Robert F. LaPrade
  • Department: Education and Fellowship Program
  • Education: University of Illinois College of Medicine
  • Residency: Michigan State University, Kalamazoo Center for Me
  • Fellowship: Houghston Sports Medicine Center
  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Languages: English

Robert F. LaPrade,

MD, PhD

Chief Medical Officer

Dr. LaPrade is a complex knee surgeon at The Steadman Clinic, specializing in the posterolateral corner and other complex injuries of the knee. Before moving to Vail, he was a Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois, his residency at the University of Michigan, and a Sports Medicine Fellowship at The Hughston Clinic in Columbus, Georgia.

In 2003, he also received a PhD from the University of Oslo for his work on The Anatomy and Diagnosis of Posterolateral Knee Injuries. While an extremely busy clinician known for his outstanding diagnostic and surgical skills, Dr. LaPrade is most known for his passion for research and utilizing research to improve diagnostic tests, surgical techniques and patient outcomes. His work ethic and productivity are recognized and appreciated around the world.

He is internationally recognized for identifying the anatomy and biomechanics of the problem and developing anatomic reconstructions for these problems based upon his research and then validating these techniques in patients. As part of his recruitment to The Steadman Clinic, Dr. LaPrade has been appointed to be the Director of Biomechanics Research in the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. 


While at the University of Minnesota, Dr. LaPrade was internationally 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 outcomes studies which validated the improved outcomes found in patients with these treatments have also been recently published. 


Dr. LaPrade has done extensive research in sports medicine and biomechanics, having published over 150 articles and book chapters and given over 400 professional presentations and instructional course lectures and was the sole author of the only comprehensive textbook in posterolateral knee injuries. He is a pioneer in knee research, having developed more effective surgical techniques for the reconstruction of posterolateral knee injuries, chronic patellar tendon tears, popliteus tendon and posterior oblique ligament injuries, medial knee injuries and double bundle PCL reconstructions of the knee. Dr. LaPrade currently serves on the scientific and research committees for ESSKA, AANA, AOSSM, AAOS, and ISAKOS and is the Director of Biomechanics Research at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

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