August Featured Author

Robert F. LaPrade, MD, PhD

Complex Knee and Sports Medicine Surgery
The Steadman Clinic
Chief Medical Officer, Steadman Philippon Research Institute
Co-Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship Program
Director, International Scholar Program
Adjunct Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Minnesota
Affiliate Faculty, College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Colorado State University

From the August issue: Two-Tunnel Transtibial Repair of Radial Meniscus Tears Produces Comparable Results to Inside-Out Repair of Vertical Meniscus Tears

Podcast: Listen to Dr. LaPrade discuss his article in the August issue.


Robert F. LaPrade MD, PhD 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 Sports Medicine Committee past-chair for the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and is on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Surgery Center. He is also on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (KSSTA). Dr. LaPrade is known as one of the few specialists with extended expertise in the three main areas of medicine: expert clinical expertise, a lauded researcher, and an outstanding educator. Dr. LaPrade has treated athletes at all levels, including Olympic, professional (football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, etc.), semi-professional and intercollegiate athletes and has returned many athletes back to full participation both after treating either their new injuries or previous failed knee surgeries. Dr. LaPrade has special expertise in treating posterolateral knee injuries, PCL tears, knee dislocations, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants, MCL injuries, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, articular cartilage resurfacing procedures, complex patellofemoral instability, and other difficult combined and revision injuries. He has received many awards for his research, including the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics and his research team has been awarded the AOSSM Excellence in Research Award three times since 2009, The Achilles Research Award from ISAKOS two times, and the Cabaud Award by the AOSSM. In addition, Dr. LaPrade has also been Course Chair for courses sponsored by the AAOS, AOSSM, AANA, ISAKOS and ORS, including courses on Arthroscopic Skill Development, Biologics, Complex Sports Injuries, Knee Osteotomies, and Early Sports Specialization.

Selected Other Published Work in AJSM

A Comprehensive Reanalysis of the Distal Iliotibial Band: Quantitative Anatomy, Radiographic Markers, and Biomechanical Properties. Godin JA, Chahla J, Moatshe G, Kruckeberg BM, Muckenhirn KJ, Vap AR, Geeslin AG, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Jun 1:363546517707961. doi: 10.1177/0363546517707961. [Epub ahead of print]

Two-Tunnel Transtibial Repair of Radial Meniscus Tears Produces Comparable Results to Inside-Out Repair of Vertical Meniscus Tears. Cinque ME, Geeslin AG, Chahla J, Dornan GJ, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 May 1:363546517704425. doi: 10.1177/0363546517704425. [Epub ahead of print]

Incidence and Detection of Meniscal Ramp Lesions on Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. DePhillipo NN, Cinque ME, Chahla J, Geeslin AG, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 May 1:363546517704426. doi: 10.1177/0363546517704426. [Epub ahead of print]

Current Concepts of the Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee: Anatomy, Biomechanics, and Reconstruction. Kraeutler MJ, Welton KL, Chahla J, LaPrade RF, McCarty EC. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Apr 1:363546517701920. doi: 10.1177/0363546517701920. [Epub ahead of print]

Outcomes After 1-Stage Versus 2-Stage Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Mitchell JJ, Chahla J, Dean CS, Cinque M, Matheny LM, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Jul;45(8):1790-1798. doi: 10.1177/0363546517698684. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Biomechanical Assessment of Hip Capsular Repair and Reconstruction Procedures Using a 6 Degrees of Freedom Robotic System. Philippon MJ, Trindade CAC, Goldsmith MT, Rasmussen MT, Saroki AJ, Løken S, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Jul;45(8):1745-1754. doi: 10.1177/0363546517697956. Epub 2017 Apr 3.

Outcomes of Inside-out Meniscal Repair in the Setting of Multiligament Reconstruction in the Knee. Chahla J, Dean CS, Matheny LM, Mitchell JJ, Cinque ME, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Mar 1:363546517698944. doi: 10.1177/0363546517698944. [Epub ahead of print]

The Proximal Tibiofibular Joint: A Biomechanical Analysis of the Anterior and Posterior Ligamentous Complexes. Marchetti DC, Moatshe G, Phelps BM, Dahl KD, Ferrari MB, Chahla J, Turnbull TL, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Jul;45(8):1888-1892. doi: 10.1177/0363546517697288. Epub 2017 Mar 24.

Outcomes After Biologically Augmented Isolated Meniscal Repair With Marrow Venting Are Comparable With Those After Meniscal Repair With Concomitant Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Dean CS, Chahla J, Matheny LM, Mitchell JJ, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 May;45(6):1341-1348. doi: 10.1177/0363546516686968. Epub 2017 Feb 1.

Posterior Meniscal Root Repairs: Outcomes of an Anatomic Transtibial Pull-Out Technique. LaPrade RF, Matheny LM, Moulton SG, James EW, Dean CS. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar;45(4):884-891. doi: 10.1177/0363546516673996. Epub 2016 Dec 5.

Multiple Ligament Reconstruction Femoral Tunnels: Intertunnel Relationships and Guidelines to Avoid Convergence. Moatshe G, Brady AW, Slette EL, Chahla J, Turnbull TL, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Mar;45(3):563-569. doi: 10.1177/0363546516673616. Epub 2016 Nov 24.

Overlap Between Anterior Cruciate Ligament and Anterolateral Meniscal Root Insertions: A Scanning Electron Microscopy Study. Steineman BD, Moulton SG, Haut Donahue TL, Fontboté CA, LaPrade CM, Cram TR, Dean CS, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):362-368. doi: 10.1177/0363546516666817. Epub 2016 Oct 13.

Anatomic Anterolateral Ligament Reconstruction Leads to Overconstraint at Any Fixation Angle: Response. Schon JM, Moatshe G, Brady AW, Cruz RS, Chahla J, Dornan GJ, Turnbull TL, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;44(10):NP58-NP59.

Hip Capsular Closure: A Biomechanical Analysis of Failure Torque. Chahla J, Mikula JD, Schon JM, Dean CS, Dahl KD, Menge TJ, Soares E, Turnbull TL, LaPrade RF, Philippon MJ. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Feb;45(2):434-439. doi: 10.1177/0363546516666353. Epub 2016 Oct 1.

International Meniscus Reconstruction Experts Forum (IMREF) 2015 Consensus Statement on the Practice of Meniscal Allograft Transplantation. Getgood A, LaPrade RF, Verdonk P, Gersoff W, Cole B, Spalding T; IMREF Group. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Aug 25. pii: 0363546516660064. [Epub ahead of print]

Intertunnel Relationships in the Tibia During Reconstruction of Multiple Knee Ligaments: How to Avoid Tunnel Convergence. Moatshe G, Slette EL, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2016 Nov;44(11):2864-2869. Epub 2016 Jul 28.

Anatomic Anterolateral Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee Leads to Overconstraint at Any Fixation Angle. Schon JM, Moatshe G, Brady AW, Serra Cruz R, Chahla J, Dornan GJ, Turnbull TL, Engebretsen L, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;44(10):2546-2556. Epub 2016 Jul 12.

In Vivo Length Changes of the Anterolateral Ligament and Related Extra-articular Reconstructions. Van de Velde SK, Kernkamp WA, Hosseini A, LaPrade RF, van Arkel ER, Li G. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Oct;44(10):2557-2562. Epub 2016 Jun 23.

Biologic Treatments for Sports Injuries II Think Tank-Current Concepts, Future Research, and Barriers to Advancement, Part 1: Biologics Overview, Ligament Injury, Tendinopathy. LaPrade RF, Geeslin AG, Murray IR, Musahl V, Zlotnicki JP, Petrigliano F, Mann BJ. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Dec;44(12):3270-3283. Epub 2016 Mar 29.

An In Vitro Robotic Assessment of the Anterolateral Ligament, Part 2: Anterolateral Ligament Reconstruction Combined With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Nitri M, Rasmussen MT, Williams BT, Moulton SG, Cruz RS, Dornan GJ, Goldsmith MT, LaPrade RFAm J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;44(3):593-601. doi: 10.1177/0363546515620183. Epub 2016 Feb 1.

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