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Eric J. Kropf, MD


Eric J. Kropf, MD


Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

Director, Resident Education and Research

Telephone:  215-707-2111

Fax:  215-707-2324

Email: eric.kropf@tuhs.temple.edu


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine


Educational Background:


BS, Biology, Villanova University, Villanova, PA, 1998


MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2003


Internship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2003-2004


Residency, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 2004-2008


Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA, 2008-2009


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clinical Interests:


• Sports medicine
• Care of athletes
• Throwing and overhead athletes
• Baseball Medicine
• Arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgery
• Shoulder and elbow injuries
• Shoulder instability
• Labral tears
• SLAP tears
• Rotator cuff disease and tears
• Shoulder arthritis and shoulder replacement
• Hip pain and injuries
• Hip Arthroscopy
• Knee injuries
• Ligament injuries
• Patella or kneecap instability and pain
• Knee dislocations
• Cartilage restoration procedures
• Joint preservation
• Alternatives to total joint replacement

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board certifications:



  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


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professional affiliations:


  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Cartilage Repair Society
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Research Society, 2004-present
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003-present

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RESEARCH Interests:


  • Shoulder instability and bone defects
  • Revision surgery for recurrent shoulder dislocation
  • Return to sports after knee ligament surgery
  • Biologic manipulation of ligament healing
  • Double-bundle ACL surgery
  • Advanced imaging / MRI of knee injuries
  • Health care disparities and access to care for elective knee and shoulder surgery

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Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK:  Treatment of Bone Defects of Humeral Head and Glenoid.  In Cole BJ, Sekiya JK Eds. Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee in Sports Medicine.  New York.  2008.


Mascarenhas R, Kropf EJ, Harner CD.  Ligamentous Injuries of the Knee.  In Sivananthan S, Miller MD, Sherry E, Warnke PH Eds.  Mercer’s Textbook of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery. 10th Edition.  London, UK.  2009.


Wang JH, Kropf EJ, Fu FH.  Double Bundle ACL Reconstruction.  In Ryu RK Ed.  AANA Advanced Knee Arthroscopy.  2009


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Tjoumakaris FP, Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK.  Osteoarticular allograft reconstruction of a large glenoid and head defect in recurrent shoulder instability.  Tech in Shoulder and Elbow Surg 2007; 8(2):98-104


Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK: Osteoarticular allograft transplantation of large humeral head defects in glenohumeral instability: A case report. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2006


Kropf EJ, Forsythe B, Tranovich M, Baker III CL, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD.  Revision versus primary single bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A matched pairs case control study.  Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2008.


Martins C, Kropf EJ, Shen W, Fu FH.  The concept of anatomic ACL reconstruction.  Oper Tech Sports Med 2009; 16(3) 104-115


Wong AK, Kopf S, Kropf EJ, Shen W Fu FH.  Radiographic assessment of femoral tunnel position after anatomic ACL reconstruction.  Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2009.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

21311861. van Eck CF, Kropf EJ, Romanowski JR, Lesniak BP, Tranovich MJ, van Dijk CN, Fu FH, Factors that influence the intra-articular rupture pattern of the ACL graft following single-bundle reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 19:8(1243-8)2011 Aug

21085932. van Eck CF, Kropf EJ, Romanowski JR, Lesniak BP, Tranovich MJ, van Dijk CN, Fu FH, ACL graft re-rupture after double-bundle reconstruction: factors that influence the intra-articular pattern of injury. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 19:3(340-6)2011 Mar

20087571. van Eck CF, Morse KR, Lesniak BP, Kropf EJ, Tranovich MJ, van Dijk CN, Fu FH, Does the lateral intercondylar ridge disappear in ACL deficient patients? Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 18:9(1184-8)2010 Sep

17637415. Kropf EJ, Tjoumakaris FP, Sekiya JK, Arthroscopic shoulder stabilization: is there ever a need to open? Arthroscopy 23:7(779-84)2007 Jul

17349479. Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK, Osteoarticular allograft transplantation for large humeral head defects in glenohumeral instability. Arthroscopy 23:3(322.e1-5)2007 Mar

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