Our state-of-the-art surgical training and innovation laboratory serves as an integral part of training for residents, fellows and surgeons. Specialized commercial device manufacturers and distributors also find this space optimal for courses and medical professional workshops. Procedures in the lab are preformed on cadaveric specimens, allowing for the most realistic training possible.

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The Hawkins Foundation lab is available to all surgeons, device manufacturers, surgical technicians, and researchers.

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The Bioskills Lab is located at the Patewood Memorial Campus of Prisma Health Upstate. It is a large versatile space including arthroscopy towers, conferencing areas, and complete changing room and shower facilities.

Full Service Experience

16 Years

of bioskills lab experience

1000 +

Lab sessions completed

3000 sq ft

of versatile laboratory space


Arthroscopy towers

The Facility

  • Large space, flexible footprint for a variety of set up options
  • Beautiful space with windows to the outside world
  • 7 arthroscopy stations (state of the art Arthrex & S&N towers)
  • OR simulation center w/ boom, surgical lights, OR beds, and specimen mounting solutions
  • Men's and Women's locker rooms w/ available scrub rental
  • Conference space for presentations and breaks
  • X-ray availability
  • Specimen storage
  • A large assortment of surgical instrumentation
  • Remote training through a state of the art Avail system
  • A great relationship with the Restore Life USA tissue bank providing the freshest, high quality specimens in the business
  • A non profit facility, not run or influenced by the hospital system, allows users from any space and for compliance between vendors and physicians
  • Clemson University’s facility for human tissue use
  • Photography and video production availability

The Hawkins Lab set the bar for cutting edge medical educational training facilities throughout the country.  We at Peerless Surgical have utilized the lab to work closely with healthcare providers and our representatives to train and educate on the latest techniques and procedures. The resources and support available staff are next to none.

Peerless Surgical - Arthrex

What a vital role the Hawkins Foundation lab played in my education while in fellowship! That facility was perfectly set up to practice and prepare for cases, trial new techniques and equipment, and receive direct, 1-on-1 staff training in a unique, relaxed environment.. If we had a complex surgery coming up, we could just reach out to Matt, set a time, and come practice and prepare. What a gift for surgical education!

Adam Hines, MD , Steadman Hawkins fellow class of 2020-21 -

The Hawkins Foundation Bioskills lab was instrumental in enabling our company to evaluate several design iterations of our annular repair device in cadaveric spine specimens. Its proximity, reasonable cost and flexibility of scheduling made it an efficient and effective use of time for our management team, engineers and clinicians. 

Dr. Jeremy Mercuri , Founder, Chief Scientific Officer - NovaVia Spine & Biologics, LLC

The Hawkins Foundation lab has helped us perform cadaver-based courses for Orthopedic Surgeons and Fellows on various implant and instrument applications. The ability to have everything provided by the Hawkins Foundation staff has been fantastic. This frees up all the challenges in coordinating a cadaveric lab.

Evan Gauntner - Stryker UE Carolina's

The Hawkins Bioskills Lab has been a tremendous asset to our Bioengineering program at Clemson University. The bioskills lab facilitates collaborative research in novel surgical techniques, biomechanical research and medical device evaluation. Our students, faculty and regional start-ups regularly use the facility, its staff and its resources to interact with our clinical partners towards the improvement of healthcare for our community.

Dr. John D. DesJardins , Hambright Distinguished Professor in Engineering Leadership - Clemson University, Department of Bioengineering

The lab was a huge benefit to my fellowship training. My co-fellows and I were in the lab almost weekly, working on refining techniques, practicing what we had learned that week, and working on skills for upcoming cases. We had the benefit of working with each other to build off each other’s knowledge and skill. We had the opportunity to use/practice with a vast array of implant designs and vendors. This is particularly helpful when preparing to enter practice as fellows are not only working to identify personal preferences, but also familiarizing themselves with less familiar systems they may be using at their future surgery center/hospital. 

Justin Smith, MD , Fellowship class of 2021-22 -

For all your surgical training needs, look no further than the Hawkins Foundation surgical training and innovation center

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