Jason H. Calhoun, MD

Department Chief
Musculoskeletal Sciences
Spectrum Health Medical Group
Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Dr. Jason Calhoun grew up in Upstate New York on a dairy farm. He received his Baccalaureate in Philosophy at Union College, Schenectady, New York where he met his wife Karen. They married in 1971 and have three children Zoey (21), Kenneth (20) and Sadie (16).

He completed his Masters of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Speed Scientific School, Louisville, Kentucky in 1976. After designing computers for IBM, he entered medical school at University of Louisville, where his interest in surgical infections began with Hiram C. Polk, Chairman of Surgery Department, University of Louisville in 1977. He completed my Orthopedic Surgery Residency at University of Texas in 1986 where he became faculty and Co-Directed internationally recognized Cierny Mader Osteomyelitis Clinic at Univ. of Texas and then started the Foot & Ankle Clinic with Dr. E Burke Evans and E. Burke Evans Foot & Ankle Fellowship and graduated 18 Fellows. In 1988 he trained under renowned Russian Orthopaedist G. A. Ilizarov in the Ilizarov technique.

His research, publications, and presentations of over 570 are in classification systems, non-surgical treatment, surgical technique, antibiotic beads, Ilizarov Technique, biodegradables and antibiotics for musculoskeletal infections, deformities, Foot and Ankle Surgery, and Rehabilitation Science. He is a founding member and past president of the Musculoskeletal Infection Society and the American Association for the Advancement for the Methods of Ilizarov (now the Leg Lengthening and Deformity Correction Society. Most of his $4.9M grant funding is in Musculoskeletal Infection and he was recently awarded $2.4 million in grant funding by the US Department of Defense in musculoskeletal infection and injury.

Dr. Calhoun’s interest in leadership, administration and education is reflected by his roles as departmental Chairman and Chief Physician Executive. The Division of Orthopaedic Surgery became the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at University of Texas under his stewardship and he became the John Sealy Distinguished Chair of Rehabilitation Science. From 1994 to 2001 he was the Chief Physician Executive of the $360M Texas State Managed Care. In 1999, he received the Nicholas and Katherine Leone Award for Administrative Excellence and in 2000 the Texas Patient Family Association Angel Award.

He became Chair and Vernon Luck Distinguished Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he mentored the faculty of orthopaedic surgery to increase from three to twenty three, while increasing the revenue 6-fold with a similar dramatic increase in research publications and grants. He was recruited to The Ohio State University as the Frank Kloenne Chair where faculty tripled with an eight fold increase in publications and grant funding and a $10 Million increase in profit. He was recruited to Spectrum Health System in July 2013 to develop its Musculoskeletal Sciences Department.

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