Dr. Michael P. Gaspar, MD, MBA

Dr. Gaspar is an clinical-scientist with a focus on orthopaedics and upper extremity surgery. He graduated from the Cornell University with a B.S. in Biological Engineering before obtaining his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia. After completing his surgical internship at Loyola University Medical Center-Chicago, Dr. Gaspar underwent further surgical training as an orthopaedic surgery resident at Albany Medical Center, followed by an clinical research fellowship in hand and upper extremity surgery at Thomas Jefferson University’s Philadelphia Hand to Shoulder Center (PHSC), where he subsequently spent more than 5 years as the Director of Clinical Research and Undergraduate Medical Education. During that time, he also completed an executive M.B.A. from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Dr. Gaspar has been awarded several research fellowships at institutions including PHSC, the Hand Rehabilitation Foundation, Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic and Hospital for Special Surgery, and has received funding from the NIH, NSF and Arthritis Foundation, as well as from industry. He has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and has served as an ad hoc reviewer for 20 international medical journals. He was honored as a “Top Doctor Under 40” by the Pennsylvania State Medical Society in 2018 and named to their Opioid Task Force in 2020. 

Until you meet a patient with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS), it is just an interesting disease without a face. For me, that changed when a close family friend was finally diagnosed with EDS after years of inadequate care, incorrect diagnoses, and a generally disheartening outlook. I joined EDSRF because I firmly believe in the foundation’s mission of furthering our knowledge of this devastating disease, in hopes of improving care for this generation of patients, and those to come in the future.