October Featured Author

James L. Cook, DVM, PhD, OTSC

William & Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery
Director, Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics & Mizzou BioJoint Center
Chief, Orthopaedic Research Division
University of Missouri
Missouri Orthopaedic Institute
Columbia, Missouri

From the October issue: Effects of Autogenous Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate on Radiographic Integration of Femoral Condylar Osteochondral Allografts

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Cook discuss his article in the October issue.


After receiving his B.S. degree from Florida State University and competing for 5 years as a professional waterskier, Dr. James (Jimi) Cook completed his DVM in 1994 and PhD in 1998.  In 1999, he founded the Comparative Orthopaedic Laboratory at the University of Missouri, a multi-disciplinary team of physicians, veterinarians, engineers, and basic scientists dedicated to translational orthopaedic research, which has now been endowed and moved into its own 12,000 sq ft facility as the Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics.  He has over 200 peer-reviewed publications, over $20 million in research funding, received numerous awards including America’s Best Veterinarian (2007), holds 18 patents and has seen 4 biomedical devices through FDA approval to human clinical trials.  He is currently Director of the Mizzou BioJoint Center, Director of The Thompson Laboratory for Regenerative Orthopaedics and the William and Kathryn Allen Distinguished Chair in Orthopaedic Surgery, and serves as Chief of the Division of Research for the Department of Orthopaedics at the University Hospital’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute. He is also co-founder of Be The Change Volunteers ­a NGO dedicated to building schools in remote villages in the developing world whose teams have built 39 educational facilities in 16 countries, providing educational opportunities to more than 6,700 students.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Stoker AM, Stannard JP, Kuroki K, Bozynski CC, Pfeiffer FM and Cook JL.  Validation of the Missouri Osteochondral Allograft Preservation System for the maintenance of osteochondral allograft quality during prolonged storage.Am J Sports Med 2017.

Cook JL, Stannard JP, Stoker AM, Bozynski CC, Kuroki K, Cook CR, Pfeiffer FM.  Importance of donor chondrocyte viability for osteochondral grafts. Am J Sports Med 2016; 44:1260-1268.

Fortier LA, Chapman HS, Pownder SL, Roller BL, Cross JA, Cook JL, Cole BJ. BioCartilage improves cartilage repair compared with microfracture alone in an equine model of full-thickness cartilage loss. Am J Sports Med 2016; 44:2366-2374.

Garrity JT, Stoker AM, Sims HJ, and Cook JL. Improved osteochondral allograft preservation using serum-free media at body temperature. Am J Sports Med 2012; 40:2542-2548.

Bian L, Stoker AM, Marberry KM, Ateshian GA, Cook JL, and Hung CT.  Effects of dexamethasone on the functional properties of cartilage explants during long-term culture. Am J Sports Med 2010; 38:78-85.

Cook JL, Fox DB. A novel bioabsorbable conduit augments healing of avascular meniscal tears in a dog model. Am J Sports Med 2007; 35:1877-1887.

Cook JL, Fox DB, Malaviya P, Tomlinson JL, Kuroki K, Cook CR, Kladakis S. Long-term evaluation of treatment of large meniscal defects using small intestinal submucosa in a dog model. Am J Sports Med 2006; 34:32-42.

Cook JL, Tomlinson JL, Kreeger JM, Cook CR. Induction of meniscal regeneration in dogs using a novel biomaterial. Am J Sports Med 1999; 27(5):658-665.

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