Top Docs 2014 Guide

Kaplan, Michael J.

  • Orthopedic Surgery

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Address 1579 Straits Tpke.
Middlebury, CT 06762
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Dr. Michael J. Kaplan has been the senior medical correspondent for ESPN for the last 10 years. He is familiar to us from “Sport Center” and “Good Morning America”, talking about injured athletes and their road to recovery. We hear him on “Mike and Mike” on the radio, but his voice is mostly used explaining knee and shoulder problems to patients in his Middlebury, CT, office at Active Orthopedics.
After earning a B.A. in English literature from Brown University, Dr. Kaplan graduated with honors from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He did his surgical and orthopedic residencies at the University of Vermont College of Medicine and Affiliated Hospitals and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the American Sports Medicine Institute with James Andrews and Bill Clancy.
Dr. Kaplan was team physician with National Football League, but his patients range from professional athletes to everyday folks whose knees and shoulders ache from activities of daily life. “Some have injuries from falls or twists and other people can have a simple misstep. Pain and functional compromise are depressors and it’s a privilege to help people back to better function.” As associate clinical professor at Yale Department of Orthopedics and co-fellowship director of sports medicine at Active Orthopaedics, he also teaches young doctors. Dr. Kaplan is recognized as a national authority and leader in partial knee replacement surgery. He specializes in knee and shoulder surgeries, having trained with the renowned Dr. James Andrews. His practice includes conservative care through operative management of cartilage and ligament deficiency with extensive experience in reconstructive procedures. Attention to detail and conscientious care are his hallmark. Dr. Kaplan provides quality care with thorough diagnosis, treatment and preventive medicine. He prides himself on having a professional and friendly staff to help patients through each step of their recovery.

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Medical School: University of Vermont College of Medicine
American Sports Medicine Institute

Hospital Affiliations: Waterbury Hospital
Yale-New Haven Hospital
Saint Mary’s Hospital
Stamford Hospital

Organizations: American Medical Association
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Connecticut Orthopaedic Society
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Kaplan, Michael J. - Middlebury, CT

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