Fajardo, Roberto, PhD

Roberto Fajardo, PhD
Assistant Professor / Research
Research Service

I am an Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics and the Director of RAYO, the Daniel W. Carlisle Center for Bone and Mineral Imaging. My primary research investigates the impact of type 2 diabetes on fracture prevalence and risk in Latinos and other populations. In recent work, we showed that vertebral fracture prevalence is dramatically altered in diabetic Latinos compared to non-diabetic Latinos. My work now includes two main thrusts: population studies of diabetic vertebral fragility with emphasis on identifying clinical markers predictive of fracture/fracture risk. In addition, we are beginning to investigate the cell and tissue level changes in diabetic bone tissue collected from spine surgeries. It is of particular importance to determine causes, predictive markers, and appropriate therapeutic interventions. Latinos are the fastest growing ethnic demographic group in the United States. At the same time, Latinos have twice the risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared to non-Latino Caucasians. The confluence of population growth rates and the risks of type 2 diabetes and associated fracture risks suggest that some emphasis be placed on this issue.

Finally, I am the on-site director for the annual Healing the Children medical mission to Neiva, Colombia. This mission provides oromaxillofacial (cleft palate, cleft lip), plastics (burn sequelae), and orthopaedics surgeries (hip dysplasia and club foot) to approximately 185-200 children over a five day period. Our team typically consists of 40 volunteers from 5+ countries. This work is an amazing labor of love by everyone. If you are interested in getting involved, contact me.

Selected Publications
Fajardo RJ, and Müller R. 2001. Three-dimensional analysis of nonhuman primate trabecular architecture using micro-computed tomography. Am J Phys Anthropol 115:327-36. 
Fajardo RJ, Ryan TM, and Kappelman J. 2002. Assessing the accuracy of high-resolution x-ray computed tomography of primate trabecular bone by comparisons with histological sections. Am J Phys Anthropol 118:1-10.
Fajardo RJ, Manoharan RK, Pearsall RS, Davies M, Marvell T, Monnell T, Ucran J, Pearsall AE, Khanzode D, Kumar R, Underwood K, Roberts B, Seehra J, and Bouxsein ML. 2010. Treatment with a soluble receptor for activin improves bone mass and structure in the axial and appendicular skeleton of female cynomolgus macaques (Macaca fascicularis). Bone 46:64-71.
Fajardo RJ, De Silva JM, Manorharan R, Schmitz JE, MacLatchy LM, and Bouxsein ML. 2013. Lumbar vertebral body bone microstructural scaling in small to medium-sized strepsirhines. Anat Rec
Guevara JG, Fajardo RJ, Morrey BF, Burns T, Dutta A. 2013. Survey: Trends in the prophylactic treatment and surgical management of heterotopic ossification in the elbow by U.S. orthopaedic surgeons. Curr Orthop Pract
Kilpadi KL, ElDabaje RE, Schmitz JE, Louden C, Thames TA, Joshi AP, Michalek JE, Simmons JW, and Fajardo RJ. Type 2 Diabetes Is Associated with Vertebral Fractures in Clinic- and Hospital-based Latinos. J Immig and Minority Health