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Robert F. LaPrade, M.D., PhD

Rob LaPrade, M.D., PhD Complex Knee Specialist and Sports Medicine
Director of Biomechanics Research at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Dr. Robert F. LaPrade is an internationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon who joined The Steadman Clinic in 2010 and specializes in the treatment of complex knee injuries. He has special expertise in posterolateral knee injuries, PCL tears, revision ACL reconstructions, meniscal transplants, MCL injuries, knee osteotomies, fresh osteoarticular allografts, and other complex knee injuries.

Dr. LaPrade is a former collegiate athlete who graduated from medical school at the University of Illinois-Chicago. He completed his orthopaedic residency at the Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies in 1993 and his sports medicine fellowship at the Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia in 1994. While at the Hughston Clinic, he was greatly influenced by the attention to anatomic details and clinical teachings of one of the founders of Sports Medicine, Jack Hughston MD. He was an assistant professor in sports medicine at the University of Texas Medical Branch from 1994-1996 and joined the University of Minnesota in 1996. He subsequently earned his PhD with a thesis on "The Anatomy, Diagnosis and Biomechanics of Posterolateral Knee Injuries" from the University of Oslo in 2003 and was awarded a Career Development Grant from the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation on the Natural History of Posterolateral Knee Injuries.

Dr. LaPrade has published over 125 peer reviewed scientific manuscripts, over 50 invited articles and book chapters, and one comprehensive textbook on "Posterolateral Knee Injuries: Anatomy, Function and Treatment." He has also been awarded the Albert Trillat Young Investigator award from ISAKOS, the J. Albert Key Research Award from the Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, the 3M Excellence in Clinical Research Award from the AOSSM, and the Excellence in Research Award from the AOSSM. Dr. LaPrade was an AOSSM Traveling Fellow to the Pacific Rim in 1997. He is also on the Editorial Boards of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy and Traumatology (KSSTA), and is a peer reviewer for over 10 journals, including the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Knee Surgery and Sports Traumatology. Dr. LaPrade has also been selected as "one of the Best Doctors in America". Dr. LaPrade was team physician for the University of Minnesota Men's ice hockey team (National Champions in 2002 and 2003) and the men's baseball team during this time. Dr. LaPrade was also very active in coaching youth baseball and ice hockey and in church activities in his community in Minnesota.

While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. LaPrade was recognized for his collaboration with one of Europe's top sports centers at the University of Oslo, the Norwegian Olympic Center, and Dr. Lars Engebretsen. Through this collaboration, several surgeries to treat complex knee injuries were invented after extensive research including detailed anatomic studies, biomechanical testing, and development of new diagnostic means to diagnose these complex injuries. Clinical outcome studies have also been published which validated these new reconstruction procedures.

Dr. LaPrade has been appointed as the Director of Biomechanics Research in the Steadman Philippon Research Institute, and his researchers at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI), form one of the strongest sports medicine research teams in the world. Current plans are to expand research collaboration with the University of Oslo at SPRI.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. LaPrade also has a Certificate of Added Qualification in sports medicine. Dr. LaPrade is also a member of numerous national and international committees and is a member of the AAOS, AOSSM, ESSKA, ISKAOS, AANA, and ICRS.

Dr. LaPrade and his wife, Sandy, have three sons who are all active athletes in ice hockey and other sports. He is an avid sportsman who works out daily.

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For more information about Dr. LaPrade, visit his website www.drrobertlaprademd.com

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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

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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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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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