Leadership

Professor and C. McCollister Evarts Chairman Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Director, Penn State Bone and Joint Institute

Dr. Black received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University Of Rochester School Of Medicine.  He completed his orthopaedic residency at the University of Rochester, and a fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.  After 6 years on the faculty at the Medical College of Wisconsin, during which time he started their sports medicine program, he joined the faculty at the Penn State College of Medicine and Hershey Medical Center. 

In 2001 he became interim chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, and the C. McCollister Evarts Professor and Chair in 2002.  Under his leadership clinical activity has more than tripled, IRB activity has increased by 700% and the Bone and Joint Institute was established. The department annually ranks in the top 20 in the country in NIH funding among orthopaedic departments.  He continues to serve as Chair of the department and on July 1, 2013, he assumed responsibility as Vice Dean of the Penn State Hershey University Park Regional Medical Campus in State College, Pennsylvania.

He was awarded the Traveling Fellowship of the Clinical Orthopaedic Society in 1992, and in 2001 was a European Travelling Fellow of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He has twice received the teacher of the year award by orthopaedic residents at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center, and in 2008 was the recipient of the Steven and Sharon Baron Leadership Award for Hershey Medical Center.  He has served on the Board of Directors of Lebanon Valley College, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, as well as the Executive Committee of the American Orthopaedic Association, the first orthopaedic association in the world. He has been president of the Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society and will become President of the American Orthopaedic Association in 2015. He is recognized as a national leader in orthopaedic resident education and served as Course Director for the "Orthopaedic Educator's Course" from 2007 through 2013, the longest running CME program of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

His clinical practice focuses on knee ligament and patellofemoral instability.  He has been the team physician for the Hershey Bears since 1993.