Theodore J. Ganley, MD, is Director of CHOP’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center and specializes in treating high-performance young athletes. Dr. Ganley holds the Bisignano Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Sports Medicine.
Areas of Expertise:
ACL reconstruction in elite athletes, Arthroscopic meniscus repair and athletic injuries of the knee and shoulder, Osteochondritis dissecans (OCD) of the knee and elbow, ACL reconstruction in patients with open growth plates including All Epiphyseal ACL reconstruction that does not injure the growth plates, Cartilage preservation, Pediatric fractures and trauma, Shoulder dislocations and instability repair, Sports medicine, Treatment of cartilage lesions (OCD lesions), Pediatric orthopaedic surgery, Pediatric sports medicine, Arthroscopic surgery Locations:Main Hospital; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Brandywine Valley
Theodore J. Ganley, MD, is Director of the Sports Medicine and Performance Center and an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is also an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Since 1997, Dr. Ganley has treated children, adolescents and young adults who are high-level performance athletes at CHOP. He is one of a small group of surgeons in the country with a primary focus on sports and trauma in the young athlete.
Dr. Ganley earned his medical degree from Hahnemann/Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA. He completed an internship at Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL, and his residency at Hamot Medical Center/Shriner's Hospital for Children, Erie, PA.
In addition, Dr. Ganley completed two specialized fellowships: a pediatric orthopaedic fellowship at CHOP, and a sports medicine fellowship — caring for children and adults — at Graduate Hospital, in affiliation with The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.
Because of Dr. Ganley’s specialized training and skills to optimize treatment outcomes for younger elite athletes, he was one of the driving forces behind creating CHOP’s Sports Medicine and Performance Center.
Dr. Ganley has specific expertise in the arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow injuries. He developed — and was the first in the nation to perform — a new technique of reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in patients who are still growing that does not disrupt the growth plates.
In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Ganley is also an active researcher. His research interests are focused on the optimal treatment of sports injuries in elite adolescent and pediatric athletes. He has published extensively on pediatric ligament and cartilage conditions in children.
Dr. Ganley is co-founder of the Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK) group, a multicenter/multinational group dedicated to developing superior treatment strategies for cartilage lesions.
He helped form the Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM) Group and is in the presidential line of that organization. He is also a member of the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) group, and has studied and published on systematic reviews and meta-analysis of pediatric ACL injuries and associated tibial spine fractures.
Dr. Ganley lectures nationally and internationally on ACL reconstruction, OCD lesions, sports and trauma in the young athlete. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America Education Committee, and a board member of the International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium advisory.
Education and Training
MD - Hahnemann/Drexel University School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Surgical Internship - Orlando Regional Medical Center, Orlando, FL
Orthopaedic Surgery - Hamot Medical Center, Shriner's Hospital for Children, Erie, PA
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine - Graduate Hospital/The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeonsDiplomate, National Board of Medical ExaminersFellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic SurgeonsSubspecialty Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Titles and Academic Titles
Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon
Director of Sports Medicine
Bisignano Family Distinguished Endowed Chair in Sports Medicine
Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Optimal treatment of pediatric fractures
Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in patients with open physes and in teens
Osteochondritis dissecans in athletes with open physes
Outcome optimization in arthroscopy database for pediatric patients: shoulder, elbows, hip, knee and ankle
Shoulder instability stabilization and return to sports
Chilutti Abel K, Baldwin K, Chuo J, Ganley T, Kim A, Wells L, Giordano T. Can Telemedicine Be Used for Adolescent Postoperative Knee Arthroscopy Follow-up? JBJS JOPA. 2017; 5(4): e26.
Gornitzky AL, Lott A, Yellin JL, Fabricant PD, Ganley TJ. Sport-Specific Yearly Risk and Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears in High School Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. Pediatrics, Feb 2016, 137 (Supplement 3) 561A.
Cruz AI Jr, Rozell JC, Fabricant PD, McGraw M, Wells L, Ganley TJ. Safety of All-Epiphyseal ACL Reconstruction in Children, Pediatrics, Feb 2016, 137 (Supplement 3).
Shea KG, Polousky JD, Jacobs JC Jr, Yen YM, Ganley TJ. The Anterolateral Ligament of the Knee: An Inconsistent Finding in Pediatric Cadaveric Specimens. J Pediatri Orthop. 2015.
Gornitzky AL, Lott A, Yellin JL, Fabricant PD, Lawrence JT, Ganley TJ. Sport-Specific Yearly Risk and Incidence of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears in High School Athletes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Dec 11. Pub Med: 2667853.
Yellin JL, Gans I, Carey JL, Shea KG, Ganley TJ. The Surgical Management of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee in the Skeletally Immature: A Survey of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Membership. J Pediatr Orthop. 2015 Dec 2.
Liu Y, Li Y, March ME, Kenny N, Xu K, Wang F, Guo Y, Keating B, Glessner J, Li J, Ganley TJ, Zhang J, Deardorff MA, Xu X, Hakonarson H. Copy number variation in CEP57L1 predisposes to congenital absence of bilateral ACL and PCL ligaments. Hum Genomics. 2015 Nov 11;9:31.
Ganley TJ, Lou JE, Pryor K, Gregg JR. Sports medicine. In: Dorman, JP. Pediatric orthopaedics and sports medicine, the requisites in pediatrics. Mosby; 2004.
Lou J, Howell J, Ganley T, Flynn J. Fractures of the knee. Orthopaedic surgery essentials, pediatrics. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2004.
Ganley TJ, Pill SG. Discoid meniscus. In: The 5-minute pediatric consult. 3rd ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 330-1.
Pandya NK, Ganley TJ. In situ pinning of slipped capital femoral epiphysis. In: Sheth NP, Lonner JH, editors. Gowned and gloved orthopaedics: introduction to common procedures. Saunders Elsevier; 2009. Chapter 33, p. 375-83.
Ganley TJ. The knee. In: The 5-minute pediatric consult. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008. p. 476-477.
Ganley TJ. Knee pain, anterior/patellofemoral malalignment syndrome. In: The 5-minute pediatric consult, 5th ed. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2008. p. 476-77.
Ganley TJ, Flynn JM. Osteochondritis dissecans. In: Insall & Scott surgery of the knee, 4th ed., vol. 2. Elsevier; 2006. p. 1234-41.
Ganley TJ, Flynn JM. Osteochondritis dissecans of the knee. In: The pediatric and adolescent knee. Elsevier; 2006. p. 273-93.
Ganley TJ, Kolze EA, Gregg JR. Pediatric sports medicine. In: Dormans JP. Pediatric orthopaedics, core knowledge in orthopaedics. Elsevier Mosby; 2005. p. 138-58.
Flynn J, Dkaggs D, Sponseller P, Ganley T, Kay R, Leitch K. The surgical management of pediatric fractures of the lower extremity. In: AAOS instructional course lectures. 52: 647-659, 2003.
Posters and Presentations
Ganley, TJ. Pediatric Sports Medicine Operative Challenges and Solutions –Medial Epicondyle Fracture, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Pediatric Sports Medicine Operative Challenges and Solutions – Knee Cartilage Fixation, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Pediatric Sports Medicine Operative Challenges and Solutions – The Prepubescent ACL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Controversies in Pediatric Sports Medicine: A Case-Based Approach – The Prepubescent ACL, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Ganley TJ: Skeletally Immature Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Controversies and Management – Tibial Spine Avulsions, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Skeletally Immature Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Controversies and Management - Why Reconstruct the ACL in Skeletally Immature Patients, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, March, 2016.
Ganley TJ. Hot Topics in Sports Medicine - Focus on OCD of the Knee (Case Presentations) - 12 YO Male, OCD Lesion with No Signs of Instability on MRI, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
Ganley TJ: Hot Topics in Sports Medicine - The Pediatric ACL: What Can I Do to Avoid Failure and Revision - Patients with Greater than 2 Years of Growth – Avoid Failure via Graft Prep, Tunnel Position, Post Op Regimen, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
Ganley TJ. Hot Topics in Sports Medicine – The Pitcher’s Elbow - Prevention and Management, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
Ganley TJ. Hot Topics in Sports Medicine - The Footballer’s Shoulder- Indications and Technique: Arthroscopic vs. Open Capsulolabral Repair, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
Ganley TJ. Arthrex Breakout session - New Techniques in Shoulder Instability – 2.9 Pushlock, 2.9 Short Pushlock, 2.4 Pushlock Cinch stitch, Labral Tape, Labral Scorpian, Percutaneous 2.0 and 2.4 SutureTaks, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium, Orlando, FL, December, 2015.
Awards and Honors
2001, 2022, Philadelphia Magazine's Top Doctors in Orthopaedic Surgery
2014, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award for: Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Graft Choice Impact on Outcome in the MARS Cohort
2014, South Jersey Magazine’s Best Pediatricians
2013, Best Doctors in South Jersey
2011, Best Doctors in America
2010, The Marquis Who’s Who in America 64th Edition
2009, American Orthopaedics Society for Sports Medicine annual meeting Aircast best clinical paper of the year award for: ACL Rupture in Patients with Significant Growth Remaining. What is the Risk to the Meniscus and Cartilage When Treatment is Delayed?
2008, Patients’ Choice Award
2007, America’s Top Orthopedists
2006, AAOS Leadership Fellows Program
2005, Top Doctors Main Line
2005, Best Doctors – Top Pediatric Orthopaedists
1998-1990, Medical School, Dean’s Office List of Outstanding Candidates, Letters of Commendation in Gross Anatomy, General Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine
1984-1986, University of Notre Dame Dean’s List
Editorial and Academic Positions
Reviewer, University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal
Reviewer, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
Reviewer, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery
Reviewer, The Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Reviewer, The American Journal of Sports Medicine
Editor, Guest Editor: Clinics in Sports Medicine
Academic and Institutional Committees
2008-present, Penn Med Orthopaedic Society, Advisor
2000-present, University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Surgery Research Committee
1999-present, Operative Invasive/Non-Invasive Committee
Leadership and Memberships
Memberships in Professional Organizations
2014-present, Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine (PRISM), Cofounder and Treasurer
2013-present, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS)
2011-present, International Pediatric Orthopaedic Symposium Advisory Board
2009-present, Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee (ROCK) – Cofounder
- 2014-present – Executive Committee
2005-present, The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT)
2003-present, American Academy of Pediatrics
- 2014-present, Executive Committee
- 2014-present, 2015 Orthopaedics Program Chairperson, 2015 National Conference
- 2015-2016, Orthopaedic Program Chairperson, 2016 National Conference
2001-present, Eastern Orthopaedic Association
2001-present, Arthroscopy Association of North America
2001-present, Orthopaedic Volunteers Overseas
2000-present, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
- 2009–2011, Education Committee
- 2014-present, evidence-based Practice Committee
2000-present, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- 2012–present, STOP Sports Injuries Outreach and Education Committee
1999-present, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
1998-present, Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
- 2008-present, Board of Directors
- 2014-present, Program Chair
1998-present, Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society
1998-present, International Cartilage Repair Society
1998-present, American College of Sports Medicine
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