Keck School Faculty

James E Tibone, MD
James E Tibone, MD
Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery;Moss Foundation Professorship in Sports Medicine in Memory of Dr. Robert K. Kerlan
Orthopaedic Surgery
HCT 1520 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
Dr. Tibone holds the Moss Foundation Professorship in Sports Medicine in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and is the co-director of the USC Center for Athletic Medicine. Dr. Tibone is an internationally recognized expert in sports injuries of the shoulder, knee and elbow and total and reverse shoulder replacement surgeries. A prolific writer and speaker, Dr. Tibone has extensive experience working with professional athletes. He is a team physician for USC intercollegiate teams, and has served as team physician for numerous sports organizations, including the Los Angeles Kings. He is also the consulting physician for the Los Angeles Angeles, Dodgers and Lakers, as well as the Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Tibone, voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine, was the North American editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. He has served on numerous national professional committees, and is a past president of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He received his medical degree from Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and completed his fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

AOSSM: T David Sisk award for best review paper in 2018, 2019

Los Angeles Magazine: Top Doctors, 2018

AOSSM: Robert E Leach Sports Medicine Leadership Award , 2018

Best Doctors: Best Doctors in America, 2017-2018

: voted one of World's Leading Doctors, 2017

Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016-2018

AAOS: Achievement Award, 2016

Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016

ORS: Order of Merit Award, 2016

Injections Prior to Rotator Cuff Repair Are Associated With Increased Rotator Cuff Revision Rates Arthroscopy. 2019 Mar; 35(3):717-724. . View in PubMed

Injections Prior to Rotator Cuff Repair Are Associated With Increased Rotator Cuff Revision Rates Arthroscopy. 2019 Feb 04. . View in PubMed

Bicruciate lesion biomechanics, Part 2-treatment using a simultaneous tensioning protocol: ACL fixation first is better than PCL fixation first to restore tibiofemoral orientation Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Sep 28. . View in PubMed

Bicruciate lesion biomechanics, Part 1-Diagnosis: translations over 15 mm at 90° of knee flexion are indicative of a complete tear Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2018 Jun 08. . View in PubMed

NONOPERATIVE TREATMENT FOR INJURIES TO THE IN-SEASON THROWING SHOULDER: A CURRENT CONCEPTS REVIEW WITH CLINICAL COMMENTARY Int J Sports Phys Ther. 2018 Apr; 13(2):306-320. . View in PubMed

Glenohumeral Internal Rotation Deficit and Risk of Upper Extremity Injury in Overhead Athletes: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review Sports Health. 2018 Mar/Apr; 10(2):125-132. . View in PubMed

National Athletic Trainers' Association Position Statement: Evaluation, Management, and Outcomes of and Return-to- Play Criteria for Overhead Athletes With Superior Labral Anterior-Posterior Injuries J Athl Train. 2018 Mar; 53(3):209-229. . View in PubMed

Return to Play After Shoulder Instability Surgery in National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I Intercollegiate Football Athletes Am J Sports Med. 2017 Aug; 45(10):2329-2335. . View in PubMed

Evaluating the Femoral-Side Critical Corner in Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Effect of Outside-In Versus Inside-Out Creation of Femoral Tunnels on Graft Contact Pressure in a Synthetic Knee Model Arthroscopy. 2017 Jul; 33(7):1370-1374. . View in PubMed

Major League pitching workload after primary ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction and risk for revision surgery J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2017 Feb; 26(2):288-294. . View in PubMed

Parylene scaffold for cartilage lesion Biomed Microdevices. 2017 06; 19(2):26. . View in PubMed

Return to Golfing Activity After Joint Arthroplasty Am J Sports Med. 2017 Jan; 45(1):243-249. . View in PubMed

Direct Cost Analysis of Outpatient Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in Medicare and Non-Medicare Populations Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Oct; 4(10):2325967116668829. . View in PubMed

Epidemiology of Operative Procedures in an NCAA Division I Football Team Over 10 Seasons Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Jul; 4(7):2325967116657530. . View in PubMed

A biomechanical assessment of a novel double endobutton technique versus a coracoid cerclage sling for acromioclavicular and coracoclavicular injuries Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Jun; 24(6):1918-24. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical Comparison of the Latarjet Procedure with and without Capsular Repair Clin Orthop Surg. 2016 Mar; 8(1):84-91. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of the Latarjet procedure with and without a coracoid bone block Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Feb; 24(2):513-20. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of the modified Bristow procedure with and without capsular repair Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Feb; 24(2):489-95. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical effects of anterior capsular plication and rotator interval closure in simulated anterior shoulder instability Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Feb; 24(2):365-73. . View in PubMed

Editorial Commentary: Not for The Faint of Heart: The Arthroscopic Latarjet Procedure, A North American Experience Arthroscopy. 2016 10; 32(10):1971-1972. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical evaluation of coracoid tunnel size and location for coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction Arthroscopy. 2015 May; 31(5):825-30. . View in PubMed

Primary partial humeral head resurfacing: outcomes with the HemiCAP implant Am J Sports Med. 2015 Mar; 43(3):579-87. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical analysis of the modified Bristow procedure for anterior shoulder instability: is the bone block necessary? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2014 Dec; 23(12):1792-1799.. View in PubMed

Relative fixation strength of rabbit subscapularis repair is comparable to human supraspinatus repair at time 0 Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Aug; 472(8):2440-7. . View in PubMed

Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes Sports Health. 2014 Jul; 6(4):340-7. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of single-row, double-row, and transosseous-equivalent repair techniques after healing in an animal rotator cuff tear model J Orthop Res. 2013 Aug; 31(8):1254-60. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical evaluation of augmentation of suture-bridge supraspinatus repair with additional anterior fixation J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Jul; 22(7):e13-8. . View in PubMed

Kinematic effect of MGHL incorporation into Bankart repair Orthopedics. 2013 May; 36(5):653-8. . View in PubMed

Effects of combined anterior and posterior plication of the glenohumeral ligament complex for the repair of anterior glenohumeral instability: a biomechanical study J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 Jul; 21(7):902-9. . View in PubMed

A watertight construct in arthroscopic rotator cuff repair J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2012 May; 21(5):589-96. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical effects of arthroscopic capsulorrhaphy in line with the fibers of the anterior band of the inferior glenohumeral ligament Am J Sports Med. 2012 Mar; 40(3):672-80. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of anatomic humeral head resurfacing and hemiarthroplasty in functional glenohumeral positions J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jan 04; 94(1):68-76. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of knotless anchor repair versus simple suture repair for type II SLAP lesions Arthroscopy. 2009 Oct; 25(10):1085-92. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical analysis comparing a traditional superior-inferior arthroscopic rotator interval closure with a novel medial-lateral technique in a cadaveric multidirectional instability model Am J Sports Med. 2009 Jun; 37(6):1178-85. . View in PubMed

Distal biceps repair using cortical button fixation Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2008 Sep; 16(3):130-5. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical assessment of Type II superior labral anterior-posterior (SLAP) lesions associated with anterior shoulder capsular laxity as seen in throwers: a cadaveric study Am J Sports Med. 2008 Aug; 36(8):1604-10. . View in PubMed

Repair site integrity after arthroscopic transosseous-equivalent suture-bridge rotator cuff repair Am J Sports Med. 2008 Aug; 36(8):1496-503. . View in PubMed

Human cadaveric study of subscapularis muscle innervation and guidelines to prevent denervation J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 Jul-Aug; 17(4):659-62. . View in PubMed

In vivo comparison of changes in glenohumeral translation after arthroscopic capsulolabral reconstructions Am J Sports Med. 2008 Jul; 36(7):1389-96. . View in PubMed

A biomechanical comparison of 2 technical variations of double-row rotator cuff fixation: the importance of medial row knots Am J Sports Med. 2008 May; 36(5):901-6. . View in PubMed

Comparison of cutaneous and transosseous electromagnetic position sensors in the assessment of tibial rotation in a cadaveric model Am J Sports Med. 2008 May; 36(5):971-7. . View in PubMed

Neer Award 2006: Biomechanical assessment of inferior tuberosity placement during hemiarthroplasty for four-part proximal humeral fractures J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2008 Mar-Apr; 17(2):189-96. . View in PubMed

Effects of capsular plication and rotator interval closure in simulated multidirectional shoulder instability J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Jan; 90(1):136-44. . View in PubMed

Part II: Biomechanical assessment for a footprint-restoring transosseous-equivalent rotator cuff repair technique compared with a double-row repair technique J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug; 16(4):469-76. . View in PubMed

Part I: Footprint contact characteristics for a transosseous-equivalent rotator cuff repair technique compared with a double-row repair technique J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 Jul-Aug; 16(4):461-8. . View in PubMed

Rotator cuff tear arthropathy J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2007 Jun; 15(6):340-9. . View in PubMed

Revision anterior capsular shoulder stabilization using hamstring tendon autograft and tibialis tendon allograft reinforcement: minimum two-year follow-up J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 May-Jun; 16(3):268-72. . View in PubMed

"Transosseous-equivalent" rotator cuff repair techniqueArthroscopy. 2006 Dec; 22(12):1360. e1-5. . View in PubMed

Path of glenohumeral articulation throughout the rotational range of motion in a thrower's shoulder model Am J Sports Med. 2006 Oct; 34(10):1662-9. . View in PubMed

False magnetic resonance imaging persistence of a biodegradable anterior cruciate ligament interference screw with chronic inflammation after 4 years in vivoArthroscopy. 2006 Aug; 22(8):911. e1-4. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical comparison of a single-row versus double-row suture anchor technique for rotator cuff repair Am J Sports Med. 2006 Mar; 34(3):407-14. . View in PubMed

Reconstruction of large rotator cuff tendon defects with porcine small intestinal submucosa in an animal model J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2006 Mar-Apr; 15(2):224-31. . View in PubMed

Arthroscopic anteroinferior suture plication resulting in decreased glenohumeral translation and external rotationStudy of a cadaver model. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2006 Jan; 88(1):179-87. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical analysis of isolated type II SLAP lesions and repair J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2005 Sep-Oct; 14(5):529-34. . View in PubMed

Biomechanical evaluation after five and ten millimeter anterior glenohumeral capsulorrhaphy using a novel shoulder model of increased laxity J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2005 May-Jun; 14(3):318-23. . View in PubMed

A cadaveric model of the throwing shoulder: a possible etiology of superior labrum anterior-to-posterior lesions J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2005 Apr; 87(4):824-31. . View in PubMed

Development of cadaveric models of a thrower's shoulder J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2005 Jan-Feb; 14(1 Suppl S):49S-57S. . View in PubMed

Quantitative assessment of glenohumeral translation in baseball players: a comparison of pitchers versus nonpitching athletes Am J Sports Med. 2004 Oct-Nov; 32(7):1711-5. . View in PubMed

Isolated electrothermal capsulorrhaphy in overhand athletes J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2004 Mar-Apr; 13(2):133-7. . View in PubMed

Glenohumeral joint translation after arthroscopic thermal capsuloplasty of the posterior capsule J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2003 May-Jun; 12(3):242-6. . View in PubMed

Glenohumeral joint translation after arthroscopic thermal capsuloplasty of the rotator interval J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2003 Mar-Apr; 12(2):139-43. . View in PubMed

Quantitative assessment of glenohumeral translation Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2002 Jul; (400):93-7. . View in PubMed

Analysis of the bicipital groove as a landmark for humeral head replacement J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2002 Jul-Aug; 11(4):322-6. . View in PubMed

Cadaveric study of glenohumeral translation using electromagnetic sensors Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2002 Jul; (400):88-92. . View in PubMed

Interference screw divergence in femoral tunnel fixation during endoscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using hamstring grafts Arthroscopy. 2002 May-Jun; 18(5):510-4. . View in PubMed

Release of the coracoacromial ligament can lead to glenohumeral laxity: a biomechanical study J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2001 Jan-Feb; 10(1):68-72. . View in PubMed

Glenohumeral translation after arthroscopic thermal capsuloplasty with a radiofrequency probe J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2000 Nov-Dec; 9(6):514-8. . View in PubMed

Arthroscopic shoulder instability surgeryComplications. Clin Sports Med. 1999 Oct; 18(4):737-67. . View in PubMed

Extensor carpi radialis brevisAn anatomical analysis of its origin. J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1999 Sep; 81(5):926-9. . View in PubMed

Shoulder reaction time and muscle-firing patterns in response to an anterior translation force J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 1998 Nov-Dec; 7(6):610-5. . View in PubMed

Reconstruction of the lateral collateral ligament of the knee with patellar tendon allograftReport of a new technique in combined ligament injuries. Am J Sports Med. 1998 Sep-Oct; 26(5):656-62. . View in PubMed

Isometry of the posterior cruciate ligamentEffects of functional load and muscle force application. Am J Sports Med. 1998 Sep-Oct; 26(5):663-8. . View in PubMed

Glenohumeral joint translation after arthroscopic, nonablative, thermal capsuloplasty with a laser Am J Sports Med. 1998 Jul-Aug; 26(4):495-8. . View in PubMed

Evaluation of a proprioception pathway in patients with stable and unstable shoulders with somatosensory cortical evoked potentials J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 1997 Sep-Oct; 6(5):440-3. . View in PubMed

Anterior-inferior (5 o'clock) portal for shoulder arthroscopy Arthroscopy. 1995 Oct; 11(5):519-25. . View in PubMed

Infraspinatus muscle-splitting incision in posterior shoulder surgeryAn anatomic and electromyographic study. Am J Sports Med. 1994 Jan-Feb; 22(1):113-20. . View in PubMed

Patellar tendon length change after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction using the midthird patellar tendon Am J Sports Med. 1993 May-Jun; 21(3):449-54. . View in PubMed

Electromyographic analysis of the anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knee Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1993 Mar; (288):35-9. . View in PubMed

Graft-tunnel mismatch in endoscopic anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a new technique of intraarticular measurement and modified graft harvesting Arthroscopy. 1993; 9(6):633-46. . View in PubMed

Repair of distal biceps tendon ruptures in athletes Am J Sports Med. 1993 Jan-Feb; 21(1):114-9. . View in PubMed

Frozen shoulderA long-term follow-up. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1992 Jun; 74(5):738-46. . View in PubMed

EMG analysis of the scapular muscles during a shoulder rehabilitation program Am J Sports Med. 1992 Mar-Apr; 20(2):128-34. . View in PubMed

Electromyographic analysis of muscle action about the shoulder Clin Sports Med. 1991 Oct; 10(4):789-805. . View in PubMed

Capsulorrhaphy with a staple for recurrent posterior subluxation of the shoulder J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1990 Aug; 72(7):999-1002. . View in PubMed

Percutaneous and open surgical repairs of Achilles tendon rupturesA comparative study. Am J Sports Med. 1990 Mar-Apr; 18(2):188-95. . View in PubMed

A dynamic analysis of a functional brace for anterior cruciate ligament insufficiency Am J Sports Med. 1989 Jul-Aug; 17(4):519-24. . View in PubMed

Rehabilitation of the knee after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1989; 11(1):8-18. . View in PubMed

Gore-Tex prosthetic ligament in anterior cruciate deficient knees Am J Sports Med. 1988 Jul-Aug; 16(4):321-6. . View in PubMed

A biomechanical analysis of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with the patellar tendonA two year followup. Am J Sports Med. 1988 Jul-Aug; 16(4):332-5. . View in PubMed

Functional analysis of untreated and reconstructed posterior cruciate ligament injuries Am J Sports Med. 1988 May-Jun; 16(3):217-23. . View in PubMed

Dynamic electromyographic analysis of the throwing shoulder with glenohumeral instability J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1988 Feb; 70(2):220-6. . View in PubMed

A comparative electromyographic analysis of the shoulder during pitchingProfessional versus amateur pitchers. Am J Sports Med. 1987 Nov-Dec; 15(6):586-90. . View in PubMed

Functional analysis of anterior cruciate ligament instability Am J Sports Med. 1986 Jul-Aug; 14(4):276-84. . View in PubMed

Shoulder impingement syndrome in athletes treated by an anterior acromioplasty Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1985 Sep; (198):134-40. . View in PubMed

An EMG analysis of the shoulder in pitchingA second report. Am J Sports Med. 1984 May-Jun; 12(3):218-20. . View in PubMed

Shoulder problems of adolescentsHow they differ from those of adults. Clin Sports Med. 1983 Jul; 2(2):423-7. . View in PubMed

Knife blade in the knee joint: a complication of arthroscopic surgeryA case report. Am J Sports Med. 1983 Jul-Aug; 11(4):267-8. . View in PubMed

An EMG analysis of the shoulder in throwing and pitchingA preliminary report. Am J Sports Med. 1983 Jan-Feb; 11(1):3-5. . View in PubMed

Bilateral fractures of the inferior poles of the patellae in a basketball player Am J Sports Med. 1981 Jul-Aug; 9(4):215-6. . View in PubMed

Fractures of the radial head and neck in children J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1981 Jan; 63(1):100-6. . View in PubMed

Heterotopic ossification around the hip in spinal cord-injured patientsA long-term follow-up study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 1978 Sep; 60(6):769-75. . View in PubMed

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