Board of Directors

The Board of Directors for FEMR is comprised of a dedicated and enthusiastic group of individuals, who provide a wealth of experiences from their diverse backgrounds. Their determination and leadership will guide the future of FEMR.

The Members of the Board of Directors for FEMR will serve as the governing body of FEMR. The board members are charged with the responsibility of insuring that the integrity of FEMR is present in its external and internal actions, and all fiscal, legal and policy matters.

  • Matthew Jimenez, MD

    Founder and Chief Executive Officer

    Matthew JimenezThe inspiration and driving force behind the Foundation for Education and Musculoskeletal Research (FEMR) is Matthew L. Jimenez, MD, FACS, a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in fracture care and joint reconstruction. Dr. Jimenez is a member of Illinois Bone & Joint Institute based in the Chicago suburb of Morton Grove, Illinois.

    Dr. Jimenez completed undergraduate training at the University of Utah, and then received his Medical Degree from the University of Iowa, College of Medicine in 1989. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Northwestern University, and then went on to complete a post graduate fellowship in Orthopaedic trauma and joint reconstruction at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Medical Center in Toronto, Canada.

    Dr. Jimenez is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), is currently a member of many AAOS committees and sits on the AAOS Board of Councilors. He is a graduate of the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program. Dr. Jimenez maintains faculty appointment as Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He holds leadership roles within IBJI, where he has been the Chairman and Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Orthopaedic Residency Training Program since 1997.

    In 1999 Dr. Jimenez created and continues to chair the annual Chicago Trauma Symposium. The Symposium is a four-day educational course on the many complex challenges of trauma management. Since its inception, thousands of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Allied Health professionals have learned how to improve trauma patient care.

    Dr. Jimenez lectures extensively, both nationally and internationally. He has served as chairman and faculty on many educational forums in trauma and fracture care. He is widely published, and has presented numerous scientific exhibits. His ongoing clinical research includes studies on bone marrow cells, anticoagulants, allografts and bone growth factors.

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  • Luba Andrus, R.Ph. M.J.

    Member, Board of Directors

    Luba AndrusMs. Luba Andrus is an educational coordinator and consulting pharmacist at Forum Extended Care in Skokie, Illinois. She has dedicated her professional life to the educational needs of the healthcare industry, and providing her vast knowledge on health-related and professional topics to better the industry.  Her extensive experience covers community pharmacy and long term care facilities including acute-care, sub-acute care, psychiatric, Alzheimer’s and hospice programs. 

    To better understand the complexities of the financial and legal demands of the healthcare industry, she obtained her Master of Jurisprudence in health law from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  As a result Ms. Andrus is able to also specialize in eldercare and elder law. Additionally, she has served on the Joint Commission on Accreditation of HealthCare Organizations (JCAHO) as a facilitator to a national long term care pharmacy.

  • John Gorczyca, MD

    Member, Board of Directors

    John GorczycaDr. John Gorczyca is Chief of the Orthopaedic Trauma Division at the University of Rochester Medical Center and Associate Professor of Orthopaedics in Rochester, New York. He is board-certified and received fellowship training in Orthopaedic Trauma and Joint Reconstruction at Sunnybrook Health Science Centre, University of Toronto, Canada.

    Dr. Gorczyca treats post-traumatic hip and pelvis fractures in addition to non-unions and mal-unions. He is a recognized expert in limb shortening and/or lengthening to correct deformities, and in complex reconstructive surgery to fix bone loss using bone transplants, artificial implants and growth of new bone in adults.

    Dr. Gorczyca has lectured extensively throughout North America and he is widely published in scientific journals.

    For further information on Dr. Gorczyca, click here.

  • Mark Vrahas, MD

    Member, Board of Directors

    Mark VrahasDr. Mark Vrahas is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.  He is the Chief of the Partners Orthopaedic Trauma Service.  His residency was completed at the University of Pittsburgh.  His clinical interests are: Orthopaedic Trauma, Total Joints, Arthritis, Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures, Non-unions, Osteomyelitis, Post Traumatic Reconstruction and hip reconstruction/Osteotomy. Dr. Vrahas also completed a Fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma and Joint Surgery at the University of Toronto, Sunnybrook Health Science Centre in Toronto, Canada.  Prior to joining the staff at BWH, Dr. Vrahas was a Trauma and Joint Surgeon at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, and Chief of Orthopaedic Trauma at the Charity Hospital in New Orleans.

    Dr. Vrahas is recognized as an expert, both nationally and internationally, in the management and treatment of pelvic and Acetabular fractures.

    For further information on Dr. Vrahas, click here.