Improving patient outcomes through innovation

Through numerous research and education endeavors, our North Florida Bone & Joint Specialists providers remain on the cutting edge of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

Research & Clinical Trials

Research is a core component of improving outcomes and the overall patient experience at North Florida Bone & Joint Specialists. One of the many ways our providers stay on the cutting edge of innovation in the field is to regularly publish articles in well-respected peer-reviewed journals and participate in clinical trials through the Andrews Research & Education Foundation (AREF).

More than a center for excellence, AREF brings together the highest level of sports medicine researchers and medical professionals. To learn more about the current clinical trials our providers serve as Principal Investigators or Investigators for, click the links below.


Andrews Research & Education Foundation offers fellowships that allow physicians to enhance their subspecialty capabilities in a unique environment.

Several of our providers are actively involved in Andrews Research and Education Foundation Fellowships as adjunct faculty. Drs. Josh Hackel, Erik Nilssen, and Roger Ostrander provide executive leadership to these valuable programs through their roles as Directors and Associate Directors of their respective Fellowships. Click the links below to learn more about the programs.

Teaching & Speaking

As experts in their field, our physicians present at conferences and symposiums and teach courses on various topics, including specific sports-related injuries and treatments, effective healthcare, trauma-related issues, and clinical applications of musculoskeletal ultrasound and joint replacement, among many others.

For a current line-up of conferences, events and other speaking engagements our providers participate in as part of the Andrews Research & Education Foundation, click the link below.

Current AREF Events & Conferences

Patient Education

Our Northwest Florida Bone & Joint providers are committed to sharing their knowledge and expertise with patients and others in the community.

Our physicians have developed a variety of educational videos, eBooks, exercise instructions and much more. Use the links below to review the individual library of resources available online by provider.