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The Top 28 U.S. Shoulder Surgeons

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Sat, February 22nd, 2014

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If a shoulder specialist has a torn rotator cuff, whom do they go to for advice? Here are the answers! Shoulder surgeons at the top of their game let us know their thoughts on the best orthopedic surgeons in their subspecialty.

Here is that list. We don’t have “the market” on lists…this isn’t the be-all and end-all list—but it is a list of the most impressive shoulder surgeons in the country. This information was obtained via a telephone survey of thought leaders in the field. The information in quotes is what we heard about these surgeons.

In alphabetical order, here are the top 28 shoulder surgeons in the United States.

Joseph A. Abboud, M.D.

Dr. Abboud is an orthopedic surgeon at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and associate professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. “He is an extremely talented clinician and researcher with a lot of funded research projects. He is an innovator and has been involved in designing new shoulder prostheses.”

April D. Armstrong, M.D.

Dr. Armstrong is associate professor of Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at Penn State Hershey Bone and Joint Institute in Pennsylvania. “She is a rising star, and has developed several models of glenoid bone loss. She is very involved in resident education and instructs other faculty on how to best educate residents.”

John-Erik Bell, M.D.

Dr. Bell is an orthopedic surgeon with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire. He is also assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and The Dartmouth Institute. “He is getting a masters degree in epidemiology specializing in public health outcomes. Basically, he is helping to determine whether or not what we do as surgeons is cost effective. He has also made a significant contribution to our understanding of the geographical distribution of shoulder problems.”

Louis U. Bigliani, M.D.

Dr. Bigliani is the Frank E. Stinchfield Professor and chairman in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also chief of the Shoulder Service at the Center of Shoulder, Elbow and Sports Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and is a past president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES). “He is a great educator, researcher, and clinician with a tremendous amount of experience. He is well regarded and is a thoughtful leader.”

Stephen S. Burkhart, M.D.

Dr. Burkhart is an orthopedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group in Texas. He is also clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and is a past president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America. “He is a real innovator and has advanced all aspects of arthroscopic surgery throughout his career.”

Brian J. Cole, M.D.

Dr. Cole is an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush, as well as professor in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Anatomy and Cell Biology. Dr. Cole is section head of the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush (Rush University Medical Center). “He is known for his deep understanding of cartilage repair. He is really on the cutting edge of what is out there.”

Edward V. Craig, M.D., M.P.H. is an orthopedic surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and professor of Clinical Surgery (Orthopaedics) at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Craig is a past president of the ASES. “He is phenomenal. He has a wide breadth of experience and has particularly good interpersonal skills…a fantastic person.”

T. Bradley Edwards, M.D.

Dr. Edwards is an orthopedic surgeon with Fondren Orthopedic Group, LLC in Houston, Texas, and a clinical instructor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Texas at Houston. He is also clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Baylor University, and clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Rehabilitation at the University of Texas Medical Branch. “He is outstanding. He has a very broad practice, but is best known for arthroplasty and for his publications on reverse shoulder arthroplasty. He is a thoughtful scientist.”

Neal S. Elattrache, M.D.

Dr. Elattrache is an orthopedic surgeon and director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Kerlan Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He is also associate clinical professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California. “He is a leader in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and elbow and is the team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He is truly an outstanding doctor and surgeon.”

Evan Flatow, M.D.

Dr. Flatow is the Bernard J. Lasker Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedics and chief of Shoulder Surgery at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. Dr. Flatow is a past president of the ASES. “He is a talented clinician, scientist, researcher, and educator…he is the whole package. He is especially known for his work on ways of better understanding rotator cuff repair and healing.”

Mark A. Frankle, M.D.

Dr. Frankle is an orthopedic surgeon with Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Tampa and director of the Biomechanical Shoulder and Elbow Research Lab at the University of South Florida College of Engineering. “He is known for reverse shoulder replacement, and has designed his own prosthesis for DJO (it is different and controversial). He is not afraid to go against the tide. He has had such success that other product designers have modified their prostheses to look a bit more like his.”

Leesa M. Galatz, M.D.

Dr. Galatz is associate professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Program Director of the Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “She is probably on everyone’s list of the best shoulder surgeons in the U.S. She has a deep understanding of the complexities of shoulder problems and will tackle any type of problem.”

Ruben Gobezie, M.D.

Dr. Gogezie is director of the Cleveland Shoulder Institute University Hospitals of Cleveland and fellowship director at the Cleveland Akron Shoulder & Elbow Fellowship. Dr. Gobezie is also head of the Cartilage Transplant Center of Cleveland. “He is a younger surgeon…very innovative and skillful. He does a lot of allograft bone grafting for isolated cartilage lesions through a minimally invasive approach—not many people are doing that now.”

Joseph P. Iannotti, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Iannotti is chairman of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland. He is also co-director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. Dr. Iannotti is a past president of the ASES. “He is one of the most knowledgeable people in the world on shoulder replacements. As far as how to do complex revisions he is ‘the man’…the court of last resort.”

Jay D. Keener, M.D.

Dr. Keener is assistant professor of orthopedic surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “He is a very intelligent guy and is doing some great research on rotator cuff repairs and healing—these are prospective randomized trials.”

William N. Levine, M.D.

Dr. Levine is professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia University in New York. He is also vice chairman of Education in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Columbia, as well as director of Sports Medicine. In addition, Dr. Levine serves as associate director of the Center for Shoulder, Elbow & Sports Medicine and director of the orthopedic surgery residency program at Columbia University Medical Center. “He is very dedicated to teaching residents, fellows, and medical students. He is a great surgeon, and is very involved with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) on continuing education for practicing shoulder surgeons.”

Frederick A. Matsen, III, M.D.

Dr. Matsen is an orthopedic surgeon with the University of Washington Bone and Joint Center in Seattle and is the Douglas T. Harryman II Endowed Chair in Shoulder and Elbow Research. Dr. Matsen is a past president and founding member of the ASES. “He is not only innovative, but he possesses an incredible understanding of the way the shoulder works. He has trained some of the top shoulder surgeons that are currently in practice.”

Peter J. Millett, M.D., M.SC.

Dr. Millet is an orthopedic surgeon and partner at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. “He is a well-recognized shoulder expert in all areas. He has developed a select practice that includes many high end athletes. He is on the forefront of several advanced arthroscopic shoulder techniques that are used to treat athletes.”

Anand M. Murthi, M.D.

Dr. Murthi is attending orthopedic surgeon and chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also director of Shoulder and Elbow Research at that institution. “He is a younger generation shoulder surgeon and is someone to be watched. He is a dedicated clinician and educator who has been actively involved with AAOS. He is a tremendous resource to his colleagues.”

Bradford O. Parsons, M.D.

Dr. Parsons is assistant professor of Orthopaedics at the Mount Sinai hospital in New York. “He is an up and coming surgeon with outstanding skills. He is very conscientious, involved in research, and in the next five years will be at the forefront of the field.”

Matt Provencher, M.D., M.C., U.S.N.

Dr. Provencher is director of Orthopaedic Shoulder, Knee, and Sports Surgery at the Naval Medical Center San Diego Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is also professor of Surgery and Orthopaedics at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences. “He is one of the most influential shoulder surgeons that the military has produced in the last 10 years. He has published more than 100 articles and he is only in his early 40s. His expertise is in managing complex problems that happen to soldiers, including unstable shoulder with bone loss. This is very hard to treat and he is one of the world’s leaders in this area.”

Anthony A. Romeo, M.D.

Dr. Romeo is an orthopedic surgeon at Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush. He is also professor and director in the Section of Shoulder & Elbow at Rush University Medical Center. “He is a consummate technical surgeon and a very good teacher. He is a thought leader in shoulder stability, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder arthroplasty.”

Edwin E. Spencer, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Spencer is an orthopedic surgeon at Knoxville Orthopaedic Clinic in Tennessee. “He is a phenomenally talented surgeon and a very dedicated scientist. He has worked on the natural history of rotator cuff injuries and tears, and has been involved in the design of innovative shoulder prosthesis.”

John W. Sperling, M.D.

Dr. Sperling is professor of orthopedics at Mayo Clinic. “He has a very focused practice…he takes on extremely hard cases. He has published more on arthroscopy than anyone else has recently.”

Robert Z. Tashjian, M.D.

Dr. Tashjian is assistant professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Utah School of Medicine in Salt Lake City. “He is a talented researcher and has done a lot of work on rotator cuff healing and fractures. He has also done research on the clinical evaluation and biomechanics of reverse shoulder replacement.”

Jon J.P. Warner, M.D.

Dr. Warner is chief of the Harvard Shoulder Service and director of the Harvard Combined Shoulder Fellowship. He is also the current president of the ASES. “He is very knowledgeable, and has pioneered work on nerve problems around the rotator cuff. He has done a lot of research on shoulder arthroplasty, and has published more than most on the kinematics of the shoulder.”

Gerald R. Williams, Jr., M.D.

Dr. Williams is director of the Shoulder and Elbow Center at Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Jefferson Medical College. He is a past president of ASES. “He is a thought leader and genuine innovator.”

Ken Yamaguchi, M.D.

Dr. Yamaguchi is the Sam and Marilyn Fox Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and chief of the Shoulder and Elbow Service at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. “He has a good grasp on rotator cuff disease and his research has helped us all learn about much more about this problem. He has the largest database on the natural history of rotator cuff tears.”

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143 Responses to “The Top 28 U.S. Shoulder Surgeons”

  1. Jeremiah Parker says:

    Is there any progress on the newest complete elbow replacement hardware being developed at Mayo clinic in association with Ortho Carolina

  2. Bill Brasky says:

    Gerald Williams!!!

    • He’s the best trust me look him up

      • lupe aguirre says:

        I’m in the Houston,Tx. area and I have some serious shoulder problems and my doctor said i should wait until the pain is real severe and then he wants to do a reverse replacement.. I don’t want to wait that long and would like to know if anyone know a good shoulder dr. in Houston

        • Mike B says:

          Lupe, try Dr Brad Edwards. I had a doctor in the Woodlands do complete shoulder replacement surgery several years ago, and now it has failed. Saw several other surgeons in the Woodlands and they offered different opinions, were all eager to open me up and do it again..Woodlands area orthos seem to all like to get you on their assembly lines. Dr Edwards was the only one who did systematic tests, including blood work for potential infection. He does want to replace the replacement, which is now a serious surgery, but has offered much more detailed reasons why, and his team actually has invented the replacement parts for specific conditions. Finding his name on the list of top surgeons gives me confidence, although i havnt had the surgery yet as i am currently out of the country. I havent found any of the 5 surgeons i have seen in the Woodlands on this list……

          • lupe aguirre says:

            Mike, thanks for your answer, I just now ran across your reply while looking for good shoulder drs. I did go to another dr in the kelsey network where I’m at and tried to get a referral to the Fondren Orthopedics but he wouldn’t give it to me. This particular dr. had seen me before and he told me the first time I saw him that even though he couldn’t fix my rotator cuff he could do surgery and scrap the bones. When I went to ask for the referral that he wouldn’t give me, he tried to impress me by telling me he did about 300 surgeries a year. I wonder how many of those were just bone scrapping surgeries. At this point I’m stuck with Kelsey because if I go out of network on my own it would be to expensive for me. A dr at Kelsey is the one that had recommended the Fondren group and Dr. Edwards is who I wanted to see when I tried to get my referral. If I can find away to see Dr. Brad Edwards with my insurance, he’s the one I feel comfortable doing my surgery.

  3. wade antle says:

    I have recently had a full width rotator cuff tear. I live in southeastern Wa. State and there are not a lot of options near by for specialists in this type of repair, my orthopedics doctor, seems to want to refer me to a orthopedics surgeon in LA. Ca. I just find it hard to believe we don’t have some excellent shoulder surgeons here in the northwest.

    • Becky Ramey says:

      Is repairing a fully torn rotator cuff especially complicated? I have a 50 percent torn RC is why I ask. I want to put surgery off for a few months but I am concerned that the tear could get worse before then.

      • Theresa says:

        Do NOT wait. Get it repaired. if you wait and it gets worse then there may be none left to repair then you are looking at reverse shoulder replacement. I tore mine and had it repaired 10 yrs ago. Just tore the rest and now I am in need of reverse shoulder replacement as there is no rotator cuff left to repair 🙁 Best of luck to you!

        • Chris says:

          My doctor who specializes in shoulders and elbows at MUSC said he could repair a complete tear and it’s been that way for quite awhile, a 2nd partial tear and a 3rd ragged getting ready to tear and that I do not need a reverse ball and socket. My ball and socket is in good shape, it’s just the rotator cuff and it’s tensions.

        • Pat Howle says:

          I fell onto my right shoulder and torn the rotator cuff completely. This was mid-May….surgery was Oct,1. The surgeon could not pull the tendons back to attach. I was told it may not work. The longer you wait the harder it is to re-attached the tendons. I’m experiencing more limitation and pain in normal movement. Reverse surgery is next. I was told prior to surgery there was a possibility it would not be successful.

    • TOM says:

      I waited five months. During that time a poor condition got much worse. Any slight mishap can cause further tearing. I would suggest sooner rather than later for surgery

    • Jesse says:

      I am in LA and just tore the long head of my bicep and may have some shoulder damage. Who in LA are you being referred to?
      Thanks.

    • lidija says:

      I am also looking for experienced partial shoulder replacement surgeon,I have been rock climbing for 37 years and would like to continue with my passion,please help,I leave in Reno,NV

      • JoAnn says:

        I saw a comment from you on a site. I’m looking for a great ortho surgeon for shoulder repair. I also live in Reno and am looking for a surgeon for a reverse shoulder replacement, and wondered if you were successful in your search. I’m now looking in Sacramento and SF since I’m not sure about ROC docs. I would appreciate your thoughts if you had surgery and who you chose. Thanks!

        • Frank Bailey says:

          I saw your comment re: need for shoulder replacement surgery. I am an 84 year old male living in Reno, NV. I have been told I need total shoulder replacement also. Were you able to find a well qualified surgeon in Reno? If so, who? How did your surgery turn out?

          • bill tobyansen says:

            looking in reno for a shoulder surgeon for 75 yr old wife; any advice ?? thanks

      • Cheryl A Tullis says:

        look up tom christensen ROC reno orthopedic clinic… he has excellent credits and i have used him for my total reverse shoulder replacement

    • Mark Farrell says:

      Saw your post regarding shoulder replacement doctors in WA state. Did you find a good one? I am in need and have just begun looking.

    • Dave says:

      Stephen J Snyder in Van Nuys only does complicated shoulder surgeries and is a teacher to other surgeons who wish to learn how to do Graft Jackets and other advanced procedures.He has invented some of the tools for this procedure and wish he was the one who did my first surgery.I have had multiple rotator cuff surgeries to both surgeries and he was by far the most incredible doctor I have ever met.Literally no pain the following day and drove myself home from Los Angeles to San Francisco

      • Nana's daughter says:

        I am looking for a good surgeon for my mom who has a shoulder ligament tear. Are you still happy with this doc?

  4. Doctor love says:

    The best elbow plating system is Wright Medical EPS.
    Developed by Dr. Grahm King. It’s classic and not over engineered.

  5. PDiddy says:

    The newest elbow replacement out of Mayo is the new Zimmer Nexel system. Apparently has been doing well early on. Plus much better instrumentation than C-M total elbow.

  6. jill says:

    Nobody wants to answer the question how much does it cost?

    • Bill says:

      Your comment is very encouraging. I need a shoulder replacement. How is the mobility and strength of the new shoulder?
      What are your limitations?
      Thanks for your comment.
      Bill

  7. Larry says:

    Dr. Craig did a right TSR on me (August 2013) and I cannot say enough good things about him, his staff and HSS. Everything he told me to expect and when to expect it was spot on. I feel 110% better with the new shoulder than I did with my old arthritic shoulder. I should have seen Dr. Craig years earlier.

  8. Julia says:

    My 23 year old son has had 3 shoulder surgeries for dislocations, two on the right, one on the left. He just dislocated the other day throwing a ball. In January he did so, in his sleep, as he awoke. He has done it playing badminton! He feels like nothing can be done. Has anyone had experience of this kind? With success? He is newly married with a baby..I fear he won`t be able to do things with his kids….
    Please email me if so….

    Julia
    cleghornjj@gmail.com

    • Cynthia says:

      Absolutely there are things that can be done. I have had much the same issue. 2 repairs on the right and one on the left. My right shoulder is quite stable now, my left, well, not so much. He needs to be evaluated by a shoulder specialist.

    • Jeremy says:

      ive had 8 bilateral reconstructions and a partial and full arthroplasty. Chronic global instability. Too many dislocations to count and a ton of subluxations. Started a 23 with a dislocation and I’m in my 40s now. Have some genetic testing done for EDS, it is a condition that effects collagen in tissues. Could be a contributing factor if he is really flexible. I had similar issues, once I dislocated hitting speed bumps! Just something to check out and if EDS is the culprit it may be valuable info for the doc.

  9. Joshua Martin says:

    Does any one know of any doctors who specialize in post glenoid displaysia

  10. Tom says:

    Tendon completely torn from bone in shoulder. Who is best to repair? How long can I wait to have it repaired?

  11. Mary says:

    Is it true that rotator cuff repair on someone in their early 70s and in good physical health is not a good idea? I was told that the healing process is not good and the tear can reoccur. What is the alternative.?

  12. Ruben B. Soto says:

    I have had two torn rotator cuff tears / right shoulder. I am 70 yrs old
    but very active. Those last arthroscopic surgeries did little to stop my pain.I now have a SLAP, a small cyst on the humerus with A/C joint complications…My present ortho has not suggested anything more than MRI. He has administered injections to the area;however pain returns within days. I am awakened by pain several times a night despite analgesics.
    Just where and with whom can I get some relief?

  13. Denise says:

    My husband has developed heterotopic ossification in his shoulder after receiving deep tissue burns on 55% of his body. How long should you wait before surgery? Is there a specialist for this surgery?

    • charlie says:

      Liz, I have a similar injury that has developed into arthritis and some necrosis. Depending on how long the it has been since the tears can be a deciding factor in whether they can be repaired or not. Fatty infiltration of the muscles is a sign that the tears are old and will not be repairable. An MRI should be done to evaluate the conditions of the two torn tendons and the related muscles. The longer they are left torn the more the muscles associated with those tendons will shrink and will in less that a year be to short to be re-attached. This is my experience, I am looking at a Fusion or a Reverse Shoulder Replacement on account of my injuries. Best of luck.

  14. liz says:

    supraspinatus and infraspinatus torn from bone. and retracted. good candidate for surgery?

  15. Chris henderson says:

    I’m looking for the best shoulder surgeon in North Alabama. Please offer suggestions so I can make an informed decision. Thank you

    • Sam Flores says:

      Dr.Zeman works at the Biltmore surgical center. Great doctor, I’m from Yuma Az and he operated on me and many people from the Yuma area. I’ve always heard all positive reviews. Best of luck

  16. ralph herdman says:

    I need a shoulder surgeon in Arizona. please email me suggestions. I am new to phoenix.

  17. Barbara says:

    I have osteoarthritis in my left shoulder and was told that I will need shoulder replacement surgery. I am looking for recommendations for good shoulder surgeons in Massachusetts. I live in western Massachusetts (Springfield area) but I’m willing to travel to the Boston area for my surgery. Please email me your recommendations. Thank you.

    • Matt says:

      I am also looking for shoulder surgeons in Boston. Barbara, did you get any responses?

    • michele griffin says:

      I have the same problem and live in same area, hip and back surgeries done in Boston, excellent job by 2 of the best, as after hip replacements, no one in western mass would touch my back and sent me to Boston again, As the shoulder is not connected to lower back and hips, I should be able to find someone in western mass, chicopee and wondering if you found somebody yet in this area and would you recommend

      • david moran says:

        I imagine you guys have had your procedures by now, but another eastern Mass. name to add to the downtown crowd (including Perlmutter) is Paul Re at Emerson Hospital in Concord. He is extremely capable and savvy and prudent. I had two revisions done (one ea shoulder) and he will do a total next time as warranted.

    • John Jeanson says:

      Dr. Brian McKeon (Waltham, MA) or Dr. John-Erik Bell (Lebanon, NH)

  18. Ronnie says:

    My wife had Rotator cuff surgery and during recovery she experienced a loud pop in the shoulder and lots of pain down the arm. When she had so much pain to bear, she returned for an MRI and the results were bad. There was nothing the surgeon could do since everything was gone and she would need a muscle transplant. He was not qualified. We live in Petersburg WV and I work in Parkersburg WV. Who can do a muscle transplant in the surrounding area?

  19. Grace Lombardi says:

    I live in Baltimore Maryland. I was told I need a total shoulder replacement. Can anyone recommend an orthopedic shoulder surgeon in Maryland?
    Thanks

  20. Enrique says:

    Need an excellent Orthopaedic surgeon to reconstruct my right shoulder either in Southern CA or Las Vegas, NV. Thank you.

  21. Kenneth Pilcher says:

    I am 63 year very active man, I fell and damaged my right shoulder. I have had 2 surgeries already and I live in very severe pain everyday. I need help. I live in MD and would like to see a specialist in this area. If I need another surgery I need it to be successful.

  22. Justin says:

    I am looking for a M.D. that can rapir my wife shoulder. It is a sports related injury and it has been repaired before about 10 years ago. I want it done nicely so that she can have more movement than she has now. Currently she can barley get her arm above her head and the slightest bump to the shoulder causes pain. We are lookig to have the surgery this late summer.

  23. richard says:

    I need a right shoulder replacement. Ihave recently moved to Richmond Va. Can you recommend an outstanding doctor with lots of success in this type of surgery to perform this surgery for me?

  24. Wanda says:

    I need total replacements in both shoulders with my dominant side being the very worst & am in extreme pain with hardly any mobility. I am a 66 yr old caregiver as well & this experience seems daunting for me especially since we just moved from CO to MN to be near family for support. I had a great Dr. lined up in CO but don’t know where to begin searching in MN. If anyone can make a good recommendation I would so grateful

  25. Adam says:

    Greg Lervick in Minneapolis is outstanding.

  26. James says:

    I can state without a doubt that the fact that
    Dr. Francis Mendoza from Lennox Hill Hospital is not on the list or near or at the top, invalidates for me who created this list.

  27. Robert Christensen says:

    I was disappointed not to see one comment about AC Separation of the shoulder, which I have. I’m looking for a Dr. that has extensive experience/research in that area. I have a grade 3 AC separation but currently there is no Gold Standard for repairing this injury.
    Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated…

    Thanks,
    Robert

  28. Pat says:

    I am looking for a shoulder specialist in the Tyler-Longview, Texas, area.

    Thanks.

  29. lynn says:

    Looking for surgeon who specializes in reverse shoulder replacements. Any suggestions for northern California area?

  30. Judy Heldmann says:

    Need shoulder replacement surgery . Would appreciate recommendations for a surgeon in or around the Tulsa, OK area. Thank you

  31. Erica Manfred says:

    I’m looking for a surgeon for a shoulder replacement in South Florida, Palm Beach County. Suggestions?

  32. Joan says:

    Looking for a surgeon who specializes in reverse shoulder replacements. I prefer the Philadelphia, PA area, but would be willing to go anywhere along the East Coast from Boston to Florida.
    Also looking for a surgeon who specializes in shoulder replacement revisions. Any suggestions would be enormously appreciated!

    • Rocky Rhoads says:

      Shoulder surgeon must do at least 15 per week, if it’s per month look more and ask. am six weeks post op after a total right shoulder replacement. I have the best Ortho in the south.

      Dr. Brett Cascio- works many shoulders and all pro athletes in the area. He is up to the latest very nice and not knife happy. Explains simple so you understand what is wrong. He is in Lake Charles, Louisiana works at Lake Charles Memorial next to his office Get the shoulder block and use the cooling jacket that also inflates with pressure.
      Shoulder surgery is the most painful you can have. But he
      keeps you comfortable with his state of the art and experience.

    • Peg says:

      Joan, check out top 28 orthopedic docs in the nation. Two are at the Rothman Institute Philadelphia who specialize in shoulders. Dr Abboud and Dr Williams both do reverse shoulder replacements. I am scheduled for RSR next week with Dr Abboud.

  33. George S Hazzis III says:

    Who’s the best ortho surgeon specializing in shoulders nearest key west Florida?

  34. joycegoldberg says:

    i a im looking for a superior shoulder surgeon who is quqlified to perform a reversible of my right shoulder, it is an old injury. a doctor in cleveland clinic dx in 2012 that i needed a shoulder reverse on the right shoulder.

  35. Rene Andersen says:

    I am 70 and not experiencing great pain with a major tear in the rotator cuff. I’ve been to told to do the surgery sooner rather than later.
    Recommendations for doctors in Boston or Hartford would be appreciated.

    • Carol says:

      Did you find someone? Looking for shoulder replacement surgeon in Boston area as well.

      • I had a shoulder replacement done 3 years ago in Boston .. It went extremely well and has been great ever since the surgery. Doctors name is Lawrence Higgins at Brigham and Womens Hospital. He only does shoulders so he has a lot of experience and great outcomes!

  36. J K says:

    My husband has severe weakness in both of his shoulders for over 2 months now and am looking for a specialist or someone to help evaluate what is going on. We are in the NY area. Please let me know if you know anyone you can highly recommend.

  37. Nj says:

    Had arthroscopic shoulder surgery in 2013 and now have a suprasinatus tendon which is barely attached to my rotator cuff. P.A. recommended nothing in terms of my options, pain relief, etc. Never even saw my surgeon after recent MRI which revealed the new problem.

    Am in pain, discomfort and don’t know where to turn.

    Please recommend best qualified, CARING surgeons in Virginia.
    Thanks!

  38. bob says:

    George S Hazzis check out r. George L. Caldwell Jr., MD

    in fort lauderdale, did both of my shoulders and he does the miami heat and the marlins, great job

  39. Jodi says:

    My son, 20 double jointed in shoulder, nerve behind ear and down neck that helps the shoulder is bad. Can just be sitting with us talking and shoulder muscles will start having a spasm and pop out, also the shoulder blade instead of turning way it should turns the opposite way, and has not fully slipped, he has seen three specialist and every one of them say there is nothing can do, there are NO pain meds that work for him at all so he takes nothing! ANYONE know of something to help or if a Reverse Shoulder replacement would even help? So hard and frustrating to keep going to specialists to hear nothing will help. What if became permanent dislocated is my fear

    • Lynn says:

      My husband i’s going through same thing it’s hard to watch he’s in pain24 hours a day keep getting mri seeing Dr’s and no one is helping can’t sleep the pain is unbearable can anyone help is bothering shoulders are totally gone has neck pain back pain he’s 52 and has no quality of life it’s like his sole is gone please help .

  40. Donna says:

    I have necrosis of the right humeral head due to injury years ago. Have been told I need a reverse joint replacement.

    Need recommendation for a physician in the Atlanta, Georgia area.

    Becoming pretty debilitating and painful to move.
    Thanks for suggestions.

    Has become quite debilitating and painful.
    Thanks for any input.

  41. Tom says:

    Im a male 60 who has complete rotator cuff arthrophy and arthritis of domain shoulder I have good range of motion but no real strength I have been favoring my other arm I’ve heard about revers shoulder replacement but I hear so many complications and horror stories. I heard there is a Dr Dines in NYC does anyone know of him. Also I hear they don’t last lone what happens then I don’t have much pain yet but get losts of inflammation in shoulder due to high ridging humeral Should I wait this procedure may be worse then the disability

    • Tom says:

      Hi Was it a reverse shoulder replacement or total shoulder replacement. I heard craig is good Im going to see David Dines

  42. Brian says:

    About 8 years ago I had a SLAP repair of my left shoulder. About a year after that, I had a SLAP repair of the other shoulder as well. Ever since then I’ve had bicep tendonitis in both shoulders as well as other pain around the shoulder (mainly on the back sides) as well. However, the main area of pain has been the bicep tendons just below the shoulder/top of the bicep.

    I had a stem cell injection in the left shoulder performed about three months ago. It seemed to help alleviate the pain to some degree. In the process of the injection, the doctor used a sonogram to assist in the placement of the injection. He noticed that the bicep tendons (both sides) were out of their tendon grooves. This lead me to wonder if the tendons came out of the grooves as a result of the anchoring of the bicep tendons to the humerus bone during the SLAP tear repair procedure.

    I have a few questions:
    1.) Has it ever been determined that the cause/source of some bicep tendonitis/pain was from the anchor/tie down itself in the anchoring of the bicep tendon to the humerus bone as part of the SLAP repair procedure?
    2.) Would/could cutting the anchors loose alleviate the bicep tendonitis pain and, perhaps, allow the tendon to return to the tendon grooves?
    3.) Would/should, in most cases, the SLAP repair itself, without the anchors, be strong enough to sustain the repair without the anchors assisting in the event that the anchors were cut loose?
    4.) Are there any cases where it has been determined that the anchoring of the bicep tendon to the humerus causes the remainder of the shoulder joint to become unstable or perhaps less stable thus resulting in additional pain (in the back side of the shoulder?

    Thank you

    Brian

  43. Joe D. says:

    I am in need of shoulder replacement and would like to know a great shoulder specialist in NY preferably long island who accepts empire blue cross.

  44. M. A. says:

    May 20, 2016,

    Brian,

    What help did the Stem Cell Injection do for you? I had surgery in Feb 2015 with 2 small tears and a Large Tear on my Right Side of my Shoulder. I had therapy for about six months and it to the point the want to do a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement, I’m not to keen on this can you advise.

  45. MANUEL LOZANO says:

    I live in Miami. I’m looking for a top sprain of right rotator cuff capsule orthopedic surgeon in Miami, fl.My insurance is Bluecross Blueshield. Plse I need information. Thank you for helping me

  46. Ray G says:

    I live in the Orlando ,FL area,looking for advice on who I should see about a right shoulder partial repair,

  47. my wife needs new shoulder,she has lymphedema in the arm that needs surgery.we live in northwest looking for a doc. with that kind of experience.

  48. Marian says:

    Husband was motorcycle cop and had three accidents where he had to slide his bike on the concrete. Never had shoulder surgery for diagnosed rotater cuff tear when he should have. Now he’s active, retired, 70 yrs old, still uses his right arm but has pain, popping, and weakness in his shoulder. He had successful minimally invasive back surgery last Nov. for sciatic nerve pain (fusion) and is ready to get the shoulder repaired. Any suggestions for docs in Oklahoma or north Texas ?

  49. I need a reverse shoulder replacement on my right shoulder. I was told this a year or more ago,but in the mean time I have had two major surgs. Heart valve and colon surg. I am now in need for my shoulder surg. I am looking for a top notch surgen,live in the area of chicago area. I have Humana Gold Ins. I am very nervous.Help me please am 73 years old.

  50. Jan says:

    Looking for a reverse shoulder specialist near Provo, Utah.
    I’m 84 years old and have had three shoulder repairs, and two shots. The shots did not work. I need some kind of relief.

  51. I swim says:

    In need of shoulder repair in Upstate NY.

    I have used a wheelchair for 3 decades and have now lost my independence due to shoulder issues, including recalcitrant tendinosis of infraspinatus as well as arthritis. This is now 3 years of pain so intense it wakes me up.

    ANYONE good upstate or must I go to NYC/Philadelphia

  52. Theresa says:

    I have no rotator cuff left on either shoulder. I am in need of reverse shoulder replacement surgery but I am only 57 yrs old. I understand they may only last 10-15 yrs. Are there any new advancements in shoulder replacement parts? I work in medical research so I am familiar with new trials constantly on the horizon. I live outside Philadelphia and I am looking for an innovated surgeon to perform my reverse replacement shoulder. Any suggestions?

    • S. Edwards says:

      My husband has complete rotator cuff tear and is having new procedure superior capsular reconstruction. Less invasive than reverse shoulder replacement. He is 61 yrs old.

  53. Judy Riley says:

    Are any of these in Harrisburg, PA area?

    • Thomas says:

      Judy ,Dr April Armstrong is at Penn State Hershey Medical Group,Bone and Joint Institute… 30 Hope Dr. Suite 2400 ,Entrance B .Hershey PA. 717-531 5638. Right in your back yard. Hope this helps.

  54. Teresa says:

    I just have to say it is hard to find a doctor and get an appt. I have had 2 surgery’s on my completely torn rotator cuff of my dominate arm. I am not sleeping I am always sick at my stomach. I am 115 pounds and can’t afford to loose more weight. I just want to sleep and not be so sick. Anybody have the problems I am having and any ideas for me please. I can’t work because of it and I am fighting disability to get what I have worked for all my life.in desperate need please help

  55. Sam says:

    Need scapular surgery and have a non Union. Who is the best trauma surgeon in the southwest? I live between San Diego Ca and Phoenix AZ.

  56. Mariya says:

    I am in SLC Ut but live in AZ. Need to know best shoulder surgeons in both places

  57. Sharon Cameron says:

    I have had total shoulder reversal replacement..My experience is horrible..constant pain 24/7..Now after 7 months I have a dislocated shoulder..I live in Arkansas but I won’t use specialist here because the surgeon who did the surgery said there wasn’t anything that could be done now because it was soft tissue..I don’t beleive that because of the things I have read on your website..Can you recommend the best specialist in any state that can help me? I want the best…I have Humana Insurance..this was my third surgery on this shoulder..Now it is swollen from my shoulder to my elbow with lots of pain I need help badly…thank you

  58. Nina says:

    Can anyone recommend a shoulder surgeon in Denver? I have two complete tears and am in constant pain. Thank you.

  59. Faith Edson says:

    I am a Caucasian female, seventy one years of age . I live in the Atlanta metro area. I have already had rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders.
    I have been told by my Orthopedic Surgeon, I need complete shoulder replacement on both. They are bone on bone. I am in terrible pain, constantly. I have osteo and rheumatoid arthritis . I have no quality of life, as I hurt all of the time. I have had many surgeries hip replacements, knee replacements, broken cervical C 1- T1.broken pelvis, and femur.Can you direct me to the best surgeon. I have Medicare and a supplement Insurance.

    • Nana's daughter says:

      Faith-

      My mom is in similar pain in Atlanta area. Did you ever find anyone you really liked? I pray you are out of pain.

  60. fred garvin says:

    Good Morning,

    Right rotator cuff w/ FAILED SURGURY ATTEMPT……SUGGESTIONS?

    F.

  61. Jill says:

    I had a shoulder replacement August 2015 and have had continuous pain which has gotten worse. I have gone for another opinion and after a CT with contrast, told the Rotator Cuff is not torn but very thin. It’s not working and not holding my shoulder in place. I was originally told my rotator cuff was fine. Now I’m told I’m looking at a bone graft and removal of the replacement and after that heals, having another surgery for a reverse shoulder replacement. Possible infection was also mentioned caused from surgery. The pain is awful and my shoulder is dislocating. I live in Nashville, TN. Anyone have any top notch reverse shoulder specialist/bone graft in the Nashville area (preferred) or TN area? Thanks.

  62. Becky says:

    I need a full right shoulder replacement. Can anyone recommend the best surgeon through Kaiser Permanente in Northern California?

  63. Beth says:

    Can you recommend a very good orthopedic surgeon in South Bend, IN. I need rotator cuff repair.

  64. pr says:

    Can you pls recommend a very good orthopedic surgeon in nj?

  65. B Andersen says:

    My wife had 2 failed rotator cuff operations. She has a lot of pain & very limited mobility. Does anyone have experience with reverse shoulder replacements in the Durham, Raleigh, NC area?

    • ed wetzel says:

      I had my shoulder replaced about 18 years ago. It has failed. The bone loss has been extreme. There isn’t much left for another replacement. The surgeon that showed me my scans looked more scared then I was. Then he started to use words like amputation. I definitely need some qualified help. Im just south of Washington DC and willing to travel.

  66. Monica says:

    Interested in knowing more about Superior Capsular Reconstruction.

  67. joan says:

    Who are the top shoulder replacement surgeons in Dallas? I need a reverse shoulder replacement.

  68. James Logan says:

    I’ve had total replacement on both shoulders and heartily recommend Dr. Stephen Brown atRome Orthopaedic in Rome Ga.His personality is surpassed only by his skill as a surgeon.The staff at his office is a breath of fresh air in todays medical field.He worked with world renowned Dr.Andrews in Birmingham Ala.If you are in the south east i would suggest you give his office a call.

  69. Doreen Procopio says:

    I have near complete tear of infra spinous tendons and tear of supraspinatus tendon in right shoulder from a fall a month ago. Can you recommend an excellent shoulder Doctor in Michigan. Has anyone heard
    Of dr. Nicholas Schoch in Macomb County Michigan.

    • lj says:

      Did you ever find a great shoulder doc in the tri county area.. wayne, Oakland, Macomb, or at UofM? Please share.. we are in a like situation.

  70. Philip says:

    In Dallas, TX the Reverse Shoulder expert is considered to be Sumant “Butch” Krishnan, MD.

    http://www.shouldercenterdallas.com/

  71. Colleen says:

    My husband is 73 with a rotator cuff injury and the MRI showed massive damage, he had a kidney transplant 3 yrs ago. The surgeon we saw said he didn’t think surgery was a good option because of the anti rejection drugs and possibility of infection. He talked about the reverse shoulder surgery, Is there a surgeon in Michigan who we should see?

  72. Richard says:

    With a reverse shoulder replacement how much useful movement is likely to be restored? and how much pain relief might be expected. Situation: Male; Age 90; cuff unrepairable. Full restoration certainly not expected.

  73. JRSS says:

    I live in South Florida now have always been at HSS on NY for many procedures. Who has had a successful reverse shoulder replacement performed in South Fl. Please provide names and locations of Shoulder Docs you think are in the category of Doctors listrd. Thank you.

  74. jnw says:

    Any suggestions on who to consult re: Rotator cuff complete tear repair for a 67 year old in the Tampa/St pete area

  75. Nina Taylor says:

    MRI shows I have complete tear in left shoulder rotator cuff. Any one have good results with a surgeon in San Francisco Bay Area or Stanford University?

  76. T. Howell says:

    Does anyone know of an orthopedic doctor specializing in shoulder injuries with scapular winging in the Greenville/Spartanburg South Carolina area? Have had 2 failed rotator cuff surgeries. Have had scapular winging since first surgery. Surgeon seems to not be concerned about it but the pain is excruciating. Is debilitating cannot work at computer for very long before pain gets so bad I can’t stand it.

  77. L. White says:

    Does anyone have recommendations for a shoulder specialist in Kansas or the surrounding states? My daughter has had surgery on her shoulder but it has left her with much pain and she can no longer lift or use her arm. She is only in her 30s.

    • Matt says:

      Go to Dr. Ben Kibler in Lexington Kentucky. I am apalled he is not listed on here. He is one of the best (if not the best) shoulder specialists in the country. He is hands down the best shoulder specialist in the midwest!

  78. Mehran says:

    Can you please tell me the best specialist for rotator cuff tear surgeon, in los angles, ca

  79. Willkam Enriquez says:

    Are there any of this magnificent doctors working in the Newtork area .
    I have aShoulder injury and the doctor here isnt doing nothing l have tbis pain for three mints already and no results whatsoever any help please

  80. Shane Cameron says:

    Does anyone know anything about non surgical stem cell treatment for enhanced and more permanent healing for a 4 time surgery survivor. I don’t think I can do another one. I am young and healthy a former D-1 football and Track athlete. Being active was a huge part of my life. Im looking for cutting age concepts. My guess is that I am looking at a replacement. I orginally was referred to Dr. Romeo out of Chicago, but at the time the affordable care act had just passed and we couldn’t cross state lines for care (rediculous) I am desperate here. Just want to be myself again. Think I have been a runner since I could walk and its been a few years. All happened in a car accident, never been hurt or sick in my life before or after (other than this shoulder that no one can fix) I see many folks have similar questions, but I would love a little help. Post grad I bought out my fathers investment firm and then paid my sisters school off. Little did I know with no insurance for 1 surgery and minimal for the following 3 that I could have used that money to pay the Doc’s. Luckily for myself I work hard and make good money, but I’d love for this to be over. I can’t imagine being on a super tight budget and having something as serious as my previous surgical escapades. Hope you guys eventually get things taken care of!

  81. Shane Cameron says:

    ooops sorry guys, I’m in the midwest in Indianapolis, but if possible I’ll fly out to wherever. Thanks and good luck

  82. M1 says:

    Dr. Chris Adams. He’s all over SCR for full thickness rotator tears in the Florida Area & he trained with Dr. Burkhart!

  83. MaryAnn West-Lynn says:

    I am in need of a good Doctor that specializes in the shoulder hand and wrist my doctor left the practice he was very good Dr. Blaine Sessons they’re trying to refer me to another doctor I don’t know much about him
    I live in the Delaware county area in a Burrough called Upper Chichester Pa 19061 can you help..

  84. Javier Huerta says:

    My wife was recently told her rotor cuff was very damaged and unable to get it repaired, Dr. recommended a complete shoulder replacement but explained it would only last 10-15 years after that it could not be redone again, she is only 59 and it would be awful to see my wife unable to have mobility in her right arm at the age of 65, does anyone know of any new procedures that might avoid this operation? We live in NM and would be willing to travel the state or AZ if necessary to meet with a good shoulder specialist. Thanks!

  85. Sandra says:

    I am looking for a surgeon who specializes in shoulder replacement surgery in Northern New Jersey.

  86. [Barbara says:

    I’m a 63 yr old women that had a rotater cuff tear surgery in October 2015. 8 weeks after surgery my Dr. told that he couldn’t replace all of the tendon back to its place and that there was nothing else he could do for me. The pain has gotten so bad I had to get second opinions. The other 2 Dr. told me there was no other treatment they could do for me, that I would have to live with this suffer pain. The last Dr. told me that if I don’t have arthritis in my shoulder that I couldn’t have a shoulder replacement done cause it was against the law for them to do a shoulder replacement. Can they make me live with this kind of pain? Does our government have that kind of control over our health care? And would anyone want someone to suffer with this kind of pain 24/7? IS THERE HELP FOR ME?

  87. Jerry says:

    I’m looking for a good Dr. that does shoulder replacements. I have been reading a lot on the Ream and Run procedure. I’m in the gym 7 days a week and want to continue. I have been reading this procedure is best for active people. Any input would be appreciated .

  88. Jerry says:

    PS I’m from Massachusetts

  89. DONNA PACR says:

    I am from jersey. Need a shoulder surgeon. DONNA pace

  90. julia says:

    Looking for DR who specializes in hard to treat FROZEN SHOULDER ( aka adhesive capsilitus). Manipulation and 8 weeks of PT failed. Range of motion is still extremely poor. This is second bout of it. First bout resolved without medical intervention but took 3 years. Willing to travel anywhere in US but located in TN. Would appreciate any recommendations. Thank You.

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