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DR. ROBERT LAPRADEOrthopedic Surgeon

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  • Complex Orthopedic Knee and Sports Medicine Surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado
  • Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute
  • Research Committee Chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Board Member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)
  • Member of the Board of Directors for Vail Valley Surgical Center
  • Awarded the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics
  • Selected as one the of four best Orthopedic Knee Surgeons practicing in ambulatory surgery centers by Becker’s ASC Review
  • Published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and 125 book chapters

About Dr. Robert LaPrade

Robert F. LaPrade MD, PhD is a complex orthopaedic knee and sports medicine surgeon at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He serves as Chief Medical Officer and Co-director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program, as well as the Director of the International Scholars Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He is also the Sports Medicine Committee Chair for the International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) and is on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Surgery Center. He is also on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM) and Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy (KSSTA). Dr. LaPrade is known as one of the few specialists with extended expertise in the three main areas of medicine: expert clinical expertise, a lauded researcher, and an outstanding educator.

Dr. LaPrade is recognized internationally as one of the top knee surgeons in the world. Often referred to as a “Doctor’s doctor” he has specialized skills and expertise in diagnosing and treating complicated knee injuries and previously failed surgeries. He has treated athletes at all levels, including Olympic, professional (football, soccer, basketball, ice hockey, baseball, lacrosse, etc.), semi-professional and intercollegiate athletes and has returned many athletes back to full participation both after treating either their new injuries or previous failed knee surgeries. Dr. LaPrade has special expertise in treating posterolateral knee injuries, PCL tears, knee dislocations, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants, MCL injuries, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, articular cartilage resurfacing procedures, complex patellofemoral instability, and other difficult combined and revision injuries.

Dr. LaPrade is known as a super specialized clinician scientist who has utilized his vast and comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient care and invent new ways to treat knee problems. Many of the surgeries that he has invented have been performed worldwide and are recognized as the “Gold Standard” for the treatment of many complex knee surgeries.

As one of the world’s most celebrated complex  knee  surgeons and clinician scientists, Dr. LaPrade has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts has over 12,000 citations and 125 book chapters, and has given over 1000 professional presentations, symposia, grand rounds, and instructional course lectures. He has received many awards for his research, including the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics and his research  team has been awarded the AOSSM Excellence in Research Award three times since 2009, The Achilles Research Award from ISAKOS two times and the Cabaud Award by the AOSSM. In addition, he is overall the most published author in the top cited orthopaedic journal, the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), with over 130 articles in AJSM alone. He is also the sole author of the only comprehensive textbook on posterolateral knee injuries and has been the editor for several sports medicine textbooks. He is recognized as a pioneer in knee research, with many referrals from international and nationally recognized physicians due to his successful patient outcomes and his development of more effective anatomic-based surgical techniques for the reconstruction of complex knee injuries.

In addition, Dr. LaPrade is also recognized internationally as an outstanding teacher. His Vail International Complex Knee Course is considered to be the top international complex knee course and he has hosted several hundred sports surgeons who have observed his practice in Vail to learn his clinical exam and surgical techniques. He has also been Course Chair for courses sponsored by the AAOS, AOSSM, AANA, ISAKOS and ORS, including courses on Arthroscopic Skill Development, Biologics, Complex Sports Injuries, Knee Osteotomies, and Early Sports Specialization. He has been awarded several teaching awards, including 3 annual teaching awards given by the fellows at the Steadman Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship program.

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by Dan Durda on Robert LaPrade, MD PhD
I have my knee and my life back!

After a bad fall that resulted in a completely torn ACL and much other damage in my right knee I requested a consultation with Dr. LaPrade. I was very reassured by his confident assessment that he could repair my knee. By just a little over three months after surgery I had regained all of my pre-injury range of motion. Now, I'm a year and two months post surgery and my knee feels fantastic - I'm hiking all my favorite mountain trails and am traveling the world without limitation. I am SO grateful to have my knee and my life back!

by Galia Sandler on Robert LaPrade, MD PhD
He saved my knee

Dr Laprade operated me after my father took me to the Steadman Clinic, and having been operated once before in MX, he rebuilt my knee and made me fully functional since then. A very human Physician, and incredible care.

by Laurie Coppola on Robert LaPrade, MD PhD
Team LaPrade ROCKS!

It's been a little over a year since Dr. LaPrade fixed my knee (revision of a previously failed root repair). I just spent the last week in Vail, after the epic powder dump, skiing open to close for 7 days in a row, with 3 teenage boys (i.e. anyone who has teenage boys knows that means skiing hard in the chutes, bowls, moguls and terrain parks). The knee felt GREAT, definitely handled the bumps and jumps just fine!! To say I am grateful would be a gross understatement! You guys ROCK!


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