August Featured Author

Robert Brophy, MD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Washington University School of Medicine

From the August issue: Mechanical and Microstructural Properties of Meniscus Roots Vary by Location

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


Dr. Brophy is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Chief of the Sports Medicine Service and Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Research Center at the Washington University School of Medicine with a clinical and academic focus on sports medicine injuries of the knee and shoulder.   He has served as an at large member on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, program chair for the 2018 American Orthopaedic Association annual meeting and received the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Career Development Award in 2018. Dr. Brophy has authored or co-authored over 300 peer reviewed articles and been awarded several peer-reviewed grants from the AOSSM and OREF. He has received a number of research related distinctions, including the AOSSM Cabaud Memorial Award in 2015 and 2022 and the AOSSM NCAA Research Award in 2011, the Lee T. Ford Award from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Washington University School of Medicine, and the Arthur C. Rettig Award from the National Football League (NFL) Physicians Society. He is a team physician for the St. Louis Blues and worked as a team physician with the NFL Rams while they were in St. Louis. He is currently Vice Chair of the NFL Musculoskeletal Committee and Deputy Editor of Sports Medicine for JAAOS. He has been an ICRS Traveling Fellow, AAOS-AOA North American Traveling Fellow, AOSSM-ESSKA Traveling Fellow and AOA ABC Traveling Fellow.

He graduated from Stanford University with bachelors’ degrees in electrical engineering and economics and a master’s degree in industrial engineering while playing for the soccer team. After earning his MD from the Washington University School of Medicine, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency and fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery before returning to Washington University as faculty.

Selected Other Published Work

Brophy RH, Warren R. Dunn, MOON Shoulder Group, Baumgarten KM, Bishop JY, Bollier MJ, Bravman JT, Feeley BT, Grant JA, Jones GL, Kuhn JE, Benjamin Ma C, Marx RG, McCarty ED, Ortiz SF, Smith MV, Wolf BR, Wright RW, Zhang AL, Hettrich CM. Factors associated with shoulder activity level at time of surgery and at 2-year follow up in patients undergoing shoulder stabilization surgeryAm J Sports Med. 2022;50(6):1503-1511.

Brophy RH, Huston LJ, Briskin I; MOON Knee Group, Amendola A, Cox CL, Dunn WR, Flanigan DC, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Marx RG, Matava MJ, McCarty EC, Parker RD, Vidal AF, Wolcott ML, Wolf BR, Wright RW, Spindler, KP. Articular Cartilage and Meniscus Predictors of Patient-Reported Outcomes 10 Years after ACL Reconstruction: A Multicenter Cohort StudyAm J Sports Med. 2021;49:2878-2888.

Patel RM, Castile RM, Jenkins MJ, Lake SP, Brophy RHMicrostructural and Mechanical Properties of the Anterolateral Ligament of the KneeAm J Sports Med. 2021;49:172-182.

Lamplot JD, Rodeo SA, Brophy RH. A practical guide for the current use of biologic therapies in sports medicine. Am J Sports Med. 2020;48:488-503.

Bansal A, Lamplot JD, Vandenberg JT, Brophy RH. Meta-analysis of the risk of infections after ACL reconstruction by graft type. Am J Sports Med. 2018;46:1500-1508.

Johnson JT, Mandelbaum BR, Schub D, Rodeo SA, Matava MJ, Silvers HJ, Cole BJ, ElAttrache NS, McAdams TR, Brophy RH. Video analysis of anterior cruciate ligament tears in professional American football athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2018;46:862-868.

Patel RM, Brophy RH. Anterolateral ligament of the knee: anatomy, function, imaging, and treatment. Am J Sports Med. 2018;46:217-223.

Brophy RH, Sandell LJ, Rai MF. Traumatic and degenerative meniscus tears have different gene expression signatures. Am J Sports Med. 2017;45:114-120.

Brophy RH, Tycksen ED, Sandell LJ, Rai MF. Changes in transcriptome wide gene expression of anterior cruciate ligament tears based on time from injury. Am J Sports Med. 2016;44:2064-75.

Brophy RH, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK, MARS Group, Wright RW. Association of meniscal status, lower extremity alignment, and body mass index with chondrosis at the time of revision ACL reconstructionAm J Sports Med. 2015; 43:1616-22.

Brophy RH, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE, MOON Shoulder Group. Shoulder activity level is not associated with the severity of symptomatic, atraumatic rotator cuff tears in patients electing nonoperative treatmentAm J Sports Med. 2014;42:1150-4.

Brophy RH, Schmitz L, Wright RW, Dunn WR, Parker RD, Andrish JT, McCarty EC, Spindler KP. Return to Play and Future ACL Injury Risk After ACL Reconstruction in Soccer Athletes From the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) GroupAm J Sports Med. 2012;40:2517-22.

Brophy RH, Gill CS, Lyman S, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF. Effect of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction and meniscectomy on length of career in National Football League athletes: A case control study. Am J Sports Med. 2009; 37:2102-7.

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