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Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Michael Aynardi is actively involved in resident and fellow education as well as education and teaching of medical students. He is currently the director of the Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Fellowship at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

His clinical teaching interests include Charcot and complex ankle and foot reconstruction as well as management of athletic injuries to the ankle.

Research interests

Dr. Michael Aynardi is particularly interested in research involving fractures, tendon and ligament injuries, disorders of gait, Charcot neuroarthropathy and patient outcomes after ankle and foot surgery. He has completed projects addressing the impact of mesenchymal stem cells in allograft tendon healing in a rat model. He is also interested in the ability of mesenchymal cells to help healing in diabetics.

For surgeons, the patient's outcome is critical, but understanding the basic science behind practice is almost equally as important to Dr. Aynardi. By exploring pathophysiology of various disease entities and the biomechanics of surgical repairs, he hopes to advance the field of orthopaedic research from both the clinical and basic science perspectives.

His research thus far has included analyzing patient outcomes after orthopaedic procedures and studying fracture outcomes and the biology behind bone healing. Furthermore, he is interested in studying new ways to improve surgeons' ability to diagnose and heal bone and tendon pathologies in the foot and ankle.

Clinical interests

Dr. Michael Aynardi is a foot and ankle expert and also takes level one trauma call. He sees any pathology related to the foot and ankle, including fracture care and sports injuries, ankle instability and ligament reconstruction, Achilles and peroneal tendon injuries, ankle replacement, flatfoot reconstruction, foot and ankle trauma, ankle and foot reconstruction, bunion (hallux valgus) reconstruction and Charcot reconstruction.

Professional information

Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2018

Member, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, 2018 to present

Member, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society, 2016 to present

Member, American Orthopaedic Association, 2014 to present

Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2010 to present

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle, Fellowship, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital

Jul 2015Jul 2016

Orthopaedic Surgery, Residency, Jefferson University Hospital

Jun 2010Jun 2015

MD, Jefferson Medical College

Aug 2006May 2010

Natural Sciences (with University Honors), BA, Johns Hopkins University

Aug 2002May 2006

External positions

Foot and Ankle Delegate, Musculoskeletal Infection Society

2016 → …


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