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Miho Jean Tanaka, M.D.

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Director, Women's Sports Medicine Program

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

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

Female

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 ...read more

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

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Johns Hopkins Outpatient Center
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601 N. Caroline St.
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Johns Hopkins Medicine - White Marsh
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4924 Campbell Boulevard
Suite 130
Nottingham, MD 21236 map

Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station
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10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II Suite 305
Lutherville, MD 21093 map

Johns Hopkins Community Physicians - Odenton
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1106 Annapolis Road
Suite 280
Odenton, MD 21113 map

Background

Dr. Tanaka is an associate 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 is currently a team physician for US Soccer.

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 60 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.

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Titles

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

Education

Degrees

  • MD, New York Medical College (2006)

Residencies

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

Fellowships

  • Hospital for Special Surgery / Sports Medicine (2012)

Board Certifications

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

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Gans I, Retzky JS, Jones LC, Tanaka MJ. Epidemiology of Recurrent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports: The Injury Surveillance Program, 2004-2014. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. June 13, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1177/2325967118777823

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.

Activities & Honors

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

Memberships

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

Videos & Media

Meniscus Surgery | Grace's Story

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Serena Williams. New Mom. Elite Athlete. Extraordinary and Ordinary All at Once.The New York Times (August 2018)

9 Things That Happen When You Stop Exercising | Reader's Digest (August 2018)

Don't Let These 12 Sports Injuries Ruin Your Summer | Cheapism (July 2018)

What Hurts Today? Ask Dr. Miho Tanaka! | Midday with Tom Hall, WYPR 88.1 FM

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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