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Robert F. LaPrade
  • University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Michigan State University Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies
  • Hughston Sports Medicine Clinic
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Robert F. LaPrade,


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

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