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Faculty Physicians

Robert Brophy, MD

Associate Professor, Orthopedic Surgery

Specialty Areas

Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Barnes-Jewish Hospital

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

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  • Education
  • Publication & Research

Maps & Directions

Maps & Directions

Center for Advanced Medicine
Orthopedic Surgery Center

4921 Parkview Place
St. Louis, MO 63110

Suite: A
Floor: 6
Office Phone: 314-514-3500

Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Orthopedic Center

14532 S. Outer 40 Drive
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: 314-514-3500

Office Phone: 314-514-3500

Center for Advanced Medicine - South County

5201 Midamerica Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63129

Office Phone: 314-514-3500

Education

Education

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

Publication & Research

Publication & Research

Shoulder instability, labrum and SLAP tears
Brophy RH.  Results of shoulder stabilization surgery in athletes.  Clin Sports Med 2013;32:825-32.

Brophy RH, Gill CS, Lyman S, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF.  Effect of shoulder stabilization on career length in national football league athletes.  Am J Sports Med 2011;39:704-9.

Brophy RH, Marx RG.  The treatment of traumatic anterior instability of the shoulder: nonoperative and surgical treatment.  Arthroscopy 2009; 25:298-304.

Keener JD, Brophy RH.  Superior Labral Tears of the Shoulder: Pathogenesis, Evaluation and Treatment.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2009;17:627-37.

Rotator cuff tears
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;42:1150-4.

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;95:e791-2.

Aleem AW, Brophy RH. Outcomes of rotator cuff surgery: what does the evidence tell us? Clin Sports Med 2012;31:665-74.

Wall L, Keener JD, Brophy RH.  Clinical outcomes of double-row vs. single-row rotator cuff repairs: a systematic review.  Arthroscopy 2009; 25:1312-8

ACL Tears and Reconstruction
Brophy RH, Wright RW, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK, MOON Group, Spindler KP.  Factors associated with infection following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.  J Bone Joint Surg Am 2015;97:450-4.

Skelley NW, Castile RM, York TE, Gruev V, Lake SP, Brophy RH.  Differences in the microstructural properties of the anteromedial and posterolateral bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament.  Am J Sports Med 2015;43:928-936.

Brophy RH, Schmitz L, Wright RW, Dunn WR, Parker RD, Andrish JT, McCary EC, Spindler KP.  Return to play and future ACL injury risk following ACL reconstruction in soccer athletes from the MOON Group.  Am J Sports Med 2012;40;2517-22.

Brophy RH, Wright RW, David TS, McCormack RG, Sekiya JK, Svoboda SJ, Huston LJ, Haas AK, Steger-May K, MARS Group.  Association between Previous Meniscal Surgery and the Incidence of Chondral Lesions at Revision ACL Reconstruction.  Am J Sports Med 2012;40:808-14.

Articular Cartilage
Miller DJ, Smith MV, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Microfracture and osteochondral autograft transplantation are cost-effective treatments for articular cartilage lesions of the distal femur. Am J Sports Med 2015;43:2175-81.

Miller DJ, Brophy RH. Microfracture and ability to return to sports after cartilage surgery. Oper Tech Orthop 2014;24:240-246.

Steinwachs MR, Engebretson L, Brophy RH.  Scientific evidence base for cartilage injury and repair in the athlete.  Cartilage 2012; 3S1:11S-17S.

Nepple JJ, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Full-thickness knee articular cartilage defects in National Football League Combine athletes undergoing magnetic resonance imaging: prevalence, location, and association with previous surgery. Arthroscopy 2012;28:798-806.

Meniscus/meniscal tears
Brophy RH, Geffen AM, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Smith MV. Understanding of meniscus injury and expectations of meniscus surgery in orthopaedic patients.  Arthroscopy 2015;31:2295-3000.

Brophy RH, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK, MARS Group, Wright RW. The association of meniscal status, lower extremity alignment, and body mass index with chondrosis at the time of revision ACL reconstruction.  Am J Sports Med 2015; 43:1616-22.

Brophy RH, Wright RW, David TS, McCormack RG, Sekiya JK, Svoboda SJ, Huston LJ, Haas AK, Steger-May K, MARS Group.  Association between Previous Meniscal Surgery and the Incidence of Chondral Lesions at Revision ACL Reconstruction.  Am J Sports Med 2012;40:808-14.

Brophy RH, Matava MJ.  Update on surgical options for meniscal replacement.  J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2012; 20:265-72.

Football
Nepple JJ, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. Full-thickness knee articular cartilage defects in National Football League Combine athletes undergoing magnetic resonance imaging: prevalence, location, and association with previous surgery. Arthroscopy 2012;28:798-806.

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;28:1104-13.

Brophy RH, Gill CS, Lyman S, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF.  Effect of shoulder stabilization on career length in national football league athletes.  Am J Sports Med 2011;39:704-9.

Brophy RH, Wright RW, Powell JW, Matava MJ.  Injuries to kickers in American football:  the National Football League experience.  Am J Sports Med 2010; 38:1166-73.

Soccer
Brophy RH, Stepan J, Silvers HJ, Mandelbaum BR.  Defending puts the anterior cruciate ligament at risk during soccer: A gender based analysis. Sports Health 2015;7:244-249.

Brophy RH, Schmitz L, Wright RW, Dunn WR, Parker RD, Andrish JT, McCary EC, Spindler KP.  Return to play and future ACL injury risk following ACL reconstruction in soccer athletes from the MOON Group.  Am J Sports Med 2012;40;2517-22.

Brophy RH, Backus SI, Kraszewski AP, Steele BC, Ma Y, Osei D, Williams RJ.  Gender differences during the soccer kick in lower extremity alignment and muscle activation.  J Bone Joint Surg Am 2010; 92:2050-8.

Brophy R, Silvers HJ, Gonzales T, Mandelbaum BR.  Gender influences: The role of leg dominance in ACL injury among soccer players.  Br J Sports Med 2010; 44:694-7.