J. Vernon Luck Sr., MD Research Center (JVL)

The J. Vernon Luck, Sr., M.D. Orthopaedic Research Center is located on the Downtown Campus of Orthopaedic Institute for Children, founded as Orthopaedic Hospital in 1911. The Research Center was dedicated to J. Vernon Luck, Sr., M.D., in 1986. The JVL Research Center is internationally recognized for advances in implant performance, including wear, fixation, retrieval analysis, and clinical outcome, as well as fracture, healing and repair.

OIC Research Team


The Mission of the J. Vernon Luck Orthopaedic Research Center is to support and promote:

  • Research and development projects that have an immediate impact on the quality of patient care by evaluating the efficacy of current orthopaedic implants and the associated surgical techniques, and by developing improved implants and treatments.
  • Education of scientists and clinicians in the latest research on implants and the associated therapies for musculoskeletal diseases and injuries. Communication between researchers studying the musculoskeletal system and clinicians treating the millions of patients affected by musculoskeletal diseases or injuries.
  • Collaborative musculoskeletal research and development programs among scientists, clinicians, educators, and commercial entities.