Laszlo Ormandy Professor

Vice-Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery

Director of Orthopaedic Research

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Biomechanics

Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery,

   Biomedical Engineering,

   Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science,

   and Cell Biology

Contact info:

Orthopaedic Research Laboratories

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

375 MSRB, Box 3093

Duke University Medical Center

Durham, NC 27710

Phone: 919-684-2521

Fax: 919-681-8490

Email: guilak (a)

Farshid Guilak, Ph.D.


Farshid Guilak, Ph.D. is the Laszlo Ormandy Professor and Vice-Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center and is the Director of Orthopaedic Research.  He received a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University.  Dr. Guilak’s research focuses on the study of osteoarthritis, a painful and debilitating disease of the synovial joints. His laboratory has used a multidisciplinary approach to investigate the role of biomechanical factors in the onset and progression of osteoarthritis, and as a basis for the development of new pharmacologic and stem-cell therapies for this disease. 

He has published several hundred articles and book chapters and has co-edited three books, “Cell Mechanics and Cellular Engineering”, “Functional Tissue Engineering”, and “Computational Modeling in Biomechanics”.  He is the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biomechanics, associate editor for Osteoarthritis & Cartilage, and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals.   He has won several national and international awards for his research and mentorship.