July Featured Author

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Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD
Orthopaedic Complex Knee and Sports Medicine Surgeon
Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute

From the July Issue: The Anterolateral Ligament: An Anatomic, Radiographic, and Biomechanical Analysis

Podcast: Listen to Dr. LaPrade discuss his 100th publication in AJSM in the July issue.


Dr. LaPrade is a complex orthopaedic knee and sports medicine surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He serves as chief medical officer and co-director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He is also the Research Committee Chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, is on the AOSSM board, and is on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Surgery Center. Dr. LaPrade did his orthopaedic residency at Michigan State University and his sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

Dr. LaPrade has special expertise in treating posterolateral knee injuries, PCL tears, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants, MCL injuries, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, articular cartilage resurfacing procedures, and other difficult combined and revision knee injuries. Dr. LaPrade is known as a specialized clinician scientist who has utilized his vast and comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient care and invent new ways to treat knee problems. Many of the surgeries that he has devised have been performed worldwide and are recognized as the top level of care for many complex knee surgeries.

Dr. LaPrade has published more than 225 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 75 book chapters, and has given over 750 professional presentations, symposia, and instructional course lectures. He has received many awards for his research, including the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics. He has also been an Editorial Board member for AJSM since 1999 and is also on the Editorial Board of KSSTA.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

Kennedy MI, Claes S, Fuso FA, Williams BT, Goldsmith MT, Turnbull TL, Wijdicks CA, LaPrade RF. The Anterolateral Ligament: An Anatomic, Radiographic, and Biomechanical Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Apr 17. [Epub ahead of print]

LaPrade CM, Foad A, Smith SD, Turnbull TL, Dornan GJ, Engebretsen L, Wijdicks CA, LaPrade RF. Biomechanical Consequences of a Nonanatomic Posterior Medial Meniscal Root Repair. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Apr;43(4):912-20.

LaPrade CM, James EW, Cram TR, Feagin JA, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RF. Meniscal Root Tears: A Classification System Based on Tear Morphology. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Feb;43(2):363-9.

LaPrade CM, Ellman MB, Rasmussen MT, James EW, Wijdicks CA, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RF. Anatomy of the anterior root attachments of the medial and lateral menisci: a quantitative analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct;42(10):2386-92.

Goldsmith MT, Jansson KS, Smith SD, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RF, Wijdicks CA. Biomechanical Comparison of Anatomic Single- and Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstructions: An In Vitro Study. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jul;41(7):1595-604.

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