Robert J. Esther, MD

Robert Esther

H. Robert Brashear Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics

Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program

Board-Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

 

Education
  • BA: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
  • BA: University of Oxford, Oxford, UK
  • MSc: University of London (London School of Economics and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), London, UK
  • MD: Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
  • Residency: University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowship (orthopaedic oncology): Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN
Honors, Awards, and Recognitions
  • Inaugural H. Robert Brashear Distinguished Teaching Fellow in Orthopaedics
  • 2009 Faculty Teaching Award, Musculoskeletal Course for 2nd year medical students, UNC School of Medicine
  • 2008 Faculty Teaching Award, Musculoskeletal Course for 2nd year medical students, UNC School of Medicine
  • Member, UNC School of Medicine Teaching Scholars Program
  • William Patton Chief Resident Teaching Award, UNC Department of Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic Resident of the Year, Department of Orthopaedics, WakeMed, Raleigh, NC
  • Resident Teaching Award, Musculoskeletal Course for 2nd year medical students, UNC School of Medicine
  • Justin Potter Scholarship, Vanderbilt University
  • Rhodes Scholar, Oxford Univesity
  • Summa cum laude with Honors, Wake Forest University
Clinical Interests
  • Orthopaedic oncology/tumors
Additional Interests
  • Teaching medical students and residents, incorporating elements of other specialties to enhance learning experiences
Academic Appointments
2005 - 2006 Instructor in Orthopaedics; Mayo Medical School, Minneapolis, MN
2006 - present Assistant Professor; Department of Orthopaedics, UNC School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
2009-present H. Robert Brashear Distinguished Teaching Fellow in Orthopaedics
2012-present Director, Orthopaedic Residency Program, UNC Orthopaedics
Selected Presentations/Publications (see complete list under PubMed)

~ Presentations

  • Yuan J, Sarkar G, Bronk J, Ruan M, Rapin P, Esther R, Bolander M.  A novel spontaneous metastasis animal model of human osteosarcoma. International Symposium on Limb Salvage, Seoul, September 2005.
  • Esther RJ, Weinhold PS, Dahners LE.  NKISK:  Investigation of Possible Regimens for Pharmacological Tendon Lengthening.  Presented at North Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Asheville, NC, October 2002.

~ Poster Presentations

  • Esther RJ, Bolander ME, Sarkar G.  Identification of Candidate Biomarkers for Metastatic Osteosarcoma.  Poster, International Symposium on Limb Salvage, September 2005.
  • Esther RJ, Ruan M, Bolander ME, Sarkar G.  Impaired Bub1 and Bub1B mRNA expression in osteogenic sarcoma.  Poster, International Symposium on Limb Salvage, September 2005
  • Esther RJ, Ruan M, Bolander ME, Sarkar G. Impaired Bub1B mRNA expression is associated with osteogenic sarcoma.  Poster, American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting, April 2005.
  • Esther RJ, Weinhold PS, Dahners LE.  NKISK:  Investigation of Possible Regimens for Pharmacological Tendon Lengthening.  Poster, Orthopaedic Research Society, February 2003.
  • Esther RJ, Liu R, Cusack JC, Lester GE, Bos GD.  Inhibition of NF-kB affects  chemosusceptibility in naïve and resistant osteosarcoma cells.  Poster, Musculoskeletal Tumor Society, May 2001.
~ Publications
  • Esther RJ.  A Call for an End to “Past Medical History.”  Letter.  Mayo Clinic Proceedings.  In press.
  • Esther RJ, Battacharya R, Ruan M, Bolander ME, Mukhopadhyay D, Sarkar G, Mukherjee P.  Gold Nanoparticles do not Affect the Global Transcriptional Program of Human Umbilical Vein Endothelial Cells:  A DNA-microarray Analysis.  Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology, in press.
  • Busam M, Esther RJ, Obremskey WT.  Hardware Removal:  Indications and Timing.  Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in press. (dual first authorship)
  • Bos GD, Esther RJ, Woll S.  Diagnosis and Management of Foot Tumors.  Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, August 2002.
  • Esther RJ, Bos GD.  Management of Metastatic Disease of Other Bones.  Orthopaedic Clinics of North America, October 2000.
  • Esther RJ, Lamps L, Schwartz HS.  Marjolin Ulcers:  Secondary Ulcers in Chronic Wounds.   Journal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association 8(3):181-187, 1999.
  • Pincus T, Esther R, DeWalt DA, Callahan LC.  Social Conditions and Self-Management are More Powerful Determinants of Health than Access to Care.  Annals of Internal Medicine 129(5):406-11, 1998.
  • Esther RJ.  Use of Physical Restraints in a Nineteenth-century State Hospital.  History of Psychiatry 8:83-93, 1997.
  • Pelstring RC, Allred DC,  Esther RJ, Lampkin SR, Banks PM.  Differential Antigen Preservation During Tissue Autolysis.  Human Pathology 22(3):227-232, 1991.