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Kaplan, Michael J.


TOP DOCS: Orthopedic Surgery (Featured Profile)
1579 Straits Tpke.
Middlebury, CT 06762

Last Updated: March 30, 2017

About Kaplan, Michael J.

DR. MICHAEL KAPLAN is senior medical correspondent for ESPN, where he explains the injuries sustained by players on major teams. He earned a B.A. from Brown University. He graduated with honors from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He did surgical and orthopedic residencies through the University of Vermont College of Medicine and completed a fellowship in sports medicine at the distinguished American Sports Medicine Institute with James Andrews and Bill Clancy. An authority in partial and total knee replacement and shoulder surgery, he treats patients, including non-athletes and weekend warriors in addition to competitive and professional athletes, who ache from activities of daily life. He performs a full array of knee reconstructive procedures and has done the highest number of partial knee replacements in Connecticut and the second highest in the Northeast. A clinical instructor at Yale University Department of Orthopedics, Dr. Kaplan developed his own design and technique in partial knee replacement, which orthopedists throughout the country now use. He is also one of the designers of DJO Global’s total knee joint prosthesis.

Recently he was appointed the medical director of a new St. Mary’s Orthopedic Department, a full-service hospital program with physicians, physical therapists, trainers, and nurses to serve the Greater Waterbury community with cutting edge musculoskeletal care and preventative medicine measures. Under his and Erik Carlson’s supervision, he says, “St. Mary’s will continue to develop and evolve toward a first-rate orthopedic center using state-of-the-art operating models and recruiting of new faculty members. St. Mary’s Hospital will have the full support of the Trinity Hospital System for this venture.

“Pain and functional compromise are depressors, and it’s a privilege to help people back to better function.” He offers preventative medicine, diagnosis, conservative care through operative management of cartilage and ligament deficiency and reconstructive procedures. While he sees athletes who train daily and play hard, he offers ordinary patients the same superior care. ‘All ages and personalities deserve this type of medical attention,” he says.


University of Vermont College of Medicine

American Sports Medicine Institute


St. Mary’s Hospital 

Waterbury Hospital

Yale New Haven Hospital

Stamford Hospital


American Medical Association

American Academy of 

Orthopaedic Surgery Connecticut Orthopedic Society American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons


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