Spero G. Karas, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Sports Medicine Fellowship

Emory Sports Medicine Center

Phone: 404-779-7204

Fax: 404-778-3835

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 1000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Medical School, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN, 1993
  • Internship, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1995
  • Residency, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1999
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine and Shoulder , Steadman Hakwins Clinic, Vail. CO, 2000


Dr. Karas specializes in providing comprehensive care to people of all ages with shoulder, knee, and upper extremity conditions related to traumatic, degenerative, sports, and work-related injuries. In addition to this role, he serves as Head Team Physician for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and a consulting team physician for Georgia Tech University and Emory University Athletics. He is the author of more than 150 publications, presentations, and demonstrational videos. He has trained over 50 residents, fellows, and graduate students in subspecialty care of the shoulder, knee and sports medicine. His research has been published in many journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine. Dr. Karas is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and has held leadership positions in numerous societies, including the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Karas started practicing at Emory in 2005.

Honors and Awards

  • NCAA Catholic College Wrestling All-American, 1986
  • University of Notre Dame Monogram Club
  • University of Notre Dame London Program (Study Abroad)
  • Madison County (IN) EMS Citizenship Award, 1986
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2001 Annual Meeting “Award Winner” for outstanding video production
  • Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation Order of Merit, 2001
  • American Medical Association Physician’s Recognition Award, 2002
  • O’Connor Award Finalist (top 10 abstract), Arthroscopy Association of North America Annual Meeting, 2002
  • Melvin Post Award Finalist (top 7 abstract), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2004
  • Best Resident Paper (co-author), North Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, 2004
  • “Best Seller” video production, AAOS Instructional Series, 2004
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Pacific Rim Traveling Fellowship. July 19-August 12, 2005.
  • Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Association, 2005-2006.
  • Skoot Dimon Award for best resident paper (corresponding author) September 21, 2007
  • Listed as one of “Atlanta’s Top Physicians” in Atlanta Magazine, July 2007
  • Harley and Betty Baxter Southern Orthopaedic Association Resident/Fellow Award 2007
  • “America’s Top Sports Medicine Specialist” Men’s Health Magazine, April 2007
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, October, 2006
  • “America’s Top Sports Medicine Specialists for Women” Women’s Health Magazine November 2008
  • Atlanta’s Top Physicians, Atlanta Magazine, July 2009
  • Atlanta’s Top Physicians, Atlanta Magazine, July 2010
  • Atlanta’s Best Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, July 2012

Manuscript reviewer

  • American Journal of Sports Medicine, 2002- present
  • Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2007 - present