January 9, 2003

WORCESTER, Mass.—Orthopedic surgeon David C. Ayers, MD, has been named professor and chair of the Department of Orthopedics & Physical Rehabilitation at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and UMass Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Ayers, who will begin his tenure March 1, was recruited from the State University of New York Health Science Center at Syracuse, where he was associate professor of orthopedic surgery and director of the Adult Reconstruction Division, as well as medical director of the Orthopedic Service. Ayers succeeds retired chair Arthur M. Pappas, MD.

“His training, background and experience make Dr. Ayers a superb match for the opportunities at UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial,” said Chancellor and Dean Aaron Lazare. “His extensive and active clinical experience, coupled with his administrative responsibilities at a large academic medical center and his demonstrated commitment to core academic activities of teaching, research and publishing, make him an ideal leader for this important department.”  

Ayers will direct the establishment of an Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center at UMass Memorial that will provide coordinated, multidisciplinary care to patients with all forms of arthritis. A nationally recognized leader in hip and knee joint replacement surgery, Ayers will operate his clinical practice as part of the Arthritis and Joint Replacement Center.  In addition, he will direct the establishment of a multidisciplinary Spine Center to provide the full spectrum of care for patients with neck and back pain.

Ayers’s clinical and research interests focus on total hip and knee replacement, avascular necrosis of the hip, and arthritis of the hip and knee.   He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and chair of its Committee on Arthritis of the Hip and Knee. In this AAOS position, Ayers is charged with the post-graduate education of orthopedic surgeons nationwide with regard to the latest technologic advances and surgical techniques in knee and hip replacement. He is a member of the board of directors for the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and was program chairman of the 2002 annual meeting. Ayers is the author of more than thirty peer-reviewed publications, numerous book chapters and fifty abstracts and has presented at a wide range of regional, national and international meetings. His research has been supported by a number of funding sources including the National Institutes of Health, the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and the Whitaker Foundation. 

A native of New Jersey, Ayers earned his bachelor’s degree summa cum laude in chemistry from Tufts University in 1978 and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in 1982. After completing an internship in surgery at the University of Rochester and Strong Memorial Hospital in 1983, he served as an assistant resident in general surgery through 1984 and completed his orthopedic surgery residency there in 1987. Ayers continued his postdoctoral training in England as a Lord Nuffield Orthopaedic Scholar at the University of Oxford in 1988.  He joined the faculty at SUNY Health Science Center in 1988 as assistant professor, attaining the rank of associate professor in 1994.    

Pending approval by the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, Ayers will be the first to hold the newly endowed Arthur M. Pappas Chair in Orthopedics.

The University of Massachusetts Medical School is one of the fastest growing medical schools in the country, attracting more than $143 million in research funding annually.  A perennial top ten finisher in the annual US News & World Report ranking of primary care medical schools, UMMS comprises a medical school, graduate school of nursing, graduate school of biomedical sciences and an active research enterprise, and is a leader in health sciences education, research and public service.

UMass Memorial Health Care is central Massachusetts’ largest not-for-profit health care delivery system, covering the complete health care continuum with teaching hospitals, affiliated community hospitals, freestanding primary care practices, ambulatory outpatient clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, hospice programs, a rehabilitation group and mental health services.  UMass Memorial is the clinical partner of the University of Massachusetts Medical School.



Alison Duffy, 508-856-2000