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Dawn LaPorte, MD

Vice Chairman, Education
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • Vice Chairman, Education
  • Residency Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthritis of the Fingers, Arthritis of the Hand, Carpal Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren's Contracture, Hand and Peripheral Nerves, Hand Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tendinitis of the Hand, Fingers, and Wrist, Tendon Transfer, Ulnar Neuropathy, Upper Extremity Reconstruction

Research Interests

Wrist pain; Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears; Peripheral nerve; Wrist innervation; Resident education


Dr. Dawn LaPorte is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Her areas of clinical expertise are hand and wrist injuries, including ligament injuries, avascular necrosis, arthritis, nerve compression syndromes, Dupytren’s contracture and congenital hand differences. Dr. LaPorte serves as the residency program director for the Orthopaedic Surgery Training Program.

Dr. LaPorte received her undergraduate degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She completed her orthopaedic surgery training at Johns Hopkins and performed her hand and upper extremity surgery fellowship training at the Curtis National Hand Center.

Her research interests include wrist pain, triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears and resident education.

Dr. LaPorte is a member of the American Society of Surgery for the Hand (ASSH) and serves on multiple ASSH committees, including the Diversity Committee and the Resident Education Committee. She serves on the Governing Council of the national Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors.


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American Society for Surgery of the Hand
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

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  • Education +


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (Baltimore MD ) (1995)


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Orthopaedic Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (2000)


    • Union Memorial Hospital / Hand Surgery (Baltimore MD ) (2001)


    • Hand Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2004)
    • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2003)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Laporte's research focuses on improving musculoskeletal education for orthopaedic and non-orthopaedic resident training. The ultimate goal of her research is to improve patient care.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. Bernard JA, O'Daly A, Laporte DM. “Dorsal radiocarpal dislocation in a patient with Goldenhar syndrome: case report.” Hand (N Y). 2013 Sep;8(3):320-3. doi: 10.1007/s11552-013-9495-8
    2. Bernard JA, Dattilo JR, Laporte DM. “The incidence and reporting of sharps exposure among medical students, orthopedic residents, and faculty at one institution.” Journal of Surgical Education. 2013 Sep-Oct;70(5):660-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2013.04.010. Epub 2013 Jun 6.
    3. Bernholt DL, Garzon-Muvdi J, LaPorte DM, Yang SC, McFarland EG. “A survey of current policy and practice of surgical exposure for preclerkship medical students at American medical institutions.” American Journal of Surgery. 2013 Sep;206(3):433-8. doi: 10.1016/j.amjsurg.2013.01.032. Epub 2013 Jun 6.
    4. Skelley NW, Tanaka MJ, Skelley LM, LaPorte DM. “Medical student musculoskeletal education: an institutional survey.” J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Oct 3;94(19):e146(1-7). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.K.01286.
    5. Brunton LM, Laporte DM. “Use of gabapentin and pregabalin for hand surgery patients.” J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jul;37(7):1486-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2012.04.013. Review.
  • Academic Affiliations & Courses +

    Graduate Program Affiliation

    Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery

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    Professional Activities

    Member of the Johns Hopkins Medicine Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC)

    Serves on numerous committees at the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, including the Diversity Committee and the Resident Education Committee

    Serves on the Governing Council of the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) at the American Orthopaedic Association

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    Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
    601 N. Caroline Street
    Baltimore, MD 21287
    Phone: 410-955-9663
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
    Fax: 410-502-6816
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    Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
    10753 Falls Road
    Pavilion II
    Baltimore, MD 21093
    Phone: 410-955-3134
    Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
    Fax: 410-502-6816
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