quality of care and outcomes for our patients with musculoskeletal diseases or trauma by conducting studies that may advance medical/surgical treatments and techniques to improve our patients’ quality of life.

Contact Information

Orthopedic Research Department
2501 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32804

Areas of Focus

  • Osteoarthritis treatment
  • Surgical techniques
  • Investigational drug therapy 
  • Biomechanical devices
  • Musculoskeletal function and performance
  • Joint replacement

Featured Clinical Trials

Meet the Team

Our Capabilities

The elite team of orthopedic professionals at the AdventHealth Orthopedic Institute Orlando (AHOIO) provides patients with unrivaled care. As part of AdventHealth, the Institute has access to state-of-the-art technology and medical specialties from orthopaedic imaging and surgery to rehabilitation and wellness. Led by J. Dean Cole, MD, Brian Vickaryous, MD, Michael A. Hawks, MD and Robert Meuret, MD, the AHOIO team provides high-quality, round-the-clock, diagnosis and treatment.

The AHOIO team of experienced orthopedic surgeons and related professionals treat more than 4,000 orthopedic patients per year. This case volume includes both routine and the most complex orthopedic surgical cases.

Due to the location of the Orthopedic Research Department on the AdventHealth campus, there is access to state-of-the-art imaging, laboratory and specialty services. AdventHealth also provides a dedicated research pharmacy, which has a variety of multi-temperature, monitored refrigerators and freezers.

Dr. Cole’s clinical practice is also located on campus in the AdventHealth Medical Plaza, which provides access to a high volume of potential study subjects and registry data collection opportunities.

Dr. Cole’s pioneering use of minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has provided true innovations in the field of orthopedic traumatology. His belief has always been that this approach is more beneficial to the patient.