Orthopedic Leader to Know: Dr. Spero Karas of Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center

Rachel Fields -   Print  |
For an opinion on Spero Karas, MD, look no further than his local community. In 2009, Atlanta Magazine named Dr. Karas one of the city's "most trusted physicians," a provider that Atlanta residents said they would recommend if a family member needed medical attention.

Dr. Karas joined the Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Atlanta, Ga., in 2005 as director of the Emory Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He also serves as consulting team physician for Georgia Tech University, Emory University Athletics and Mount Vernon Presbyterian High School. A recognized authority in the fields of shoulder and knee surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Karas has authored more than 150 publications, presentations and videos and has trained over 50 residents, fellows and graduate students in his subspecialties.

In a 2010 interview with Emory Magazine, Dr. Karas discussed technological developments that have made sports medicine explode as a specialty in the last decade. "What revolutionized sports medicine was arthroscopy," he said. "Instead of just opening up the joint completely, we can go in through a little poke hole, observe the injury and repair it. It's like the space program: These technologies were developed for the pros, but have filtered down to everyone. All of society benefits now."

He has also served as chief of shoulder service, team physician and director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill department of orthopedics.

Dr. Karas has been named one of America's "top sports medicine specialists" by Men's Health Magazine, as well as one of the "top doctors for women" by Women's Health Magazine and one of the "best orthopedic surgeons in America" by Castle Connolly.

Dr. Karas received his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine. After completing his residency, he undertook a fellowship in shoulder and sports medicine at the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., where he also served as associate team physician for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies professional sports teams.

Read more on notable orthopedic leaders:

-Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. John Dietz of Indiana Orthopaedic Hospital

-Orthopedic and Spine Leader to Know: Dr. Mark Schickendantz of the Cleveland Clinic

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