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Steve Petersen, MD

Steve Alan Petersen, MD
part-time faculty
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • part-time faculty
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Baseball Injuries, Orthopaedic Surgery, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Shoulder Arthritis/Replacement, Shoulder Disorders-Arthritis, Shoulder Fractures, Shoulder Instability Stabilization Surgery, Shoulder Joint Dislocations, Sports Injuries to the Shoulder

Research Interests

Clinical outcomes of the treatment of shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability; Bone grafting for glenoid bone loss with shoulder instability; Shoulder imaging; Shoulder anatomy; Shoulder MRI; Rotator cuff disorders; Shoulder arthritis; Shoulder arthroplasty; Shoulder instability


Dr. Steve Petersen is an associate professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. His areas of clinical expertise include shoulder disorders and arthritis and should injuries, including rotator cuff injuries, shoulder fractures, shoulder joint dislocations and sports injuries to the shoulder. He offers arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, shoulder replacement and shoulder instability stabilization surgery.

After graduating with honors from Rush Medical School, Dr. Petersen completed an orthopaedic residency and research fellowship at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, where he also received a master's degree in Orthopaedic Sciences.

After serving as associate chief of orthopaedic surgery at Letterman Army Medical Center, Dr. Petersen completed a fellowship in shoulder surgery and sports medicine at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Colorado. He was awarded the prestigious European Traveling Shoulder Fellowship by the American Shoulder and Elbow Society.

He served as associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine where he was the interim chairman and director of the Adult Shoulder Service.

Dr. Petersen is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Shoulder and Elbow Society and Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He was named assistant editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in 2009.


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Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, 2006

American Orthopaedic Association, 2003

American Shoulder and Elbow Society, 2000

European Society for Surgery of the Shoulder and Elbow (ESSSE), Corresponding Member, 1999

Societe Internationale de Chirurgie Orthopedique et de Traumatologie, 1996

Asociacion Argentina de Cirugia de la Mano y Reconstructiva del Miembro Superior, Corresponding Member, 1996

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1991

Orthopaedic Research Society, 1989

American Medical Association, 1982

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 1980

Mid-Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society-Charter Member

Southern Orthopaedic Association

Maryland Orthopaedic Society

Mid-American Orthopaedic Association

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  • Education +


    • Rush Medical College (Chicago IL ) (1981)


    • Mayo Clinic Medical School College of Medicine / Orthopaedic Surgery (Rochester MN ) (1987)


    • Steadman Hawkins Clinic / Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (Vail CO ) (1992)


    • Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (2010)
  • Research & Publications +

    Research Summary

    Dr. Petersen’s research interests surround shoulder imaging and anatomy, rotator cuff disorders, shoulder arthritis and arthroplasty and shoulder Instability.

    Selected Publications View all on PubMed

    1. McFarland EG, Maffulli N, Buono AD, Murrell GA, Garzon-Muvdi J, Petersen SA. “Impingement is not impingement: the case for calling it "Rotator Cuff Disease”.” Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2013 Aug 11;3(3):196-200. eCollection 2013.
    2. Johnson CC, Sodha S, Garzon-Muvdi J, Petersen SA, McFarland EG. “Does Preoperative American Society of Anesthesiologists Score Relate to Complications After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty?” Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Dec 10.
    3. Bruinsma WE, Guitton TG, Warner JJ, Ring D; Science of Variation Group. “Interobserver reliability of classification and characterization of proximal humeral fractures: a comparison of two and three-dimensional CT.” J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Sep 4;95(17):1600-4. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.00586.


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  • Activities & Honors +


    U.S. News and World Report Best Doctors in America, 2011-2012

    Best Doctors in Baltimore, 2007

    Teacher of the Year Award, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopaedics, 2004

    Best Doctors in America, 2002-2011

    A Guide to Americas Top Surgeons, 2002 - present

    Mid-America Ortho Association, Edward D. Henderson Award, 2001

    Marquis Who’s Who in America, 2001 - present

    Marquis Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare, 1999 - present

    Selected to the American Shoulder and Elbow European Traveling Fellowship, 1999.

    Outstanding Teacher Award, Letterman Army Medical Center, Orthopaedic Residency Program, 1991

    Merck, Sharp and Dohme Residents Award, 5th Annual Mid-American Orthopaedic Association Meeting for an Outstanding Paper Presented by a Resident in San Diego, CA, 1987

    U.S. Army Medical Corps, 1987-1991: Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Humanitarian Service Award, Army Service Ribbon

    Academic Allstate Intercollegiate Football Team, 1973

    Letter Award, Intercollegiate Varsity Football, 1973-1976

    Sigma Omicron Mu, National Honor Society, 1972

    Beta Beta Beta, Biologic Honor Society, 1972

    Blue Key, 1972

    National Presbyterian Scholar, 1972-1976

    Illinois State Scholar, 1972-1976

    Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, 1971

    Professional Activities

    Journal Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Assistant Editor, 2009 - present

    Guest Editor: Seminars in Arthroplasty, "Total Shoulder Arthroplasty". W.B. Saunders Co., Philadelphia, PA 6:20 3-311, 1995

    Clinical Investigator Program, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, Rochester, MN, 1987

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    10753 Falls Road
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    Baltimore, MD 21093
    Phone: 443-444-4740
    Appointment Phone: 443-444-4740
    Fax: 443-444-4752
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