December Featured Editorial Board Members

Dr. Timothy E. Foster, MD
Current Concepts Editor, The American Journal of Sports Medicine
Chair, Department of Orthopedics at Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Newton, Massachusetts

Dr. Timothy Foster has been the associate editor of AJSM for the past 20 years. In collaboration with Dr. Robert Leach and Dr. Jack Hughston, Dr. Foster helped to create the current concepts section of AJSM, and he has been the editor of the current concepts section since its inception.  Dr. Foster, along with the other editors, created the systematic review competition, and he also edits the journal-based continuing medical education program utilizing the Current Concepts articles published in AJSM.

Dr. Foster received his undergraduate degree and medical degree from Boston University.  As an undergraduate Dr. Foster was a defensive back for the Division 1AA Yankee Conference Championship football team at Boston University.

He completed his preliminary surgery residency at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center followed by a residency in orthopedic surgery at the Boston University Affiliated Hospitals and Lahey Clinic Medical Center.  Dr. Foster completed a fellowship in Adult Sports Medicine at The Massachusetts General Hospital and a sports medicine fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital.

He worked at Boston University for 23 years as the co-director of sports medicine, and in 2012 he accepted a new role at Partners Healthcare in Boston as the Chairman of Orthopedic Surgery at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Massachusetts.  He is a team physician for Boston College athletics, and several small colleges surrounding Boston.

Dr. Foster holds a Master’s Degree from Dartmouth College and the Tuck School of Business and Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice.  He is completing an MBA degree at the Sloan School of Management at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He currently serves on the executive management team at Newton-Wellesley Hospital as the Associate Chief Medical Officer, and he holds several leadership positions within Partners Healthcare.  Dr. Foster lives in Wellesley, Massachusetts with his wife and 4 children – who are the true light of his life.

Selected Published Work

Foster TERedefining the value of sports medicine. Am J Sports Med. 2015;43(7):1573-1574.

DeHaan AM, Axelrad TW, Kaye E, Silvestri L, Puskas B, Foster TE. Does double-row rotator cuff repair improve functional outcome of patients compared with single-row technique? A systematic review. Am J Sports Med. 2012;40(5):1176-1185.

Foster TE, Wolfe BL, Ryan S, Silvestri L, Kaye EK. Does the graft source really matter in the outcome of patients undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? An evaluation of autograft versus allograft reconstruction results: a systematic review. Am J Sports Med. 2010;38(1):189-199.

Foster TE, Puskas BL, Mandelbaum BR, Gerhardt MB, Rodeo SA. Platelet-rich plasma: from basic science to clinical applications. Am J Sports Med. 2009;37(11):2259-2272.

Naseef GS 3rd, Foster TE, Trauner K, Solhpour S, Anderson RR, Zarins B. The thermal properties of bovine joint capsule. The basic science of laser- and radiofrequency-induced capsular shrinkage. Am J Sports Med. 1997;25(5):670-674.


Margaret M. Smith, PhD
Senior Research Fellow
Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Research Laboratories
Kolling Institute (University of Sydney), Royal North Shore Hospital
Sydney, Australia

Dr. Smith is an Australian research scientist based in Sydney, New South Wales.  She received a Bachelor of Science (honours Class I), followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the University of NSW (1984). After a year’s post-doctoral work at Sydney University of Technology studying alcohol metabolism, she joined the Raymond Purves Bone and Joint Laboratories (University of Sydney) at Royal North Shore Hospital to study the role of hyaluronan in osteoarthritis and has been researching bone and joint conditions since. These laboratories are now part of the Institute of Bone and Joint Research and the Kolling Institute of Medical Research. She has also completed a Master of Biostatistics.

Dr. Smith is a past vice-president (1998–2001) and president (2003–2005) of the Matrix Biology Society of Australia and New Zealand. She was awarded title of “Australian Ambassador for the Bone and Joint Decade” in Washington DC (2009) for contributions to this WHO Initiative. Dr. Smith reviews manuscripts for ten scientific and medical journals and has been on the editorial board of AJSM since 2007.

Dr. Smith has a broad research portfolio in disc, cartilage and tendon pathology, studying disease processes and potential treatment at the molecular, cell tissue and whole body levels. She has developed a number of animal models of bone and joint diseases, including inflammatory arthritis in rats and rabbits and meniscectomy-induced osteoarthritis and tendinopathy in sheep shoulders and flexors. Her current main research focus is pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of shoulder tendinopathy and frozen shoulder. She has numerous peer-reviewed publications and has been regularly invited to present her work at international and national scientific conferences.

Selected Published Work

Smith MM and Ghosh P:  The synthesis of hyaluronic acid by human synovial fibroblasts is influenced by the nature of the hyaluronate in its extracellular environment. Rheumatol Int 7: 113-122, 1987.

Smith MM and Little CB: “Experimental models of osteoarthritis”. In: Osteoarthritis. Diagnosis and Medical/Surgical Management (4th Edition). Eds. Moskowitz RW, Howell DS, Altman RD, Buckwalter JA and Goldberg VM. Chapter 5, WB Saunders Company, Philadelphia, London, New York, St. Louis, Sydney, Toronto, pp 107-125, 2007.

Smith MM, Sakarai G, Smith SM, Young AA, Melrose J, Stewart C, Appleyard RC, Peterson JL, Gillies M, Dart A, Sonnabend DH, Little CB: Modulation of aggrecan and ADAMTS expression in tendinopathy induced by altered strain. Arthritis Rheum 58:1055-1066, 2008.

Smith MM, Cake MA, Ghosh P, Schiavanato A, Read RA, Little CB: Significant synovial pathology in a meniscectomy model of osteoarthritis: modification by intra-articular hyaluronan therapy. Rheumatology 47:1172-1178, 2008.

Anderson AF and Smith MM: Progress in Cartilage Restoration. Am J Sports Med 37 (suppl 1) 7S-9S, 2009.

Little CB, Smith MM, Cake M, Read R, Murphy M, Barry F, Aigner T: The OARSI Histopathology Initiative – Recommendations for Histological Assessments of Osteoarthritis in Sheep and Goats. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 18 Suppl.3, S80-92, 2010.

Chan BY, Fuller ES,  Russell AK, Smith SS, Smith MM, Jackson MT, Cake MA, Read RA, Bateman JF, Sambrook PN, Little CB: Increased chondrocyte sclerostin may protect against cartilage degradation in osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 19:874-885, 2011.

Jacobsen E, Dart AJ, Mondori T, Horadogoda N, Smith SM, Jeffcott LB, Little CB, Smith MM: Focal experimental injury leads to widespread molecular and histologic changes in equine flexor tendons. PLoS One, 10:e122220, 2015.

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