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Dr. Abrams is an Associate Professor within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University School of Medicine. He specializes in Sports Medicine/arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, upper extremity joint replacement, as well as tendon and ligament reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. He is Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery, with a subspecialty certificate in Sports Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), among others. He is actively involved in tendon disease research, focusing on the role of microRNA and tendon-derived stem cells in the pathogenesis of the disease. Dr. Abrams has authored or co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed scientific articles, over 30 book chapters, has given numerous invited presentation as well as presented original research at national and international scientific meetings. He serves as Director of Sports Medicine for Varsity Athletics at Stanford University, Head Team Physician for numerous Stanford varsity sports, Assistant Team Physician for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers, and previous Assistant Team Physician for the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. Dr. Abrams received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his Doctor of Medicine from the University of California - San Diego. He completed his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Stanford University and went on to a Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois.
Dr. Abrams' research is focused on elucidating the pathobiology behind tendinoapthy and developing new treatment modalities for the disease. Specifically, his team is studying the role of micro-RNA as it relates to chronic inflammation and stem cell differentiation in the development and perpetuation of chronic tendinopathy.
The Effect of Micro Fragmented Adipose Tissue (MFAT) on Shoulder Osteoarthritis
This is a non-surgical trial comparing the clinical and functional outcomes of patients with
osteoarthritis treated with Intra-articular injection of Micro Fragmented Adipose Tissue
versus conventional therapy of intra-articular injection of corticosteroid.
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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy for Post-operative Pain Following Orthopedic Surgery
The primary objective of this study is to prospectively determine, at 10 days after
orthopedic shoulder or knee surgery, if pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is
beneficial in reducing patient-reported post-operative pain, as measured by visual analog
scale (VAS). The amount of pain medication taken daily and the physical function outcome
scores after surgery and PEMF treatment will also be measured.
PEMF as Adjunctive Treatment Following Surgical Repair of Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears
The primary objective of this study is to prospectively determine, at 12 months post-surgical
repair of full thickness rotator cuff tears, the safety and efficacy of treating full
thickness rotator cuff repairs with pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). The hypothesis
states that exposure to a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) following surgical repair of a
full thickness rotator cuff tendon tear reduces tendon re-tear rates. The strength of the
shoulder muscles and the levels of pain in subjects after surgical repair of their rotator
cuff adjunctively treated with an active PEMF device will also be measured.