Robert Brophy, MD
Physician Profile Video
Sports medicine, shoulder and knee surgery.
Sports medicine and shoulder and knee injuries, with an emphasis on arthroscopic surgery. Shoulder instability, shoulder dislocations, labral tears, SLAP tears, rotator cuff tears, ACL and PCL reconstruction, meniscectomy, meniscal repairs, meniscal transplantation, and knee cartilage surgery, including microfracture, OATS, ACI and osteochondral allografts. Injury treatment and prevention in football and soccer players.
Dr. Brophy earned undergraduate degrees in Economics and Electrical Engineering at Stanford University, where he played on the men’s soccer team, earning All Conference Honors during his senior season. He completed a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering at Stanford University and played for two national championship teams in the United Soccer League (1992 and 1996) before enrolling in medical school at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He received numerous academic awards during medical school, including Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society recognition, before entering orthopedic surgery residency at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY. He stayed at the Hospital for Special Surgery for a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery, learning about team coverage as an assistant with the New York Giants (NFL) and New York Red Bulls (MLS).
Upon graduation, Dr. Brophy returned to the Washington University School of Medicine to join the division of sports medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery with a clinical focus on shoulder and knee injuries. In the shoulder, he has a particular interest in the treatment of shoulder instability, labral tears and rotator cuff tears. In the knee, he specializes in meniscus, articular cartilage and ligament injuries, including the ACL and PCL, in the knee. Dr. Brophy is a team physician for the St. Louis Rams (NFL) and has been a team physician for the St. Louis Blues (NHL), the St. Louis Athletica (WPS), and the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). In the St. Louis community, he serves as the team physician for the Francis Howell high school football team, works with the St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and has volunteered at the boys and girls state high school soccer championships.
Named to the St. Louis Best Doctors since 2009, Dr. Brophy was a traveling fellow for the International Cartilage Research Society in 2008, learning from articular cartilage surgeons in various centers throughout Europe, and an AAOS/AOA North American Traveling Fellow in 2009, visiting academic orthopedic surgery centers in the United States and Canada. Dr. Brophy was selected as an AOSSM-ESSKA Traveling Fellow in 2012 to visit Europe where he learned from sports medicine, arthroscopy, and shoulder surgeons in Spain, Holland, Luxembourg, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland.
Dr. Brophy is committed to research as a means of improving patient care and outcomes, having authored or co-authored over 110 peer reviewed articles to date, and has received a number of research related distinctions. He was awarded an OREF Young Investigator Research Grant to study the metabolic activity of the meniscus as a potential marker for and predictor of osteoarthritis in 2011, and the 2013 AOSSM/Sanofi Biosurgery Osteoarthritis Grant for his study, "Molecular Profiling of Meniscus and Articular Cartilage in Knees with and without Osteoarthritis to Identify Candidate Genes for Therapeutic Intervention." In 2010, he earned an Orthopaedic Research Society-Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (ORS-OREF) Travel Award in Research Translation and a Young Investigator Travel Award to the AOSSM/NIH Post-Joint Injury Osteoarthritis Conference. In 2011, Dr. Brophy was awarded the AOSSM NCAA Research Award for a study looking at the effect of meniscal and ACL surgery on knee articular cartilage in football athletes. In 2012, he was recognized with the Lee T. Ford Award for academic achievement from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Washington University School of Medicine. In conjunction with his sports medicine partners, they participate in a number of multi-center research efforts including the Multicenter Orthopaedic Outcomes Network (MOON) ACL study, MOON shoulder study, Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS), and Meniscal Tear with Osteoarthritis Research (MeTeOR) study.
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, NFL Physicians Society, International Cartilage Research Society, Orthopaedic Research Society, Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons, Magellan Society, American Orthopaedic Association
||Best Doctors (St. Louis, MO)
||ASES Neer Award (co-author)
||Lee T. Ford Award for Academic Achievement
||AOSSM-ESSKA Traveling Fellowship
||AOSSM NCAA Research Award
||ASES Neer Award (co-author)
||Young Investigator Travel Award AOSSM/NIH Osteoarthritis Conf. ORS-OREF Travel Award in Orthopaedic Research Translation
||AAOS/AOA North American Traveling Fellowship
||International Cartilage Research Society Lars Peterson Traveling Fellowship
||U.S. Bone & Joint Decade Young Investigator
||Eastern Orthopedic Association Ranawat Resident/Fellow Research Award
||Eastern Orthopedic Association Resident/Fellow Research Travel Award AAOS/OREF/ORS
||Clinician Scientist Development Program
||AOA-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum
||Eastern Orthopedic Association Resident/Fellow Research Award
||Missouri State Medical Association Award
||AOA Honor Society, Dr. Richard S. Brookings Medical School Prize, Medical Center Alumni
||Scholarship Fund Prize, Southern Medical Association Student Scholarship
||Washington University School of Medicine Distinguished Alumni Scholarship
As a former collegiate and professional athlete, Dr. Brophy understands what it takes to come back from injury. He enjoys treating athletes from all sports and has a particular interest in injury prevention and treatment for football and soccer players. His practice focuses on the treatment of shoulder and knee problems in all types of patients. In the shoulder, specific areas of interest include shoulder instability, labral and SLAP tears, and rotator cuff tears. He specializes in arthroscopic procedures, including shoulder stabilization, labral repairs, and rotator cuff repairs. In the knee, areas of interest include ligament injuries (including ACL tears, PCL tears and knee dislocations), meniscus tears, cartilage injury and patella dislocations. Common procedures include ACL reconstruction, PCL reconstruction, meniscal repair, meniscal transplantation, and cartilage repair procedures such as microfracture, OATS, osteochondral allografts and ACI.
Washington University Orthopedics & Barnes-Jewish Hospital Outpatient Orthopedic Center
Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Shoulder and knee arthroscopy; Rotator cuff repair; Shoulder stabilization; Shoulder labral repair; SLAP repair; AC joint reconstruction; ACL reconstruction; PCL reconstruction; meniscal repair; meniscal transplantation; partial meniscectomy; microfracture; OATS/mosaicplasty; osteochondral allograft; ACI; osteotomy; patella stabilization
Rotator cuff tear, shoulder instability, shoulder dislocation, shoulder labral tear, SLAP tear, frozen shoulder, ACL tear, PCL tear, knee dislocation, meniscus tear, articular cartilage injury, chondral defect, patella dislocation