Penn Orthopaedics

Penn Cartilage Center

The Penn Center for Advanced Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment is one of only a few clinics across the nation dedicated to cartilage repair. It is one of the first to focus on osteochondritis dissecans (OCD), a rare and often misunderstood condition in which a fragment of bone and cartilage separates causing pain, swelling and mechanical issues. This condition occurs most commonly in the knee.

Conditions and Treatments

In addition to the treatment of osteochondritis dissecans, the Penn Cartilage Center also offers treatment for severe cartilage problems with procedures including:

  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (ACI)
  • Osteochondral Autograft Transfer (OAT)
  • Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation
  • Microfracture
  • Meniscal Transplantation

The purpose of the Penn Cartilage Center is to facilitate collaboration between national leaders in cartilage research and to act as a location that houses interdisciplinary research, linking basic science, translational studies and clinical research. An emphasis is placed on optimal personalized treatment plans through integration of the best available evidence into the shared decision- making process.


Director: James L. Carey, MD., M.P.H.

Clinical Faculty:

Orthopaedic Surgery
James L. Carey, MD., M.P.H.
Theodore J. Ganley M.D.
Brian J. Sennett, M.D
David R. Steinberg, M.D.

Woojin Kim, M.D.
J. Bruce Kneeland, M.D.

Research Support Staff:

Bioengineering (Materials and Constructs)
Robert L. Mauck, Ph.D.; Associate Director for Research
Jason A. Burdick, Ph.D.

Cell and Developmental Biology
George R. Dodge, Ph.D.
Maurizio Pacifici, Ph.D.

Novel Imaging and Diagnostics
K. Ravinder Reddy, Ph.D.

Model Development and Pre-Clinical Translation
Thomas P. Schaer, V.M.D.
Dean W. Richardson, D.V.M.

Patient Coordinator:

Physician Assistant
Sabrina Fitzig, M.S., PA-C