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Dear Valued Patient,

Dr. Anthony A. Romeo's research efforts

We are, first and foremost, committed to providing you with the best shoulder care possible. In order to stay current with the latest technological advancements in shoulder surgery and treatments, we are actively involved in research pertaining to total shoulder replacementsreverse total shoulder replacementsrotator cuff repairsshoulder instability, and other associated procedures. We aim not only to treat your shoulder injuries and pain, but also to determine why specific injuries may occur, to whom they occur most frequently to, and how to actively prevent them, if possible. This research will continue to improve treatment methods for you and future patients both presently and in the future for years to come. If you have a strong passion to contribute to our research endeavors in shoulder care, please contact us at 630.790.1872. If you have any questions about current research projects, please contact our clinical research coordinator at 630.790.1872. We greatly appreciate your support!


Dr. Anthony Romeo, MD

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A Message From Dr. Anthony Romeo

We hope you’ve been happy with your care. Thank you for choosing Dr. Anthony Romeo for the treatment of your shoulder or elbow problem. We are honored to be considered one of the top programs in the country for ShoulderElbow, and Sports medicine issues.

The state-of-the art care you’ve received comes for one reason: Dr. Romeo is committed to research into new and better treatments, and to the education of other doctors on the remarkable discoveries developed during his 25+ year career.

Dr. Romeo travels the world every year to teach other orthopaedic surgeons the latest advances in treatment. His research findings and innovations are shared with the medical community through articles in some of the most prestigious research journals in the field of sports medicine.

All of Dr. Anthony Romeo’s research is aimed at restoring function and mobility so that you can return to the activities that give your life meaning; whether on the playing field or with your loved ones. We want you to live an active, healthy lifestyle so that you can fulfill your goals and life’s dreams.

All of this is made possible through the generosity of grateful patients who have invested in the future of shoulder and elbow care at Rush.

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Current Research Projects

Shoulder & Elbow Expert- Dr. Romeo

Basic Science Research

  • Biomechanical Analysis of Subscapularis Repair.
  • Smith & Nephew biomechanical analysis of fixation in the Latarjet procedure – screws only
  • Arthrex biomechanical analysis of fixation in the Latarjet procedure – plate and screws
  • Remplissage technique for Hill-Sachs lesions.
  • Transosseous RCR follow-up/ MT Junction.
  • PEEK implant study.
  • Posterior instability – distal tibia vs iliac crest.
  • MR vs CT for glenoid bone loss.

Clinical Studies

  • Rotator Cuff Repair in Patients under 30.
  • Clinical Outcomes of Distal Tibial Allografts.
  • Latarjet for failed instability surgery.
  • EMG analysis of biceps in overhead throwing athlete.
  • Healicoil Anchor for RCR.
  • ELISA test of synovial fluid for OA – shoulders vs knees.
  • Cross-fit epidemiological study.
  • Low-grade infection as cause of post-operative pain & stiffness in revision shoulder surgery.
  • Arthroscopic revision for failed instability surgery.
  • Late biceps tenodesis for cramping after spontaneous rupture or tenotomy of the biceps.
  • EMG shoulder arthroplasty.
  • Multicenter study of shoulder arthroplasty failures with UW.

Future Studies

  • TSA vs RTSA >70
  • Synovial fluid analysis for inflammatory markers intra-op and post-op for patients with cartilage procedures
  • Stem cell migration in MxFx
  • ACL Research Robot Study
  • Shoulder arthroplasty outcome scores
  • GHJ kinematics (3D motion) – RI closure savioe vs provencher
  • Capitellar Surface Mapping
  • Accuracy of the Physical Exam for Diagnosis of Shoulder Pathology in Overhead Athletes (Romeo) IRB 11112001
  • Retrospective acute RC tear outcome (start after OBERD in place)
  • ACL graft preference study (Cole, Forsythe, Nho, Verma) (start after OBERD in place)
  • Outcomes of TSA correlated with MRI grading (Zain, Romeo, Nicholson, Verma)

Visiting Physician Program

Dr. Anthony Romeo enjoys teaching physicians and other healthcare providers, which he balances with his commitment to excellent clinical care and research related to the shoulder and elbow. He travels nationally and internationally to teach other physicians about new and innovative ways to perform surgery.

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery Lectures

AAOS 2019

March 14, 2019
Utility of PSI and Guides for Glenoid Deformity Correction in Shoulder Arthroplasty.

Patient Specific Instrumentation for Shoulder Arthroplasty

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April 15, 2021
Adolescent Throwing Injuries, Pitch Counts and Overuses: Why Aren’t Throwing Injuries Decreasing?
April 15, 2021
Point/Counterpoint:Ultrasound vs MRI – Best Imaging Modality for UCL Injuries of the Elbow
April 8, 2021
Advances in Anatomic Shoulder Replacement for Osteoarthritis – Anthony A. Romeo, MD
April 6, 2021
Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries – What is the best treatment Anthony A. Romeo, MD


Medically Necessary Orthopaedic Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Safe Surgical Practices and a Classification to Guide Treatment.
Management of the Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tear 2019 Access to the following articles is restricted to Thomas Jefferson University students, faculty and staff.
Impact of Simulation Training on Diagnostic Arthroscopy Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Wang KC, Bernardoni ED, Cotter EJ, Cole BJ, Verma NN, Romeo AA, Bush-Joseph CA, Bach BR, Frank RM.
Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2019 Sep 26
Impact of Simulation Training on Diagnostic Arthroscopy Performance: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Erickson BJ, Shishani Y, Bishop ME, Romeo AA, Gobezie R.
Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2019 Sep 26
Training With Lighter Baseballs Increases Velocity Without Increasing the Injury Risk. Erickson BJ, Atlee TR, Chalmers PN, Bassora R, Inzerillo C, Beharrie A, Romeo AA.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Mar 26
Partial Infraspinatus Tendon Transection as a Means for the Development of a Translational Ovine Chronic Rotator Cuff Disease Model. Easley J, Johnson J, Regan D, Hackett E, Romeo AA, Schlegel T, Broomfield C, Puttlitz C, McGilvray K.
Vet Comp Orthop Traumatol. 2020 Mar 31
The Biology of Sex and Sport. Bassett AJ, Ahlmen A, Rosendorf JM, Romeo AA, Erickson BJ, Bishop ME.
JBJS Rev. 2020 Mar 8
Timing of Return to Batting Milestones After Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in Professional Baseball Players. Erickson BJ, Chalmers PN, D’Angelo J, Ma K, Sheridan S, Schickendantz M, Romeo AA.
Am J Sports Med. 2020 Mar 30
Strategies to decolonize the shoulder of Cutibacterium acnes: a review of the literature. Singh AM, Sethi PM, Romeo AA, Anakwenze OA, Abboud JA, Namdari S.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Apr 29
Tuberosity Repair in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty for Fracture Using a Stem-based Double-row Repair: A Cadaveric Biomechanical Study. Erickson BJ, Shishani Y, Bishop ME, Romeo AA, Lederman E, Gobezie R.
J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Mar 18
Current state of short-stem implants in total shoulder arthroplasty: a systematic review of the literature. Erickson BJ, Chalmers PN, Denard PJ, Gobezie R, Romeo AA, Lederman ES.
JSES Int. 2020 Jan 28
Five-year radiographic evaluation of stress shielding with a press-fit standard length humeral stem. Cole EW, Moulton SG, Gobezie R, Romeo AA, Walker JB, Lederman E, Denard PJ.
JSES Int. 2020 Jan 2
Response to Chelli and Boileau: “Let’s ‘recall’ sensitivity and specificity”. Gowd AK, Patel DM, Agarwalla A, Beck EC, Romeo AA, Liu JN.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Mar 29
Outpatient vs. inpatient reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: outcomes and complications. Erickson BJ, Shishani Y, Jones S, Sinclair T, Griffin J, Romeo AA, Gobezie R.
J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2020 Feb 5
Risk Factors and Complications for Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty. Leong NL, Sumner S, Gowd A, Nicholson GP, Romeo AA, Verma NN.
HSS J. 2020 Feb 16
Trends in Open and Arthroscopic Long Head of Biceps Tenodesis. Saltzman BM, Leroux TS, Cotter EJ, Basques B, Griffin J, Frank RM, Romeo AA, Verma NN.
HSS J. 2020 Feb 16
Primary Arthroscopic Repair of a Traumatic Isolated Subscapularis Tendon Rupture in an Adolescent Patient. Agarwalla A, Puzzitiello RN, Leong NL, Allison B, Romeo AA, Forsythe B.
Orthopedics. 2020 Jan 31
Clinical Function Improves After Subacromial Injection of Local Anesthetic in Full-Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears: A Randomized Control Trial. Forsythe B, Agarwalla A, Puzzitiello RN, Patel BH, Lu Y, Verma NN, Romeo AA, Cole BJ.
Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jan 3
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