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Jeffrey T. Spang, MD

Jeffrey T. Spang, MD

Sports Medicine

Education and Experience


  • Wake Forest University, 2000


  • Temple University, 2001 - 2002
  • Area: Orthopaedics


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2002 - 2006
  • Area: Orthopaedics


  • University of Connecticut Health Center, 2006 - 2007
  • Area: Sports Medicine


  • Temple University, 2000 - 2001
  • Area: General Surgery


  • Technical University of Munich, 2007 - 2008
  • Area: Platelet Influence on Tendon Healing and Double-Bundle Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction


  • Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified
  • Orthopaedic Surgery-Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Board Certified

Clinical Expertise

  • Soft tissue trauma of the shoulder and knee
  • Sports medicine

Current Appointments

  • 2015-present Associate Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

North Carolina State Game-Changing Research Incentive Program (GRIP), 2016

GRIP is intended to incentivize and support visionary research ideas that will result in large-scale extramural funding, award-winning research impacts, and first-class interdisciplinary graduate education and training.

Collaborative research group based at North Carolina State and the University of North Carolina.

The O’Donoghue Award, 2014

American Orthopaedics Society for Sports Medicine National Meeting

The best overall paper which deals with clinical based research or human in-vivo research. Awarded to the MARS (Multi-center Anterior Cruciate Ligament Revision Study) research group for the study of revision anterior cruciate ligament surgery.

Frank C. Wilson Faculty Teaching Award, 2011

University of North Carolina Department of Orthopaedics. Awarded by outgoing Chief Residents to the faculty member who has made the greatest contribution to their education at the University of North Carolina.

Albert Trillat Young Investigator Award, 2009

International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

This award provides recognition for a young researcher who has done outstanding clinical laboratory research contributing to the understanding, care or prevention of injuries to the knee.

Outstanding Resident Presentation and Paper, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Spang JT, Post W, Fulkerson J. 2017. Distal realignment of the patellofemoral joint: Indications, effects, results and recommendations. In: Scott W, Ed. Insall and Scott Surgery of the Knee. Elsevier. p 885-901
  • Mellor, LF, Huebner P, Cai S, Mohiti-Asli M, Taylor, MA, Spang JT, Shirwaiker RA, Loboa EG. 2017. Fabrication and evaluation of electrospun, 3D-bioplotted, and combination of electrospun/3D-bioplotted scaffolds for tissue engineering applications. BioMed Research International.
  • Cone SG, Simpson SG, Piedrahita JA, Fordham LA, Spang JT, Fisher MB. 2017. Orientation changes in the cruciate ligaments of the knee during skeletal growth: a porcine model. J Orthop Res. [Epub ahead of print].
  • Herzog MM, Marshall SW, Lund JL, Pate V, Spang JT. 2017. Cost of outpatient arthroscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction among commercially insured patients in the United States, 2005-2013. Orthop J Sports Med. 5(1):2325967116684776. PMID: 28210655
  • Pietrosimone B, Loeser RF, Blackburn JT, Padua DA, Harkey MS, Stanley LE, Luc-Harkey BA, Ulici V, Marshall SW, Jordan JM, Spang JT. 2017. Biomechanical markers of cartilage metabolism are associated with walking biomechanics six-months following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Orthop Res.
  • Warren PB, Huebner P, Spang JT, Shirwaiker RA, Fisher MB. 2017. Engineering 3D-bioplotted scaffolds to induce aligned extracellular matrix deposition for musculoskeletal soft tissue replacement. Connect Tissue Res. 58(3-4):342-354.
  • Nordberg RC, Charoenpanich A, Vaughn CE, Griffith EH, Fisher MB, Cole JH, Spang JT, Loboa EG. 2016. Enhanced cellular infiltration of human adipose-derived stem cells in allograft menisci using a needle-punch method. J Orthop Surg Res. 11(1):132.
  • Fulkerson J, Parker B, Spang JT. 2016. Tibial tubercle transfer: Indications and techniques. In: Ryu R, Ed. The Knee: Arthroscopy Association of North America Advanced Arthroscopic Surgical Techniques. Slack INC. p 173-186.
  • MARS Group. 2016. Meniscal and articular cartilage predictors of clinical outcome after revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 44(7):1671-9. PMID: 27161867
  • Pietrosimone B, Lepley AS, Harkey MS, Luc-Harkey BA, Blackburn JT, Gribble PA, Spang JT, Sohn DH. 2016. Quadriceps strength predicts self-reported function post-ACL reconstruction. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 48(9):1671-7. PMID: 27054675
  • Pietrosimone B, Blackburn JT, Harkey MS, Luc BA, Hackney AC, Padua DA, Driban JB, Spang JT, Jordan JM. 2016. Greater mechanical loading during walking is associated with less collagen turnover in individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 44(2):425-32. PMID: 26684662
  • Pietrosimone B, Lepley A, Harkey M, Luc B, Blackburn JT, Gribble P, Spang JT, Sohn D. 2016. Quadriceps strength as a predictor of self-reported function in individuals with anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: 1110 board #8 June 1, 3:15 PM – 5:15 PM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 48(5 Suppl 1):301. PMID: 27584266
  • Gourlay ML, Renner JB, Spang JT, Rubin JE. 2015. Subchondral insufficiency fracture of the knee: A non-traumatic injury with prolonged recovery time. BMJ Case Rep.
  • Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA, Spang JT. 2014. The unstable shoulder. In: Boyer, MI. Ed. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review. AAOS. p 931-942.
  • MARS Group. 2014. Effect of graft choice on the outcome of revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the multicenter ACL revision study (MARS) cohort. Am J Sports Med. 42(10):2301-10. PMID: 25274353
  • Daruwalla JH, Greis PE, Hancock R; ASP Collaborative Group., Xerogeanes JW. 2014. Rates and determinants of return to play after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in NCAA Division I college football athletes: A study of the ACC, SEC and PAC-12 conferences. Ortho J Sports Med. 2(8):1-6. PMID: 26535351
  • Kamath GV, Murphy T, Creighton RA, Viradia N, Taft TN, Spang JT. 2014. Anterior cruciate ligament injury, return to play, and reinjury in the elite collegiate athlete: Analysis of an NCAA Division I cohort. Am J Sports Med. 42(7):1638-1643. PMID: 24981340
  • Kamath GM, Hoover S, Creighton RA, Weinhold P, Barrow A, Spang JT. Biomechanical analysis of a double loaded glenoid anchor configuration: Can few anchors provide equivalent fixation? Am J Sports Med. 2013; 41(1): 163-168
  • Glanzmann M, Spang JT, Imhoff A. 2012. Clinical history, examination, arthroscopic findings, and treatment of multidirectional instability. In: Provencher M and Romeo A, Eds. Shoulder Instability: A Comprehensive Approach. Elsevier Saunders. p 363-368.
  • Lippe J, Spang JT, Leger RR, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD, Shea KP,. Inter-rater agreement of the Gotallier, Patte and Warner classification scores using pre-operatiive magnetic resonance imaging in patients with rotator cuff tears. Arthroscopy. 2012 Feb; 28(2): 154-9
  • Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD, Spang JT. 2011. Arthroscopic treatment of anterior shoulder instability. In: Weisel S. and Miller M. Eds. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. p 14-23.
  • Spang JT, Tischer T, Salsmann GM, Winkler T, Burgkart R, Wexel G, Imhoff AB. Platelet concentrate vs. saline in a rat patellar tendon healing model. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2011; 19(3);495-502
  • Heckman DS, Hoover SA, Weinhold PS, Spang JT, Creighton RA. Repair of lesser tuberosity osteotomy for shoulder arthroplasty: Biomechanical evaluation of the Packpack and Dual Row techniques. J Shoulder Elbow Surgery. 2010; 20(3): 491-6
  • Imhoff AB, Ansah P, Tischer T, Reiter C, Bartl C, Hench M, Spang JT, Vogt S. Arthroscopic repair of anterior-inferior glenohumeral instability using a poratl at the 5:30 o’clock position: analysis of the effects of age, fixation method, and concomitant shoulder injury on surgical outcomes. Am J Sports Med. 2010; 38(9): 1795-1803
  • Spang JT, Dang AB, Mazzocca A, Rincon L, Obopilwe E, Beynnon B, Arciero RA. The effect of medical meniscectomy and meniscal allograft transplantation on knee and anterior cruciate ligament biomechanics. Arthroscopy. 2010; 26(2):192-201
  • Spang JT, Buchmann S, Brucker PU, Louloumentas P, Obst T, Schroeder M, Burgkart T, Imhoff AB. A biomechanical comparison of 2 transosseous-equivalent double-row rotator cuff repair techniquies using bioabsorbable anchors. Arthroscopy. 2009; 25(8):872-879
  • Salzmann GM, Spang JT, Imhoff AB. Double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a skeletally immature adolescent athlete. Arthroscopy. 2009; 25(3):321-324
  • Spang JT, Delgaizo DJ, Dahners LE. Reconstruction of lateral trochlear defect with radial head autograft. J Orthop Trauma 22(5):351-6, 2008.
  • Mihalko WM, Boachie-Adjei Y, Spang JT, Fulkerson JP et al. Controversies and techniques in the surgical management of patellofemoral arthritis. J Bone Joint Surg (89):2788-2802, 2007.
  • Arciero RA, Spang JT. Complications in arthroscopic anterior shoulder stabilization: Pearls and pitfalls. J Bone Joint Surg, Instr Course Lect (57):113-24. 2008.
  • Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA, Spang JT. Distal biceps rupture. Orthop Clin North Am 39(2):237-49, 2008
  • Lorenz S, Anetzberger H, Spang JT, Imhoff A. Double bundle technique-anatomic reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament. Oper Orthop Traumatol (19):473-488, 2007.
  • Spang JT, Weinhold PS, Karas SG. A biomechanical comparison of EndoButton vs. suture anchor repair of distal biceps tendon injuries. J Shoulder Elbow Surgery. 15:509-514, 2006.
  • Spang JT, Karas SG. Multidirectional instability of the shoulder. In: Clinical Sports Medicine. Johnson DL, Mair SD (Eds.) 2006.
  • Spang, JT, Dahners LE, Creighton RA. Basic science of ligament healing: Medial collateral ligament healing with and without treatment. Sports Med Arthroscopy Rev 13(3): 145-150, 2005.
  • Spang JT, Karas SG. The HAGL lesion: An arthroscopic technique for repair of humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments. Arthroscopy. 21(4):498-502, 2005.


  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA, Beynnon B et al. The effect of menisectomy and meniscal allograft transplant on strain in the native ACL. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL 07/12/08.
  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Imhoff A. Stem cells and Rotator Cuff Repair. European Society for Sports medicine and Knee Arthroscopy, Porto, Portugal 05/24/08.
  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Imhoff A. Bone marrow aspirate in the treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears, Internationaler Kongress für Wintersportmedizin, Garmisch-Paternkirchen, Germany 2/15/08.
  • Spang JT, Rincon L, Dang AB, Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA. The effect of menisectomy and meniscal allograft transplant on strain patterns in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Northeast Region Sports Medicine Fellows Day, West Point, NY 6/8/07.
  • Spang JT, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Early results of the anatomic acromio-clavicular reconstruction. New England Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting, Jay VT 02/03/07.
  • Fulkerson JP, Spang JT. Treatment and rationale for patellafemoral instability in the athlete. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day, AAOS San Diego, CA 02/17/07.
  • Fulkerson JP, Spang JT. Optomizing tibial tubercle osteotomy. Arthroscopy Association of North America Specialty Day, AAOS San Diego, CA 02/17/07.
  • Spang JT, Weinhold PS, Karas SG. Biomechanical Evaluation of Endobutton Distal Biceps Repair. European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Annual Meeting, Athens, Greece. 09/20/06.
  • Spang JT, Bensen CV, Karas SG. The HAGL Lesion: An arthroscopic technique for repair of humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments. Linvatec Residents and Fellows Course, Fort Myers, FL 5/15/04.

see entire list available at PubMed


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Jeffrey Spang, MD
Jeffrey Spang, MD