Orthopaedic Trauma

Welcome to the Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Penn State Bone and Joint Institute. We offer expert care for patients with severe musculoskeletal injuries and related complications. Trauma represents the 5th leading cause of mortality in the US and injury impacts all ages and segments of society. We specialize in the treatment and management of the most difficult fractures and dislocations and their sequelae as well as limb salvage and restoration of function following orthopaedic trauma. We are also a regional resource for surgeons challenged by complex orthopaedic trauma reconstruction cases.

We are dedicated to insuring our patients receive the best possible outcome after injury and through our research efforts attempt to improve the future for the injured patient.

We feature three fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologists (Henry Boateng, M.D., Carol Copeland, M.D., J. Spence Reid, M.D.) specializing in the following areas:

Ortho Report Content

  • Acetabular (hip socket) fractures
  • Bone loss following trauma or infection
  • Calcaneus fractures
  • Complex foot and ankle fractures
  • Geriatric fractures
  • Hip Preservation
  • Ilizarov and Taylor Spatial Frame surgery
  • Infections and osteomyelitis (bone infection)
  • Limb salvage
  • Mal-unions (fractures that healed in poor position)
  • Musculoskeletal post traumatic infection
  • Non-unions (fractures that did not heal)
  • Patients with multiple injuries
  • Pelvic fractures
  • Periarticular fractures (fractures involving joint surfaces)
  • Peri-prosthetic fractures (fractures around joint replacements)
  • Pilon fractures
  • Severe open fractures
  • Tibial plateau fractures
  • Upper extremity fractures

Appointments or referrals can be made directly by calling Penn State Bone and Joint Institute at 717-531-5638 or Careline at 717-531-6955 or 800-243-1455. 


For Referring Physicians

Currently handling 60,000 calls annually, the Penn State MD Network at Penn State Hershey Medical Center provides a single point where physicians can conveniently obtain a consultation, make a referral or learn about a patient’s condition. Reach us by calling our toll-free number at 800-233-4082.

To transfer any patient via LifeLion air or ground, please contact our dispatcher directly at 717-531-7777.

Patients should not call this number. If you are a patient, please call 800-243-1455.


You will find world class orthopaedic care at any of the locations listed below. To schedule an appointment, call the location nearest you.


Trauma Research

The Division of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Penn State Bone and Joint Institute are leaders in research programs aimed at improving patient outcomes after fracture. Ongoing work includes participation in the Major Extremity Trauma Research Consortium (METRC) a nationwide collaboration of major trauma centers around the country, funded by the Department of Defense and coordinated by Johns Hopkins University, to conduct a number of multi-centered clinical studies aimed at improving orthopaedic trauma care. By participating in METRC, the team is contributing to the body of evidence needed to establish treatment guidelines for the optimal care of wounded military personnel and civilians, with the overall goal of improving the clinical, functional and quality of life outcomes for individuals who sustain high energy trauma to the extremities. We are also working on cutting edge research to examine the relationship between genetics and fracture healing potential, as well as numerous other studies looking at biomechanics, high energy fractures, treatment modalities, and patient outcomes.

How to Apply

Applicants for the Trauma Fellowship must be board-eligible in Orthopaedic Surgery and have completed an accredited residency in Orthopaedic Surgery.

If you are interested in applying for the Trauma Fellowship at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, please apply through the OTA Website.

Additional questions and inquiries may be made by writing to:

Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator
Mrs. Janice Woodley
Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, EC089
Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
30 Hope Drive
P.O. Box 859
Hershey, PA 17033