Spero G Karas, MD

Emory Clinic

Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Orthopaedic Surgery (Board certified since 2002)
Sports Medicine (Board certified since 2008)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
ACL surgery
arthroscopic surgery
Cartilage Reconstruction/Repair
cartilage transplant
knee surgery
knee surgery-under 50
magnetic resonance imaging
patella stablization
Shoulder Decompression
Shoulder Labrum Repair (SLAP)
shoulder rotator cuff sx
sports concussions
sports medicine
tendon/ligament injuries
Office(s) Locations:
Emory Orthopaedics and Spine Center
59 Executive Park South
Atlanta, GA 30329
404 778-3350

Ortho/Spine Priority Line
404 778-3363
Additional Spoken Language(s):
About Dr. Karas

Dr. Karas is a team physician for the Atlanta FalconsDr. Karas is the Director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program and an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University. Dr. Karas is an internationally recognized expert in the fieldinclude sports medicine, surgery of the shoulder and knee, and arthroscopic surgery.  He has been recognized as one of America’s “Top Orthopaedic Doctors” in Men’s Health Magazine April 2007 and “Top Sports Medicine Specialists for Women” in Women’s Health MagazineAtlanta Magazine has named him “Atlanta’s Most Trusted Sports Medicine Specialist” for the past three years.

He has authored over 200 manuscripts, presentations, and instructional videos and has presented his research at numerous institutions both internationally and throughout the United States. His work has been featured in NBC television, Men’s Health Magazine, Ski Magazine, and numerous internet health services. He works closely with industries in the design of orthopaedic devices and teaches physicians throughout the world in their use.

Dr. Karas came to Emory in 2005, after serving as Chief of the Shoulder Service and team physician at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He currently serves as team physician for the Atlanta Falcons, Georgia Tech Baseball and Lakeside High School, as well as a consulting team physician for Emory University and Georgia Tech athletics. He cares for patients and athletes of all levels: professional, collegiate, scholastic, and recreational.

Year Started Practicing: 1999
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2004
Organizational Memberships:
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American College of Sports Medicine
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Shoulder and Elbow Society
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Southern Orthopaedic Association
Major or Recent Publications:

A biomechanical comparison of Endobutton vs. suture anchor repair of distal biceps tendon injuries. Journal of Shoulder Elbow Surgery, Vol 15, 2006,509-514.

Scapular kinematics during supraspinatus rehabilitation exercise: A comparison of full-can versus empty-can techniques. American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 34, 2006,644-52.

Stress Protection Suture, Thermal Shrinkage, and Sclerosing Agents: Effects on Rat Patellar Tendon Length and Biomechanical Strength. American Journal Sports Med, Vol 33, No 11, 2005,1729-34.

The HAGL Lesion: An arthroscopic technique for repair of humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments. Arthroscopy, Vol 21, No. 4 (April), 2005,498-502.

The repeatability of scapular rotations across three planes of humeral elevation. Research in Sports Medicine, 2005,13:181-189.

Thermal Microdebridement does not affect the "Time Zero" Biomechanical Properties of Human Patellar Tendons . American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 32, No. 8, 2004,1946-52.

"Award Winner" Designation for Instructional Video
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2001

"Best Seller" Designation for Instructional Video
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2004

Aircast Pacific Rim Traveling Fellowship
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 2005
Medical School
Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 1993

Duke University Medical Center,Durham, NC 1995

Duke University Medical Center,Durham, NC 1999

Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO 2000