Martha Murray is a surgeon-scientist with a strong interest in injuries of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of the knee. She spends half of her time treating patients with these injuries, and the other half in the laboratory, developing new ways to treat ACL injuries and to improve patient outcomes. Over the past 20 years she has taken serious steps in improving the lives of patients with these and similar injuries. Her current research focuses on defining the effect of age on the capacity for ligament healing, and how to help older patients heal as effectively as young patients. Murray has taught undergraduates, graduate, and post-doctoral fellows at Harvard Medical School, and around the United States as a visiting professor.
Currently in clinical trials, Martha Murray’s ACL surgical repair technique allows the torn ACL to heal itself by using a bridge, or scaffold, to hold blood products between the two torn ends of the ACL long enough for surrounding cells to grow into and reunite the separated ends.