steve olson
Principal Investigator
Goldner Jones Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Affiliate of the Duke Regeneration Center


We study the basic question: “Why does joint injury lead to arthritis.”

In this work, we use multiple techniques that range from physical testing to fracture creation to applying techniques of histology, flow cytometry, and applying immunology to understand the effects of the injury.


As an Orthopedic Surgeon, his primary focus of research is joint preservation. 

In Orthopaedic Trauma, his research interests are
1) Basic science investigations of articular fractures with two current animal models in use.
2) Clinical research includes evaluation of techniques to reduce and stabilize articular fractures, as well as management of open fractures.

In the area of Hip Reconstruction, his research areas are
1) Hip Arthroscopy treatment of hip disorders, and treatment of labral tears in the treatment of hip pain.
2) Periacetabular osteotomy for the treatment of hip dysplasia.


Current Lab Team

  • Steven A. Olson, MD, Principal Investigator
  • Bridgette D. Furman, BS, Research Analyst II
  • Libby Reams, Undergraduate Student
  • Hansel Heres, Undergrad Student
  • Hui Zhang, MD, PhD, Visiting Scholar

Alumni (Students, Staff, and Visiting Scholars)

  • Jens Strand, 2004
  • W. Chad Hembree, 2004-2005
  • Benjamin Ward, 2005-2006
  • Troy Swimmer, 2006-2008
  • Dennis Cattel, 2006-2007
  • John S. Lewis, 2008-2009
  • Jonathon Backus, 2008-2009
  • Collin Kent, 2009-2011
  • Evan Zeitler, 2009-2010
  • Josef Stolberg-Stolberg, 2010-2011, 2012
  • Daniel Mangiapani, 2010-2011
  • Craig Louer, 2010-2011
  • Philip Horne, 2011
  • Minna Zhang, 2011
  • Michael Moverman, 2011-2014
  • Karsyn Bailey, 2010-2014
  • Tyler Vovos, 2013-2014
  • Kelly Kimmerling, 2011-2016 
  • Daniel Cunningham, 2014-2016
  • Jacob Zeitlin, 2017-2020
  • Michael Buchanan, 2018-2021
  • Megan Libke, 2019-2021
  • Ryan Galloway, 2021-2023


Selected Publications


Research Opportunities

We are always looking for qualified individuals interested in orthopaedic research. Applications for undergraduate and medical students, post-doctoral fellows, and research staff positions will be considered.

Contact Steven A. Olson, MD, to learn more about the available opportunities. 


Dr. Olson received the 2015 Kappa Delta Award from the Orthopaedic Research Society and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in recognition of his paper entitled, “Therapeutic Opportunities to Prevent Post-Traumatic Arthritis: Lessons from the Natural History of Arthritis after Articular Fracture.” The 2015 Ann Doner Vaughn Award was presented to Dr. Steven A. Olson and his colleagues, Bridgette Furman, Virginia Kraus, Janet Huebner, and Farshid Guilak. This Kappa Delta award recognizes innovative basic science orthopaedic research. Read more about this prestigious award here.