Top knee complex surgeon Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD has now published over 400 peer reviewed studies. To date, there are only a few clinicians, scientists and surgeons who have reached this milestone in orthopedic research. Dr. LaPrade has utilized his comprehensive research on sports medicine injuries to improve patient outcomes and pioneer new ways to treat knee problems.
Peer reviewed publications are the highest standard by which quality research is judged because they are scrutinized by peers for accuracy and relevance. Most recently, Dr. LaPrade was selected for the Cabaud Memorial Award at the 2017 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting for his work, “Use of Platelet-Rich Plasma Immediately Post-injury to Accelerate Ligament Healing was not Successful in an In Vivo Animal Model.” This award is given annually to the best manuscript submission pertaining to hard or soft tissue biology, in vitro research, laboratory or “bench-type” research, or in vivo animal research.
“I think Dr. LaPrade is a true clinician scientist that serves as a role model to all academic physicians. 400 peer reviewed scientific publications is a tremendous amount of hard work and effort, especially for someone as busy clinically as Dr. LaPrade,” said Chief of Sports Medicine at Stanford University Medical Center, Marc Safran, MD and President of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS). “That is an amazing contribution to Orthopaedic Science. And it is not just the sheer number of publications, but the quality of his research has truly helped advance our understanding of Orthopaedic injuries, particularly (but not exclusively) of the knee. And while he had done a tremendous amount of research prior to coming to the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), the facility and resources of SPRI have allowed his productivity to skyrocket.”