10 Knee Specialists to Know

Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA. Dr. Brian Cole is a professor in the department of orthopedics with a conjoint appointment in the department of anatomy and cell biology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He is the section head of the cartilage research program at Rush University Medical Center and the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush, a multidisciplinary program specializing in the restoration of articular cartilage and meniscal deficiency. He also serves as the head of the orthopedic Master’s program and trains residents and fellows in sports medicine. Dr. Cole is the team physician for the Chicago Bulls basketball team, and co-team physician for the Chicago White Sox baseball team and DePaul University in Chicago.

Dr. Cole specializes in arthroscopic shoulder, elbow and knee surgery. He has a specific interest in arthroscopic reconstruction of athlete’s shoulder (rotator cuff, instability and arthritis), elbow and knee. He is the principal investigator for numerous FDA clinical trials and regularly performs basic science research.

He has authored and edited several hundred peer-reviewed publications, including highly recognized orthopedic textbooks on arthroscopy, sports medicine and cartilage transplantation. His publications also include nearly one thousand book chapters, technique papers, and presentations describing the techniques and results of shoulder, elbow and knee surgery. Dr. Cole lectures and teaches the techniques of cartilage restoration and shoulder arthroscopy on a national and international level. He is a member of numerous national societies and serves on the board of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and assumes many high level positions on society organizing committees.

John D. DiPaola, MD. Dr. John DiPaola is founder of Occupational Orthopedics and a partner at East Portland Surgical Center in Portland, Ore. After 12 years practicing general orthopedics, Dr. DiPaola established Occupational Orthopedics, the only specialty practice in the United States providing personalized care exclusively for injured workers. He is the current medical director for Oregon Health Systems and Montana Health Systems. Dr. DiPaola regularly speaks about injured workers’ care at regional and national meetings.

Jack Farr, MD. Dr. Jack Farr is the medical director for the Cartilage Restoration Center of Indiana. Over the past 20 years, following his completion of his orthopaedic surgery residency at Indiana University Medical Center, Dr. Farr has continued to focus his practice in sports medicine and knee restoration. His numerous appointments and affiliations include a clinical associate professorship in orthopaedic surgery at Indiana University Medical Center and a board position with the Cartilage Research Foundation.

Freddie H. Fu, MD. Dr. Freddie Fu is the David Silver Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and chairman of the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was previously the department’s executive vice chairman. Dr. Fu has been the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh Department of Athletics since 1986 and holds secondary appointments at the university as professor of physical therapy and health physical and recreational education. Dr. Fu is known worldwide for his pioneering surgical techniques to treat sports-related injuries to the knee and shoulder and his extensive scientific and clinical research in the biomechanics of such injuries.

Scott Gillogly, MD. Dr. Scott Gillogly is founder of the Atlanta Knee and Shoulder Clinic and formed a sub-specialty group of the clinic, the Atlanta Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center. Dr. Gillogly specializes in cartilage restoration, complex knee disorders, biologic knee reconstruction as well as sports and shoulder injuries and serves as the head team physician and orthopaedic surgeon for the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team and the Atlanta Falcons football team. Dr. Gillogly completed a distinguished military career in the Army Medical Corps with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He is currently the director of sports medicine training for the Atlanta Medical Center Orthopaedic Residency Program.

E. Marlowe Goble, MD. Dr. Marlowe Goble has been a pioneering knee surgeon for the past 30-plus years and is perhaps best known in orthopedics as one of the top surgeons in ACL reconstruction and meniscal allograft transplants. He performed what may be the first minimally invasive knee replacement procedure and holds more than 70 patents. He currently practices at Salt River Orthopedics in Afton, Wyo., serves as the director of the Utah State University medical device testing laboratory in the department of animal science and is an adjunct professor in the department of orthopedic surgery at the University of Utah. His previous work included founding several companies, including MedicineLodge, an orthopedic technology development firm; Facet Solutions, a facet arthroplasty device company; and Frontier Biomedical, a leader in comparative medicine. Dr. Goble has had several other notable achievements including serving as a lead surgeon for Zimmer on the prosthetic ACL development and as Utah State University team physician.

Timothy E. Kremchek, MD. Dr. Timothy Kremchek serves as the Cincinnati Reds baseball team medical director and chief orthopaedic physician. He performs the bulk of his surgical practice at the Summit Surgery Center in Cincinnati. He currently serves as the director of sports medicine for the TriHealth System of Good Samaritan and Bethesda hospitals. Dr. Kremchek began private practice in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine in Cincinnati in 1993, when he completed a one-year orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at the Alabama Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

Frank R. Noyes, MD. Dr. Frank Noyes is founder of the Cincinnati Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center and director of The Noyes Knee Center. Dr. Noyes is an internationally recognized authority on the diagnosis and treatment of complex knee problems. In 1975, he joined the department of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Cincinnati and started Cincinnati’s first sports medicine program. He also established the Noyes-Giannestras Biomechanics Laboratories within the University of Cincinnati College of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, and today serves as a clinical professor with the school’s department of orthopaedic surgery and an adjunct professor with the department of biomedical engineering.

Michael B. Purnell, MD. Dr. Michael Purnell is an orthopedic surgeon at Orthomed Center in Modesto, Calif. He specializes in sports medicine with a focus on the knee and shoulder and has more than 19 years of clinical practice experience. His clinical interests and expertise include computer-assisted knee arthroplasty, complex reconstruction of knee instabilities including ACL, PCL and dislocations, treatment of meniscus and cartilage abnormalities. He also has extensive experience in shoulder arthroscopy and reconstructive shoulder surgery. He is a graduate of University of Iowa College of Medicine, did his residency at Boston University Affiliated Hospitals Program and completed a Sports Medicine Fellowship in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Purnell is the team physician for the Modesto Nuts, the Class A affiliate of the Colorado Rockies baseball team, and a team physician for California State University, Stanislaus and Modesto Junior College. He serves as a consultant for DePuy Orthopaedics and Advanced Bio-Surfaces and is a member of the editorial staff for the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

David Raab, MD. Dr. David Raab is a senior partner and one of the founding members of Illinois Bone and Joint Institute, one of the country’s largest orthopaedic and musculoskeletal practices. He has been in practice for 17 years as a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon in suburban Chicago. His practice is focused on surgical and non-surgical management of the knee, shoulder and hip, as well as sports medicine and work-related injuries. Dr. Raab’s surgical specialties include arthroscopic knee, shoulder and sports medicine surgery, as well as total knee and hip replacement. He also serves as the president of the Illinois Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery Center. Dr. Raab completed his medical training and residency at Northwestern University Medical School and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center in Minnesota.

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