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Bioskills and Human Cadaver Lab

CUSHR TRIMH Focused Research Group

Frank H. Stelling and C. Dayton Riddle Orthopaedic Education and Research Laboratory


Construction of the the Frank H. Stelling and C. Dayton Riddle Orthopaedic Education and Research Laboratory began in May 2009 and was officially opened in December of 2011.  Dr. John D. DesJardins is the Director of this laboratory, which is part of the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus, or CUBEInC, at Patewood. This laboratory focuses on research related to orthopaedic biomechanics, and works closely with rehabilitation and surgical collaborators to translate research findings to improve patient treatment and care.

The Orthopaedic Lab at Patewood serves as a central research collaboration space for orthopaedic surgeons throughout the state. Current projects include collaborators from the Greenville Hospital System, the Medical University of South Carolina, the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, The University of South Carolina Medical School, AnMed in Anderson, SC, and St. Francis Hospital.

 In addition, Dr. DesJardins leads one of the first comprehensive implant retrieval programs in the South from this Patewood facility. This program works with over 11 hospitals in the state to collect and analyze these implant retrievals with the end game of improving the quality of life of patients.

 Frank H. Stelling and C. Dayton Riddle share a rich history in Greenville orthopaedics. The late Stelling was an acclaimed orthopaedic surgeon and teacher, especially in children's orthopaedics. He was chief surgeon of Shriners Hospital in Greenville from 1949 until 1978. In 1949, he began a long partnership in orthopaedic surgery with Dr. Leslie Meyer and Riddle that later became Piedmont Orthopaedic Clinic, P.A. He also founded and directed the orthopaedic residency program in Greenville. Stelling served as president of the medical staff of Greenville General Hospital in 1959 and was on staff there and at Greenville Memorial Hospital for 48 years. After retiring as chief surgeon of Shriners Hospital, he served as director of medical affairs for Shriners Hospital of North America until retiring in 1986. Stelling died in 2001.

 Riddle graduated from Furman University in 1953 and completed his medical education at MUSC in 1957, finishing as the first honor graduate. He served in private practice at the Piedmont Orthopaedic Clinic from 1964 to 1988. In 1979, he was named academic chairman of the orthopaedic surgery department at Greenville Hospital System. Riddle also served as assistant chief of staff at Shriners Hospital. He has served as a board examiner for the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a past president of the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association, a member of the South Carolina State Board of Medical Examiners, treasurer of the Greenville County Medical Society and as a member of the House of Delegates for the South Carolina Medical Association. Since 2001, Riddle has served as chairman emeritus for the orthopaedic surgery department at the Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center.


Recycling and Reprocessing of Medical Devices