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Robert F. LaPrade, M.D., PhD

Rob LaPrade, M.D., PhD Orthopaedic Complex Knee and Sports Medicine Surgeon
Chief Medical Officer and Co-Director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Dr. Robert F. LaPrade is a complex orthopaedic (orthopedic) 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 at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. He is also the Research Committee Chair for the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, is on the ASSOM board, and is on the Board of Directors of the Vail Valley Medical Center.

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, 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, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants, MCL injuries, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, articular cartilage resurfacing procedures, and other difficult combined and revision injuries.

Selected as "One of the Best Doctors in America" and "One of the Most Compassionate Doctors", Dr. LaPrade is passionate about sports medicine and is recognized for his outstanding and specialized surgical skills. Dr. LaPrade is known as a 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 devised have been performed worldwide and are recognized as the top level of care for many complex knee surgeries.

As one of the world's most celebrated complex orthopaedic knee sports surgeons, Dr. LaPrade has published more than 200 peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts, 75 book chapters, and has given over 750 professional presentations, symposia, and instructional course lectures. He has received many awards for his research, including the OREF Clinical Research Award, considered a Nobel Prize of Orthopaedics. He is also the sole author of the only comprehensive textbook on posterolateral knee injuries. 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 surgical techniques for the reconstruction of complex knee injuries.

In addition to his outstanding clinical care and research accomplishments, Dr. LaPrade is also recognized internationally as an outstanding teacher. He has been awarded several teaching awards, including the last 3 annual teaching awards given by the fellows at the Steadman Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship program.

Dr. LaPrade practices at The Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, and is also the chief medical officer for the highly-acclaimed research department at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. His policy is to see athletes and injured patients in a very timely fashion. He sees patients from all over the world and his staff provides a full service environment coupled with a physical therapy program recognized as one of the world’s best. Office appointments can be made by calling The Steadman Clinic at 970-479-5881.

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Clinic News

Dr. Robert LaPrade Named One of the Top 28 North American Sports Knee Surgeons

May 22, 2014
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Publishes Study on Function of Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) and PCL Treatments

November 7, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Discusses the Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee

November 6, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Recognized as a 2013 Patients’ Choice Physician

September 24, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Awarded the 2013 "Orthopaedic Nobel Prize" for his Research on Posterolateral Knee Injury Treatments

March 26, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Visits Capitol Hill to Raise Awareness of Musculoskeletal Disorders

March 6, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Co-Authors Book Titled The IOC Manual of Sports Injuries

February 7, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Discusses Future of PRP Therapy on 106.7 The Fan Sports Radio

January 25, 2013
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Discusses Trends and Challenges in Sports Medicine Research

December 6, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Awarded the 2013 “Orthopaedic Nobel Prize” Award

November 14, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Honored by AAOS for his Outstanding Contributions to Orthopaedic Surgery

November 7, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade's Study Published in PubMed for PRP Therapy On Hip Injuries With Soft Tissue Damage

October 15, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Discusses Evidence Based Medicine with New Medical Students

September 27, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Presented "Outstanding Fellowship Teaching Award" by 2011-2012 Steadman Clinic Fellows

August 3, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Discusses MCL Elbow Injuries for Let's Play Hockey

July 12, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade of The Steadman Clinic Offers an Interesting Perspective on PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma) Therapy

April 16, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade Hosts First Biologic Treatments for Sports Injuries Symposium in Vail, CO

March 16, 2012
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Dr. LaPrade Honored by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)

February 14, 2012
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Dr. LaPrade Listed as Top Outstanding Knee Surgeons.

January 10, 2012
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Dr. Robert LaPrade, The Hockey Doc from The Steadman Clinic, Discusses Hip Pointers.

November 10, 2011
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Dr. Robert LaPrade, a Complex Knee Surgeon at The Steadman Clinic, Discusses Meniscus Injuries.

November 7, 2011
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Dr. Robert LaPrade, The Hockey Doc from The Steadman Clinic, Discusses Groin Pain and FAI.

November 3, 2011
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Dr. Robert LaPrade from The Steadman Clinic receives “Patient’s Choice” Award for 2011.

November 2, 2011
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Dr. Rob LaPrade, a complex knee surgeon, at The Steadman Clinic describes the protocol for removing injured players from the ice.

October 27, 2011
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Dr. Rob LaPrade from The Steadman Clinic Discusses the Differences Between Groin Strains and Sports Hernias.

October 20, 2011
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Study by Steadman Philippon Research Institute's Dr LaPrade Identifies Measurements for ACL Bundle Attachment Centers

April 13, 2011
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If your Knee Swells After An Injury See A Doctor

April 11, 2011
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Get to know your Vail Doc: Dr Robert LaPrade

April 11, 2011
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Vail's Most Common Injuries: When Going Big Means Going Home

March 15, 2011
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Steadman Philippon Research Institute Develops Reconstruction Technique for MCL Tears & Injuries, Led by Dr. LaPrade

March 10, 2011
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A Patient's Look at a Knee Surgery Experience With Dr. LaPrade

Feb. 17, 2011
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Dutch Soccer Attacker Jonathan Reis to Continue Rehab in Brazil Following Knee Surgery by Dr. Steadman and Dr. LaPrade

Feb. 7, 2011
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Dr. LaPrade and Dr. Steadman Named as "70 of the Best Knee Surgeons in America", and 4 Others Studied at Our Clinic

Dec. 7, 2010
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12th Annual AAOS/AOSSM Sports Medicine Course in Vail, March 9-13 with Course Director Dr. LaPrade

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