Atsushi Urita, MD, PhD, is a research fellow in the Dept. of Orthopedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center (Chicago, Illinois, USA). His research interests include joint biomechanics and cartilage biology. After obtaining his medical degree from Hirosaki University (Aomori, Japan), he continued on at Hokkaido University (Sapporo, Japan) for his Orthopedic Surgery residency and received a Philosophical doctorate at Hokkaido University. He followed this by attending the Division of Upper Extremity at Hokkaido University, where he was trained in advanced joint arthroscopy, shoulder and elbow arthroplasty, and hand surgery. Atsushi currently serves as the Cartilage Research Fellow for Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush.