Dr. Douglas Letson elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors

Prestigious NAI Fellow designation awarded for “prolific spirit of innovation”

Tampa, FL (Dec. 15, 2015) – Orthopedic surgeon G. Douglas Letson, MD, who holds appointments at Moffitt Cancer Center and USF Health, was among four USF faculty members named 2015 Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors.  His expertise includes developing new techniques and designing instruments for minimally invasive reconstructive surgery

Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

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G. Douglas Letson, MD

Dr. Letson is executive vice president of clinical affairs, physician-in-chief and chair of education at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer & Research Institute, as well as professor of orthopaedics, surgery and radiology at the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine.  He was previously director of the USF Residency Program in the Department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, and continues to serve as site director of the orthopaedic musculoskeletal oncology rotation for USF residents and medical students.

His research and clinical interests include matrix metalloproteinases; novel therapeutic agents to treat sarcoma; limb salvage for bone and soft tissue tumors; as well as sentimental prosthesis, new hinge designs and soft tissue attachment for metallic prosthesis. Dr. Letson collaborated with Stanmore Corporation in England to develop a noninvasive leg-lengthening implant, and he is the only physician in the United States to implant and lengthen the limbs of several children successfully. He is an internationally renowned speaker with multiple national and international presentations. He holds five U.S. patents and is working with several companies to commercialize his medical products. He has presented over 200 lectures around the world on his developments in multiple oncology systems for skeletal reconstruction and surgical techniques in limb salvage surgery.

The academic inventors and innovators elected to the rank of NAI Fellow are named inventors on U.S. patents and were nominated by their peers for outstanding contributions to innovation in areas such as patents and licensing, innovative discovery and technology, significant impact on society, and support and enhancement of innovation.

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