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Achilles Tendon Rupture Study

Thank you for your interest in our research.

Dr. Daniel Cortes and Dr. Robert Gallo are seeking adults 18-65 years old who have suffered an Achilles tendon rupture to participate in research at Penn State College of Medicine.

Participants can join the study in State College, Pa., or Hershey, Pa.

This research seeks to better understand how the Achilles tendon heals after rupture and surgery. This information can lead to the development of new rehabilitation treatments, such as electrical stimulation, to increase quality of healing.

Compensation is provided.

You may be eligible to participate if you are:

  • 18-65 years old
  • Diagnosed with an Achilles tendon rupture, which will be treated by repair surgery
  • Able to travel to Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Hershey, Pa., or Penn State University Park in State College, Pa., for study visits

Additional criteria may apply.

The study will evaluate how the Achilles tendon heals naturally after your surgery.

To do this, the study team will ask you to participate in ultrasound images taken at several points during surgery and recovery.

For this study, the first visit is 2 weeks after surgery.

You will be asked to come in for additional study visits at week 4, week 6 and week 12.

Study visits should last approximately 30 minutes.

For each visit, the study team will take ultrasound images of both Achilles’ tendons.

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Meet the Team


For patients in Hershey, Pa., please reach out to research coordinator, Andrea Horne:

For patients in State College, Pa., please reach out to research team:

  • Phone: 814-865-7126

This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board, under federal regulations at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and Penn State College of Medicine as IRB #00016462.