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Zbigniew Gugala, MD, PhD

adj_Faculty-GugalaAssociate Professor
Josephina Santos Endowed Professor in Orthopaedics
Hiram P. Arnold, MD and Gloria Arnold Endowed Professor
Distinguished Teaching Professor
Director of Research


1987-1993, The Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, Medical Doctor (MD)
1991-1993, The Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, Faculty of Philosophy
2003, The University of Groningen, The Netherlands, Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Professional and Teaching Experience

1991-1993, The University of Mining and Metallurgy, Crakow, Poland, Faculty of Materials Science and Ceramics
1990, 1992, 1994-1997, AO Research Institute, Davos, Switzerland
1998-2003, Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX

Selected Recent Publications (from a list of 84)

  1. Anderson PA, Gugala Z, Lindsey RW, Schoenfeld AJ, Harris MB. Clearing the Cervical Spine in the Blunt Trauma Patient. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 18(3):149-159, 2010.
  2. Ai T, MD, Padua A, Goerner F, Nittka M, Gugala Z, Jadhav S, Trelles M, Johnson RF, Lindsey RW, Li X, Runge VM. SEMAC-VAT and MSVAT-SPACE Sequence Strategies for Metal Artifact Reduction in 1.5T Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Investigative Radiology 47(5):267-76, 2012 .
  3. Boylan M, Kates DB, Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Debate: Gun Control in the United States. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 471(12):3934-3936, 2013.
  4. Brito SA, Gugala Z, Tan A, Lindsey RW. Statistical Validity and Clinical Merits of a New Civilian Gunshot Injury Classification. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 471(12):3981-3987, 2013.
  5. Buford WL, Turnbow BJ, Gugala Z, Lindsey RW. Three-Dimensional Computed Tomography-Based Modeling of Sagittal Cadaveric Femoral Bowing and Its Implications for Intramedullary Nailing. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 28(1):10-6, 2014.
  6. Lazard ZW, Olmsted-Davis EA, Salisbury EA, Gugala Z, Sonnet C, Davis EL, Beal E, Ubogu EE, Davis AR. Osteoblasts Have a Neural Origin in Heterotopic Ossification. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 473(9):2790-806, 2015.
  7. Casagrande D, Gugala Z, Clark SM, Lindsey RW. Low Back Pain and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Pregnancy. Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 23(9):539-549, 2015.
  8. Croley SJ, Morris RP, Amin A, Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Biomechanical Comparison of Bicortical, Unicortical, and Unicortical Far-Cortex-Abutting Screw-Plate Stabilization of a Comminuted Midshaft Clavicle Fracture. Journal of Hand Surgery [Am] 41(6):703-11, 2016 .
  9. Bado I, Gugala Z, Fuqua S, Zhang X. Role of Estrogen Receptors in Breast Cancer Bone Metastasis. Oncogene 3:1-11, 2017.
  10. Wang H, Tian L, Goldstein A, Lo H-C, Liu J, Sheng K, Gugala Z, Stossi F, Zong C, Mancini MA, Zhang X. Bone-In-Culture Array (BICA) as a Platform to Model Early-Stage Bone Metastases and Discover Anti-Metastasis Therapies. Nature Communications. Apr 21; 8:15045, 2017.
  11. Gugala Z, Olmsted-Davis EA, Xiong Y, Davis E, Davis AR. Trauma-Induced Heterotopic Ossification Regulates the Blood-Nerve Barrier. Frontiers in Neurology 9:408, 2018.
  12. Wang H, Tian L, Liu J, Goldstein A, Zhang W, Bado I, Rowley DR, Li Z, Zhao H, Wong STC, Gugala Z, Zhang XH. The Osteogenic Niche is a Calcium Reservoir of Breast Cancer Bone Micrometastases and Confers Unexpected Therapeutic Vulnerability. Cancer Cell 12;34(5):823-839.e7, 2018.
  13. Wilson WK, Morris R, Coskey A, Smith B, Gugala Z. Quadriceps augmentation of undersized hamstrings during ACL reconstruction. The Knee 26(1):73-78.
  14. Minarelli J, Davis EL, Dickerson A, Moore WC, Mejia JA, Gugala Z, Olmsted-Davis EA, Davis AR. Characterization of Neuromas in Peripheral Nerves and their Effects on Heterotopic Bone Formation. Molecular Pain. 2019 Feb 27.epub.


  1. Gugala Z. “Resorbable Polymeric Scaffolds for Tissue Repair, Regeneration, and Engineering”. Krakow, Poland: AA Press, 2003.
  2. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z (Eds). Orthopaedic Implants: Applications, Complications, and Management. New York, Heidelberg. Springer Verlag. To Be Published in 2019.

Book Chapters

  1. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Spinal Cord Injury as a Result of Ballistic Trauma. In: “Spine: State of the Art Reviews” Spinal Cord Injuries 13(3). Chapman JR (Ed). Philadelphia: Hanley & Belfus, Inc., 1999, pp. 529-547.
  2. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Subtrochanteric Fractures of the Femur. In: “Fracture: Current Diagnosis and Treatment” Moehring HD, Greenspan A (Eds). McGraw Hill, 2000, pp. 107-115.
  3. Lindsey RW, Pneumaticos SG, Gugala Z. Management Techniques for Spinal Injuries. In: “Skeletal Trauma” Browner B, Jupiter J, Levine A, Trafton P, (Eds). Elsevier Science, 2003, pp. 746-776.
  4. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Gunshot Injuries to the Thoracolumbar Spine. In: “The Management of Thoracolumbar Fractures” Reitman C (Ed). Rosemont, IL: The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2004, pp. 85-96.
  5. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z, Torga-Spak R. The Long-Term Retention versus Removal of Orthopaedic Trauma Fixation Implants. In: “Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Trauma” 3rd Edition. Tornetta P, Baumgaertner M (Eds). American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont 2005, pp.141-148.
  6. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z, Pneumaticos SG. Injuries of the Vertebrae and Spinal Cord. In: “Trauma” 6th Edition E.E. Moore, D.V. Feliciano, K.L. Mattox (Eds). McGraw Hill, 2008, pp.479-511.
  7. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Pre-Imaging Cervical Spine Clearance Guidelines in Trauma Patients. In: “The Cervical Spine” Vaccaro AR (Ed). Rothman-Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia. 2009, pp.111-127.
  8. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. Clearing the Cervical Spine. In: “Spine Trauma - Surgical Techniques” Patel VV, Burger E, Brown C (Eds). Springer Verlag. Berlin Heidelberg 2010, pp.11-31.
  9. Gugala Z, Lindsey RW. Civilian Gunshot Injuries to the Spine. In: “Spine Trauma - Surgical Techniques” Patel VV, Burger E, C. Brown C (Eds) Springer Verlag. Berlin Heidelberg 2010, pp. 377-397.
  10. Lindsey RW, Gugala Z. The Management of Type II and III Odontoid Fractures. A Systematic Review. In: “Spine and Spinal Cord Trauma: Evidence-Based Management” Vaccaro AR, Fehlings MG, Dvorak M (Eds). Thieme. New York, Stuttgart 2011, pp. 229-247.