Recent Research

Dr. Eichinger recently authored a scientific paper from a multi-center study evaluating the failure pattern of clavicle fractures. He found that clavicle fractures occur in a predictable way with tension on the posterior-superior cortex and compression on the anterior-inferior cortex commonly resulting in 1-3 butterfly fragments. Understanding the knowledge of fracture pattern is critical when choosing the method of repair.

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Dr. Eichinger was awarded a $25,000 grant to study the development of a novel surgical infection prevention device. Dr. Eichinger was awarded the South Carolina Translational Research (SCTR) Grant along with his co-investigator Dr. Michael Yost, an MUSC chemical engineer and researcher.

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Dr. Eichinger recently published a paper regarding scapular notching which is a phenomenon that is seen in reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. This article outlines what scapular notching is and how it is diagnosed and treated.

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Joe Eichinger MD was awarded a $76,000 research grant from Johnson & Johnson Ethicon to study shoulder arthroplasty incision closure.

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Dr. Eichinger has a passion for research and has published over 56 peer-reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He is also the editorial board member for the Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Research.

Current Protocols/Research/Grants Submitted

Current Research

Grant title

Funding Organization

Date submitted

Novel Antibiotic Eluting Device

$25K MUSC SCTR Translational Study Grant.  IP filed with MUSC.  Preliminary Device Developed Jan 2018

Proposal completed and will be submitted in Fall SCTR Grant Funding Cycle

Biomechanical Evaluation of the Acumed Dualtrak Clavicle Screw – Associate Investigator

Acumed unrestricted grant awarded for cadaveric biomechanical study

Testing at Clemson completed 5-28-2018.  Data & manuscript preparation ongoing.

Investigation of a New Skin Closure Device, Dermabond PRINEO, for Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Controlled Trial


Johnson & Johnson Ethicon

$186 k grant

Full proposal submitted 5-4-18 and awaiting decision.


Grassbaugh JG, Eichinger JK, Dukes C.  Intraoperative Clavicle Fracture Characterization and Radiographic Outcomes After Operative Fixation, IRB Approved, In data collection since May 2014 Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA.  Currently enrolling patients.

Eichinger JK, Friedman RJ.  Intraoperative Clavicle Fracture Characterization and Radiographic Outcomes After Operative Fixation, IRB Approved, In data collection since October 2015, Medical University of South Carolina.  Currently enrolling patients.

Grassbaugh JG, Eichinger JK, Dannenbaum JH. Prospective radiographic versus MRI findings in AC separations: Evaluation of reliability of the Rockwood classification using bilateral clavicle radiographs, IRB Approved May 2015, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, WA.  Currently enrolling patients.

Jackson KL, Eichinger JK.  Operative Repair of Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Active Duty Military with a Second Generation Intramedullary Screw.  IRB Protocol Approved Dec 2016, Womack Army Medical Center Ft. Bragg, NC.  In data collection.


Manuscripts Accepted for Publication/Pending Publication

Greenhouse AR, Asuma MP, Galvin JW, Li X, Friedman RJ, Marchant BG, Eichinger JK. Arthroscopic-assisted repair of a locked posterior glenohumeral fracture dislocation.

Submitted to The American Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery, July  2017, accepted for publication.

Barcel A, Eichinger JK, Friedman RJ. Scapular Notching.  Accepted for publication, JAAOS, August 2017.

Eichinger JK, Grassbaugh JA, Parada SA. Acute AC Dislocation Repair in the Supine Position utilizing a minimally invasive "Finger-Scopic" Technique. Tech in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery (accepted)

Li X, Galvin JW, Eichinger JK.  Current Concepts Review: The Relationship of Critical Shoulder Angle and Shoulder Pathology. J Bone Joint Surg Am, accepted for publication Dec 2017.

Parada SA, Eichinger JK, Shaw KA When to Fix a Cuff Tear? Surgical Indications. In: Disorders of Rotator Cuff and Biceps Tendon. Editors: Matthew Provencher, Tony Romeo, Brian Cole, Pascal Boileau.

  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Website
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Website
  • American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons Website
  • Charleston RiverDogs Website
  • The American Orthopedic Association