Dr. Robert Johnson
Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Dr. Robert Johnson is an Emeritus Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Fletcher Allen Health Care and the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Vermont in Burlington, Vermont.
Dr. Johnson grew up in Iowa and attended the University of Iowa Medical School and finished an orthopaedic surgery residency in 1969 at the University of Iowa. He completed a fellowship in Stockholm, Sweden under the direction of Ejnar Eriksson in 1978.
Dr. Johnson carried out an active academic and orthopaedic surgical practice, specializing in sports medicine and knee surgery for 36 years and has continued in non-surgical orthopaedic practice and research until the present time. Dr. Johnson served as an orthopaedic consultant for the University of Vermont athletic teams for 35 years. Dr. Johnson has lectured and published extensively on topics related to ski injuries and knee surgery and biomechanics.
Dr. Johnson has received the Kappa Delta Award of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has received three O’Donoghue Research Awards, a George Rovere Education Award, a Hughston Award, the Mr. Sports Medicine Award, and is a member of the Hall of Fame of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
He has also been the President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Herodicus Society, and the International Society for Skiing Safety.
Dr. Johnson lives with his wife Shirley in Williston, Vermont, and has two daughters and five grandchildren.
Selected Published Works
Johnson RJ, Kettelkamp DB, Clark W, Leverton P: Factors affecting late meniscectomy results. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1974;56:719-729.
Johnson RJ, Eriksson E, Haggmark T, Pope MH: A 5-10 year follow-up after reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1984;183:122-140.
Beynnon BD, Fleming BC, Johnson RJ, Nichols CE, Renstrom PA, Pope MH: Anterior cruciate ligament strain behavior during rehabilitation exercises in-vivo. Am J Sports Med. 1995;23:24-34.
Ettlinger CF, Johnson RJ, Shealy JE: A method to help reduce the risk of serious knee sprains in alpine skiing. Am J Sports Med. 1995;23(5):531-537.
Beynnon BD, Uh BS, Johnson RJ, Abate JA, Nichols CE, Fleming BC, Poole R, Roos H: Rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A prospective, randomized, double-blind comparison of programs administered over 2 different time intervals. Am J Sports Med. 2005;33:347-359.
Beynnon BD, Johnson RJ, Naud S, Fleming BC, Abate JA, Brattbakk B, Nichols CE. Accelerated versus nonaccelerated rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: A prospective, randomized, double-blind investigation evaluating knee joint laxity using Roentgen Stereophotogrammetric Analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2011;39(12):2536-2548.
Tourville TW, Johnson RJ, Slauterbeck JR, Naud S, Beynnon BD. Relationship between markers of Type II collagen metabolism and tibiofemoral joint space width changes after ACL injury and reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41:779-787.
Beynnon BD, Vacek PM, Sturnick DR, Holterman LA, Gardner-Morse M, Tourville TW, Smith HC, Slauterbeck JR, Johnson RJ, Shultz SJ. Geometric profile of the tibial plateau cartilage surface is associated with the risk of non-contact anterior cruciate ligament injury. J Orthop Res. 2013;32:61-68.
Beynnon BD, Hall JS, Sturnick DR, DeSarno MJ, Gardner-Morse M, Tourville TW, Smith HC, Slauterbeck JR, Shultz SJ, Johnson RJ, Vacek PM. Increased slope of the lateral tibial plateau subchondral bone is associated with greater risk of noncontact ACL injury in females but not in males. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42(5):1039-1048.
Dr. Rob Brophy is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Before going into medicine, Rob completed undergraduate degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he played on the men’s soccer team, earning All Conference Honors during his senior season. He completed a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University and played for two national championship teams in the USISL before enrolling in medical school at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
After graduating from medical school, he completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY and stayed at the Hospital for Special Surgery for a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He then returned to the Washington University School of Medicine to join the faculty of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 2007, which has provided the opportunity to build a practice in sports medicine, participate in team coverage and pursue a number of academic and research opportunities.
Rob is a team physician with the St. Louis Rams (NFL) and Francis Howell high school football team and has worked with the St. Louis Athletica (WPS), St. Louis Blues (NHL) and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). He was an International Cartilage Research Society traveling fellow in 2008, with Lars Peterson serving as the godfather, and an AAOS/AOA North American Traveling Fellow in 2009. In 2012, he was an AOSSM-ESSKA Traveling Fellow, where he was fortunate to get to know Bill Grana.
Thanks to the examples and guidance of many outstanding teachers and mentors from the Hospital for Special Surgery, Washington University and beyond, he has been able to participate in a variety of research endeavors, focusing on sports medicine related to the knee and shoulder, with over 120 peer reviewed publications. He was awarded an OREF Young Investigator Research Grant in 2011 and the AOSSM/Sanofi Biosurgery Osteoarthritis Grant in 2013. In conjunction with his sports medicine partners, he participates in a number of multi-center research efforts including the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) ACL study, MOON shoulder study, Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS), and Meniscal Tear With Osteoarthritis Research (MeTeOR) study.
Rob and his wife Jen enjoy living in St. Louis with their daughter Reilly and son Caidan.
Selected Published Works
Brophy RH, Dunn WR, Kuhn JE, MOON Shoulder Group. Shoulder activity level is not associated with the severity of symptomatic, atraumatic rotator cuff tears on MRI in patients electing nonoperative treatment. Am J Sports Med. 2014;42(5):1150-1154.
Hepper CT, Smith MV, Steger-May K, Brophy RH. Shoulder activity level normative data by age and gender. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41(5):1146-1151.
Blackman AJ, Smith MV, Flanigan DC, Matava MJ, Wright RW, Brophy RH. A systematic review and meta-analysis of the correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and clinical outcomes following cartilage repair surgery in the knee. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41(6):1426-1435.
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;40:2517-2522.
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; 40:808-814.
Brophy RH, Gill CS, Lyman S, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF. Effect of shoulder stabilization on career length in National Football League athletes: a case control study. Am J Sports Med 2011;39:704-709.
Brophy RH, Gill CS, Lyman S, Barnes RP, Rodeo SA, Warren RF. Effect of ACL reconstruction and meniscectomy on length of career in National Football League athletes: a case control study. Am J Sports Med 2009;37:2102-2107.