Gary Elliott Friedlaender, MD

Wayne O. Southwick Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Professor of Pathology; Chair Emeritus, Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Clinical Program Leader, Sarcoma Program, Smilow Cancer Hospital

Departments & Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Musculoskeletal Oncology | Ortho Clinical Faculty


Cancer Center: Pediatric Hematology & Oncology Program | Sarcoma Program

Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Friedlaender received his BA and MD degrees from the University of Michigan and his orthopaedic surgical training at Yale-New Haven Hospital and Newington Children’s Hospital. In 1976, after 2 years service in the U.S. Navy assigned to the Naval Medical Research Institute in Bethesda, Dr. Friedlaender joined the full-time faculty of Yale University School of Medicine and since 1986 has served as the Wayne O. Southwick Professor and, until 2016, Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and Chief of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Friedlaender has also trained at Massachusetts General Hospital in musculoskeletal oncology, which remains his primary clinical and research interest.

Dr. Friedlaender has served as President of the American Association of Tissue Banks (1983-85), the American Council on Transplantation (1983-85), the Orthopaedic Research Society (1994-95), the Academic Orthopaedic Society (1995-96), the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2001-02) and the American Orthopaedic Association (2010-11). He has also chaired the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Council of Musculoskeletal Specialty Societies and served as a member of the Academy’s Board of Directors and as a member of the AAOS Committee on Ethics. In the past, Dr. Friedlaender served as Chair of the National Arthritis Board, NIAMS (NIH), as a member of the Orthopaedic Study Section at NIH and as a member of the Advisory Council of NIAMS. He was chair of the Research Committees of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Academic Orthopaedic Society and chaired the AAOS work group on Tissue Banking Issues. He served or serves on the editorial boards of several journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Spine, Journal of Orthopaedic Research and the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; and he has written numerous scientific publications and received national awards for his basic science research (Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Nicholas Andry Award of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons).

Education & Training

MD University of Michigan Medical School (1969)
Fellow NIH-Post-doctoral Research Fellowship, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT Oncology and Immunobiology
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Resident University of Michigan
Intern University of Michigan Medical Center, Ann Arbor, Michigan Surgery
Fellow Ford Foundation Fellowship in Reproductive Biology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan Reproductive Immunobiology
Fellow Berg-Sloat Traveling Fellowship (Karolinska Inst,Oxford Univ,Univ Nottingham, Royal National Ortho), Sweden and England Bone Biology and Tumor Immunobiology
Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certification AB of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery (1975)

Honors & Recognition

  • Tipton Leadership AwardAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2014)

  • Distinguished Contributions to OrthopaedicsAmerican Orthopaedic Association (2013)

  • Inagural Stefansky Visiting Professor for Communication SkillsUniversity of Toronto (2012)

  • Crawford J. Campbell Visiting ProfessorAlbany Medical Center (2012)

  • Allen Fellowship Distinguished Visiting ProfessorCase Western Reserve School of Medicine (2012)

  • Alan DeForest Smith LecturerNew York Orthopaedic Hospital/Columbia University (2011)

  • PresidentAmerican Orthopaedic Association (2010)

  • Distinguished Achievement AwardUniversity of Michigan Medical Alumni Association (2008)

  • Edward T. Smith Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Texas (Houston) (2006)

  • Fischer-Owen LecturerUniversity of Louisville (2005)

  • Jeanette Wilkins Memorial LecturerUniversity of Southern California (2004)

  • William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorLoyola University (2002)

  • William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Michigan (2002)

  • Orthopaedist-of-the-YearConnecticut State Orthopaedic Society (2002)

  • PresidentAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons (2001)

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical SocietyYale University (2001)

  • William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Illinois (2000)

  • William A. Hark Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Illinois (2000)

  • Honorary MemberHellenic Association of Orthopaedic Surgery (1999)

  • Honorary MemberVeterinary Orthopaedic Society (1999)

  • Jacque Jenny LecturerVeterinary Orthopaedic Society (1999)

  • Arthur A. Thribodeau Visiting ProfessorTufts University (1997)

  • Patrick Kelly Visiting ProfessorMayo clinic (1997)

  • MRC Visiting ProfessorUniversity of Calgary (1996)

  • Distinguished Service AwardAmerican Association of Tissue Banks (1996)

  • K. Mallory Visiting ProfessorOhio State University (1996)

  • Carroll Silver Visiting ProfessorBrown University (1996)

  • Nicholas Andry Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic ResearchAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons (1995)

  • PresidentAcademic Orthopaedic Society (1995)

  • PresidentOrthopaedic Research Society (1994)

  • R. Beverly Raney Visiting ProfessorUniversity of North Carolina (1994)

  • Presidential Guest SpeakerMichigan Orthopaedic Association (1993)

  • Wayne O Southwick Teaching AwardYale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation (1993)

  • Robert A. Robinson Visiting ProfessorMaryland Orthpaedic Association (1992)

  • Gold Medal and Rubio Memorial LecturerSpanish Orthopaedic Society (1989)

  • C. Howard Hatcher Visiting ProfessorStanford University (1989)

  • Peter Kiewit LecturerEisenhower Medical Center (1987)

  • Presidential Guest SpeakerBritish Orthopaedic Research Society (1984)

  • PresidentAmerican Council on Transplantation (1984)

  • Julius Neviaser Memorial LectureshipWashington Hospital Center (1984)

  • PresidentAmerican Association of Tissue Banks (1983)

  • Kappa Delta Award for Outstanding Orthopaedic Research American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society (1982)

  • Keynote Address: Thoughts on the Long Term Preservation of Tissue BankingInternational Symposium on the Preservation and Storage of Oregans and Tissues for Transplantation (1977)

  • Keynote Address: Organ PreservationXIV International Congress on Refrigeration (1975)

Professional Service

  • NIH Consensus Development Conference On Total Knee Replacements Planning Committee National Institutes of Health (2002 - 2003)

  • Council of Subspecialty Societies American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2001 - 2002)

  • Center for Scientific Review, Bone, Muscle, Connective Tissue Boundries Study Section National Institutes of Health (2001)

  • Grant Peer Review Committee Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (2000 - 2005)

  • Editorial Review Board Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (2000)

  • Board of Associate Editors Journal Spine (2000)

  • NIAMS Council National Institutes of Health (1998 - 2002)

  • FDA Panel on Blood and Blood Products Food and Drug Administration (1996 - 1997)

  • Medical Advisory Board Arthritis Association (1996 - 1997)

  • Board of Associate Editors The Cancer Journal (1994 - 2007)

  • Board of Associate Editors Journal of Orthopaedic Research (1994 - 2006)

  • NIH Special Study Section (Clinical Services Special Emphasis Panel), National Institutes of Health (1994 - 1995)

  • NIH Consensus Conference On Total Hip Replacement National Institutes of Health (1994)

  • National Arthritis Board NIAMS, National Institutes of Health (1993 - 1995)

  • National Advisory Board for Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases National Institutes of Health (1991 - 1995)

  • Orthopaedic and Musculoskeletal Study Section National Institutes of Health (1986 - 1989)

  • Editorial Board Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (1986)

  • Board of Consulting Editor for Research Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (1981 - 1988)

  • Advisory Group on the Effects of Sterilization on Biological Tissues International Atomic Energy Agency (1976)

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Gary Elliott Friedlaender, MD
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Yale Orthopaedics/Musculoskeletal OncologyYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 1st floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
P.O. Box 208071
New Haven, CT 06520-8071

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