Dr. Spero Karas, MD

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Emory Orthopaedic and Spine 59 Executive Park South NE Ste 3000 Atlanta, GA 30329 Get Directions
Dr. Spero Karas, MD
Dr. Karas joined the Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center in 2005 as Director of the Emory Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. In addition to this role, he currently serves as the head team physician for the Atlanta Falcons, a consulting team physician for Georgia Tech University, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Perimeter College, and numerous local high schools. Prior to this, he served as chief of the Shoulder Service, team physician, and director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Karas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Karas completed a Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. While in Colorado, he served as an Associate Team physician for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies professional sports teams. He is the author of more than 250 publications, presentations, and demonstrational videos. Over his career, he has trained hundreds of residents, fellows, and graduate students in subspecialty care of the shoulder, knee and sports medicine. His research has been published in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Arthroscopy, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Dr. Karas is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has held leadership positions in numerous societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. Dr. Karas is a recognized expert in the field of shoulder surgery, knee surgery, and sports medicine, and has been awarded numerous grants for research and product development. A frequent speaker throughout the United States and internationally, his work has been featured in Ski Magazine, Men's Health, and on NBC, FOX, and CNN network television. He is also active in quality musculoskeletal research, and has been honored by his peers with nominations for numerous research awards. He actively collaborates with medical corporations by developing cutting-edge technology to improve the instruments and techniques in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Karas was selected as one of America's "Top Sports Medicine Specialists" in Men's Health Magazine. He has also been named one of the "Top Sports Medicine Doctors for Women" by Women's Health magazine, "Best Orthopaedic Surgeons in America" by Castle Connoly, and the most trusted sports specialist in Atlanta, Georgia by Atlanta Magazine. Dr. Karas is a full member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, a prestigious "invitation only" society with rigorous selection criteria. There are only five members in the state of Georgia, and only one other in Atlanta. A former collegiate athlete himself, Dr. Karas was a varsity letterman in wrestling at the University of Notre Dame. He continues to participate in sports such as golf, skiing, snowboarding, and fitness training. He also coaches little league sports, and is an active member of his church and community.

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My goal is to helpfully collaborate with my patients in order to get them back to their desired activity level as quickly and safely as possible.

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Atlanta Office59 Executive Park South NE Ste 3000
Atlanta, GA 30329
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based on 20 total reviews (11 with comments)
Dr. Karas' Performance
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    EXCELLENT
  • Explains condition(s) well
    EXCELLENT
  • Answers Questions
    EXCELLENT
  • Time well spent
    EXCELLENT
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    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (11)
in Snellville |
I've enjoyed having Dr. Karas as my orthopedist for my rotator cuff injury. While I initially didn't care for his bedside manner and found him rather gruff, I grew to appreciate his candor, knowledge and skills related to the diagnosis, surgical repair and follow-up care. I am 6 months out of surgery from a 3-ligament tear and ahead of schedule with my recovery. I would highly recommend him for for this type of injury (or any injury of the shoulder).
in Atlanta, GA |
Dr. Karas is amazing. He was referred to me by a friend and I could not be happier with the outcome. He's attentive, professional, and shows that he truly cares about his patients and their well-being. I have confidence in him as well as his knowledge and talent that my arm will be back to how it was before the break in no time, with only a small scar to show for it.
Atlanta, GA |
Dr. Karas is a wonderful doctor! He listened to my concerns and carefully explained the procedure and risks. He is very realistic about what to expect during recovery, and his staff takes great care of you! I had a hook plate and 5 screws placed in November, and underwent a second surgery a week ago for hardware removal. Was not expecting such a quick recovery after a second surgery! Will only recommend him for family/ friend with shoulder/ knee surgery in the future.
in Decatur, GA |
Dr Karas is a wonderful Doctor, very competent and really a good person. He has made my shoulder pain free!
in Palmetto GA |
Really liked dr. Karas he listened to what I had to say and believed what I told him
Decatur, GA |
Dr. Karas took time to answer all of my questions. He instilled confidence in me by sharing his knowledge and experience. In other words, I felt comfortable that he knew what he was talking about.
in Atlanta, GA |
I went to Dr. Karas and he found what the MRI techs didn't. This was my very first surgery and the process was extremely smooth. My recovery is going better than imagined.
in Atlanta, Ga |
I just had my ACL on my right knee reconstructed a week and a day ago. I've had this procedure before on my left knee and am about a month ahead of schedule from where I was at the same time with my left knee. All of Dr. Karas and his staff were quick direct and professional. Dr. Karas recommended a couple different options but told me specific to my body and lifestyle and age what my best options were. Rehab is going really well and already past straight with my leg and at 90 degrees bent.
in Decatur, GA |
From check in to recovery Dr. Karas and his team are amazing.
in Atlanta, GA |
Dr. Karas was thorough with a fantastic Dr./patient demeanor. He listened intently to my symptoms and responded appropriately and with support. His credentials are top notched and he lived up to the hype. I would highly recommend him!!!
in Franklin, NC |
He is truly the BEST shoulder Doctor!
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Dr. Karas joined the Emory Orthopaedic & Spine Center in 2005 as Director of the Emory Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. In addition to this role, he currently serves as the head team physician for the Atlanta Falcons, a consulting team physician for Georgia Tech University, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, Georgia Perimeter College, and numerous local high schools. Prior to this, he served as chief of the Shoulder Service, team physician, and director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Department of Orthopaedics.

Dr. Karas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Duke University Medical Center. After residency, Dr. Karas completed a Knee, Shoulder, and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. While in Colorado, he served as an Associate Team physician for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies professional sports teams.

He is the author of more than 250 publications, presentations, and demonstrational videos. Over his career, he has trained hundreds of residents, fellows, and graduate students in subspecialty care of the shoulder, knee and sports medicine. His research has been published in numerous journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Arthroscopy, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. Dr. Karas is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has held leadership positions in numerous societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Karas is a recognized expert in the field of shoulder surgery, knee surgery, and sports medicine, and has been awarded numerous grants for research and product development. A frequent speaker throughout the United States and internationally, his work has been featured in Ski Magazine, Men's Health, and on NBC, FOX, and CNN network television. He is also active in quality musculoskeletal research, and has been honored by his peers with nominations for numerous research awards. He actively collaborates with medical corporations by developing cutting-edge technology to improve the instruments and techniques in orthopedic surgery.

Dr. Karas was selected as one of America's "Top Sports Medicine Specialists" in Men's Health Magazine. He has also been named one of the "Top Sports Medicine Doctors for Women" by Women's Health magazine, "Best Orthopaedic Surgeons in America" by Castle Connoly, and the most trusted sports specialist in Atlanta, Georgia by Atlanta Magazine.

Dr. Karas is a full member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, a prestigious "invitation only" society with rigorous selection criteria. There are only five members in the state of Georgia, and only one other in Atlanta.

A former collegiate athlete himself, Dr. Karas was a varsity letterman in wrestling at the University of Notre Dame. He continues to participate in sports such as golf, skiing, snowboarding, and fitness training. He also coaches little league sports, and is an active member of his church and community.

Dr. Karas' Care Philosophy

My goal is to helpfully collaborate with my patients in order to get them back to their desired activity level as quickly and safely as possible.

Dr. Karas says...

I treat sports and trauma related conditions of the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Karas' experience matches your search based on the following criteria:

  •  Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  •  Specializes in Sports Medicine
  •  Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Bone Disorders
  • Bursitis
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)

Education

  • Medical School
    Indiana University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1993

  • Internship Hospital
    Duke University Hospital

    Completed in 1995

  • Residency Hospital
    Duke University Hospital

    Completed in 1999

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic

    Completed in 2000

  • Undergraduate School
    Notre Dame

    Graduated in 1989

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Greek

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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate