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Miho Jean Tanaka, M.D.

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Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program

Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Specializes in: Adolescents (12-18 years), Adults (18+ years)


Languages: English, Japanese

Expertise: ACL Reconstruction, Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthroscopic Surgery, Baseball Injuries, Elbow Arthroscopy, Knee Injuries, Knee Joint Arthroscopy, Orthopaedic Surgery, Patellar Dislocations, Patellar Instability Stabilization, Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder Dislocations, Shoulder Disorders, Shoulder Instability Stabilization Surgery, Sports Injuries, Sports Injuries to the Ankle, Sports Medicine more

Research Interests: Patellofemoral instability, dynamic imaging, imaging technology, knee biomechanics, injuries in female athletes

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Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Group
Appointment Phone: 443-997-2663

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601 North Caroline Street
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Dr. Tanaka is an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Johns Hopkins.   Her areas of expertise include the treatment of sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, knee and ankle with the latest arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical techniques.

She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where she was a member of the varsity track and field team, and her medical degree at New York Medical College. Her orthopaedic residency was at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, followed by a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.

Prior to joining Johns Hopkins, Dr. Tanaka was an orthopaedic surgeon in St. Louis, where she served as a team physician for the St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Surge, and directed the Women’s Sports Medicine Initiative, a program designed to promote injury prevention for female athletes. She also has experience as a team physician for the WNBA's New York Liberty and for St. John’s University and Lafayette High School in Brooklyn, New York. She continues to serve as an orthopaedic consultant for the St. Louis Surge.

As a former athlete herself, Dr. Tanaka understands her patients’ passion for sports and shares their commitment to excellence.  She has published or presented over 40 articles and book chapters focusing on the anatomy, biomechanics and surgical outcomes in the knee. She emphasizes patient education and evidence-based treatment as the foundation of patient care, and treats all sports-related injuries of the shoulder, knee and elbow, with special emphasis on injuries of the patellofemoral joint. more


  • Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program
  • Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery



  • MD, New York Medical College (2006)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine / Orthopaedic Surgery (2011)


  • Hospital for Special Surgery / Sports Medicine (2012)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery / Orthopaedic Surgery (2014)

Additional Training

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

View all on Pubmed

Tanaka MJ. Variability in the patellar attachment of the medial patellofemoral ligament. Arthroscopy. 2016;32(8):1667-1670.

Tanaka MJ, Voss A, Fulkerson JP. The anatomic midpoint of the medial patellofemoral complex. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2016;98(14):1199-1205.

Williams AA, Elias JJ, Tanaka MJ, Thawait GK, Demehri S, Carrino JA, Cosgarea AJ. The relationship between TT-TG distance and abnormal patellar tracking in patients with unilateral patellar instability. Arthroscopy. 2015; Oct 2.

Tanaka MJ. Complications in patellofemoral instability surgery. Op. Tech. Sports Medicine, 2015 June; 23(2) 77-83.

Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ, Williams AA, Carrino JA, Cosgarea AJ. Correlation Between
Changes in Tibial Tuberosity-Trochlear Groove Distance and Patellar Position
During Active Knee Extension on Dynamic Kinematic Computed Tomographic Imaging.
Arthroscopy. 2015 May 1.

Activities & Honors


  • Patellofemoral Surgical Anatomy Excellence Award, Patellofemoral Foundation & Arthroscopy Association of North America, 2014
  • Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship, Doris Duke Foundation, 2004 - 2005
  • Charlotte Yudell '33 Memorial Award, New York Medical College, 2006
  • Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Association, 2012


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Videos & Media

Meniscus Surgery | Grace's Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Why Do Men Run Faster Than Women? | Live Science (May 2017)

Doing The Marathon? Dr. Tanaka's Tips For Healthy Training, Running, Recovery | Midday with Tom Hall, WYPR 88.1 FM

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