Why We Do What We Do: From Allograft Recipient To Allograft Specialist
- Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the benefit of allograft transplantation from the patient's perspective.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the benefit of allograft transplantation from the surgeon's perspective.
- Upon completion, participant will be able to understand the difficulties of achieving a meniscus/fresh cartilage match from both the patient and surgeon perspective.
Rachel M. Frank, MD
Dr. Rachel Frank is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who focuses on the surgical and non-surgical management of knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. Dr. Frank has specialized training and technical expertise in the areas of advanced knee and shoulder arthroscopy, cartilage/meniscus restoration surgery, shoulder instability surgery, and care of the female athlete. Currently, Dr. Frank serves as an Assistant Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and is Director of the Joint Preservation Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Frank earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois while playing 4 years of Division I Soccer, with majors in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Spanish, and her medical degree (MD) at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. She then completed her Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the renowned Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, where she was a Chief Resident. After residency, Dr. Frank completed a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship at Rush University Medical Center, where she was involved with the medical and surgical care of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Fire, USA Rugby, and DePaul University. Following this fellowship, Dr. Frank completed a Traveling Fellowship throughout Canada and Europe, training with some of the world’s best knee and shoulder surgeons to develop additional expertise in the areas of knee joint preservation surgery, advanced ligament repair and reconstruction, complex shoulder reconstruction, and techniques in OrthoBiologics. Dr. Frank has authored or co-authored over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, over 50 book chapters, has edited 1 textbook, and presents her research both nationally and internationally at orthopaedic conferences and meetings every year. Her research has garnered dozens of prestigious national and international awards, including the prestigious AOSSM Bart Mann Award for the Advancement of Sports Medicine Research, as well as several competitive grants, including funding from the NIH, ABOS, and OREF. Along with her commitment to providing outstanding patient care, Dr. Frank believes strongly in the importance of advancing the field of sports medicine through involvement in research, leadership, advocacy, and education, and is actively involved in teaching medical students, residents, and fellows. Dr. Frank has been an Alan Levine Scholar in Orthopaedic Graduate Medical Education, has participated in the prestigious AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Development Program, was selected to United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) Young Investigators Program, and is a grant reviewer for the NIH. Dr. Frank is a team physician for the University of Colorado Buffaloes and University of Denver Pioneers and is co-medical director for the Colorado Storm Soccer Association. She is a former Division I collegiate soccer player and enjoys cycling, hiking, and long-distance triathlon. She is passionate about taking care of athletes of all levels, from the weekend warrior to the competitive athlete. Having had multiple orthopaedic surgeries herself, Dr. Frank understands what it means to be a patient, and strives to provide individualized care to every patient, with the ultimate goal of eliminating pain, optimizing function, and maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle.