Dawn LaPorte, M.D.

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  • Thomas M. Brushart, M.D. Professor in Hand Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthritis of the Fingers, Arthritis of the Hand, Arthritis of the Wrist, Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hand and Wrist, Carpal Injuries, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Cubital Tunnel Syndrome, Dupuytren's Contracture, Hand Conditions, Hand Reconstruction, Hand Surgery, Nerve Compression, Orthopaedic Hand Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Peripheral Nerve Disorders, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Tendon Transfer, Tendonitis of the Elbow, Tendonitis of the Fingers, Tendonitis of the Hand and Wrist, Tennis Elbow, Ulnar Neuropathy, Upper Extremity Reconstruction ...read more

Research Interests

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

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Dr. Dawn LaPorte is a 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 and Dupuytren’s contracture. 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-at-Large 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 is also an ASSH 2020 Annual Meeting Program Chair. She serves on the Governing Council of the national Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors.

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  • Thomas M. Brushart, M.D. Professor in Hand Surgery
  • Vice Chairman, Education
  • Residency Program Director, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



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


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2000)


  • Hand Surgery; Medstar Union Memorial Hospital (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Hand Surgery) (2004)
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (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

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Ahlawat S, Corl FM, LaPorte DM, Fishman EK, Fayad LM. MDCT of hand and wrist infections: emphasis on compartmental anatomy. Clin Radiol. 2017 Apr;72(4):338.e1-338.e9. doi: 10.1016/j.crad.2016.11.020. Epub 2017 Jan 6. Review.

Brooks JT, Reidler JS, Jain A, LaPorte DM, Sterling RS. Post-Interview Communication During Application to Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Programs. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Oct 5;98(19):e84. Review.

Bernard JA, Dattilo JR, Srikumaran U, Zikria BA, Jain A, LaPorte DM. Reliability and Validity of 3 Methods of Assessing Orthopedic Resident Skill in Shoulder Surgery. J Surg Educ. 2016 Nov - Dec;73(6):1020-1025. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2016.04.023. Epub 2016 Jun 3.

Grasu BL, LaPorte DM. Hand Problems Related to Chemotherapeutic Agents. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Dec;40(12):2473-6. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.10.001. Review.

Devulapalli C, Han KD, Bello RJ, LaPorte DM, Hepper CT, Katz RD. Inadvertent Intra-Arterial Drug Injections in the Upper Extremity: Systematic Review. J Hand Surg Am. 2015 Nov;40(11):2262-2268.e5. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2015.08.002. Epub 2015 Sep 26. Review.

Academic Affiliations & Courses

Graduate Program Affiliation

Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery

Activities & Honors


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

Professional Activities

  • Diversity Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Governing Council of the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors, American Orthopaedic Association
  • Chair, Resident Education Committee, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Review Committee

Videos & Media

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Women in Orthopaedics, Leading by Example | Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery (Summer 2016)

Q&A with Dawn LaPorte, Orthopaedic Residency Program Director | Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery (Winter 2014)

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