OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI)

As a teaching institution, it is important to be progressive and continue to challenge conventional therapies for our orthopedic patients as well as our medical students. We must always strive for better. The OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) team and the OrthoCarolina (OC) research physicians meet monthly to discuss orthopedic challenges/trends and how our research can make an impact to address relevant issues and concerns.

Our goal, through research, is to improve the lives of our patients by increasing mobility, reducing cost and decreasing recovery time. We study new surgical techniques, new products and devices, and provide alternatives to traditional care for our patients.  We then share our research through local/national medical teaching, regional/national/international medical society presentations, and finally through world-wide publications in peer-reviewed journals.


The OCRI Scientific Studies and Outcomes Research (“Outcomes”) department conducts research on post-market drugs and devices (approved by the FDA), new surgical techniques, non-operative treatments, and economic analysis. Outcomes research seeks to understand the end results of particular health care practices and interventions. End results include the effects that people experience and care about, such as improvement in the ability to function. By linking the care people get to the outcomes they experience, outcomes research is critical to improving the quality of healthcare. The results from this research are shared with the orthopedic community through international presentations at professional conferences and publications in prestigious medical journals.


The OrthoCarolina Research Institute, Inc participates in three types of studies regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). These include: Investigational Device Exemptions (IDEs), Investigational New Drugs (IND), and post-market studies.



Why OCRI?: Improperly functioning muscle, bone, and joint conditions can significantly impair your ability to do even the simplest of everyday activities. What’s normal becomes most treasured. What you might not know, however, is that the OrthoCarolina Research Institute (OCRI) helps shape the way orthopedic care is delivered across the country. Our physician researchers conduct 20-plus FDA clinical trials and over 100 clinical outcomes studies each year, which means you and other Charlotte-area patients have access not only to industry-leading orthopedic treatment, but also to innovative procedures and medicines.

The orthopedic treatments and procedures of today will not be the same treatments of tomorrow. Advancements in technology will improve quality of life for those suffering with orthopedic conditions not only in our local community, but around the U.S. and worldwide. We are dedicated to finding better ways to treat conditions, to teach physician colleagues, and to educate the public about orthopedic conditions.