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Ligament Repair and Regeneration

Developing novel therapies for ligament and tendon injuries

University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI Dr. Geoffrey Baer

The National Stem Cell Foundation partnered with the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF) to support the work of Dr. Geoffrey Baer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Ligament and tendon injuries are extremely common clinical problems that often result in scar formation and incomplete recovery. Dr. Baer and his team are working with mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s) and gene delivery strategies to develop novel therapies for better clinical outcomes.


Geoffrey S. Baer, M.D., Ph.D., joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Sports Medicine at UW-Madison in 2007. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and his Doctorates of Medicine and Philosophy from Vanderbilt University.

Following medical school he completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia. Following residency, Dr. Baer completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh.

His background includes working with high school, collegiate, and professional athletes at both the University of Virginia and the University of Pittsburgh. He is currently a team physician for the University of Wisconsin Athletic Department with an interest in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery as well as ligament and cartilage reconstruction.

He is also an active member in the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.