Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD Surpasses 200 Peer Reviewed Studies in Orthopedics, a Milestone Reached By Only a Few Sports Medicine Researchers

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Dr. LaPrade is among a small group of physicians and researchers who have published over 200 peer reviewed studies. Dr. LaPrade's research has been used around the world to help design and test many of the current anatomic-based knee reconstructions.

Complex Knee and Sports Medicine Specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD.

Complex Knee and Sports Medicine Specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD.

Many of the current anatomic-based knee reconstructions used around the world were designed and tested based upon Dr. LaPrade’s research.

Internationally recognized Colorado knee specialist Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD has now published over 200 peer reviewed studies. To date, there are only a few clinicians, scientists and surgeons who have reached 200 peer reviewed publications in sports medicine. His 200th publication, “Magnetic Resonance Imaging Characterization of Individual Ankle Syndesmosis Structures in Asymptomatic and Surgically Treated Cohorts" was recently published in the Journal of Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy.

Peer reviewed publications are the principal mechanism by which quality research is judged. The most respected research findings are those that are scrutinized by peers for accuracy and relevance. In 1990, Dr. LaPrade’s first peer reviewed article, “Idiopathic Osteonecrosis of the Patella” was published in the Journal of Bone Joint Surgery. Since then, Dr. LaPrade has focused his research on the anatomy, biomechanics, and anatomic based reconstructions of the posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), posterolateral corner (PLC), anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), meniscus and articular cartilage of the knee.

Dr. LaPrade’s research has had global influence. While at the University of Minnesota from 1996-2010, Dr. LaPrade was a Professor and Director of the Biomechanics Lab and was internationally recognized for his collaborative research with the Norwegian Olympic Training Center and Dr. Lars Engebretsen at the University of Oslo. Many of the current anatomic-based knee reconstructions used around the world were designed and tested based upon Dr. LaPrade’s research.

Most recently, Dr. LaPrade and his team at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute partnered together with Dr. Engebretsen to complete the study “Posterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Fixation Angles: Biomechanical Evaluations for Single – and Double-Bundle Reconstruction (Part 1 and Part 2)”. The researchers on this study were awarded the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Excellence in Research Award. This award is given to the best paper submitted in any category to the AOSSM.

About Dr. LaPrade

Dr. LaPrade currently serves as a Colorado Knee Specialist and Sports Medicine Surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He is also the Chief Medical Officer, Co-Director of Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and Director of the International Research Scholar Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. Dr. LaPrade specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of injuries to the posterolateral knee (PLC), PCL, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants and all complex knee injuries.

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