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Rick W. Wright, MD

Current Position
Dr. Asa C. and Mrs. Dorothy W. Jones Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery
Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs - Orthopaedic Surgery

Specialty Areas
Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine

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Patients Seen At
Orthopedic Surgery Center
Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, A, 6
St. Louis, MO  63110
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Washington University Orthopedics
14532 S. Outer Forty Road
Chesterfield, MO  63017
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Orthopedic Surgery
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8233
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Orthopedics, sports and related injuries. The use of arthroscopy in treating problems involving the knee, shoulder, elbow, foot, and ankle, orthopedic knee ligament injuries, shoulder rotator cuff disease.

Board Certification
Orthopedic Surgery -- Certified

Medical Education
Medical School: University Of Missouri, 1988
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Vanderbilt University, 1993
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center, 1999
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Veteran Affairs Medical Center (John Cochran)

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2007-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

Excellence in Teaching (previously the 4.8 Resident Teach Award), Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002-2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

Palma Chironis Award for Teacher of the Year, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004, 2009

WUSM 2013 Distinguished Educator Award, 2013

Neer Award – Predictors of Success of Nonoperative Treatment for Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: A Multicenter Cohort Study. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 2013

Best Paper Award Shoulder Program Oral Presentation – Defining Indications for Rotator Cuff Repair: Predictors of Failure of Nonoperative Treatment of Chronic, Symptomatic, Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tear. 12th International Congress for Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2013

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Director-Elect, 2013 Ann Doner Vaughan Kappa Delta Award, Orthopaedic Research Society – Prognosis and Predictors of ACL Reconstructions using the MOON Cohort: A Model for Comparative Effectiveness Studies, 2012

Charles S. Neer Award - Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Treating Atraumatic Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: A Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study. The American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 2011

NCAA Award - Previous Knee Surgery is a Risk Factor for Knee Articular Cartilage Lesions Among College Football Athletes at the NFL Combine. The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2011

Lee T. Ford MD Award for Academic Achievement; Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006

The Cabaud Memorial Award, The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2002

Jerome J. Gilden Distinguished Physician Award for Compassionate Care, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002

Regen Award for Outstanding Chief Resident Paper, Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society, 1993

Selected or Recent Journal Articles

Keeney JA, Nunley RM, Wright RW, Barrack RL, Clohisy JC. Are Younger Patients Undergoing TKAs Appropriately Characterized As Active? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Apr;472(4):1210-6.

Yang JS, Bogunovic L, Wright RW. Nonoperative Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee. Clin Sports Med. 2014 Apr;33(2):295-304.

Brophy RH, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE; MOON Shoulder Group. Shoulder Activity Level Is Not Associated With the Severity of Symptomatic, Atraumatic Rotator Cuff Tears in Patients Electing Nonoperative Treatment. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Mar 21. [Epub ahead of print]

The MOON Shoulder Group:, Unruh KP, Kuhn JE, Sanders R, An Q, Baumgarten KM, Bishop JY, Brophy RH, Carey JL, Holloway BG, Jones GL, Ma BC, Marx RG, McCarty EC, Poddar SK, Smith MV, Spencer EE, Vidal AF, Wolf BR, Wright RW, Dunn WR. The duration of symptoms does not correlate with rotator cuff tear severity or other patient-related features: a cross-sectional study of patients with atraumatic, full-thickness rotator cuff tears. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Jan 8. pii: S1058-2746(13)00527-2.

Hughes MS, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH, Smith MV. Interscalene brachial plexus block for arthroscopic shoulder surgery: a systematic review. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jul 17;95(14):1318-24.

Blackman AJ, Smith MV, Flanigan DC, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and clinical outcomes after cartilage repair surgery in the knee: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jun;41(6):1426-34.

Nepple JJ, Dunn WR, Wright RW. Meniscal repair outcomes at greater than five years: a systematic literature review and meta-analysis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Dec 19;94(24):2222-7.

Brophy RH, Schmitz L, Wright RW, Dunn WR, Parker RD, Andrish JT, McCarty EC, Spindler KP. Return to play and future ACL injury risk after ACL reconstruction in soccer athletes from the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) group. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Nov;40(11):2517-22.

Kruse LM, Gray B, Wright RW. Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Oct 3;94(19):1737-48.

Nepple JJ, Brophy RH, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Clohisy JC. Radiographic findings of femoroacetabular impingement in National Football League Combine athletes undergoing radiographs for previous hip or groin pain. Arthroscopy. 2012 Oct;28(10):1396-403.

Brophy RH, Smith MV, Latterman C, Jones MH, Reinke EK, Flanigan DC, Wright RW, Wolf BR. Multi-investigator collaboration in orthopaedic surgery research compared to other medical fields. J Orthop Res. 2012 Oct;30(10):1523-8.

Mall NA, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Relation between anterior cruciate ligament graft obliquity and knee laxity in elite athletes at the National Football League combine. Arthroscopy. 2012 Aug;28(8):1104-13.

McKeon KE, Wright RW, Johnson JE, McCormick JJ, Klein SE. Vascular anatomy of the tibiofibular syndesmosis. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 May 16;94(10):931-8.

Wright RW, Gill CS, Chen L, Brophy RH, Matava MJ, Smith MV, Mall NA. Outcome of revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a systematic review. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Mar 21;94(6):531-6.

Smith MV, Klein SE, Clohisy JC, Baca GR, Brophy RH, Wright RW. Lower extremity-specific measures of disability and outcomes in orthopaedic surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Mar 7;94(5):468-77.

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine Pub Med page for Dr. Rick Wright.

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