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Robert Sterling, M.D.

Robert Steven Sterling, M.D.

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4.9out of 5
219 Ratings
  • Director, Adult Hip and Knee Replacement Fellowship
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery


Avascular Necrosis (AVN) of the Hip, Knee Arthritis, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedics, Revision Hip Surgery, Revision Knee Surgery, Total Hip Replacement, Total Joint Replacement, Total Knee Replacement more

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Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
4940 Eastern Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21224 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 443-997-6754
10803 Falls Road
Pavilion III, Suite 2100
Lutherville, MD 21093 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh

Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663
4924 Campbell Boulevard
Nottingham, MD 21236 map


Robert Sterling, M.D., is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee replacement. He treats adults with disorders of the hip and knee and has extensive experience in joint replacement surgery, including both first-time and revision hip and knee replacement. Dr. Sterling has a special interest in post-traumatic arthritis of the hip and knee, unicompartmental arthroplasty of the knee, and treatment of avascular necrosis of the femoral head.

He came to Johns Hopkins after working for 12 years as a hip and knee surgeon at the University of Maryland Medical Center. He is fellowship-trained in both orthopaedic traumatology and orthopaedic joint replacement.

At the Johns Hopkins Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Sterling directs the adult hip and knee replacement fellowship, helping train the next generation of orthopaedic surgeons. more


  • Director, Adult Hip and Knee Replacement Fellowship
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • MD; Temple University Medical Center (1994)


  • Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Maryland Medical Center (2000)


  • Nuffield Orthopaedic Center (2001)
  • Orthopaedic Traumatology; University of Maryland Medical Center (2000)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Orthopedic Surgery) (2003)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Kane I, Naseer ZA, Jones LC, Khanuja HS, Sterling RS. Safety of tranexamic acid: Are any precautions needed? Tech Orthop. 2017;32(1):28-33.

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. PMID: 27707858

Naseer ZA, Bachabi M, Jones LC, Sterling RS, Khanuja HS. Osteonecrosis in Sickle Cell Disease. South Med J. 2016 Sep;109(9):525-30. doi: 10.14423/SMJ.0000000000000516. PMID: 27598354

Ponnusamy KE, Jain A, Thakkar SC, Sterling RS, Skolasky RL, Khanuja HS. Inpatient Mortality and Morbidity for Dialysis-Dependent Patients Undergoing Primary Total Hip or Knee Arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2015 Aug 19;97(16):1326-32. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.N.01301. PMID: 26290083

Zahir U, Sterling RS, Pellegrini VD Jr, Forte ML. Inpatient pulmonary embolism after elective primary total hip and knee arthroplasty in the United States. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 Nov 20;95(22):e175. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.L.00466. PMID: 24257675

Activities & Honors


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Maryland Orthopaedic Association

Videos & Media

Lectures and Presentations

  • Inpatient Myocardial Infarction in US Elective Primary Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Patients
    AAOS Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL (03/19/2013)
  • Development and Implementation of Pediatric Orthopaedic OSCEs
    CORD Poster, AOA Annual Meeting (06/12/2013)
  • Development and Implementation of Pediatric Orthopaedic OSCEs
    OMEGA Grant paper presentation , AOA Annual Meeting (06/14/2013)
  • Incidence and Impact of Myocardial Infarction and Pulmonary embolism in Single vs. Bilateral Elective Arthroplasty Patients.
    Poster Presentation, Academy Health’s 2013 Annual Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD (06/23/2013)
  • Association Between type of Surgery and Perioperative Acute Myocardial Infarction in Elderly Hip Fracture 
    OTA Annual Meeting, Pheonix, AZ (10/11/2013)
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty: Managing Bone Loss. Specialist
    Specialist Registrar Training Course, Bristol, UK (01/01/2001)

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Casing the Joint: when is it necessary to have joint replacement surgery? - The Baltimore Sun | September 2017

Orthopedic surgeon leader to know: Dr. Robert Sterling of Johns Hopkins Medicine - Becker's Orthopedic Review | July 2016

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

  • 4.9 Provider Explained Things Clearly
  • 4.9 Provider Listened Carefully
  • 4.8 Provider Knew Medical History
  • 4.9 Provider Showed Respect
  • 4.8 Provider Spent Enough Time
  • 4.8 Overall Rating by Patient


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