William Todd Obremskey, M.D.



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Faculty Appointments
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
M.Mgt., Health Care Management, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TennesseeM.P.H., University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North CarolinaM.D., Duke University, Durham, North CarolinaA.B., ECONOMICS, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Office Address
Medical Center East South Tower
Suite 4200
Nashville, TN 37232-8774
Research Description
Dr. Obremskey's research interests are in high-quality, well-designed, clinical outcome projects. Vanderbilt has become the lead center and is participating in several international and national multi-center research endeavors.
Research Keywords
Orthopaedic Trauma, Orthopaedics
Clinical Research Keywords
trauma, outcomes, scapula, tibia, femoral neck, wrist, fractures
Hakeos WM, Richards JE, Obremskey WT. Plate fixation of femoral nonunions over an intramedullary nail with autogenous bone grafting. J Orthop Trauma. 2011 Feb; 25(2): 84-9. PMID: 21245710, PII: 00005131-201102000-00004, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181dfbb33, ISSN: 1531-2291.

May AK, Daniels TL, Obremskey WT, Kaiser AB, Talbot TR. Steroids in the treatment of group A streptococcal necrotizing soft tissue infection. Surg Infect (Larchmt) [print-electronic]. 2011 Feb; 12(1): 77-81. PMID: 21171810, DOI: 10.1089/sur.2010.035, ISSN: 1557-8674.

Denard A, Richards JE, Obremskey WT, Tucker MC, Floyd M, Herzog GA. Outcome of nonoperative vs operative treatment of humeral shaft fractures: a retrospective study of 213 patients. Orthopedics. 2010 Aug; 33(8): PMID: 20704103, DOI: 10.3928/01477447-20100625-16, ISSN: 1938-2367.

Berkes M, Obremskey WT, Scannell B, Ellington JK, Hymes RA, Bosse M, . Maintenance of hardware after early postoperative infection following fracture internal fixation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Apr; 92(4): 823-8. PMID: 20360504, PII: 92/4/823, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.I.00470, ISSN: 1535-1386.

Busse JW, Bhandari M, Guyatt GH, Heels-Ansdell D, Mandel S, Sanders D, Schemitsch E, Swiontkowski M, Tornetta P, Wai E, Walter SD, . Use of both Short Musculoskeletal Function Assessment questionnaire and Short Form-36 among tibial-fracture patients was redundant. J Clin Epidemiol [print-electronic]. 2009 Nov; 62(11): 1210-7. PMID: 19364637, PMCID: PMC2782578, PII: S0895-4356(09)00051-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jclinepi.2009.01.014, ISSN: 1878-5921.

Mansour A, Block J, Obremskey W. A cadaveric simulation of distal femoral traction shows safety in magnetic resonance imaging. J Orthop Trauma. 2009 Oct; 23(9): 658-62. PMID: 19897988, PII: 00005131-200910000-00008, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181b01b46, ISSN: 1531-2291.

Bhandari M, Sprague S, Schemitsch EH, . Resolving controversies in hip fracture care: the need for large collaborative trials in hip fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2009 Jul; 23(6): 479-84. PMID: 19550238, PMCID: PMC2954961, PII: 00005131-200907000-00017, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181a772e3, ISSN: 1531-2291.

Obremskey WT, Dart B, Medina M. Rate of return of functional outcome after open reduction and internal fixation of unstable ankle fractures. Am J. Orthop. 2009 May; 38(5): 227-31. PMID: 19584992, ISSN: 1934-3418.

Busse JW, Obremskey WT. Principles of designing an orthopaedic case-control study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2009 May; 91 Suppl 3: 15-20. PMID: 19411495, PII: 91/Supplement_3/15, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.H.01570, ISSN: 1535-1386.

Cannada LK, Viehe T, Cates CA, Norris RJ, Zura RD, Dedmond B, Obremskey W, Bosse MJ, . A retrospective review of high-energy femoral neck-shaft fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2009 Apr; 23(4): 254-60. PMID: 19318868, PII: 00005131-200904000-00004, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31819a6651, ISSN: 1531-2291.

, Bhandari M, Guyatt G, Tornetta P, Schemitsch EH, Swiontkowski M, Sanders D, Walter SD. Randomized trial of reamed and unreamed intramedullary nailing of tibial shaft fractures. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Dec; 90(12): 2567-78. PMID: 19047701, PMCID: PMC2663330, PII: 90/12/2567, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.G.01694, ISSN: 1535-1386.

Cannada LK, Taghizadeh S, Murali J, Obremskey WT, DeCook C, Bosse MJ. Retrograde intramedullary nailing in treatment of bilateral femur fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2008 Sep; 22(8): 530-4. PMID: 18758283, PII: 00005131-200809000-00005, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e318183eb48, ISSN: 1531-2291.

Thomson AB, Driver R, Kregor PJ, Obremskey WT. Long-term functional outcomes after intra-articular distal femur fractures: ORIF versus retrograde intramedullary nailing. Orthopedics. 2008 Aug; 31(8): 748-50. PMID: 18714768, ISSN: 0147-7447.

Magnussen RA, Tressler MA, Obremskey WT, Kregor PJ. Predicting blood loss in isolated pelvic and acetabular high-energy trauma. J Orthop Trauma. 2007 Oct; 21(9): 603-7. PMID: 17921834, PII: 00005131-200710000-00002, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181599c27, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Obremskey WT, Marotta JS, Yaszemski MJ, Churchill LR, Boden SD, Dirschl DR. Symposium. The introduction of biologics in orthopaedics: issues of cost, commercialism, and ethics. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Jul; 89(7): 1641-9. PMID: 17606804, PII: 89/7/1641, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.F.01185, ISSN: 0021-9355.

Fletcher N, Sofianos D, Berkes MB, Obremskey WT. Prevention of perioperative infection. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2007 Jul; 89(7): 1605-18. PMID: 17606802, PII: 89/7/1605, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.F.00901, ISSN: 0021-9355.

Obremskey WT, Brown O, Driver R, Dirschl DR. Comparison of SF-36 and Short Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment in recovery from fixation of unstable ankle fractures. Orthopedics. 2007 Feb; 30(2): 145-51. PMID: 17323637, ISSN: 0147-7447.

Obremskey WT, Austin T, Crosby C, Driver R, Kurtz W, Shuler F, Kregor P. Detection of orthopaedic implants by airport metal detectors. J Orthop Trauma. 2007 Feb; 21(2): 129-32. PMID: 17304069, PII: 00005131-200702000-00010, DOI: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e31803071da, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Wupperman R, Davis R, Obremskey WT. Level of evidence in Spine compared to other orthopedic journals. Spine. 2007 Feb 2/1/2007; 32(3): 388-93. PMID: 17268275, PII: 00007632-200702010-00019, DOI: 10.1097/01.brs.0000254109.12449.6c, ISSN: 1528-1159.

Jackson JC, Obremskey W, Bauer R, Greevy R, Cotton BA, Anderson V, Song Y, Ely EW. Long-term cognitive, emotional, and functional outcomes in trauma intensive care unit survivors without intracranial hemorrhage. J Trauma. 2007 Jan; 62(1): 80-8. PMID: 17215737, PII: 00005373-200701000-00010, DOI: 10.1097/TA.0b013e31802ce9bd, ISSN: 0022-5282.

Busam ML, Esther RJ, Obremskey WT. Hardware removal: indications and expectations. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2006 Feb; 14(2): 113-20. PMID: 16467186, PII: 14/2/113, ISSN: 1067-151X.

Obremskey WT, Pappas N, Attallah-Wasif E, Tornetta P, Bhandari M. Level of evidence in orthopaedic journals. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Dec; 87(12): 2632-8. PMID: 16322612, PII: 87/12/2632, DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.E.00370, ISSN: 0021-9355.

Zlowodzki M, Obremskey WT, Thomison JB, Kregor PJ. Functional outcome after treatment of lower-extremity nonunions. J Trauma. 2005 Feb; 58(2): 312-7. PMID: 15706193, PII: 00005373-200502000-00014, ISSN: 0022-5282.

Kregor PJ, Obremskey WT, Kreder HJ, Swiontkowski MF, . Unstable pertrochanteric femoral fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2005 Jan; 19(1): 63-6. PMID: 15668589, PII: 00005131-200501000-00014, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Obremskey WT, Medina M. Comparison of intramedullary nailing of distal third tibial shaft fractures: before and after traumatologists. Orthopedics. 2004 Nov; 27(11): 1180-4. PMID: 15566130, ISSN: 0147-7447.

Obremskey WT, Lyman JR. A modified judet approach to the scapula. J Orthop Trauma. 2004 Nov; 18(10): 696-9. PMID: 15507823, PII: 00005131-200411000-00007, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Obremskey WT, Bhandari M, Dirschl DR, Shemitsch E. Internal fixation versus arthroplasty of comminuted fractures of the distal humerus. J Orthop Trauma. 2003 Jul; 17(6): 463-5. PMID: 12843735, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Dirschl DR, Obremskey WT. Mechanical strength and wear of used EBI external fixators. Orthopedics. 2002 Oct; 25(10): 1059-62. PMID: 12401012, ISSN: 0147-7447.

Obremskey WT, Dirschl DR, Crowther JD, Craig WL, Driver RE, LeCroy CM. Change over time of SF-36 functional outcomes for operatively treated unstable ankle fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2002 Jan; 16(1): 30-3. PMID: 11782630, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Brown OL, Dirschl DR, Obremskey WT. Incidence of hardware-related pain and its effect on functional outcomes after open reduction and internal fixation of ankle fractures. J Orthop Trauma. 2001 May; 15(4): 271-4. PMID: 11371792, ISSN: 0890-5339.

Obremskey WT, Dirschl DR, Crowther JD et al. Change Over Time of SF-36 Functional Outcomes for Operatively Treated Unstable Ankle Fractures. Accepted Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. 2000; August.

Dirschl DR, Obremskey WT. Mechanical Strength and Wear of Used EBI External Fixators. Accepted Orthopaedics. 2000; May.

Dirschl DR, Obremskey WT. Mechanical Strength and Wear of Used EBI External Fixators. Submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 1999; November.

Safran D, Obremskey WT, Buenting J. Trauma Protocols for WakeMed. 1999; August.

Obremskey WT. Chapter 36: Principles of Pediatric Fracture Care. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. 1998; ((W.B. Saunders)): Philadelphia.

Obremskey WT. Chapter 37: Osteomyelitis and Septic Arthritis. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. 1998; ((W.B. Saunders)): Philadelphia.

Obremskey WT. Chapter 38: Developmental Hip Dysplasia. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. 1998; ((W.B. Saunders)): Philadelphia.

Obremskey WT. Chapter 39: Initial Management of Clubfoot. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. 1998; ((W.B. Saunders)): Philadelphia.

Obremskey WT. Chapter 40: Orthopedic Issues in Hemophilia. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. In Dirschl D, LeCroy CM (Ed.): On Call Orthopedics. 1998; ((W.B. Saunders)): Philadelphia.

Engelberg R, Martin DP, Agel J, Obremskey WT, Coranado G, Swiontkowski MF. The Musculoskeletal Functional Assessment Instrument. Criterion and Construct Validity. Journal of Orthopedic Research. 1996; 14: 182-92.

Obremskey WT, Routt ML. Fracture Dislocation of the Shoulder in a Child, a Case Report. JOT. 1994; 36((1)): 137-40.

Obremskey WT, Henley MB. Comparison of Transferred vs. Direct Admission of Orthopaedic Trauma Patients. JOT. 1994; (3)((36)): 373-6.

Obremskey WT, Seaber AV, Garrett WE. Biomechanical and Histological Assessment of a Controlled Muscle Strain Injury Treated with Piroxicam. Am. J. Sports Med. 1994; (4)((22)): 558-61.

Obremskey WT, Mairer R, Rivara F. Health Policy Analysis: Recommendations and Proposal for a Trauma Registry for Washington State. Presented to Washington State Legislature. 1990.

Obremskey WT, Swiontkowski MF. Chapter 25: Evaluations of Outcomes for Musculoskeletal Trauma. In Skeletal Trauma. ((3rd Edition)): edited by Browner and Jupiter.