Innovation & Evolution in Hip Replacement Surgery: Highlights from the Keggi–Rubin Hip Implant Collection at Yale University

This exhibit explores the evolution of hip replacement surgery through historic implants selected from the new Keggi—Rubin Hip Implant Collection at Yale University. The displayed implants trace the trials, innovations, successes, and failures of hip replacement surgery over time, providing insight into the dynamic world of surgical history. By archiving and studying these implants, one can witness the remarkable changes that have resulted from design, engineering, biomaterials, manufacturing, and technological advances over nearly a century. The evolution of total hip replacement has been possible thanks to the timeless contributions and collaborations of many dedicated surgeons, researchers, engineers, industry experts, and manufacturers over the past 70 years.

Exhibit Organized By

Marguerite “Maggie” Gilmore, College of the Holy Cross
Daniel H. Wiznia, MD, Assistant Professor
Kristaps J. Keggi, MD, Professor Emeritus
Lee E. Rubin, MD, Associate Professor
With the assistance of Melissa Grafe, Ph.D.

Online exhibition created by Christopher Zollo, Historical Library Assistant, with contributions by Kelly Perry, Lead Digitization Technical Assistant, and Terry Dagradi, Photographer

Donors to the Collection

Community Contributors
Claudia Esposito, Ulrich and Ruth Weil

Surgeon Contributors
David H. Gibson, Kristaps J. Keggi, Phillip A. Minotti, Richard
R. Pelker, Aidin Eslam Pour, Lee E. Rubin, Peteris Studers, Daniel H. Wiznia.

Industry Contributors
Kevin Boulay, John Depalma, Josh Eaton, Robert McEneany, Timothy McTighe,
Scott Nizolek, Bill O’Brien, Rollie Ortega, Ken Roggen, Eric Urbinati, Ron Wood.

Corporate Implant Donation
CeramTec, with special thanks to Roman Preuss and Rebecca Echols.

On March 18th, 2022, Yale Orthopaedics hosted a Grand Rounds featuring talks around exhibition themes and the Keggi-Rubin implant collection.