Driven by the joint passion for research and mentorship, beginning in 2021, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery formalized a Medical Student Summer Research Program to help train the next generation of physicians and physician-scientists.
Rogelio Coronado, PT, PhD
Rogelio “Roy” Coronado, PT, PhD is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Coronado is a collaborating investigator on several research trials examining the efficacy and effectiveness of behavioral interventions for improving musculoskeletal pain outcomes and postoperative recovery. He also conducts research on the integration of biopsychosocial strategies within clinical practice for patients with musculoskeletal pain. He has published over 60 peer-reviewed papers and recently presented at national meetings of the American Physical Therapy Association, Association for Clinical and Translational Science, and North American Spine Society. He is recognized as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapists. Dr. Coronado has been funded as a scholar through NIH-sponsored T32 (University of Florida), K12 (University of Texas Medical Branch), and KL2 (Vanderbilt University Medical Center) training programs. His research has been supported by grants from the American Physical Therapy Association, Cervical Spine Research Society, and Foundation for Physical Therapy Research. He completed his Master of Physical Therapy (MPT) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in 2007, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) at the University of Florida in 2014, and postgraduate research fellowship at Vanderbilt University in 2016.
Steph Moore-Lotridge, PhD
Dr. Moore-Lotridge is a translational scientist and a medical educator dedicated to undergraduate, graduate, and resident education in bone biology and orthopaedic surgery. Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, Dr. Moore-Lotridge received her Bachelor’s degree at Ohio Northern University, and PhD from Vanderbilt University in Pharmacology. As an Assistant Professor in the Department of Orthopaedics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and a member of the Translational Orthopaedics Research Group, Dr. Moore-Lotridge’s research is focused on improving the care and outcome of pediatric and adult patients with musculoskeletal trauma and infections. This research incudes elements of both retrospective and prospective studies, complemented by translational research in small animal models in order to better understand the molecular mechanisms behind adverse medical and musculoskeletal outcomes. She has been supported by grant funding from the NIH, DoD, and American Society of Bone Mineral Research, including a NIH-sponsored T32 (Vanderbilt University), and has served as a mentor to multiple resident research awards from the OREF and OTA. As part of her research, she has published over 40 peer-reviewed publications or book chapters, and continues to be active in mentoring undergraduate students, medical students, and residents in both the classroom and laboratory. As of 2022, she has directly mentored 73 undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, research assistants, residents and fellows as they conducted research.