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James L. Carey, MD, MPH

James L. Carey, MD, MPH Physician

Director, Penn Center for Cartilage Repair and Osteochondritis Dissecans Treatment Professor of Radiation Oncology Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Carey is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. James L. Carey

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues, 2016 - 2018

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery, 2010

Clinical Expertise:

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury (ACL)
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair (ACL)
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Bucket Handle Meniscus Tears
  • Cartilage Injuries
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Dislocated Patella
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Microfracture Surgery
  • Kneecap Dislocation
  • Locking Knee
  • Loose Body in the Knee
  • Meniscectomy
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Osteochondral Allograft
  • Osteochondral Autograft
  • Osteochondral Defect
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans
  • Patellar Instability
  • Patellar Stabilization
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder and Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labrum Repair
  • Sports Injury
  • Synovial Chondromatosis
  • Torn Ligament
  • Torn Meniscus
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oscar Health Plan of PA
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: Vanderbilt University Medical Center


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, National American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, National Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, National DeForest Willard Society (University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Alumni Organization), Local International Cartilage Repair Society, International International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, International Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Group, National Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) Shoulder, National Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society (PRiSM), National Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society, Local Research in OsteoChondritis of the Knee (ROCK) Group, International Vanderbilt Orthopaedic Society, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Carey is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Osteochondritis Dissecans
Focal Articular Cartilage Injuries
Prospective Cohort Studies
Reliability Studies

Selected Publications:

MARS Group, Ding DY, Zhang AL, Allen CR, Anderson AF, Cooper DE, DeBerardino TM, Dunn WR, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Lantz BA, Mann B, Spindler KP, Stuart MJ, Wright RW, Albright JP, Amendola AN, Andrish JT, Annunziata CC, Arciero RA, Bach BR Jr, Baker CL 3rd, Bartolozzi AR, Baumgarten KM, Bechler JR, Berg JH, Bernas GA, Brockmeier SF, Brophy RH, Bush-Joseph CA, Butler JB 5th, Campbell JD, Carey JL, Carpenter JE, Cole BJ, Cooper JM, Cox CL, Creighton RA, Dahm DL, David TS, Flanigan DC, Frederick RW, Ganley TJ, Garofoli EA, Gatt CJ Jr, Gecha SR, Giffin JR, Hame SL, Hannafin JA, Harner CD, Harris NL Jr, Hechtman KS, Hershman EB, Hoellrich RG, Hosea TM, Johnson DC, Johnson TS, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Kamath GV, Klootwyk TE, Levy BA, Ma CB, Maiers GP 2nd, Marx RG, Matava MJ, Mathien GM, McAllister DR, McCarty EC, McCormack RG, Miller BS, Nissen CW, O'Neill DF, Owens BD, Parker RD, Purnell ML, Ramappa AJ, Rauh MA, Rettig AC, Sekiya JK, Shea KG, Sherman OH, Slauterbeck JR, Smith MV, Spang JT, Svoboda SJ, Taft TN, Tenuta JJ, Tingstad EM, Vidal AF, Viskontas DG, White RA, Williams JS Jr, Wolcott ML, Wolf BR, York JJ: Subsequent surgery after revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: rates and risk factors from a multicenter cohort. Am J Sports Med. 45 : 2068-76,2017.

Flanigan DC, Carey JL, Brophy RH, Graham WC, DiBartola AC, Hamilton D, Nagaraja HN, Lattermann C: Interrater and intrarater reliability of arthroscopic measurements of articular cartilage defects in the knee. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 99 : 979-88,2017.

Friedman JM, Sennett ML, Bonadio MB, Orji KO, Neuwirth AL, Keah N, Carey JL, Moutos FT, Estes BT, Guilak F, Madry H, Mauck RL, Dodge GR: Comparison of fixation techniques of 3D-woven poly(ϵ-caprolactone) scaffolds for cartilage repair in a weightbearing porcine large animal model. Cartilage. : [Epub ahead of print],2017.

Eckenrode BJ, Carey JL, Sennett BJ, Zgonis MH: Prevention and management of post-operative complications following ACL reconstruction. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 10 : 315-21,2017.

Yellin JL, Gans I, Carey JL, Shea KG, Ganley TJ: The surgical management of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee in the skeletally immature: a survey of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) membership. J Pediatr Orthop. 37 : 491-9,2017.

Carey JL, Domont ZB, Ganley TJ: Surgical techniques for osteochondritis dissecans in the skeletally immature. Reconstructive Knee Surgery. Series: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Fourth edition. : 2017.

Ganley TJ, Domont ZB, Fabricant PD, Carey JL: Medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction: superficial quadriceps technique in the young athlete. Reconstructive Knee Surgery. Series: Master Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Fourth edition. : 2017.

Sanders TL, Park A, Obey MR, Johnson NR, Carey JL, Stuart MJ, Krych AJ: High rate of osteoarthritis after osteochondritis dissecans fragment excision compared with surgical restoration at a mean 16-year follow-up. Am J Sports Med. 45 : 1799-1805,2017.

Sanders TL, Pareek A, Johnson NR, Carey JL, Maak TG, Stuart MJ, Krych AJ: Nonoperative management of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee: progression to osteoarthritis and arthroplasty at mean 13-year follow-up. Orthop J Sports Med. 5 : 2325967117704644,2017.

Wall EJ, Milewski MD, Carey JL, Shea KG, Ganley TJ, Polousky JD, Grimm NL, Eismann EA, Jacobs JC, Murnaghan L, Nissen CW, Myer GD, Weiss J, Edmonds EW, Anderson AF, Lyon RM, Heyworth BE, Fabricant PD, Zbojniewicz A; Research in Osteochondritis of the Knee (ROCK) Group: The reliability of assessing radiographic healing of osteochondritis dissecans of the knee. Am J Sports Med. 45 : 1370-5,2017.

Academic Contact Info

Penn Sports Medicine Center
Weightman Hall, First Floor
235 South 33rd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 615-4400
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366

In case of emergency, please call 911