Get to Know Dr. Shuler

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Franklin D. Shuler, MD, PhD, with patient

Franklin D. Shuler, MD, PhD, with a  patient

Franklin D. Shuler, MD, PhD, is proud to be the Medical Director of the Senior Fracture Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital. In addition to his education and expertise in orthopedics, he has a clear understanding of the potentially devastating effects a hip fracture can have on a senior's quality of life. In his role as Medical Director, Dr. Shuler has designed the program of care to provide the best possible outcomes for older hip fracture patients that is the foundation of the Senior Fracture Program. As research on fractures moves forward, he will use it to guide him in modifying the program to support even more successful rehabilitation and recovery for  senior patients.  


Dr. Shuler is an orthopedic traumatologist who takes care of the most severe fracture cases at Cabell Huntington Hospital, often performing limb-saving procedures. He provides a supportive environment and cares about patients and families during the difficult experience of fracture care. His goal is to balance patient and family support with technical excellence during and after surgery and offer every patient well-rounded care. Dr. Shuler's performance as a physician has won him national recognition for excellence in patient care, including being named a 5-Star (top 10 percent) individual award winner by Professional Research Consultants and performing in the top 10% of physicians as measured by Press-Ganey, a recognized leader in healthcare performance improvement. He is frequently sought for local and national speaking engagements, and he and his patients have been featured in print and broadcast media, including The London Times and The Washington Post.  


Dr. Shuler completed a fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was the first person awarded the Foundation of Orthopaedic Trauma's Traveling Fellowship. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and an Active Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Dr. Shuler treats a full range of bone and joint problems, and specializes in fracture repair and management, including:

  • Hip fracture and osteoporosis management
  • Acute and delayed fracture care
  • Surgery of bone malunions and nonunions
  • Peri-articular fracture management (joint surface reconstruction)
  • Surgery using osteobiologics
  • Fracture augmentation using bone stimulators
  • Management of trauma-related wound healing issues
  • Principal Investigator for clinical trials aimed at improving patient outcomes following skeletal trauma

Education & Teaching

Dr. Shuler was valedictorian when he graduated summa cum laude from Bethany College in Bethany, WV, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with Honors. In 1996, he became the first person in West Virginia to graduate from West Virginia University's Medical Scientist Training Program, where he earned his MD and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. As a member of the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, Dr. Shuler serves as Associate Professor, Orthopedic Trauma and Vice Chairman, Orthopedic Research. He is also an associate editor for the West Virginia Medical Journal, the state's only clinical peer-reviewed journal. 


Dr. Shuler’s research has resulted in numerous publications and awards, and his articles and book chapters have appeared in top peer-reviewed journals such as The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, The Journal of Orthopaedic Research and The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. His work has been presented at national and international orthopedic surgery meetings, including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. He is currently working with colleagues at the Department of Orthopaedics at the Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine on an initiative to meet the needs of 21st century orthopedic care, not only by integrating the latest biological and technological advancements in orthopedic science, but by leading the development of novel treatment modalities through distinguished basic science and clinical research programs. With the recruitment of Dr. Shuler, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine has attracted multi-center, randomized, prospective clinical trials aimed at improving the outcomes of patients sustaining orthopedic trauma. 


In addition to his responsibilities as Medical Director of the Senior Fracture Program at Cabell Huntington Hospital, Dr. Shuler is a member of the Marshall Orthopaedics logoTrauma Division of Marshall Orthopaedics, which is located on the campus of Cabell Huntington Hospital.  His practice provides state-of-the-art care for adults and children, combining clinical expertise  with cutting-edge technology to provide care and treatment for a wide range of orthopedic disorders and injuries. He can be reached at his office number: 304-691-1262.

Additional Resources


Dr. Shuler is featured in an ER ad for CHH.

Dr. Shuler is featured in an article about Vitamin D. 

Patient testimonial: Lindsey Harden

Dr. Shuler at SeniorFest 2012  

Dr. Shuler is featured in an article on the Vitamin D Council website.

Dr. Shuler is featured in an article by orthopedic surgeon David Geier Jr., MD

Patient Education 

Fall and Fracture Prevention

Professional Publications

Laser Targeting with C-Arm Fluoroscopy

Extraskeletal Effects of Vitamin D: Potential Impact on WV Disease Morbidity and Mortality

Sports Health Benefits of Vitamin D

Understanding the Burden of Osteoporosis and Use of the World Health Organization FRAX

Defining Bone Health and Fracture Risk in West Virginia: The World Health Organization FRAX® Assessment Tool

Incorporating the WHO FRAX Assessment Tool into Nursing Practice

Scientists Receive Grants for Orthopedic and Lung Cancer Research 

  • Last updated: 02/21/2013
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