About Hughston Research & Education

Our founder, Dr. Jack Hughston, had some specific ideas about the value of research and education from the very beginning of his career. Although he was a practical and pragmatic surgeon himself, he felt strongly that people should grow in their careers, and to him, growing meant being educated and educating others.


Soon after he established his practice, he began pioneering work in the field that would eventually be called sports medicine. His stature and reputation grew, and by the 1960s, he had gained national and international attention for his work. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons approached him regarding a pilot project to establish a resident training rotation in orthopaedic sports medicine.


The Hughston Foundation, founded in 1968 to pay the stipends of students who rotated with Dr. Hughston, today supports and provides educational access to the full spectrum of Hughston’s resources, including its education & research, orthopaedic clinic, Jack Hughston Memorial Hospital, rehabilitation center and physical fitness facilities.


As the world’s largest non-university based orthopaedic academic research and education center, we offer fellowship education programs in sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery as well as orthopaedic courses for visiting physicians interested in the field of orthopaedics.


The Foundation building on the Hughston campus houses a library, departments of medical research, medical writing, and medical illustration, photography, and videography, and it is home to the editorial office of the Hughston Health Alert.


Dr. Hughston’s Foundation for teaching and research in orthopaedics and sports medicine helped the hundreds of young men and women who trained with him learn his unique philosophies on how to examine, listen to, and have respect for the patient; meticulously document one’s observations; and share knowledge through the presentation and publication of one’s work.