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Authors > Joseph P. Iannotti, MD

Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, is Maynard Madden Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery in the Lerner College of Medicine and Chairman of the Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. He is Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Clinical Research Center and has a joint appointment in the department of bioengineering.

Dr. Iannotti joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 from the University of Pennsylvania, leaving there as a tenured professor of orthopaedic surgery and Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Service. Dr. Iannotti received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979, completed his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania in 1984, and earned his doctorate in cell biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

Dr. Iannotti has a very active referral surgical practice that is focused on the treatment of complex and revision problems of the shoulder, with a primary interest in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement and reconstruction. Dr. Iannotti’s clinical and basic science research program focuses on innovative treatments for tendon repair and tendon tissue engineering, prosthetic design, software planning, and patient-specific instrumentation.

Dr. Iannotti has had continuous extramural funding for his research since 1981. He has been the principal or co-principal investigator of 31 research grants totaling $9.4 million. He has been a co-investigator on 13 other research grants. Dr. Iannotti has been an invited lecturer and visiting professor to over 70 national and international academic institutions and societies, delivering over 600 lectures both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Iannotti is the author of two textbooks on the shoulder, including the Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations-Musculoskeletal System Package, 2nd Edition. He has authored over 250 original peer-reviewed articles, review articles, and book chapters. Dr. Iannotti has over 13 awarded patents and 40 pending patent applications related to shoulder prosthetics, surgical instruments, and tissue-engineered implants.

Dr. Iannotti has received awards for his academic work from the American Orthopaedic Association, including the North American and ABC traveling fellowships and the Neer research award in 1996 and 2001 from the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has won the orthopaedic resident teaching award in 2006 for his role in research education. He was awarded the Mason Sones Innovator of the Year award in 2012 from the Cleveland Clinic. He has served in many leadership roles at the national level that includes past Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, Dr. Iannotti has served and chaired several committees of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and was President of this International Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons in 2005-2006. He is now Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.