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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

We support the work of some of the nation's foremost physicians and scientists at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the premier biomedical research facility in the VA system. All have faculty appointments at the University of California, San Francisco, which has its own proud traditions of research and patient care. We also partner with the U.S. Department of Defense to support health research on behalf of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

Those who have served in uniform have given their best for their country. In return, we believe that they deserve nothing less than the best health care research we can provide.

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Alan B.C. Dang, MD

Staff Surgeon, Orthopaedic Spine Surgery, SFVAHCS
Assistant Professor in Residence, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSF
Email: alan.dang@va.gov

Improving Bone Healing and Formation through Biology and Biomechanics

Dr. Dang is a clinician-scientist focused on adult spine and orthopaedic surgery. His research seeks to improve the disrupted bone healing and formation that can occur after an acute, traumatic injury on the battlefield as well as the consequences of chronic wear and tear that reflects normal aging. His strategy involves the use of cell-augmented scaffolds where adult cells are obtained from a simple skin biopsy and then reprogrammed into bone-forming cells in the laboratory which can then be reimplanted at a surgical site. Additionally, Dr. Dang uses supercomputers to study the biomechanics of complex anatomical structures such as a spine that has undergone fusion surgery. He was the first researcher in the USA to be granted access to Toyota Motor Company's digital human model (THUMS) and modify the automotive safety tool for use in orthopaedic research.

To see Dr. Dang on Pub Med, click here.