Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine

Eric J. Kropf, MD

Director, Sports Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Chair and Associate Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
Interim Chair, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

About me

Clinical Interests
  • Sports medicine
  • Athletic medicine
  • Arthroscopic surgery
  • Hip arthroscopy
  • Hip pain/injuries x
  • Labral tears - acetabular labrum repair
  • Femoral acetabular impingement-arthroscopic osteoplasty
  • Atypical impingement
  • Non-arthritic hip pain
  • Athletic hip pain
  • Knee arthroscopy-athletic knee injuries
  • ACL tears
  • ACL injuries - ACL reconstruction/revision
  • ACL reconstruction
  • Knee ligamentous injuries - knee dislocation
  • Multi-ligament injury
  • Cartilage injuries in athletes
  • Shoulder arthroscopy - rotator cuff tears
  • Recurrent instability
  • Shoulder instability
  • Proximal hamstring injury/tear and repair
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
Education
  • MD, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
Training
  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Center for Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Board Certification
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Memberships
  • Associate Member, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2009-present 
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America, 2009-present 
  • International Cartilage Repair Society, 2011-present 
  • International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, 2016-present 
  • Fellow, American Orthopaedic Association, 2017-present 
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009-present 
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2008-present 
  • Associate Member, Orthopaedic Research Society, 2004-present 
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2003-present 
  • Associate Member, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, 2009-present 
  • Resident/Fellow Member, Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, 2003-2009 
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society, 2010-present 
  • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society, 2009-present 
  • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2009-present 
  • Philadelphia County Medical Society, 2010-present 
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association, 2014-present
Awards and Honors
  • PA Delegate, Council of Delegates, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2015-2018
  • AAOS Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy Program Committee, 2016-2019
  • Top Doctors – Sports Medicine, South Jersey Magazine, 2011 
  • Educator of the Year, Temple Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, 2011
  • Genzyme Biosurgery/AANA Scholarship, Biomechanical Analysis of Hill-Sachs Lesions in a Joint Compression Model: Injury and Repair Using Osteoarticular Allograft Transplantation, University of Pittsburgh, 2006
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Georgetown University, 2003    
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honor Society, Villanova University, 1998
  • Academic All-Big East Athletic Conference, Varsity Baseball, Villanova University, 1997
  • Lehigh Valley Sports Medicine Scholarship, Villanova University, 1994

Publications

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Articles
1. Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK. Osteoarticular allograft transplantation for large humeral head defects in glenohumeral instability. Arthroscopy 2007; 23(3)322.e1-5.

2. Kropf EJ, Tjoumakaris FP, Sekiya JK: Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization: Is there ever a need to open? A concise concepts review. Arthroscopy 2007; 23(7)779-784.

3. 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.

4. Kasten P, Szczodry M, Irrgang JJ, Kropf EJ, Costello J, Fu FH. What is the role of intra-operative fluoroscopic measurements to determine tibial tunnel placement in anatomical anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction? Knee Surg Sports Trauma 2010; 18(9):1169-1175.

5. 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 Trauma 2010; 18(9):1184-1188.

6. 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 Trauma 2010; 19(3):340-6.

7. 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 Trauma 2011; 19(8):1243-8.

8. Mascarenhas R, Tranovich MJ, Kropf EJ, Fu FH, Harner CD. Bone-patellar tendon-bone autograft vs. hamstring autograft anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the young athlete: A retrospective matched analysis with 2-10 year follow-up. Knee Surg Sports Trauma 2012 Aug; 20(8):1520-7.

9. Kropf EJ, Shen W, van Eck C, Musahl V, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH. ACL-PCL and intercondylar notch impingement: magnetic resonance imaging of native and double-bundle ACL-reconstructed knees. Knee Surg Sports Trauma 2013 Mar; 21(3):720-5.

10. McGoverin C, Onigbanjo Q, Padalkar M, Barbash S, Kropf EJ, Pleshko N. Sterilization of arthroscopic silver halide infrared fiber optic probes. Journal of Bio Materials Research 2015 (pending publication).

11. Ly JA, Coleman EM, Cohen GS, Kropf EJ. Unrecognized osteoid osteoma of the proximal femur with associated CAM impingement. Journal of Hip Preserv Surgery 2016, 3(3): 236-237; DOI:10.1093/jhps/hnw002.

12. Ly JA, Coleman EM, Kropf EJ. Arthroscopic Double Row Suture Anchor Repair of Acute Posterior Bony Bankart Lesion. Arthroscopy Techniques 2016, 5(4):e839-843; doi: 10.1016/j.eats.2016.04.004.

13. Quinn CA, Ly JA, Narvaez MV, Kropf EJ. Management of Recurrent Posterior Shoulder Instability in a Young Contact Athlete Using a Posterior Bone Block Technique with Distal Tibia Osteochondral Allograft. Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery 2017, 18: 57-61.

Other Articles
1. Kropf EJ, Sekiya JK: Osteoarticular allograft transplantation of large humeral head defects in glenohumeral instability: A case report. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2006; 17.

2. Kropf EJ. William F. and Jean W. Donaldson Traveling Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics: San Pedro Sula. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2008; 19.

3. 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; 19.

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

5. Kopf S, Musahl V, Irrgang JJ, Zaffagnini S, Kropf EJ, Wong A, Fu FH. In Vivo kinematic evaluation of anatomic double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2009; 20:100.

6. Wong AK, Kopf S, Kropf EJ, Shen W Fu FH. Radiographic assessment of femoral tunnel position after anatomic ACL reconstruction. Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Journal 2009; 20:106.

7. Kropf EJ. An Epidemic of Concussion. Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2011; 6.

8. Duncan I, Kleiner M, Atiemo E, Michael S, Kropf EJ, Sewards JM. Is lateral decubitus better than beach chair position at providing visualization of the posteroinferior labrum of the shoulder from the posterior portal? Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2011; 6.

9. Nwodim EJ, Mellon MB, Kropf EJ. Quadrilateral space syndrome as a complication of aberrant suture anchor placement for glenoid labrum repair. Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2011; 6.

10. Mullen J, Han R, Kropf EJ. Evaluation of glenohumeral bone defects in shoulder instability: Inter and intra-observer reliability across modalities. Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2012; 7.

11. Baldwin E, Kropf EJ, Gaughan J, Torg JS. Non-anatomic pediatric ACl reconstruction vs. trans-epiphysis adolescent ACL reconstruction: A meta- analysis. Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2012; 7.

12. Kropf EJ. Platelet rich plasma: Is there a role in clinical practice? Temple Orthopaedic Journal 2012; 7.

13. Ly JA, Coleman EM, Kropf, EJ. Unrecognized Osteoid Osteoma of the Proximal Femur with associated femoroacetabular impingement. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2016; 11.

14. Ly JA, Kropf EJ. Practical Radiographic Assessment of Non-Arthritic Hip Pain: How to Identify Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) and “At Risk Hips.” Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2016; 11.

15. Jolstad C, Kropf EJ, Ramsey FV, Torg J. Joint Preservation Surgery for Secondary Osteonecrosis of the Knee: A Presentation of two cases and Literature Review. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2017; 12: 34-40.

16. Pandelidis A, Reilly R, Ly J, Ramsey FV, Kropf EJ. Utility of MRI to define anatomical features of the anterior inferior iliac spine. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2017; 12:49-53.

17. Vaysburg D, Jennings J, Kropf EJ. Seizure-associate anterior shoulder instability: Review of the literature and operative case series. Temple University Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2017; 12:54-62.

Books, Monographs, Chapters
1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Wang JH, Kropf EJ, Fu FH. Double Bundle ACL Reconstruction. In Ryu RK Ed. AANA Advanced Knee Arthroscopy. 2010.

4. Wong AK, Kropf EJ, Fu FH. Anterior Cruciate Ligament. In Ranawat A, Kelly B Eds. Musculoskeletal Examination of the Hip and Knee: Making the complex simple. 2010.

5. Kropf EJ, Harner CD. Meniscus Root Repair. In Fu FH Ed. Masters Techniques in Sports Medicine. 2010.

6. Kleiner MT, Safier S, Kropf EJ. Patellofemoral Instability: Evaluation and Management. In Mascarenhas R Ed. The Knee: Current Concepts in Kinematics, Injury Types and Treatment Options, Nova Science Publishers 2012.

7. Kropf EJ, Colon JW, Torg JS. Knee Laxity: The Torg School. In Karlsson, Kuroda, Musahl Zaffagnini Eds. Rotatory instability of the knee: an evidence based approach. Springer 2016.

Electronic Media 
1. Kleiner MT, Kropf EJ. Osteotomy for knee osteoarthritis – A lost art? Orthopedics Hyperguide. Vindico Medical Education: 2012: ortho.hyperguides.com.

Abstracts/Posters 
1. Kropf EJ, Forsythe B, Baker III CL, Tranovich M, Bonci G, Irrgang JJ, Harner CD. Revision vs. primary single bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; A case-control study. 7th Biennial ISAKOS Congress, Osaka, Japan. April 5, 2009 (e-poster).

2. Kropf EJ, Shen W, Ingham S, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH. Defining ACL-PCL Impingement: Utility of 2D and 3D 3Tesla magnetic resonance imaging of normal and double-bundle ACL reconstructed knees. AANA Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. April 30, 2009 (e-poster).

3. van Eck CF, Kropf EJ, Romanowski JR, Lesniak BP, Tranovich MJ, van Dijk CN, Fu FH. ACL graft re-rupture after double-bundle ACL reconstruction: Factors that influence the intraarticular pattern of injury. AANA Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL. May 20-23, 2010 (e-poster).

4. van Eck CF, Morse K, Romanowski JR, Kropf EJ, van Dijk CN, Fu FH. Does the lateral intercondylar ridge disappear in ACL deficient patients? ESSKA Annual Meeting, Oslo, Norway. June 9-12, 2010 (e-poster).

5. 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. ORS 2011 Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA. January 13-16, 2011. (poster).

6. Kropf EJ, Borrero C, Casagranda B, Schreiber V, Musahl V, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH. ACL-PCL impingement vs normal anatomy: Magnetic resonance imaging of normal vs. double-bundle ACL reconstructed knees. AANA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. April 14-16, 2011 (e-poster).

7. Siu G, Ayala A, Sridhara CR, Kropf EJ. Unusual Cause of Quadrilateral Space Syndrome: A Case Report. AAPMR Annual Assembly, Orlando, FL. Nov 17-20, 2011. (poster).

8. Han R, Mullen J, Ali S, Kropf EJ. Evaluation of Glenohumeral Bone Defects in Shoulder Instability: Interobserver Reliability across Modalities. AAOS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. February 7-11, 2012. (poster).

9. Duncan I, Kleiner M, Atiemo E, Michael S, Kropf EJ, Sewards JM. Is lateral decubitus position better than beach chair at providing visualization of the posterior labrum of the shoulder? AANA Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. May 17-19, 2012. (e-poster).

10. Han R, Mullen J, Ali S, Kropf EJ. Radiographic, CT and MRI Evaluation of Glenohumeral Bone Defects in Recurrent Shoulder Instability: Inter-observer Reliability and Agreement Between Modalities. AANA Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL. May 17-19, 2012. (e-poster).

11. Padalkar M, McGoverin C, Barbash S, Kropf EJ, Pleshko N. Differentiation of ligament and tendon with near infrared spectroscopy. ORS Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. January 26-29, 2013 (poster).

12. Padalkar M, McGoverin C, Pleshko N, Barbash S, Kropf EJ. Near infrared spectroscopy differentiates ligament and tendon composition. 39th Annual Northeast BioEngineering Conference, Syracuse, NY. April 5-7, 2013 (poster).

13. Steiner C, Richmond J, Solarz M, Kropf EJ. Access to care following acute anterior cruciate ligament injury: 2-year evaluation at a single urban center. AANA Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX. April 25-27, 2013 (e-poster).

14. Padalkar M, McGoverin C, Onigbanjo Q, Spencer R, Barbash S, Kropf EJ, Pleshko N. Infrared fiber optic probes for evaluation of musuloskeletal tissue pathology. Proc. SPIE 8926, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics X, 89263Y. March 4, 2014.

15. Padalkar M, McGoverin C, Uday P, Caccesse N, Glenn P, Barbash S, Kropf EJ, Pleshko N. Optimal differentiation of tissue types using combined mid and near infrared spectroscopy. ORS Annual Meeting 2014, New Orleans, LA. March 15-18, 2014.

16. Poor A, Coleman S, Salvo J, Kropf EJ, Havens B, Zoga A, Roedl J, Wells C, McCrossin J, Meyers WC. Combined Core Surgery (CCS) –Safety analysis of the first 50 cases of simultaneous femoral-acetabular (FAI) and core muscle (CMI) repairs. ISHA Annual Meeting 2015, Cambridge, England. Sept 24-26, 2015.

17. Reilly M, Pandelidis A, Ly JA, Ramsey FV, Kropf EJ. Utility of MRI to define anatomical features of the anterior inferior iliac spine. 11th Biennial ISAKOS Congress, Shangha, China. June 4-8, 2017.

18. Coleman S, Poor A, Salvo J, Kropf EJ, Roedl J, Zoga A, Meyers WC. Combined surgery of concomitant femoroacetabular impingement (FAI) and core muscle injury (CMI) offers speedy return to play. ISHA (SUBMITTED).

Clinical Research Experience
1. Double-blind, multicenter study evaluating the safety of OMS103HP and vehicle in subjects undergoing anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with an open-label phase containing a pharmacokinetic analysis in subset of subjects. (Omeros Corp) Phase III. Sub-Investigator.

2. Randomized, controlled, parallel group, dose-finding and safety study of recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2)/ Calcium phosphate matrix (CPM) for prevention of hip fracture in subjects with decreased bone mineral density. (Pfizer) Phase II. Sub-Investigator.

3. A phase 3 prospective, randomized, partially blinded multi-center study to measure the safety and efficacy of NovoCart® 3D, Compared to microfracture in the treatment of articular cartilage defects. (Aesculap) Phase III Sub-investigator.

4. International Cartilage Repair Society Research Registry 5. Temple University Hip Arthroscopy Research Registry.

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