Dr. Robert LaPrade, researcher and complex knee surgeon, reaches an h-index of over 100 with at least 100 articles cited at least 100 times.


Complex knee surgeon and research clinician scientist, Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, joins the list of most highly cited researchers (h-index => 100 according to his public profile in the Google Scholar Citations database). A high h-index value signifies Dr. LaPrade’s leadership in the Orthopedic field and underscores the degree to which his research has advanced and inspired the work of peer scientists. An h-index of 100 indicates that Dr. LaPrade has published 100 papers that have each received 100 or more citations 100 or more times. When a paper is frequently cited, it demonstrates that other researchers and orthopedists are using those results to test and prove new theories that subsequently provide fresh discoveries. This process is how research serves as the basis for continuously advancing the field of orthopedics and improving outcomes.

Currently practicing at Twin Cities Orthopedics in Edina, Minnesota, Dr. LaPrade is best known for his research in the fields of orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and complex knee injuries that includes: anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), posterior cruciate ligament (PCL), posterolateral knee, medial collateral ligament (MCL), anterolateral ligament (ALL), tibial slope, stress radiographs, meniscus, meniscus root, and cartilage.

According to Alan Getgood, MD, orthopedic surgeon, and clinician scientist specializing in complex knee reconstruction at Fowler Kennedy, London, Ontario, “Dr. LaPrade’s vast body of work has shaped how many surgeons perform knee surgery. This has had a significant impact on countless numbers of patients, in terms of how they have been treated in the past and, for others, how they will be treated in the future. This truly leaves a remarkable legacy.”

Dr. LaPrade’s most cited works include:

The Anatomy of the Medial Part of the Knee. (812 citations)
Motion of the Shoulder Complex During Multiplanar Humeral Elevation (679 citations)
The Posterolateral Attachments of the Knee a Qualitative and Quantitative Morphologic Analysis of the Fibular Collateral Ligament, Popliteus Tendon, Popliteofibular Ligament, and Lateral Gastrocnemius Tendon (524 citations)

“Congratulations to Dr. LaPrade! He is one of the most thoughtful and prolific researchers in orthopedic sports medicine of our generation whose research has impacted thousands of students, colleagues and improved the care for countless patients with complex knee injuries. Achieving the elite status of an h-index over 100 is rare air that only the best of the best ever breathes,” said Mark Hutchinson MD, Professor & Director of Sports Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine.

About the h-index:

The h-index is a metric used for measuring and comparing the overall scientific productivity of an individual scientist. The advantage of the h-index is that it combines productivity (number of papers produced) and impact (number of citations) in a single number. So, both productivity and impact are required for a high h-index; neither a few highly cited papers nor a long list of papers with only a handful of citations will yield a high h-index. The h-index indicates that scientific researchers who have 20 years of research with a 20-h-index is good and 40 is outstanding. An h-index over 100 is truly exceptional, placing Dr. LaPrade in a very small and elite group of approximately 3200 individuals who have achieved this status worldwide. The group includes distinguished researchers ranging from Nobel Laureates to leading engineers and scientists in every discipline. Sigmund Freud, for example, is on this list with an h-index of about 280.

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Complex Knee Surgeon, Robert LaPrade, MD, PhD, Ranks Among the Top Orthopedic Researchers in the World as h-index Surpasses 100