Physician Profile

Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.

University Professor, UConn
Chief Executive Officer, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS)
Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering
Endowed Chair Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, UConn Health
Tenured Professor, School of Engineering

Dr. Laurencin is a designated University Professor at the University of Connecticut. He is the Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Chair Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Laurencin is a tenured member of the faculty in the School of Engineering and is Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Professor of Materials Engineering and Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UConn. Dr. Laurencin serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science, UConn’s cross-university translational science institute. In addition, he is the Founding Director of the Institute for Regenerative Engineering and the Founding Director of the Raymond and Beverly Sackler Center for Biomedical, Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at UConn Health.

Dr. Laurencin is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Dr. Laurencin previously served as the UConn Health Center’s Vice President for Health Affairs and Dean of the UConn School of Medicine. Prior to that Dr. Laurencin was the Lillian T. Pratt Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia, as well as the Orthopaedic Surgeon-in-Chief at the University of Virginia Health System. In addition, he was designated as a University Professor at the University of Virginia by the President and held professorships in biomedical engineering and chemical engineering.

Dr. Laurencin earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Princeton University and his medical degree, Magna Cum Laude from the Harvard Medical School. During medical school, he also earned his Ph.D. in biochemical engineering/biotechnology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

An expert in shoulder and knee surgery, Dr. Laurencin has been named to America’s Top Doctors, and America’s Top Surgeons. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is one of few orthopaedic surgeons elected to the American Surgical Association. He is the winner of the Nicolas Andry Award from the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons.

Dr. Laurencin’s research involves tissue engineering, biomaterials science, nanotechnology and stem cell science and a new field he terms, regenerative engineering. He is an International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, and a Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society. His work was honored by Scientific American Magazine as one of the 50 greatest achievements in science in 2007. Dr. Laurencin was named the 2009 winner of the Pierre Galletti Award, Medical and Institute of Chemical Engineers at its centennial celebration. Dr. Laurencin is active in technology development. In 2012 his work in musculoskeletal tissue regeneration was featured in National Geographic Magazine's “100 Discoveries that Changed Our World” edition. In addition, he received the Technology, Innovation and Development Award from the Society for Biomaterials in 2013 for key scientific and technical innovation and leadership in translational research.

Dr. Laurencin’s work in mentoring students is well known. He received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring in ceremonies at the White House in 2010 and the Beckman Award for Mentoring in 2012. Most recently Dr. Laurencin was honored by the American Association for Advancement of Science, receiving the AAAS Mentor Award.

Dr. Laurencin has lectured throughout the world on clinical orthopaedic surgery and musculoskeletal research. He is an elected member of the Third World Academy of Sciences, and an elected member of the African Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Laurencin is active in science and health policy. He has been a member of the National Science Foundation’s Advisory Committee for Engineering (ADCOM), and has served both on the National Science Board of the FDA, and the National Advisory Council for Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the NIH. Dr. Laurencin is currently a member of the National Academies Board of Life Sciences, and the National Academies Division Committee on Engineering and Physical Sciences (DEPSCOM). He currently holds appointments by the Secretary of Health and Human Services to the National Advisory Council for Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, and the Advisory Committee to the Director of the National Institutes of Health.

Office Locations:

Orthopaedic Surgery
UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030

Board Certifications:
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
Education and Training:
Undergraduate SchoolCentral High SchoolAcademic
Undergraduate SchoolPrinceton UniversityChemical Engineering
Medical SchoolHarvard Medical SchoolMedicine
Graduate SchoolMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyBiochemical Engineering/Biotechnology
InternshipPennsylvania HospitalSurgical House Officer
ResidencyHarvard Medical SchoolOrthopaedic Surgery
ResidencyHarvard Medical School, Beth Israel HospitalOrthopaedic Surgery, Chief Resident
FellowshipCornell UniversitySports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Honors and Awards:
Name of Award/HonorAwarding Organization
Selected in the List of Prominent African-Americans “Poised to Make a Big Difference in the United States and the World"MSNBC
Distinguished Speakers SeriesUniversity of California Riverside
Selected Work in Regenerative Medicine Among the “100 Scientific Discoveries That Changed the World”National Geographic Magazine
10th Alvin Crawford Mentoring AwardThe J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society (JRGOS)
Keynote Speaker, Second International Conference on Nanotechnology, Kochi, India
Interviewed by Fox 61 as Part of Its Series, "Black History Is Everyone's History," Celebrating African-American Achievements in Connecticut Fox 61
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Leadership AwardMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Distinguished LecturerUniversity of California Davis
Invited Speaker, the 11th U.S.-Japan Symposium on Drug Delivery Systems
Invited Keynote Speaker, 25th anniversary celebrationNational Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Invited SpeakerMontana State University
Diversity Award Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
2011 Peter Mack Memorial LectureJohns Hopkins University
The Alan S. Michaels Distinguished Lectureship in Medical and Biological EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Elected to the Golden Key International SocietyUConn
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Observance SpeakerNational Institutes of Health
Keynote SpeakerLea’s Foundation Annual Event
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic SurgeryUConn Health Center
Community Service AwardThe Urban League, Greater Hartford
Elected FellowBiomedical Engineering Society (BMES)
Invited Keynote Speaker, Honorary Series in Biomaterials ScienceAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
Keynote SpeakerMusculoskeletal Health Disparities Summit
Invited SpeakerNational Health Disparities Conference
Invited Speaker, Grand Challenges for Biomaterials Research and Education Society for Biomaterials
Invited Speaker, Florida Hospital Distinguished Lectureship Series, Tampa Florida
Plenary Session Speaker, Personalizing Leadership for the Academic Medical Center of the Future in the Era of Health Care Reform, AAMC 2010 Annual Meeting, Washington, DCAssociation of American Medical Colleges
Opening Keynote Speaker, Advances in Tissue EngineeringRice University
Keynote Speaker, 9th International Conference "Medical Applications of Novel Biomaterials and Nano-biotechnology,” Italy
Presidential Award for Excellence in ScienceMathematics and Engineering Mentoring
Presidential Award of Excellence in Science, Engineering and Math Mentoring (presented by President Barack Obama, January 2010)
Invited Speaker, Nanotechnology and Nanomedicine Symposium Karolinska Institute
150th Commencement Keynote SpeakerLincoln University
Doctor of Science, Honoris CausaLincoln University
Keynote Speaker, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon’s Meeting J. Robert Gladden Society
Invited Speaker, 25th Reunion Meeting Harvard Medical School
Pierre Galletti Award (Organization’s Highest Award) American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Physician of the Year, Region 1 National Medical Association
Invited Speaker, 2nd International Medical School Dean’s Meeting, Beijing, China
Galletti AwardAmerican Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Named One of the 100 Engineers of the Modern Era at the Centennial Celebration American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Mallory-Coleman Visiting ProfessorDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ohio State University
Invited SpeakerColumbus Orthopaedic Society
Discovery LecturerVanderbilt University School of Medicine
Keynote SpeakerHolland Scholars Program, University of Virginia
Visiting Professor, Grand Rounds SpeakerDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University
Named to Scientific American 50 Award ListScientific American
Keynote Speaker, Earnest Just Memorial SymposiumMedical University of South Carolina
Invited SpeakerHouston Society for Engineering in Medicine and Biology
Named to America's Leading PhysiciansBlack Enterprise Magazine
Named One of the 100 Engineers of the Modern EraAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
Named One of the 11 Eminent Black Chemical Engineers in HistoryAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers Minority Affairs Committee
Awarded the Caribbean American Heritage Award for Excellence in Science and Technology
Named to “America’s Leading Physicians”Black Enterprise Magazine
Mallory-Coleman Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopaedic surgeryOhio State University
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Endowed Chair in Academic MedicineUConn Health Center
Who's Who in Engineering Higher Education (Academic Keys)
America's Top DoctorsAmerica's Top Doctors
America's Top Surgeons
State of Virginia Department of Health Workforce Recognition AwardState of Virginia Department of Health
Dean's Lecture, School of MedicineUniversity of Virginia
Plenary Lecturer: U.S. Committee on Biomechanics Summit MeetingU.S. Committee on Biomechanics Summit Meeting, Keystone, Colorado
Invited Speaker: National Institutes of Health: NIBIB Diversity Symposium, Keystone, ColoradoNational Institutes of Health
Co-Chair, American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeryNIH Workshop on Fracture Repair
Chair of the Shoulder Advisory BoardAnesiva, Inc.
International Program Committee7th International Symposium on Ligaments and Tendons
Team Semifinalist, Oak Ridge National Laboratories Nanonexus CompetitionOak Ridge National Laboratories
Invited Speaker, American Association for the Advancement Science (Novel Materials and Processes for Medical Prostheses Symposium)American Association for the Advancement Science
Alvin F. Poussaint, M.D. LecturerHarvard Medical School
Grand Rounds Speaker, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic SurgeryBrigham and Women's Hospital
Grand Rounds Speaker, Brown UniversityDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery
Elected Chair of the College of FellowsAmerican Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
Invited Speaker, Helen I. Moorehead-Laurencin, M.D. Research DayDrexel University
Inducted in the Third World Academy of Sciences
Charles H. Epps LecturerHoward University School of Medicine
FellowAmerican Academy of Nanomedicine
Invited Speaker (Stem Cells and Tissue Engineering)National Academy of Sciences, Institute of Medicine Meeting
Nicolas Andry Award for Significant Achievements in Orthopaedic SurgeryAssociation of Bone and Joint Surgeons
Invited Speaker: BME-IDEA ConferenceBiomedical Engineering Society Meeting
Named to America's Top SurgeonsConsumers' Research Council of America
Clemson Award for Contributions to the Orthopaedic LiteratureSociety for Biomaterials
Named to National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Directorate of EngineeringNational Science Foundation
Invited Speaker: Roundtable on Evidence Based Medicine Workshop on The Learning Healthcare System
Named to Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Evidence Based Medicine 2006 Visiting Professor Marquette UniversityDepartment of Biomedical Engineering
Named Co-Chair, National Academy of Sciences Annual Meeting (Theme: Regeneration)Institute of Medicine
Science Direct Top 25 Downloaded Paper for October to December 2004Ligament Tissue Engineering, Cooper, J. Et. Al., Biomaterials
Keynote SpeakerSociety for Biomaterials Annual Scientific Meeting
Chairman of the Steering and Oversight Committee (SOC)National Medical Association W. Montague Cobb Health Institute
Invited Speaker, Regenerate 2005 MeetingInternational Society for Stem Cell Research
Invited Guest SpeakerOprah Magazine's Dream Team of Health Experts
America's Top Doctors 2005America's Top Doctors
Invited Speaker National Academies President's Circle Meeting, Woods HoleNational Academies President’s Circle Meeting
Ribbon Award Winner Paper Symposium AAMaterials Research Society Fall Meeting
Plenary SpeakerWhitaker Foundation Summit
Named to African Scientific Committee of the African Institute of Science and TechnologyAfrican Institute of Science and Technology
Elected to National Academy of SciencesNational Academy of Sciences
Who's Who in AmericaMarquis Who's Who
Invited Participant: Conference on Research at the Interface of the Life and Physical SciencesBridging the Sciences, National Science Foundation
Grand Rounds SpeakerDepartment of Orthopaedic Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University
Co-Organizer, National Academy of Sciences Keck Future Initiative in NanotechnologyNational Academy of Sciences
America's Top Doctor AwardAmerica's Top Doctor Award
Who's Who in Medicine and Health CareWho's Who in Medicine and Health Care
Lead Symposium Organizer, Materials Research Society Fall 2004 Nanotechnology and Micron Scale Materials SystemsMaterials Research Society
Visiting Professor, Research Day Invited Speaker, a Global Perspective Conference, 2004University of Toronto
Invited Speaker,Running Medicine SymposiumUniversity of Virginia
Invited SpeakerOR of the Future Workshop, Endicott
Guest Editor, IEEE Medicine and Biology Magazine, September/October 2003IEEE Medicine and Biology Magazine
Opening Speaker, Nanotechnology and Health Care International WorkshopNanotechnology and Health Care International Workshop
Award of AppreciationStudent National Medical Association
Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conferences - Biomaterials: Biocompatibility and Tissue Engineering, Plymouth, New HampshireGordon Research Conferences
Member, Cancer CenterUniversity of Virginia
Member, Biotechnology Training FacultyUniversity of Virginia
William Grimes AwardAmerican Institute of Chemical Engineers
Provost's Distinguished LecturerUniversity of Texas at Austin
Member, Committee on Sciences and the ArtsThe Franklin Institute
Named to National COX-2 Advisory BoardPfizer Inc.
Profiled by Philadelphia Tribune, Medical Section, SeptemberPhiladelphia Tribune
Distinguished Professor Designation BestowedDrexel University
Named to National Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Advisory BoardPfizer Inc.
PhysicianUnited States Olympic Training Center
Named Top 40 African American Physicians in RegionBlack Network Magazine
Named to National Institutes of Health Council on Musculoskeletal and Skin DiseasesNational Institutes of Health Council on Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases
Named Professor of the Year (As Voted by Students)College of Engineering, Drexel University
Drexel University College of Engineering Outstanding Research AwardDrexel University College of Engineering
Graduation OratorSASTRA University
Awarded the 106 AwardDrexel University for 2001
Awarded Special Recognition AwardNational Medical Fellowships, Inc.
Awarded 2001 Leadership in Technology AwardNew Millennium Foundation
Named to Osteoarthritis Advisory BoardPfizer, Inc.
Named Top 101 Doctors in AmericaBlack Enterprise Magazine
Vice-Speaker, House of DelegatesNational Medical Association
Awarded 2.3MM N.I.H. RO-1 Grant for New Polymeric Materials for Tissue Engineering
Keynote Speaker Northeastern Bioengineering ConferenceUConn
Invited Speaker, Pittsburgh Tissue Engineering Legislative Roundtable Discussion Group
Named to Mid-Atlantic Orthopaedic Surgery Advisory BoardMerck and Co.
Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Iowa
Visiting Professor, Department of Chemical EngineeringUniversity of Pittsburgh
Named FellowAmerican Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
International FellowBiomaterials Science and Engineering
Inducted Into Philadelphia Health Care Hall of Fame
Visiting Professor, Division of Orthopaedic Surgery Howard University
Men's High Achiever AwardFaith Episcopal Church
Research Profiled (July, 2000) Orthopaedics Today Magazine
Profiled as National Innovator in Tissue Engineering April, 2000 Drexel-Link Magazine
Profiled in Medical Section April, 2000Philadelphia Tribune
Awarded the 10(6) AwardDrexel University
Keynote Speaker, Football Awards Dinner Central High School
National Medical Fellowships Hall of Fame
Retired Employees Award for Teaching and Community Service Philadelphia School District
Lead Invited Speaker, AO Workshop on Bone Graft Substitutes, Davos, Switzerland
Admissions Interviewer (Clinical Faculty) AUHS Orthopaedic Surgery Program AUHS
Profiled by Voice of America Radio Network Voice of America Radio Network
Named Fellow American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
Named to Scientific Advisory Board Genzyme Pharmaceutical Co.
Named International Fellow in Biomaterials Science and EngineeringInternational Union of Biomaterials Societies
Profiled by IEEE in "Scientists of the Millennium" SeriesIEEE
Center for Advanced Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering Named Pennsylvania "Center of Research Excellence" Ben Franklin Technology Program
Awarded British and Canadian (ABC) Traveling Fellowship American Orthopaedic Association’s American
Named FellowAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
Distinguished Alumni Award, Association of Black Princeton Alumni Princeton University
Appointed to ASTM F04.4 Committee (Tissue Engineering) Amererican Society for Testing Material
Appointed Regular Panel Member, Orthopaedic Devices Panel Food and Drug Administration
Named Fellow American College of Surgeons
Inaugural Address, Musculoskeletal Biomedical Engineering CenterUniversity of Texas at San Antonio
Invited SpeakerAmerican Association for the Advancement of Science
Invited Instructor in Shoulder Surgery, Orthopaedic Learning Center American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Region VII Award for Mentoring Student National Medical Association
Keynote Speaker and Recipient, Community Service AwardLaSalle University
Selected as Participant: Frontiers of Science Meeting National Academy of Sciences
Named FellowAmerican Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Elected to the Council of the Society for Biomaterials Society for Biomaterials
Elected as an Officer of the Society for Biomaterials Society for Biomaterials
Named to Board of ManagersCentral High School
Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryMartin Luther King Medical Center
Visiting Professor, Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryBaylor College of Medicine
Invited Instructor in Shoulder Surgery, Orthopaedic Learning Center American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Named to Advisory Board Osteonics Corporation Scientific
Lead Article, March, 1996Journal of Biomedical Materials Research
Founding MemberInternational Cord Blood Society
Visiting Professor, Republic of South Africa Medical University of South Africa
Member, U.S. Delegation to South Africa in Biomedical EngineeringEisenhower Foundation Citizen Ambassador Program
The Matilda E. Evans, M.D. Award (Outstanding Professional Achievement) Allegheny University
Presidential Faculty Fellow AwardNational Science Foundation
Distinguished Service Award, Postgraduate SectionNational Medical Association
International Men of Achievement
Who's Who in Engineering and Science Who's Who
Lecturer for Suffolk University Lowell Institute
Award for Resident Research American Orthopaedic Association
Awarded Fellowship for Biomedical Engineering Research Ford Foundation
Scholarship in Medical School
Awarded Grant for LeadershipKaiser Foundation
Awarded Robinson Memorial Prize for Surgery(Best Minority Medical Student in Surgery in America)
Hugh Hampton Young Memorial Prize (M.I.T.'s Only Institute-wide Competitive Award Open to All Graduate Students) 1984-1987M.I.T.
Awarded Commonwealth Fund Fellowship
Medical Scientist Training Program (M.S.T.P.) Grant Award, M.D.-Ph.D. Program 1982-1987Harvard Medical School
Fellowship American Society of Anesthesiologists
Awarded Certificate of Proficiency in Afro-American Studies Princeton University
Gulf Oil Honors Scholarship 1977-1980Princeton University
National Achievement Scholarship Award
Hospital Affiliation:
  • UConn John Dempsey Hospital
Research Interests:

Clinical Research Repair and regeneration of shoulder and knee tissue musculoskeletal regeneration

Basic Science Research Biomaterials, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, and stem cell technology

Selected Publications:

Peer Reviewed Publications

Nanofiber technology: its transformative role in nanomedicine. James, Roshan; Laurencin, Cato T. (2016). Nanomedicine (London, England),

The Quest toward limb regeneration: a regenerative engineering approach. Laurencin, Cato T; Nair, Lakshmi S. (2016). Regenerative biomaterials, 2, (3), 123-5.

Poly (lactic acid)-based biomaterials for orthopedic regenerative engineering. Narayanan, Ganesh; Vernekar, Varadraj N; Kuyinu, Emmanuel L; Laurencin, Cato T. (2016). Advanced drug delivery reviews,

Animal models of osteoarthritis: classification, update, and measurement of outcomes. Kuyinu, Emmanuel L; Narayanan, Ganesh; Nair, Lakshmi S; Laurencin, Cato T. (2016). Journal of orthopaedic surgery and research, 1, (11), 19.

Biomaterials for Bone Regenerative Engineering. Yu, Xiaohua; Tang, Xiaoyan; Gohil, Shalini V; Laurencin, Cato T. (2015). Advanced healthcare materials, 9, (4), 1268-85.