Welcome to Jason Dragoo Lab

Lab Director, Jason Dragoo, MD, Professor

Advancing Orthopedic Sports Medicine: Cartilage, ACL, PRP Research Objectives

As an Orthopedic Sports Medicine specialist and team physician for professional and collegiate teams, my research over the past decade has centered around three key areas. Firstly, I have focused on tissue engineering of articular cartilage using adipose-derived stem cells, exploring innovative approaches to repair and regenerate damaged cartilage in joints. Secondly, I have delved into anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and reconstruction techniques, aiming to understand the development of post-traumatic osteoarthritis (PTOA) following ACL injury and improve prevention and treatment strategies. Lastly, a significant part of my research revolves around platelet-rich plasma (PRP) and autologous blood products, with a focus on evaluating their efficacy in osteoarthritic patients to establish evidence-based guidelines for their clinical applications.

Through my extensive experience as a team physician, I have witnessed the debilitating consequences of post-traumatic osteoarthritis resulting from joint injuries, especially ACL tears. It is my passion and dedication to make meaningful contributions to the field of orthopedic sports medicine. By conducting rigorous research in tissue engineering, ACL injuries, and biological treatments like PRP, my ultimate goal is to enhance the quality of life for athletes and individuals affected by these conditions.


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