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Takahiro Ogura MD


Takahiro Ogura, MD, Research Fellow for 2016 - 2017. Born and raised in Japan, Dr. Ogura received his medical degree from Yokohama City University Japan. He finished his orthopedic residency in Japan and continued to specialize orthopedic surgery at Funabashi Orthopaedic Hospital Sports Medicine Center, Chiba, Japan. After completing basic science research associated with cartilage repair at BWH, he joined the CRC. His interests include treatment of articular cartilage lesions, meniscal injury, and ligament injury. He is currently working on different ongoing projects at CRC.


Laura de Girolamo, PhD

Laura de Girolamo, PhD, Research Fellow for 2016. She was born and grew up in Italy, where she received her MSc in Biology and Ph.D from the University of Milan.

She is currently the Director of the Orthopaedic Biotechnology Laboratory of the Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milan. She has a long-lasting experience and a broad background on mesenchymal stem cells and their use for the treatment of musculoskeletal pathologies. Her main research interests include the study of mesenchymal stem cells for cartilage and tendon regeneration, and of cell delivery systems aimed to improve cell activity and clinical therapeutic potential.

She will spend her time with CRC collaborating to ongoing pre-clinical and clinical studies involving the use of both autologous and allogenic mesenchymal stem cells.

After completion of this research period, she will move back to Milan where, in addition to resume her research activity, she will assume the role of President of the Research Committee of the Italian Knee Surgery Arthroscopy Sports and Cartilage Society (SIGASCOT) and President of the Basic Science Committee of the European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA).


Luiz Felipe Morlin Ambra, MD

Luiz Felipe Morlin Ambra, MD, Research Fellow for 2015 – 2016. He was born and raised in Brazil, and received his medical degree from the Federal University of São Paulo. At the Federal University of Sao Paulo, he also graduated from orthopedic surgery residency and was fellowship-trained in knee surgery. He joined the CRC as a doctoral student, and has great interest in the treatment of cartilage defects and osteoarthritis. He is working on different ongoing projects from clinical outcome studies to biomechanical tests of cartilage restoration procedures. After completion of his research activities, Dr. Morlin Ambra will move back to São Paulo to continue his academic and private practice."

Daniel Rios MD

Daniel Rios, MD, is our Research fellow for 2010-2011. He graduated from orthopaedic residency at University of Monterrey, Mexico, and he has a strong clinical and academic interest in cartilage repair. He is currently working on different ongoing projects at the CRC and on completion of his research activities will move back to Monterrey, Mexico, to start his practice.



Arvind Von Keudell MD

Arvind von Keudell, MD, joined the CRC as a post- doctoral research Fellow in 2010 after graduating from Paracelsus Medical University in Salzburg, Austria. He has currently holds a joined appointment at the Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical University, involved in the research aspect of cartilage repair techniques and outcomes. He also teaches Anatomy and Physiology at the Harvard Medical School. He is currently a PGY4 in the Harvard Combined Orthopedic Residency Program.



Marco Demange, MD

Our CRC research fellow 2011-2012, Marco is a native of Brazil. He trained at the University of Sao Paulo, where he holds an academic appointment. After graduation, he started a successful career as a knee specialist in private practice. He spent a year with the CRC focusing on clinical outcome studies after ConforMIS unicompartmental replacement, as well as cartilage transplantation. After completing an additional year of research at HSS, he will return to Sao Paulo to continue his academic and private practices.