January Featured Author

Jason L. Dragoo, MD
University of Colorado
UCHealth Steadman Hawkins Clinic

From the January issue: The Effect of Oral Contraceptive Hormones on Anterior Cruciate Ligament Strength

Podcast: Listen to Dr. Dragoo discuss his article in the January issue.


Jason L. Dragoo, MD is a Professor and Vice Chair at The University of Colorado. He is the Endowed Chair of Regenerative Medicine and is the Director of a newly constructed 150,000 square foot Inverness Sports Medicine and Regenerative Medicine Center. He specializes in Sports Medicine and is the Head Team Physician for the Denver Nuggets and Team Physician for the Denver Broncos. He also serves as a consultant team physician for the US Ski Team and US Olympic Committee.

Dr. Dragoo currently serves as the Chair of the newly formed Biologics Alliance, which is a multi-subspecialty national society for Biologics, and is also active member of the AAOS Biologics and Regenerative Medicine Committee, the AANA Education Committee and the AOSSM Team Physician Committee.

His basic science and clinical research have led to many advances in the use of biologics to augment tissue healing including: 1) investigations on new formulations and applications platelet rich plasma (PRP) and autologous growth factors, 2) cartilage regeneration using adult adipose-derived cells, and 3) the development of 2nd generation methods, using autologous blood products, for tissue repair. He currently has 6 active NIH/DOD grants, has published 3 textbooks, authored over 120 peer-reviewed articles.

Selected Other Published Work

Dragoo JL, Lee RS, Benhaim P, Finerman GA, Hame SL. Relaxin receptors in the human female anterior cruciate ligament. Am J Sports Med. 2003, Jul-Aug; 31(4):577-84.

Castillo TN, Pouliot MA, Kim HJ, Dragoo JL. Comparison of Growth Factor and Platelet Concentration from Commercial Platelet-Rich Plasma Separation Systems. Am J Sports Med. 2011, Feb; 39(2):266-71.

Dragoo JL, Castillo TN, Braun HJ, Kennedy AC, Golish SR. Prospective Correlation between Serum Relaxin Concentration and Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears among Elite Collegiate Female Athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2011, Oct; 39(10):2175-80.

Dragoo JL, Braun HJ, Durham JL, Ridley BA, Odegaard JI, Luong R, Arnoczky SP. Comparison of the Acute Inflammatory Response of Two Commercial Platelet-Rich Plasma Systems in Healthy Rabbit Tendons. Am J Sports Med. 2012, Jun; 40(6):1274-81.

Wasterlain AS, Braun HJ, Harris HS, Kim HJ, Dragoo JL. The Systemic Effects of Platelet- Rich Plasma Injection. Am J Sports Med. 2013, Jan; 41(1):186-93.

Dragoo JL, Wasterlain AS, Braun BA, Nead KT. Platelet-Rich Plasma as a
Treatment for Patellar Tendinopathy: A Double-Blind Randomized Controlled Trial. Am J Sports Med. 2014, Mar, 42(3): 610-8.

Braun HJ, Kim HJ, Chu CR, Dragoo JL. The Effect of Platelet Rich Plasma Formulations and Blood Products on Human Synoviocytes: Implications for Intra-Articular Injury and Therapy. Am J Sports Med. 2014, May 42 (5): 1204-10.

Konopka JA, DeBaun MR, Chang W, Dragoo JL. The Intracellular Effect of Relaxin on Female Anterior Cruciate Ligament Cells. Am J Sports Med. 2016, Sept, 44(9):2384-92.

Miroshnychenko O, Chang WT, Dragoo JL. The Use of Platelet-Rich and Platelet-Poor Plasma to Enhance Differentiation of Skeletal Myoblasts: Implications for the Use of Autologous Blood Products for Muscle Regeneration. Am J Sports Med. 2017, Mar; 45(4):945-953.

Dragoo JL, Chang W. Arthroscopic Harvest of Adipose-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells from the Infrapatellar Fat Pad. Am J Sports Med. 2017, Nov; 45(13): 3119-3127.

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