University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. R. Frank Henn, III, MD, Interim Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics

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University of Maryland School of Medicine Names Dr. R. Frank Henn, III, MD, Interim Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics

04 Nov, 2022

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean Mark T. Gladwin, MD, announced today that R. Frank Henn, III, MD, Professor of Orthopaedics, has been appointed to serve as the Interim Chair of UMSOM’s Department of Orthopaedics, effective December 1, 2022.


Dr. Henn assumes the position formerly held for the past ten years by Andrew N. Pollak, MD, the James Lawrence Kernan Professor of Orthopaedics, who was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Officer (CCO) of the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) in May 2022.


Dr. Henn, who joined the Department in 2010, is an academic leader and highly regarded, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon who has published significant scientific research, and is a leading clinician focusing on the care of the shoulder, knee, and ankle, with an emphasis in cartilage restoration and joint repair techniques.


“Dr. Henn has an outstanding track record of success in scientific research, clinical care and education,” said Mark T. Gladwin, MD, Vice President for Medical Affairs, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and Dean, University of Maryland School of Medicine.  “He has already made a significant impact with his contributions to research in knee injury and patient outcomes, his clinical expertise in autologous chondrocyte implantation and complex reconstruction of the shoulder and knee, and he has built a nationally recognized residency program.  Dr. Henn is well suited to lead the Department as Interim Chair.”

Dr. Henn is actively engaged in research efforts, most recently as the Principal Investigator of the “Outcomes of Multi-ligament Knee Injuries” study funded by the Foundation for Orthopedic Trauma, and the “Maryland Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Research Registry” study funded by a Kernan Endowment grant.


He has published 112 peer-reviewed scientific papers with a focus on patients’ expectations, satisfaction, and surgical outcomes.  These include five studies regarding Press-Ganey patient satisfaction surveys after orthopaedic surgery.  His paper published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in 2021 demonstrated significant disparities in patient populations that complete patient satisfaction surveys, raising concerns that response bias may limit interpretation of survey results.  He also has developed a new metric for assessing patient-based outcomes that involves asking patients if they are ‘completely better’ after orthopaedic surgery.  The first study using this metric after ACL reconstruction was published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine this year.


Dr. Henn’s exemplary leadership as the Department’s Residency Director since 2013 has resulted in that program’s present recognition as one of the top orthopaedic residencies in the nation. “We have a reputation for training outstanding surgeons who have many opportunities for achievement in clinical care, research, and mentorship,” said Dr. Henn. In 2022 alone, the program had more than 1,000 applicants vying for just six resident positions. Dr. Henn also introduced a formal resident research curriculum in 2017 that has produced significant results, with resident publications in recognized scientific journals increasing over the past five years, and one resident awarded a research grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), a leading resource for new investigators. Most recently, he was able to successfully maintain the program’s momentum during the COVID pandemic through the rapid introduction of a flexible online lecture format and a realigned rotation schedule to minimize resident exposure to the virus while continuing their training.


Clinically, he is highly experienced in the field of sports medicine. Dr. Henn has served as a physician for a number of prominent professional and collegiate sports teams, including the New England Patriots, the Boston Bruins, the Boston Red Sox, and currently serves as a team orthoaedic surgeon for the UMBC Retrievers, University of Maryland Terrapins, and the Baltimore Nighthawks.


Under Dr. Pollak’s leadership, the Department of Orthopaedics at UMSOM made significant advances in recent years, including growth in market share, research funding, improved quality metrics, improvements and growth in educational programs, and expansion of clinical services. In particular, the Department is now among the nation’s top ten programs for annual federal and private research funding. Overall, funding for the Department has grown sixfold ($2M to $12M) from 2016 to 2020, with an annual growth rate of 85 percent in NIH funding from FY12 ($316k) to FY21 ($3.0M). The Department also recently set worldwide practice standards in clinical investigations with the two largest orthopaedic trauma trials ever conducted, including one that completed the enrollment of 12,200 patients from 21 trauma centers in the US and Canada, on time and on budget.


Dr. Henn has been recognized by Baltimore Magazine as a “Top Doctor” for five consecutive years, starting in 2017, and also has been honored with the Neer Award in Clinical Science from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Achilles Research Award from the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). He is currently an Active Member of the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Association, among others.


After earning his medical degree at Brown University, Dr. Henn completed his internship in General Surgery at New York Presbyterian Hospital, Cornell, followed by a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery (NYC), and fellowships in Sports Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, and at the Cartilage Repair Center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital (Boston).


“It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead this distinguished department, and I look forward to building on the successful leadership of Dr. Pollak,” said Dr. Henn. “My goals are to expand access to outstanding interdisciplinary musculoskeletal care, grow our exceptional research program, and provide optimal educational experiences for students and trainees.”




About University of Maryland School of Medicine: 


Now in its third century, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was chartered in 1807 as the first public medical school in the United States. It continues today as one of the fastest growing, top-tier biomedical research enterprises in the world — with 46 academic departments, centers, institutes, and programs, and a faculty of more than 3,000 physicians, scientists, and allied health professionals, including members of the National Academy of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences, and a distinguished two-time winner of the Albert E. Lasker Award in Medical Research.


The School of Medicine, which ranks as the 8th highest among public medical schools in research productivity (according to the Association of American Medical Colleges profile) is an innovator in translational medicine, with 606 active patents and 52 start-up companies. In the latest U.S. News & World Report ranking of the Best Medical Schools, published in 2021, the UM School of Medicine is ranked #9 among the 92 public medical schools in the U.S., and in the top 15 percent (#27) of all 192 public and private U.S. medical schools. The School of Medicine works locally, nationally, and globally, with research and treatment facilities in 36 countries around the world.


With an operating budget of more than $1.3 billion, the School of Medicine works closely in partnership with the University of Maryland Medical Center and Medical System to provide research-intensive, academic and clinically-based care for nearly 2 million patients each year.


The School of Medicine has nearly $600 million in extramural funding, with most of its academic departments highly ranked among all medical schools in the nation in research funding. As one of the seven professional schools that make up the University of Maryland, Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine has a total population of nearly 9,000 faculty and staff, including 2,500 students, trainees, residents, and fellows.


While our medical students comprise nearly half of the total student enrollment, our student body also includes Allied Health and Physical Therapy students, as well as graduate students and students pursuing combined degrees. We currently have ten joint degree programs: two doctorate programs (MD/PhD and MD/DDS), seven MD/Master’s degree programs, and a DPT/PhD degree program within the Department of Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation Sciences.


The combined School of Medicine and Medical System (“University of Maryland Medicine”) has an annual budget of over $6 billion and an economic impact of nearly $20 billion on the state and local community.




About Dr. R. Frank Henn, III, MD: 


Dr. Henn’s clinical focus is the care of the shoulder, knee and ankle. He specializes in cartilage restoration and joint repair techniques. He offers a complete range of surgical services, including arthroscopy, ligament repair and reconstruction, tendon repair, tendon transfers, cartilage transplantation, osteochondral transplantation, osteotomies, and joint replacement. He has particular expertise in complex reconstruction of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Henn is an associate professor of orthopedics at University of Maryland School of Medicine and a sports medicine physician at University of Maryland Medical Center. He is a team physician for the University of Maryland Terrapins.


The goal of Dr. Henn’s ongoing research is to maximize treatment options and successful results for all patients. He has published numerous scientific papers on surgical outcomes with a focus on patients’ expectations and satisfaction. He is also a workers’ compensation specialist.


Dr. Henn graduated from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a collegiate wrestler. He received his medical degree from The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery. He completed a sports medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, where he helped care for professional sports teams including the New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox, Boston Bruins and New England Revolution. He also worked at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cartilage Repair Center in Boston prior to coming to Maryland.

Dr. Henn has been named a “Top Doctor” in the specialty of orthopedic surgery/sports medicine by Baltimore magazine every year since 2017.








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