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Roberto C. Hernandez-Irizarry, MD, MSc

I am an orthopedic traumatologist at Emory University. My clinical practice is based at Grady Memorial Hospital – and I take care of patients with fractures and complex trauma. In addition, patients are referred to my practice for complex periarticular fractures of the hip, knee, and ankle, as well as post-trauma conditions, like limb salvage, infection, and post-traumatic deformity.

At Grady Memorial Hospital, the orthopedic trauma service has grown tremendously over the last 10 years. In 2011, we saw 9,400 patients in our clinic – in 2018, this grew to over 18,000 visits. Our surgical volume has increased from 1,800 surgeries in 2011 to nearly 4,000 surgeries in 2018. Several of our patients have been featured in the “I Wouldn’t Be Here without Grady” commercials, recognizing the outstanding clinical care that the Grady Orthopedic Trauma Service provides.

In addition, the Grady Orthopedic Trauma Service strives to be one of the leading academic orthopedic trauma divisions in the country – contributing to the growing body of research literature in our field and educating the next generation of orthopedic surgeons. We publish approximately 20 new original research manuscripts per year and are currently investigating new ways of treating pain and improving health care delivery for all trauma patients. We educate the Emory Orthopaedic Surgery residents, and in 2022, we will begin educating advanced trainees through our new orthopedic trauma fellowship.

My research interests include immunoengineering strategies to predict and improve patient outcomes in patients with multi-trauma.


  • Orthopaedics


  • University of Miami Miller


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Puerto Rico
  • Residency: University of Puerto Rico