Teamwork Pays! Ten Tips for a Great Surgeon-Scientist Collaboration

Richard L. Lieber*, Jan Fridén

*Corresponding author for this work

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This review represents our summary of what makes a great collaboration between a surgeon and a scientist. At first, with no perspective, such a collaboration seems easy and natural. But as time goes on, with more perspective, you realize how special it is. Now, in our 60s, with approximately 35 years of collaboration and 75 coauthored papers (most of them in The Journal of Hand Surgery), we are thankful and humbled for this tremendously fruitful and, importantly, enjoyable collaboration. We are not so foolish to think that we made this great collaboration—it was a gift. However, we now recognize many characteristics that make it great and have developed the following 10 tips.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)673-676
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2022


  • Business models
  • collaboration
  • tendon transfer

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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