Dr. Marcus Ford, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Campbell Clinic, has won the prestigious American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS) Clinical Research Award. This award, presented at last month’s AAHKS annual meeting, is given annually in recognition of an outstanding clinical paper in the field of hip and knee arthroplasty.

Dr. Ford’s study investigated the safety and clinical efficacy of extended postoperative oral tranexamic acid (TXA), a type of medicine that controls bleeding, for total knee arthroplasty (TKA).

The research found that utilizing tranexamic acid not only controls bleeding, but that its use also exhibits anti-inflammatory effects. In fact, the study found that patients using tranexamic acid via a pill after surgery had significant knee flexion, improved motion, and better pain and functional scores than the patients who did not use postoperative oral tranexamic acid.

“This type of groundbreaking research is a team sport,” says Dr. Ford. “I want to thank my Campbell Clinic colleagues for their work on the study as well as the Campbell Clinic Foundation for its support. I’m honored that, together, we were able to demonstrate that extended use of post-op oral TXA can aid in early recovery following total knee arthroplasty.”

Dr. Ford is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon with Campbell Clinic who has advanced fellowship training in hip and knee replacement, resurfacing, and preservation. He performs a large volume of primary total hip and knee replacements in the Mid-South each year. A graduate of the University of Kansas, he went on to attend medical school at the University of Texas in San Antonio where he graduated as valedictorian. He then completed orthopedic surgery training at the Campbell Clinic followed by a joint reconstruction fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

As osteoarthritis has become more prevalent, even in younger patients, Dr. Ford has taken special interest in performing procedures that allow joint replacement patients to stay active. Dr. Ford plays an active role in education and research at Campbell Clinic. He teaches orthopedic residents and fellows, serves as faculty for surgeon training around the country, and participates in clinical research projects, and serves as a consultant for various hip and knee projects. To learn more about Dr. Ford, visit

About Campbell Clinic:
Founded by the late Willis C. Campbell, M.D. in 1909, Campbell Clinic is a full-service orthopaedic clinic that operates 9 outpatient clinics and two ambulatory surgery centers in the southeast region fueled by a team of 90 providers and more than 800 employees. Campbell Clinic is recognized as a national and international leader in the field of orthopaedics. Campbell Clinic physicians care for patients by integrating the latest orthopaedic treatment interventions and medical advancements in musculoskeletal care. Campbell Clinic specialists are experts in their fields, leaders in clinical research, and innovators of advanced modalities, treating all adult and pediatric musculoskeletal conditions. Campbell Clinic is proud to offer a full spectrum of care for all types of orthopaedic conditions including sports medicine, hip, knee, spine, shoulder and elbow, foot and ankle, hand and wrist, orthopaedic oncology, orthopaedic trauma, pediatric orthopaedics, general orthopaedics, physical medicine and rehabilitation, and urgent ortho care. For more information, visit