On November 21, 2016, friends, family and colleagues gathered in the Waterhouse Room of the Gordon Hall of Medicine at Harvard Medical School to celebrate James Kang as the Thornhill family’s first professor of orthopedic surgery.
An international leader in the basic science and clinical treatment of intervertebral disc degeneration and spinal osteoarthritis, Kang joined the HMS community in 2015 as Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Head of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
Kang’s research focuses on the biochemistry of disc degeneration and the biomechanics of the spine. He has applied advanced gene and stem cell transfer techniques to develop innovative therapies for disc degeneration. At the clinic, Kang specializes in surgery for spinal stenoses resulting from degenerative cervical, thoracic and lumbar disorders.
âWe are thrilled to come together to recognize Dr. Kang’s accomplishments, to honor the generosity of the Thornhill family and to celebrate the future of orthopedic surgery at HMS and Brigham and Women’s,â said Barbara J. McNeil, Dean Acting of HMS.
The chair was made possible by Thomas Thornhill, John B. and Buckminster Brown Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at HMS and Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s, and his family.
Thornhill co-founded the Orthopedics and Arthritis Center for Outcome Research at Brigham and Women’s in 2006 and the following year co-founded Operation Walk, a program that brings surgical expertise to people with orthopedic and musculoskeletal problems. -skeletal in the Dominican Republic. After serving as Department Manager from 1996 to 2015, Thornhill continued to perform total hip, knee, shoulder and elbow arthroplasty.
“Through the creation of this chair, the Thornhill family is ensuring that Brigham and Women’s Hospital, HMS, Dr Kang and all future chair holders continue to advance research and advance the treatments available for patients with conditions caused by an intervertebral disc. degeneration, while honoring Dr. Kang’s long-standing commitment to the field, âsaid McNeil.
Elizabeth Nabel, President of Brigham and Women’s and Professor of Medicine at HMS, and Jeffrey N. Katz, Professor of Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery at HMS, Co-Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center and Director of the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center for Outcomes Research in Brigham and the women, also spoke at the event.