Kang appointed Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

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Kang appointed Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

James Kang, MD, head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), has been named the inaugural Thornhill Family Professor of Orthopedic Surgery. This professorship was made possible by the generosity of Thomas Thornhill, MD, chairman emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at BWH, the John B. and Buckminster Brown Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School, and member of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine for nearly four decades.

Thornhill (left) and Kang (second from right) celebrate the professorship with Barbara McNeil, MD ’66, PhD ’72, AMP '86 (second from left), Ridley Watts Professor and founding head of the Department of Health Care Policy at HMS, and Elizabeth Nabel, MD, president of BWH and professor of medicine at HMS.

Kang joined the HMS community in 2015 from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was executive vice chair of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and director of the Ferguson Laboratory for Orthopaedic and Spine Research. He is an internationally renowned leader in the basic science and clinical treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration and has been developing novel therapies using gene transfer and stem cell techniques to treat this condition. His clinical expertise is in the surgical treatment of spinal stenosis stemming from degenerative cervical, thoracic, and lumbar disorders.

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