Orthopaedic Trauma Care at Boston Medical Center



Boston Medical Center is the largest and busiest provider of trauma and emergency services in New England. An important distinguishing characteristic of BMC’s trauma and emergency services is the experience and expertise of the many subspecialty services that are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to any ill or injured patient in need.

One of the key services that makes BMC trauma and emergency services a long recognized flagship program at the institution is our Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. BMC is a Level I Trauma Center and due to the large volume of trauma cases at BMC, our orthopaedic surgeons are experts in trauma, as well as in treating complex fractures and non-unions. 

Common causes of trauma and fractures include motor vehicle accidents, pedestrians struck by motor vehicles, falls from height and athletic accidents. Often these accidents involve multiple-system injuries and lengthy rehabilitation. Our physicians and physical therapy staff are there every step of the way, dedicated to returning each patient to their pre-injury level activity if at all possible.

Our surgeons provide all aspects of trauma and fracture treatment, including the following injuries and procedures:

  • Fractures
    • Acetabulum
    • Ankle
    • Calcaneus (Heel)
    • Clavicle and Shoulder
    • Distal Radius (Wrist)
    • Elbow and Forearm
    • Femur (Thigh) 
    • Foot
    • Pelvis
    • Tibia Plateau and Patella (Knee)
    • Tibial (leg)
  • Complex intraarticular fractures
  • Fixation of nonunions and malunions
  • Periprosthetic fractures (fractures around joint replacements)

      Meet a BMC Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeon


    Paul Tornetta, III, MD, FACS, FAAOS
    Professor, Boston University School of Medicine 

    Vice-Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medincine

    Dr. Tornetta is a Professor and Vice Chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston University School of Medicine and the Director of Orthopaedic Trauma for Boston Medical Center. He is also the Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Training program at Boston University School of Medicine. He is the past president of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association and won the OREF clinical research award. Has published over 150 scientific articles in peer reviewed publications and has edited more than ten textbooks, including the most popular textbook about fracture care, Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults.  

    Dr. Tornetta earned his medical degree and completed his internship and orthopaedic residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn. Following a fellowship in pelvic and acetabular fractures with Dr. Joel Matta, he was appointed Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Kings County Hospital Center and the University Hospital of Brooklyn where he was the Residency Coordinator and Director of Research.

    Dr. Tornetta’s research interests focus on the clinical and technical aspects of orthopaedic trauma surgery and the injured patient. His current studies involve minimally invasive surgery, methods of fixation of knee and ankle fractures, novel methods of treating nonunions using advanced biologics, treatment of orthopaedic infections and the treatment of elderly trauma patients.

    For more information regarding Dr. Tornetta’s research and publications, please visit the Orthopaedic Surgery section of the Boston University School of Medicine website by clicking here.

    Orthopaedic Trauma

    Research/Clinical Interests
    Trauma and complex articular fractures
    Treatment of nonunions and complications of trauma care
    Minimally invasive surgery
    Fractures in the elderly

    Medical School
    State University of New York – Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY, MD, 1987

    1987 – 1988
    Intern, General Surgery
    State University of New York – Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY 

    1988 – 1992
    Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery
    State University of New York – Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

    Post Residency
    1992 – 1993
    Fellow, Acetabular and Pelvic Fractures
    Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles, CA

    Board Certifications
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1995

    The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides coordinated care for patients with musculoskeletal injuries 24 hours a day. 

    • Patients should call the Orthopaedic Scheduler at 617.638.5633 to schedule an appointment.
    • Referring physicians should call the Clinical Coordinator at 617.414.6295 for consultation or transfers.
    • Out of state referring physicians should call 877.303.1234 for consultations and transfers. 



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