November Featured Author

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Stefano Zaffagnini, MD
Professor, Università di Bologna
Head Director, Complex Structure 2nd Orthopaedic and Traumatologic Clinic

From the November issue: The Contribution of Partial Meniscectomy to Preoperative Laxity and Laxity After Anatomic Single-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: In Vivo Kinematics With Navigation

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Zaffagnini discuss his article in the November issue.


From 1991 to 2019, Dr. Zaffagnini published 279 articles in international journals (263 with an impact factor). Between 1988 to 2018, he published 88 articles in Italian national journals. He has taken part as a speaker in over 300 International Meetings and 286 Italian National Meetings. From 1988 to 2018, he published 341 international abstracts and 144 Italian national abstracts. Dr. Zaffagnini was an editor for 14 books, associate author of 66 book’s chapters, 6 monograph’s chapters, and 8 videos. He currently works as a full time professor at the University of Bologna (Università di Bologna, Bologna, Italy) and as a researcher in Biomechanics Laboratory of Codivilla-Putti Reserch Institute (Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Bologna, Italy). He participates in various research projects promoted by Istituti Ortopedici Rizzoli, Italian Health Ministry, and European Community. In 2018 he was nominated embassy of the City of Bologna in the world. He serves as reviewer across several international journals, and Dr. Zaffagnini has been serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics (JEO), since 2019.

Selected Other Published Work

Over-the-top ACL Reconstruction Plus Extra-articular Lateral Tenodesis With Hamstring Tendon Grafts: Prospective Evaluation With 20-Year Minimum Follow-upZaffagnini S, Marcheggiani Muccioli GM, Grassi A, Roberti di Sarsina T, Raggi F, Signorelli C, Urrizola F, Spinnato P, Rimondi E, Marcacci M. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Dec;45(14):3233-3242. doi: 10.1177/0363546517723013. Epub 2017 Sep 18.

Validation of Quantitative Measures of Rotatory Knee Laxity. Musahl V, Griffith C, Irrgang JJ, Hoshino Y, Kuroda R, Lopomo N, Zaffagnini S, Samuelsson K, Karlsson J; PIVOT Study Group. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Sep;44(9):2393-8. doi: 10.1177/0363546516650667. Epub 2016 Jul 1.

Effect of Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction Method on Patellofemoral Contact Pressures and Kinematics. Stephen JM, Kittl C, Williams A, Zaffagnini S, Marcheggiani Muccioli GM, Fink C, Amis AA. Am J Sports Med. 2016 May;44(5):1186-94. doi: 10.1177/0363546516631736. Epub 2016 Mar 4.

Is Sport Activity Possible After Arthroscopic Meniscal Allograft Transplantation? Midterm Results in Active PatientsZaffagnini S, Grassi A, Marcheggiani Muccioli GM, Benzi A, Roberti di Sarsina T, Signorelli C, Raggi F, Marcacci M. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Mar;44(3):625-32. doi: 10.1177/0363546515621763. Epub 2016 Jan 6.

In vivo kinematic evaluation of anatomic double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Kopf S, Musahl V, Bignozzi S, Irrgang JJ, Zaffagnini S, Fu FH. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Sep;42(9):2172-7. doi: 10.1177/0363546514538958. Epub 2014 Jun 24.

Treatment of “patellofemoral” cartilage lesions with matrix-assisted autologous chondrocyte transplantation: a comparison of patellar and trochlear lesions. Filardo G, Kon E, Andriolo L, Di Martino A, Zaffagnini S, Marcacci M. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Mar;42(3):626-34. doi: 10.1177/0363546513510884. Epub 2013 Dec 3.

Strains across the acetabular labrum during hip motion: a cadaveric modelSafran MR, Giordano G, Lindsey DP, Gold GE, Rosenberg J, Zaffagnini S, Giori NJ. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Jul;39 Suppl:92S-102S. doi: 10.1177/0363546511414017.

Prospective long-term outcomes of the medial collagen meniscus implant versus partial medial meniscectomy: a minimum 10-year follow-up studyZaffagnini S, Marcheggiani Muccioli GM, Lopomo N, Bruni D, Giordano G, Ravazzolo G, Molinari M, Marcacci M. Am J Sports Med. 2011 May;39(5):977-85. doi: 10.1177/0363546510391179. Epub 2011 Feb 4.

Arthroscopic autologous osteochondral grafting for cartilage defects of the knee: prospective study results at a minimum 7-year follow-up. Marcacci M, Kon E, Delcogliano M, Filardo G, Busacca M, Zaffagnini S. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Dec;35(12):2014-21. Epub 2007 Aug 27.

Arthroscopic second-generation autologous chondrocyte implantation compared with microfracture for chondral lesions of the knee: prospective nonrandomized study at 5 years. Kon E, Gobbi A, Filardo G, Delcogliano M, Zaffagnini S, Marcacci M. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Jan;37(1):33-41. doi: 10.1177/0363546508323256. Epub 2008 Dec 4.

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