John "X" Xerogeanes, M.D.

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Emory University School of Medicine

Chief of Sports Medicine

Emory Sports Medicine Center

Clinical Professor

Mercer University Department of Physical Therapy

Clinical Professor

Georgia State University Department of Physical Therapy

Phone: 404-778-3350

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center

59 Executive Park South
Suite 1000

Atlanta, GA 30329


  • Medical School, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 1988-1992
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1992-1998
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Research, University of Pittsburgh Musculoskeletal Research Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 1993-1994
  • Fellowship: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO, 1998-1999


Known as Dr. “X” by his staff and patients, he is an Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Emory University as well as an Adjunct Professor at Georgia State and Mercer University. Dr. X has been the Head Orthopaedist and Team Physician for Georgia Tech, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA since 2001. He specializes in ACL and ACL revision surgery performing over 200 of these operations each year. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery and has his sub-specialty certification in orthopaedic sports medicine.

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • ACL Reconstruction
  • Quad Tendon ACL Surgery
  • Revision ACL Surgery
  • Meniscal Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery

As a member of many respected professional societies and organizations, Dr. Xerogeanes has published numerous research articles, chapters of textbooks and developed surgical techniques. His professional experience as an orthopedic surgeon has won him many accolades and international acknowledgements. Thus, he routinely travels internationally to lecture and educate surgeons on the most innovative and sophisticated surgical procedures. His work and opinions have been featured on all major television networks including Good Morning America, CNN and ESPN.

Dr. Xerogeanes has been recognized as one of US News & World Report’s Top Doctors with a special distinction listing him among the top 1% in the nation in his specialty.  Dr. X has been consistently ranked amongst the top health care providers within Emory Healthcare in “Patient Satisfaction” by Press Ganey patient polling. Along with recreational athletes, his patients range from past Presidents of the United States to Academy Award winning actresses to professional and Olympic athletes.

Honors and Awards

  • National Football Foundation Award Winner, 1983
  • AHEPA Scholar Athlete of the Year for U.S., 1983
  • Outstanding Clinical Research Award.  American Federation for Clinical Research, September 1990
  • Excellence in Research Award. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, June 1994
  • Best Basic Science Award. University of Pittsburgh, Department of Orthopaedics, April 1994
  • Best Basic Science Paper,  Robert P. Kelly Society, 2004
  • Best Paper, Emory School of Medicine Research Day, 2006
  • Outstanding Lecturer, Georgia State University Department of Physical Therapy, 2009
  • Best Resident Paper, Southern Orthopaedics Society Annual meeting, July 2011
  • Americas Top Doctors, 2011
  • Atlanta Magazine Top Doctor Award in Sports Medicine, 2011
  • Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey Results – Top 3% Emory University Hospital System

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Journal of Athletic Training Sports and Health Care, 2010 – present
  • Chief Editorial Consultant for Sports Medicine Web MD, 1999-2000
  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO, 1998-1999

Manuscript Reviewer 

  • American Journal of Sports Medicine 1992 - present
  • Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 1992-1996
  • Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology and Arthroscopy 1992-1996
  • Chief Editorial Consultant, WebMD
  • Physician and Sportsmedicine 2002 – present
  • Journal of Sports Science and Medicine 2007 - present
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 2010 - present


Dr. Xerogeanes is investigating anterior cruciate ligament from the cellular, morphological, biomechanical and clinical levels.  He is concentrating on the effect of maturity on ACL growth, reconstruction and injury.  He has ongoing projects investigating the effects of age and sex on landing biomechanics as well as morphologic differences of the knee and their relationship to incidence of ACL injury.


Recent Presentations

  • January 2014: Metcalf Sports Medicine Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT
    • Topic:  The Quadriceps Tendon as an ACL Graft Option
    • Topic:  The Lateral Meniscal Tear in the Athlete
  • December 2013: American Journal of Orthopaedics: Emerging Techniques in Orthopaedics, Las Vegas NV
    • Topic:  The Use Of The Quadriceps Tendon for ACL Surgery
  • April 2013: ANNA Spring Meeting,
    • Topic: Mechanical Properties of Quadriceps Tendon Allograft Compared to Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Allograft as an Alternative Graft for ACL Reconstruction. 
  • March 2013: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery: Specialty Day, New Orleans, LA
    • Topic: Return To Play After ACL Reconstruction In Division One Football Players.
  • March 2013: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery:  Orthopaedic Research Society, New Orleans, LA
    • Topic: Mechanical Properties of Quadriceps Tendon Allograft Compared to Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Allograft as an Alternative Graft for ACL Reconstruction.
  • July 2012: AOSSM Annual Meeting, Baltimore MA
    • Topic: Simmons J, Starr M, Xerogeanes J, Prevalence of Lateral Meniscal Tears in the Young Athletic Population.