I work with my patients to assess the advantages and disadvantages of how best to approach treatment and we work together to achieve a common goal.

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Meet Dr. Dennis Kramer

EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

BA, Molecular Biology
  • Princeton University , 1997 , Princeton , NJ

Medical School

  • New York University School of Medicine , 2001 , New York , NY

Residency

Orthopedic Surgery
  • Johns Hopkins University , 2006 , Baltimore , MD

Fellowship

Pediatric Sports Medicine Surgery
  • Boston Children's Hospital , 2006 , Boston , MA

Philosophy of Care

I am an avid sports enthusiast who recognizes the quality of life that activity brings to my patients. In addition to running marathons and triathlons, I played football and lacrosse and have ranked winning three lacrosse National Championships at Princeton as one of the integral experiences of my education. While acknowledging all the physical and emotional benefits of exercise, I also understand the plain fun of sports.

I maintain a collaborative philosophy of care with my patients.  I work with my patients to assess the advantages and disadvantages of how best to approach treatment and we work together to achieve a common goal. I believe time spent understanding the injury, discussing options and making a fully informed decision with the patient is necessary to optimize the healing process.

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Dennis Kramer is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Boston Children's Hospital and an assistant professor of Orthopedic Surgery at Harvard Medical School.  He is a specialist in pediatrics and has sub-specialty certification in sports medicine.  He specializes in knee, shoulder and ankle injuries in children and young adults as well as pediatric fracture care. 

Dr. Kramer graduated from Princeton University where he was a 3-time NCAA champion lacrosse player. He completed his medical school training at New York University and did an orthopedic residency at Johns Hopkins University.  In 2007, he also completed a pediatric sports medicine fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital. Dr. Kramer previously served as the head orthopedic team physician for the 2012 USA under-19 men's lacrosse team, and is currently the head orthopedic team physician for UMass-Boston.

Dr. Kramer has published research in many national and international medical journals on sports medicine topics such as osteochondritis dissecans of the knee and ankle, meniscus injuries, ankle instability, muscle hernias and pediatric fracture care.  He is an active member of national and international pediatric and sports medicine medical societies including POSNA, AAP and AOSSM.  He is actively involved in teaching his peers and medical personnel.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, General Orthopaedics
  • American Board of Orthopaedics, Sports Medicine

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Reliability of Radiologic Assessments of Clinically Relevant Growth Remaining in Knee MRI of Children and Adolescents With Patellofemoral Instability: Data From the JUPITER Cohort. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Apr; 9(4):2325967121991110. View abstract
  2. Magnetic resonance imaging of medial collateral ligament avulsion fractures of the knee in children: a potentially underestimated injury. Pediatr Radiol. 2021 Mar 30. View abstract
  3. Early Outcomes of Adolescent ACL Reconstruction With Hybrid Hamstring Tendon Autograft-Allograft Versus Hamstring Tendon Autograft Alone. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Jan; 9(1):2325967120979985. View abstract
  4. Operative Treatment of Bipartite Patella in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes: A Retrospective Comparison With a Nonoperatively Treated Cohort. Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Jan; 9(1):2325967120967125. View abstract
  5. Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Tibial Plateau in Children and Adolescents: A Case Series. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Aug; 8(8):2325967120941380. View abstract
  6. Higher Physiologic Platelet Counts in Whole Blood Are Not Associated With Improved ACL Cross-sectional Area or Signal Intensity 6 Months After Bridge-Enhanced ACL Repair. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jul; 8(7):2325967120927655. View abstract
  7. Females Have Earlier Muscle Strength and Functional Recovery After Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair. Tissue Eng Part A. 2020 07; 26(13-14):702-711. View abstract
  8. Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair Is Not Inferior to Autograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction at 2 Years: Results of a Prospective Randomized Clinical Trial. Am J Sports Med. 2020 05; 48(6):1305-1315. View abstract
  9. Percutaneous leverage technique for reduction of radial neck fractures in children: technical tips. J Child Orthop. 2020 Apr 01; 14(2):118-124. View abstract
  10. Complications of Bioabsorbable Tibial Interference Screws After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Feb; 8(2):2325967120904010. View abstract
  11. Collateral Ligament Knee Injuries in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2020 Feb; 40(2):71-77. View abstract
  12. Suture Versus Screw Fixation of Tibial Spine Fractures in Children and Adolescents: A Comparative Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Nov; 7(11):2325967119881961. View abstract
  13. Effect of Graft Type on Thigh Circumference, Knee Range of Motion, and Lower-Extremity Strength in Pediatric and Adolescent Males Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. J Sport Rehabil. 2020 Jul 01; 29(5):555-562. View abstract
  14. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Oct; 39(9):e647-e651. View abstract
  15. Changes in Cross-sectional Area and Signal Intensity of Healing Anterior Cruciate Ligaments and Grafts in the First 2 Years After Surgery. Am J Sports Med. 2019 07; 47(8):1831-1843. View abstract
  16. Orthopedic Injuries Associated with Hoverboard Use in Children: A Multi-center Analysis. HSS J. 2020 Dec; 16(Suppl 2):221-225. View abstract
  17. Predictors of Healing Ligament Size and Magnetic Resonance Signal Intensity at 6 Months After Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair. Am J Sports Med. 2019 05; 47(6):1361-1369. View abstract
  18. Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair: Two-Year Results of a First-in-Human Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Mar; 7(3):2325967118824356. View abstract
  19. Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism After Adolescent Knee Arthroscopy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2019 Mar; 39(3):125-129. View abstract
  20. Outcomes After the Operative Treatment of Bucket-Handle Meniscal Tears in Children and Adolescents. Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Jan; 7(1):2325967118820305. View abstract
  21. Effect of Graft Type on Balance and Hop Tests in Adolescent Males Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. J Sport Rehabil. 2019 Jul 01; 28(5):468-475. View abstract
  22. Fixation of Traumatic Chondral-Only Fragments of the Knee in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes: A Retrospective Multicenter Report. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Feb; 6(2):2325967117753140. View abstract
  23. Calcaneofibular Ligament Transfer for Recurrent Peroneal Tendon Subluxation in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients. J Pediatr Orthop. 2018 Jan; 38(1):44-48. View abstract
  24. Intra-articular findings during the modified Brostrom procedure for lateral instability of the pediatric ankle. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2018 Jan; 27(1):73-76. View abstract
  25. Collateral Ligament Knee Injuries in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec 08. View abstract
  26. Efficacy of the Modified Broström Procedure for Adolescent Patients With Chronic Lateral Ankle Instability. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Dec; 37(8):537-542. View abstract
  27. Discoid Lateral Meniscus in Children: Diagnosis, Management, and Outcomes. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2017 Nov; 25(11):736-743. View abstract
  28. Incarcerated Medial Epicondyle Fractures With Elbow Dislocation: Risk Factors Associated With Morbidity. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 Apr 24. View abstract
  29. Fixation of Chondral-only Shear Fractures of the Knee in Pediatric and Adolescent Athletes. J Pediatr Orthop. 2017 03; 37(2):156. View abstract
  30. Musculoskeletal Conditions in a Pediatric Population with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. J Pediatr. 2017 02; 181:261-266. View abstract
  31. Symptomatic Venous Thromboembolism After Adolescent Knee Arthroscopy. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Nov 17. View abstract
  32. Modification of Distal Tibiofibular Relationship After a Mild Syndesmotic Injury. Foot Ankle Spec. 2017 Apr; 10(2):133-138. View abstract
  33. Management of Syndesmotic Ankle Injuries in Children and Adolescents. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jun; 36 Suppl 1:S11-4. View abstract
  34. Variation of Syndesmosis Anatomy With Growth. J Pediatr Orthop. 2016 Jun; 36(4):e41-4. View abstract
  35. The Effectiveness of a Functional Knee Brace on Joint-Position Sense in Anterior Cruciate Ligament-Reconstructed Individuals. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 May; 25(2):190-4. View abstract
  36. Effect Of Autograft On Strength And Functional Performance In Adolescents Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: 3555 June 4, 9: 30 AM - 9: 45 AM. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):984-5. View abstract
  37. Effect Of Autograft On Strength And Functional Performance In Adolescents Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: 2349 Board #3. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2016 May; 48(5 Suppl 1):653-4. View abstract
  38. The effects of medial synovial plica excision with and without lateral retinacular release on adolescents with anterior knee pain. J Child Orthop. 2016 Apr; 10(2):155-62. View abstract
  39. Trends in the Presentation, Management, and Outcomes of Little League Shoulder. Am J Sports Med. 2016 Jun; 44(6):1431-8. View abstract
  40. Treating Subscapularis and Lesser Tuberosity Avulsion Injuries in Skeletally Immature Patients: A Systematic Review. Arthroscopy. 2016 05; 32(5):919-28. View abstract
  41. Results of Surgical Management of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Ankle in the Pediatric and Adolescent Population. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Oct-Nov; 35(7):725-33. View abstract
  42. Likelihood of surgery in isolated pediatric fifth metatarsal fractures. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Apr-May; 35(3):296-302. View abstract
  43. Evaluation and management of patellar instability in pediatric and adolescent athletes. Sports Health. 2015 Mar; 7(2):115-23. View abstract
  44. The Effectiveness of a Functional Knee Brace on Joint-Position Sense in Anterior Cruciate Ligament-Reconstructed Individuals. J Sport Rehabil. 2016 May; 25(2):190-4. View abstract
  45. Surgical management of osteochondritis dissecans lesions of the patella and trochlea in the pediatric and adolescent population. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Mar; 43(3):654-62. View abstract
  46. Displaced intra-articular fractures of the great toe in children: intervene with caution! J Pediatr Orthop. 2014 Mar; 34(2):144-9. View abstract
  47. Horizontal intra-articular patellar dislocation resulting in quadriceps avulsion and medial patellofemoral ligament tear: a case report. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2013 Jul; 22(4):329-32. View abstract
  48. Diagnosis and management of symptomatic muscle herniation of the extremities: a retrospective review. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Sep; 41(9):2174-80. View abstract
  49. US diagnosis of pediatric muscle hernias of the lower extremities. Pediatr Radiol. 2013 Mar; 43 Suppl 1:S2-7. View abstract
  50. Acute traumatic and sports-related osteochondral injury of the pediatric knee. Orthop Clin North Am. 2012 Apr; 43(2):227-36, vi. View abstract
  51. Management of pediatric diaphyseal femur fractures. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2012 Feb 09. View abstract
  52. Surgical treatment for avulsion injuries of the humeral lesser tuberosity apophysis in adolescents. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2011 Oct 19; 93(20):1882-8. View abstract
  53. Clinical results and functional evaluation of the Chrisman-Snook procedure for lateral ankle instability in athletes. Foot Ankle Spec. 2011 Feb; 4(1):18-28. View abstract
  54. Meniscal tears and discoid meniscus in children: diagnosis and treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2009 Nov; 17(11):698-707. View abstract
  55. Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee: diagnosis and treatment. J Knee Surg. 2009 Jul; 22(3):243-54. View abstract
  56. Tibial tubercle fragmentation: a clue to simultaneous patellar ligament avulsion in pediatric tibial tubercle fractures. Orthopedics. 2008 05; 31(5):501. View abstract
  57. Improvement in documentation of compartment syndrome with a chart insert. Orthopedics. 2008 04; 31(4):364. View abstract
  58. Posterior knee arthroscopy: anatomy, technique, application. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Dec; 88 Suppl 4:110-21. View abstract
  59. Proximity of the popliteal artery to the PCL during simulated knee arthroscopy: implications for establishing the posterior trans-septal portal. J Knee Surg. 2006 Jul; 19(3):181-5. View abstract
  60. Posterior Knee Arthroscopy: Anatomy, Technique and Applications. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2006. View abstract
  61. Proximity of the Popliteal Artery to the PCL during Simulated Knee Arthroscopy. Journal of Knee Surgery. 2006; 19(3):181-185. View abstract
  62. Total Arthroscopic Synovectomy for Pigmented Villonodular Synovitis of the Knee. Techniques in Knee Surgery. 2004; 3(1):36-45. View abstract