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Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation
Phone:See PR Contact
Public Relations:Jennifer Nachbur (802) 656-7875
Specialty:sports medicine; shoulder surgery; shoulder arthrometer development; innovative imaging techniques
Biography:Dr. Nichols is chair of UVM's Dept. of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation and is clinical leader of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation Health Care Service at Fletcher Allen Health Care. A three-time recipient of his department's Excellence in Teaching Award, he serves on the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Research Committee, and Orthopaedic Research & Education Foundation Grant Peer Review Committee. He is also a section editor for American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Sports Medicine Orthopaedic Knowledge Update. His practice interests are sports medicine and shoulder surgery. The shoulder research group completed a study working on kinematics of the glenohumeral joint before and after Bankart repair and is in process of developing a shoulder arthrometer (measuring/recording joint movement) to quantify shoulder laxity intraoperatively. The group is evaluating techniques to measure three-dimensional strain of both macro and microscopic levels, using innovative imaging techniques.