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Robert Brophy, MD

Current Position
Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Areas
Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine

Additional Features and Interviews with Dr. Brophy:

Ask the Expert - Ladue News: Knee Injury, a Torn ACL
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Visit Dr. Brophy's page on the Orthopedic Surgery website

Patients Seen At
Center for Advanced Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Center
4921 Parkview Place, A, 6
St. Louis, MO  63110
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Washington University Orthopedics
14532 S. Outer 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO  63017
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8253
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Sports related injuries in all ages. Special interests include arthroscopic treatment of cartilage injuries, soccer related injuries, and sports related injuries of the shoulder. Assistant team physician for the St. Louis Rams and St. Louis Blues, orthopedics

Board Certification
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2009 -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Stanford University, Stanford, California, 1995
Medical Degree: Washington University School of Medicine, 2001
Residency: Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, 2002
Fellowship: Sports Medicine/Shoulder, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, New York, 2007
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes Jewish West County Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Honors and Awards
Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2009-2013 (Best Doctors, Inc.)

ASES Neer Award (co-author), "Effectiveness of Physical Therapy in Treating Atraumatic Full  Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears. A Multi-Center Prospective Cohort Study", 2011

Missouri State Medical Association Award, 2001

Dr. Richard S. Brookings Medical School Prize

Disclosure of Financial Interests with Industry
Washington University and its physicians are committed to ensuring integrity and objectivity in medical decision-making. Some of our physicians work collaboratively with pharmaceutical or medical device companies to develop innovative ideas and products that can improve health care delivery and clinical outcomes for patients. In some instances, our faculty physicians are paid by these commercial companies to provide advice on product design or to speak about the use of medications, devices, equipment or procedures. These payments may include: a) compensation for consulting and speaking engagements, b) equity, and/or c) royalties for products invented by our faculty. Any payments to Washington University physicians must be based on tangible services and may not exceed fair market value for their work. In addition to disclosure on this web site, physicians earning more than $10,000 per year must disclose their corporate financial relationship in writing to patients when prescribing or using that company's products.

Dr. Robert Brophy reported the following earned financial interests during calendar year 2014. Move your mouse over a header for more info.
Royalties: When a faculty member invents or conceives a new or improved process or product, the company that manufactures the product will make royalty payments to the faculty member. Royalty payments usually are a small percentage of the company’s revenue related to that product.
Consulting &
Advisory Boards
Consulting and Advisory Boards: Faculty may be paid to provide expertise to a company by being their consultant, or by serving on an advisory board.
Speaker Fees
Speaker Fees: Companies may pay faculty to speak to professional audiences about their products.
Istos Technologies  $10,001-$25,000  
To learn more about Washington University's policies on collaborations with industry, click here.

Editorial Responsibilities
Reviewer, Clinical Orthopedics and Related Research
Reviewer, Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery American
Reviewer, American Journal of Sports Medicine

Selected or Recent Journal Articles
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]

Jones GL, Bishop JY, Lewis B, Pedroza AD; MOON Shoulder Group. Intraobserver and Interobserver Agreement in the Classification and Treatment of Midshaft Clavicle Fractures. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Feb 26. [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.

Blackman AJ, Smith MV, Flanigan DC, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and clinical outcomes after knee cartilage repair: author's response. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov;41(11):NP49-50. No abstract available.

de Windt TS, Welsch GH, Brittberg M, Vonk L, Marlovits S, Trattnig S, Saris DB, Blackman AJ, Smith MV, Flanigan DC, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and clinical outcomes after knee cartilage repair: letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov;41(11):NP48-50.

Prather H, Hunt D, Rho M, Yemm T, Fong K, Brophy RH. Abnormal hip physical examination findings in asymptomatic female soccer athletes. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2013 Oct 23. [Epub ahead of print]

Brophy RH. Results of shoulder stabilization surgery in athletes. Clin Sports Med. 2013 Oct;32(4):825-32.

Rai MF, Patra D, Sandell LJ, Brophy RH. Transcriptome analysis of injured human meniscus reveals a distinct phenotype of meniscus degeneration with aging. Arthritis Rheum. 2013 Aug;65(8):2090-101.

Chen JL, Allen CR, Stephens TE, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Wright RW, Feeley BT; Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Group. Differences in mechanisms of failure, intraoperative findings, and surgical characteristics between single- and multiple-revision ACL reconstructions: a MARS cohort study. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jul;41(7):1571-8.

Mall NA, Rubin DA, Brophy RH, Goldfarb CA. Cartilage defect of lunate facet of distal radius after fracture treated with osteochondral autograft from knee. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2013 Jul;42(7):331-4.

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.

Brophy RH. Is it a sprint or a marathon? when is the arthroscopic rotator cuff repair at risk to lose the race for healing?: Commentary on an article by Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, et al.: "Time to failure after rotator cuff repair. a prospective imaging study". J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Jun 5;95(11):e791-2.

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.

Paxton ES, Backus J, Keener J, Brophy RH. Shoulder arthroscopy: basic principles of positioning, anesthesia, and portal anatomy. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2013 Jun;21(6):332-42

Wolf BR, Ramme AJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH, McCarty EC, Vidal AR, Parker RD, Andrish JT, Amendola A; MOON Knee Group. Variability in ACL tunnel placement: observational clinical study of surgeon ACL tunnel variability. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jun;41(6):1265-73

For more articles and abstracts, take this off-site link to the National Library of Medicine PubMed page for Dr. Robert H. Brophy.

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