Dr. Richard Skolasky is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Skolasky conducts independent research on treatments and outcomes for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, focusing on chronic pain, functional outcomes of spine surgery, patient reported outcomes, health-related quality of life, health services, patient engagement/activation and psycho-social determinates of health and health disparities. He has authored over 120 peer reviewed papers and has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the National Institutes of Health and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Dr. Skolasky serves as the director of the Spine Outcomes Research Center, which is dedicated to improving patient safety and outcomes by furthering knowledge and increasing the efficiency of spine care. He has worked with faculty members, residents, and medical, graduate and undergraduate students who are interested in applying rigorous research methods to answer questions about musculoskeletal treatment and health.
An alumnus of the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, where he obtained his undergraduate degree, Dr. Skolasky received a master’s in psychology from Towson University and an Sc.D. from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s health policy and management program.
Dr. Skolasky is a member of several professional societies including the International Society for Quality of Life Research and the North American Spine Society. He is a co-editor-in-chief of Quality of Life Research and statistical editor of Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology.