June Featured Editorial Board Member

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Paul Fadale, MD
Professor Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine
Alpert Medical School, Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island


Dr. Paul Fadale is Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of Sports Medicine at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. He is the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Director at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Dr. Fadale was an undergraduate at the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating Magna Cum Laude and a graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo Medical School. His orthopedic training was completed at the Brown University / Rhode Island Hospital Orthopedic Residency program under Dr. James Herndon, Chairman. His fellowship training was in Sports Medicine under the direction of Dr. Leslie Matthews in Baltimore and a second fellowship with AO/ASIF International in Switzerland.

Dr. Fadale moved to Pittsburgh to join the Division of Sports Medicine with Dr. Freddy Fu and Dr. Chris Harner at the University of Pittsburgh (UPMC) Medical Center Department of Orthopedics. In 1989 he returned to Brown University / RIH orthopedic program to start the Division of Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopedics. He is board certified in Orthopedics and subspecialty certified in Orthopedic Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Currently he is a journal reviewer for the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the American Journal of Sports Medicine, where he is a member of the Editorial Board.

Dr. Fadale is a member of University Orthopedics, Brown Medical School’s academic group in Providence, Rhode Island. His clinical responsibilities include acting as the Head Team Physician for the Brown University athletes since 1993 and the Head Team Physician for the AHL Providence Bruins Professional Hockey Team since 1992.

He has received the Excellence in Research Award and the Aircast Award for Basic Science from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Fadale has received a Brown University Medical School Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award and Excellence in Teaching Awards from The Department of Orthopedics. He is a “Top Doc” in Sports Medicine for the State of Rhode Island.

Currently he has approximately 90 peer reviewed papers, 10 book chapters, has 75 scientific papers and 57 poster exhibits presented at local, regional, or national meetings. Dr Fadale has given over 250 invited presentations and served as academic faculty at over 50 scientific meetings. He has received as co-investigator over $5 million in grant support.

The center of his life, however, remains his wife Mari, and their 2 children Matthew and Jessica and their grandson Brayden.

Selected Published Work

Wiggins ME, Fadale PD, Barrach H, Ehrlich MG, Walsh WR:  Healing Characteristics of a Type 1 Collagenous Structure Treated With Corticosteroids. Am J Sports Med. 1994 Mar-Apr; 22(2): 279-288 (Winner of the 1992 AOSSM excellence in research award).

Palumbo MA, Hulstyn MJ, Fadale PD, O’Brien T, Shall L: The Effect of Protective Football Equipment on Alignment of the Injured Cervical Spine. Radiographic Analysis in a Cadaveric Model.  Am J Sports Med. 1996 Jul-Aug; 24(4): 446 – 53.

Belanger MJ, Moore DC, Crisco JJ, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Ehrlich MG: Knee Laxity Does Not Vary With The Menstrual Cycle, Before or After Exercise. Am J Sports Med. 2004 Jul-Aug; 32(5): 1150-1157 (Winner of the 1999 Aircast Award).

Tashjian R, Banerjee R, Bradley MP, Alford W, Fadale P: Zolpidem Reduces Postoperative Pain, Fatigue, and Narcotic Consumption Following Knee Arthroscopy: A Prospective Randomized Placebo – Controlled Double Blinded Study. J Knee Surg. 2006 Apr 19(2): 105-111. (Nominated: 2005 Arthroscopy Association of North America Richard O’Connor Award)

Brady MF, Bradley MP, Fleming BC, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Banerjee R: Effects of Initial Graft Tension on the Tibiofemoral Compressive Forces and Joint Position after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Mar; 35(3): 395-403.

Bowers ME, Tung GA, Oksendahl HL, Hulstyn MJ, Fadale PD, Machan JT, Fleming BC: Quantitative Magnetic Resonance Imaging Detects Changes in Meniscal Volume in Vivo After Partial Meniscectomy. Am J Sports Med. 2010;38 (8): 1631-7.

Fleming B, Fadale P, Hulstyn M, Shalvoy R, Oksendahl H, Badger G, Tung G. The Effect of Initial Graft Tension after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Randomized Clinical Trial with 36-Month Follow-up. Am J Sports Med. 2013;41(1): 25-34.

Vopat B, Klinge S, McClure P, Fadale P. The Effects of Fitness on the Aging Process. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2014; (9): 576-585.

Alison M. Biercevicz, Matthew R. Akelman, Paul D. Fadale, Michael J. Hulstyn, Robert M. Shalvoy, Gary J. Badger, Glenn A. Tung, Heidi L. Oksendahl, and Braden C. Fleming. MRI Volume and Signal Intensity of ACL Graft Predict Clinical, Functional, and Patient-Oriented Outcome Measures After ACL Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2014.

Akelman M, Fadale P, Hulstyn M, Shalvoy R, Garcia A, Chin K, Duryea J, Badger G, Tung G, Fleming B. Effect of Matching or Over-Constraining Knee Laxity during ACL Reconstruction on Knee Osteoarthritis and Clinical Outcomes: A Randomized Controlled Trial with 84 Month Follow up. Am J Sports Med. 2016.

Ware JK, Owens BD, Akelman MR, Karamchedu NP, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Shalvoy RM, Badger GJ, Fleming BC. Preoperative KOOS and SF36 Scores Are Associated With The Development Of Symptomatic Knee Osteoarthritis At 7 Years After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.  Am J Sports Med. 2018. (Selected for publication in American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons Headline News Now – Feb. 7, 2018).

Kapour AM, Yang DS, Badger Gj, Karamchedu NP, Murray MM, Fadale PD, Hulstyn MJ, Shalvoy RM, Fleming BC. Anatomic Features of the Tibial Plateau predict Outcomes of ACL Reconstruction Within 7 years After Surgery. Am J Sports Med. 2019.


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