Reza Firoozabadi, MD, MA

Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Orthopaedic Research

Reza Firoozabadi, MD

College: University of California, Berkeley

Medical School: Boston University School of Medicine

Internship: University of California, San Francisco

Residency: University of California, San Francisco

Fellowship: Traumatology, Harborview Medical Center/University of Washington

Board Certification: Board Certified

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About Dr. Firoozabadi

Dr. Firoozabadi received his bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology from University of California, Berkeley. He received his M.D. from Boston University School of Medicine and graduated Magna Cum Laude. He also obtained a Masters Degree in Medical Sciences at Boston University. He subsequently completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco. Following his residency, he completed an Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship at the University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center. Dr. Firoozabadi is devoted to teaching orthopaedic residents/fellows and improving the quality of patient care through research. His research interests focus on both the clinical and technical aspects of orthopaedic trauma surgery and the injured patient. Dr. Firoozabadi is an attending orthopaedic trauma surgeon at Harborview Medical Center and sees patients for trauma related injuries.

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Medical School:

  • 2003 Pathology Chairs Honors Society
  • 2004 Merck Basic Science Award
  • 2005 Nominated American Medical Association National Scholarship
  • 2005 Alpha Omega Alpha (AΩA) National Honor Medical Society
  • 2006 Graduated Magna Cum Laude


  • 2009 Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, Best PGY3 Orthopaedic Teaching Resident
  • 2010 Nominated for American Orthopaedic Association Leadership Forum
  • 2011 LeRoy C. Abbot-Verne T. Inman Lectureship/Scientific Program Award for Outstanding Resident Research Presentation
  • 2011 Richard C. Maurer, M.D. Award, Excellence in Patient Care, High Ethical Standards, Leadership, Professionalism, and Education of Fellow Residents


  • 2012 Summit in Seattle Research Paper Award

Post Fellowship Awards

  • 2014 Clinican Scientist Training Award (Orthopaedic Trauma Association/AAOS)
  • 2014 Young Investigator Award (Western Orthopaedic Association/OREF)

Professional Organizations:

  • 2001-2006 American Medical Association
  • 2005- Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • 2006- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2011- Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • 2012- Western Orthopaedic Association


  • Obtaining Correct Ankle Alignment Using Intraoperative External Fixation for Ankle Arthrodesis.
    Firoozabadi R, Thuillier D, Benirschke S.
    J Foot Ankle Surg. 2017 Mar - Apr;56(2):242-246. doi: 10.1053/j.jfas.2016.11.016.
  • Does Pelvic Embolization Increase Infection Rates in Patients Who Undergo Open Treatment of Acetabular Fractures
    Firoozabadi R, Little M, Alton T, Scoloro J, Agel J, Kogut M.
    J Orthop Trauma. 2017 Feb 15. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000771. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Management and radiographic outcomes of femoral head fractures.
    Scolaro JA, Marecek G, Firoozabadi R, Krieg JC, Routt ML.
    J Orthop Traumatol. 2017 Feb 10. doi: 10.1007/s10195-017-0445-z. [Epub ahead of print]
  • Heterotopic Ossification in Acetabular Fracture Surgery.
    Firoozabadi R, Alton T, Sagi HC.
    J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 Feb;25(2):117-124. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-15-00366.
  • Firoozabadi R, Cross W, Krieg J, Routt M, Acetabular Fractures in the Senior Population-Epidemiology, Mortality and Treatments, Archives of Bone & Joint Surgery, Dec 2016 
  • Dynamizations and Exchanges: Success Rates and Indications.
    Litrenta J, Tornetta P 3rd, Vallier H, Firoozabadi R, Leighton R, Egol K, Kruppa C, Jones CB, Collinge C, Bhandari M, Schemitsch E, Sanders D, Mullis B.
    J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Dec;29(12):569-73. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000311.
    PMID: 26595595
  • Neurologic Injury in Operatively Treated Acetabular Fractures.
    Bogdan Y, Tornetta P 3rd, Jones C, Gilde AK, Schemitsch E, Vicente M, Horwitz D, Sanders D, Firoozabadi R, Leighton R, de Dios Robinson J, Marcantonio A, Hamilton B.
    J Orthop Trauma. 2015 Oct;29(10):475-8. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0000000000000362.
    PMID: 25967856
  • Special Technical Articles Prevention of Iliosacral Screw Intrusion Through the Lateral Iliac Cortex Firoozabadi, Reza MD, MA*; Oldenburg, Frederick P. MD†; Krieg, James C. MD‡; Routt, Milton L. “Chip MD§”
 Techniques in Orthopaedics: March 2015 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 57–60 doi: 10.1097/BTO.0000000000000114
  • Kirschner wire bending.
    Firoozabadi R, Kramer PA, Benirschke SK.
    J Orthop Trauma. 2013 Nov;27(11):e260-3. doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e318290f818.
    PMID: 23515120
  • Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis in Clinical Research, AAOS Basic Science Textbook, Firoozabadi R, Morshed S. Einhorn & Buckwalter, 2012.

Videos Featuring Dr. Firoozabadi

Presenting at the Orthopaedic Trauma Accociation - Posterior Wall Acetabular Fractures

Presenting at the Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Grand Rounds- Feburary 4, 2015- Nutrition & Trauma

Presenting at the Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Grnad Rounds - October 3, 2012- Pelvic Ring Injuries: Evaluation & Management 

Submitted on: 4/5/2014 7:51:26 PM

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