Miho J. Tanaka, MD
Director, Women’s Sports Medicine Program
Associate Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Dr. Tanaka is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She began her career as a member of the varsity track and field team at Stanford University, where she obtained her BA in Human Biology and MA in Sociology (Social Stratification and Inequality). She received her MD from New York Medical College and completed her orthopaedic surgery training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Her primary research focus is on the biomechanics, imaging and anatomy of the patellofemoral joint as it relates to patellar instability. She and her colleagues were awarded the Patellofemoral Surgical Anatomy Excellence Award by the Patellofemoral Foundation and Arthroscopy Association of North America in 2014.
She additionally has interest in improving the understanding of injuries and prevention in female athletes. She currently directs the Johns Hopkins Women’s Sports Medicine Program, comprised of 20 faculty members representing 9 departments that promotes multidisciplinary research, clinical care and outreach/education focused on female athletes. This program was awarded the Community Partnership Grant by designer Eileen Fisher in 2015-2016 for its work in promoting injury prevention in local girls’ schools.
Dr. Tanaka currently volunteers as a team physician for US Soccer. She has been on the medical staff for the St. Louis Cardinals and multiple professional, semi-pro and collegiate sports teams, as well as on the advisory board for Under Armour’s Connected Fitness Programs. She additionally serves as a safety officer and reviewer for several NIH/NIAMS grants programs, as a Maryland delegate for the AOSSM Council of Delegates, and as a member of the Healthcare Systems Committee for AAOS. She was awarded the AOSSM traveling fellowship to Asia in 2017 and is a graduate of the AAOS Leadership Fellows Program in 2018.
Selected Published Work
Tanaka MJ, Chahla J, Farr J 2nd, LaPrade RF, Arendt EA, Sanchis-Alfonso V, Post WR, Fulkerson JP. Recognition of evolving medial patellofemoral anatomy provides insight for reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Oct 28.
Gans I, Retzky JS, Jones LC, Tanaka MJ. Epidemiology of Recurrent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports: The Injury Surveillance Program, 2004-2014. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Jun 13;6(6):2325967118777823.
Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Which Came First, the Patella or the Trochlea? Morphological Relationships in Patients With Patellar Instability. Arthroscopy. 2018 Jun;34(6):1929-1930.
Haj-Mirzaian A, Guermazi A, Hakky M, Sereni C, Zikria B, Roemer FW, Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ, Demehri S. Tibial tuberosity to trochlear groove distance and its association with patellofemoral osteoarthritis-related structural damage worsening: data from the osteoarthritis initiative. Eur Radiol. 2018 Nov;28(11):4669-4680.
Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ. Measuring Malalignment on Imaging in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Instability. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2017 May/Jun;46(3):148-151.
Tanaka MJ. The Anatomy of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex. Sports MedArthrosc Rev. 2017 Jun;25(2):e8-e11.
Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ, Williams AA, Demehri S, Cosgarea AJ. Characterization of patellar maltracking using dynamic kinematic CT imaging in patients with patellar instability. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Nov;24(11):3634-3641.
Tanaka MJ, Voss A, Fulkerson JP. The Anatomic Midpoint of the Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Jul 20;98(14):1199-205.
Tanaka MJ. Variability in the Patellar Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament. Arthroscopy. 2016 Aug;32(8):1667-70.
Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ, Williams AA, Carrino JA, Cosgarea AJ. Correlation Between Changes in Tibial Tuberosity-Trochlear Groove Distance and Patellar Position During Active Knee Extension on Dynamic Kinematic Computed Tomographic Imaging. Arthroscopy. 2015 Sep;31(9):1748-55.
Mall NA, Chalmers PN, Moric M, Tanaka MJ, Cole BJ, Bach BR Jr, Paletta GA Jr. Incidence and trends of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the United States. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct;42(10):2363-70.
Tanaka MJ, Munch JL, Slater AJ, Nguyen JT, Shubin Stein BE. Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis After Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy: A Single Case Series Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2014 Aug 13;2(8):2325967114544457.
Mall NA, Tanaka MJ, Choi LS, Paletta GA Jr. Factors affecting rotator cuff healing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 May 7;96(9):778-88.
Elias JJ, Carrino JA, Saranathan A, Guseila LM, Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ. Variations in kinematics and function following patellar stabilization including tibial tuberosity realignment. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Oct;22(10):2350-6.
Tanaka MJ, Jones KJ, Gargiulo AM, Delos D, Wickiewicz TL, Potter HG, Pearle AD. Passive anterior tibial subluxation in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Oct;41(10):2347-52.