Research Portfolio

Research is an integral part of Dr. Virk’s career and is directed towards improving patient care and finding innovative techniques to difficult shoulder and elbow conditions. Dr. received his research training at University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and at University of Connecticut Health center where he was the first Carol and Ray Neag Research Scholar.

Dr. Virk’s research focuses on


  1. Computer navigation in shoulder arthroplasty
  2. Outcomes research related to rotator cuff repairs, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthroplasty
  3. Shoulder preservation surgery in the young arthritic shoulder
  4. Investigating biologic treatments for shoulder and elbow conditions including use of growth factors, and stem cells.

Dr. Virk’s research is published in leading orthopaedic journals (Link on Pubmed). Numerous research awards including the Arciero-Warner Best Research Paper Award, Ludwig J. Pyrtek M.D Research Paper Distinction Award, EOA Ranawat Award and the Resident Research Paper Award (presented by the Connecticut Orthopaedic Society) have honored his research work. His research work has been on the cover page of the Journal of Molecular Therapy and is widely cited in the literature.


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