Edward George McFarland, M.D.

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  • Wayne H. Lewis Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Arthritis of the Shoulder, Elbow Injuries, Elbow UCL Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries, Rotator Cuff, Rotator Cuff Injuries, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Dislocations, Shoulder Disorders, Shoulder Fractures, Shoulder Instability Stabilization Surgery, Shoulder Joint Dislocations, Shoulder Labral Tear, Shoulder Replacement, Shoulder Surgery, Sports Injuries, Sports Injuries to the Shoulder, Superior Labrum Anterior and Posterior Lesions (SLAP), Tendonitis of the Elbow, Tennis Elbow, Total Elbow Replacement ...read more

Research Interests

Shoulder replacement surgery, primary and revision surgery; sports shoulder injuries; Examination of the shoulder and elbow; Epidemiology of shoulder injuries; Injuries to athlete elbow ...read more

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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093
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Dr. Edward G. McFarland is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is the Wayne H. Lewis Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and serves as director of the Division of Shoulder Surgery. He specializes in the treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions and injuries.

Dr. McFarland received his B.S. in biology at Murray State University and completed his M.D. at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He performed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Group in Santa Monica, California. He joined the faculty of Johns Hopkins in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and became a full professor in 2005.

His areas of special interest include shoulder replacement surgery, especially reverse total shoulder replacement, anatomical shoulder replacement and evaluation and treatment of failed shoulder replacements.  He treats patients with shoulder fractures, instability or dislocations, arthritis, rotator cuff tears and AC joint problems.  He also has a special interest in sports injuries to the shoulder inclusive of all and any sports.   He sees injuries to the shoulder of all ages.  His research includes all of these topics including evaluation, treatment and the results of treatment.     

Dr. McFarland is a member of numerous professional organizations, serves on the editorial boards of three journals and is a past president of the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. He has authored or co-authored over 200  peer-reviewed articles, 20 book chapters and three full books, and has won several awards for his research and service.

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  • Wayne H. Lewis Professor of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Director, Division of Shoulder Surgery
  • Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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  • MD; University of Louisville School of Medicine (1982)


  • Mayo Clinic (1987)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopaedic Surgery) (1990)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Meshram P., Yasser O., Joseph J., Larijani K., Lopes Sauers A., Srikumaran U., McFarland. EG. Descriptive Epidemiology of Injuries in Professional Speedball Athletes. Journal of Sport Rehabilitation. 2022 Apr. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2021-0372. Advance online publication. PMID: 35468588

Sodha S, Srikumaran U, Choi K, Borade AU, McFarland EG. Clinical assessment of the dynamic labral shear test for superior labrum anterior and posterior lesions. Am J Sports Med. 2017;45(4):775-781.

Borade AU, Familiari F, Choi K, Joseph J, McFarland EG. Comparison of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty vs hemiarthroplasty for acute fractures of the proximal humerus: systematic review. J Postgrad Med Edu Res. 2017;51(4):182-187.

Huri G, Familiari F, Salari N, Petersen SA, Doral MN, McFarland EG. Prosthetic design of reverse shoulder arthroplasty contributes to scapular notching and instability. World J Orthop. 2016 Nov 18;7(11):738-745. PMID: 27900271

McFarland EG, Huri G, Hyun YS, Petersen SA, Srikumaran U. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty without Bone-Grafting for Severe Glenoid Bone Loss in Patients with Osteoarthritis and Intact Rotator Cuff. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Nov 2;98(21):1801-1807. PMID: 27807112

Ju DG, Mogayzel PJ Jr, Sponseller PD, Familiari F, McFarland EG. Bilateral midshaft femoral fractures in an adolescent baseball player. J Cyst Fibros. 2016 Jul;15(4):e41-3. doi: 10.1016/j.jcf.2016.02.001. PMID: 26927602

Activities & Honors


  • Named “Top Doc,”, Baltimore Magazine, Baltimore MD, 2012
  • Service Excellence Award, Health Network Foundation, Cleveland OH, 2008
  • Athletic Hall of Fame, Murray State, 2005
  • Elected to the Administrative Board, American College of Sports Medicine, 2003
  • 3rd place, Resident/Fellow Basic Science Presentation, Annual Maryland Orthopaedic Association Scientific Program, 2001
  • 1st place, Resident/Fellow Basic Science Presentation, Annual Maryland Orthopaedic Association Scientific Program, 2000
  • Distinguished Alumnus, Murray State University, 1998


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons
  • Baltimore County Medical Association
  • Maryland Medical Association
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Society
  • National Athletic Trainers Association
  • Phi Delta Epsilon Medical Fraternity
  • Society for American Baseball Research
  • Southern Orthopaedic Association

Professional Activities

  • Board of Trustees, Johns Hopkins at Green Spring Station, 2009
  • Board of Trustees, Maryland Orthopaedic Association, 2006 - 2007
  • President, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, 2011 - 2012
  • President, Maryland Orthopaedic Association, 2007 - 2008
  • Second Vice President, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, 2010 - 2011
  • Second Vice President, The American College of Sports Medicine, 2007 - 2009
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