February Featured Author

Dr. Magnussen

Dr. Robert Magnussen
Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Columbus, Ohio

From the February issue: Femoral Tunnel Enlargement After Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction: Prevalence, Risk Factors, and Clinical Effect

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Magnussen discuss his article in the February issue.


Dr. Robert Magnussen is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio.

He graduated from Davidson College with honors in chemistry and subsequently obtained his medical degree from the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, NC. He then moved to Nashville, TN, where he completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University. During residency, he spent time as a visiting resident at Ullevål University Hospital in Oslo, Norway. Following residency, he returned to Duke University, where he completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. Dr. Magnussen spent the next year in Lyon, France, where he completed an additional fellowship in knee surgery under the guidance of Professors Philippe Neyret and Elvire Servien.

Following his time abroad, Dr. Magnussen returned to the US to take a faculty position at the Ohio State University in the Sport Medicine Division of the Department of Orthopaedics.  Dr. Magnussen is actively involved in the residency and fellowship programs at Ohio State where he also serves as a team physician and is involved with several area high schools. He is an active member of the AOSSM, AAOS, ISAKOS, and the ACL Study Group. He serves on several editorial boards and as a reviewer for numerous international journals. In 2012, he was selected as an EFOST European Traveling Fellow on a tour of Portugal, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands, and the UK.

Dr. Magnussen’s research is funded by the NIH through a K23 award from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) and is related primarily to clinical outcomes following ACL reconstruction and treatment of patellofemoral disorders. He has received numerous research awards, including the AirCast Award for Clinical Science from the AOSSM (2011) and the Young Investigator Award from the European Federation of National Associations of Orthopaedic Sports Traumatology (2012).

Selected Other Published Works in AJSM

Mariscalco M, Magnussen RA, Mehta D, Hewett TE, Flanigan DC, Kaeding CC. Autograft versus non-irradiated allograft tissue for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A systematic review. Am J Sports Med, Epub 2012.

Mayer C, Magnussen RA, Servien E, Demey G, Jacobi M, Neyret P, Lustig S. Patellar tendon tenodesis in associated with tibial tubercle distalization for the treatment of episodic patellar dislocation with patella alta. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Feb; 40(2): 346-51.

Magnussen RA, Lustig S, Demey G, Neyret P, Servien E. The effect of medial opening and lateral closing high tibial osteotomy on leg length. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Sep; 39(9): 1900-5.

Magnussen RA, Glisson RR, Moorman CT 3rd. Augmentation of Achilles tendon repair with extracellular matrix xenograft: A biomechanical analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jul; 39(7): 1522-7.

Magnussen RA, Carey JL, Spindler KP. Does ORIF of an OCD loose body result in healing and long-term maintenance of knee function? Am J Sports Med. 2009 Apr; 37(4): 754-9.

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