Professor Rick Sumner
D. Rick Sumner, PhD was trained in biological anthropology and anatomy. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Rush University Medical Center, working with Jorge Galante, MD, DMSc and is currently professor and chair of the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology at Rush. His primary areas of interest are bone regeneration and implant fixation. He is best recognized for work on bone remodeling around orthopedic implants and developing strategies to improve implant fixation by promoting bone regeneration. Dr. Sumner has been funded through the NIH, the Department of Defense, NASA, several foundations and industry. He has served on numerous grant review panels and has won several international and national awards, including the Kappa Delta Award, from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He is a member of numerous scientific societies, including the Orthopaedic Research Society (president in 2017) and International Federation of Musculoskeletal Research Societies (secretary, 2016-2018).