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Karen M. Sutton, MD

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About Dr. Sutton


Dr. Sutton is a board certified sports medicine surgeon with surgical expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and hip. She is an Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery and a member of the Sports Medicine Institute and Women’s Sports Medicine Center at HSS. She is also Chief Medical Officer for World Lacrosse and Team Physician for US Ski & Snowboard.

Dr. Sutton's passion for sports medicine stems from her years playing lacrosse at Duke University where she was Team Captain for 3 years, Regional All-American, Academic All-American, and led her team to the Final Four. As Head Team Physician of US Women's Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of US Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She has also been working with Darien Lacrosse and Fairfield Ludlow Lacrosse in Connecticut. She also served as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus College and the professional Women's Tennis Association (WTA). During her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine, she assisted in the orthopedic care of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution.

A national authority on sports injuries and prevention, Dr. Sutton has worked with various news outlets such as NBC Universal, ESPN-W, WFAN radio, WTNH, WYBC and News 12 Connecticut. She has made substantial contributions to research, publishing over 30 publications and giving over 80 presentations on topics from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to treating the female athlete to shoulder issues in breast cancer. Dr. Sutton is also an elected member of the American Orthopaedic Association, acknowledging scholarship in orthopedic surgery. She serves on multiple committees on the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. She is a reviewer of leading orthopedic journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Dr. Sutton began her academic career at Duke University, where she earned her undergraduate degree in biochemistry, graduating with distinction. She earned her medical degree at University of Maryland. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine followed by fellowships in sports medicine at Massachusetts GeneralHospital/Harvard School of Medicine and pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine. She was an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Yale University.

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Specialized Centers

Women's Sports Medicine Center

Special Expertise

Female athlete
ACL injuries
Rotator cuff disease
Shoulder instability/dislocations
Patellofemoral pain
Hip injuries
Pediatric sports medicine

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Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, Hospital for Special Surgery
Associate Professor, Clinical Orthopedic Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical College
Associate Attending Orthopedic Surgeon, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital


American Orthopaedic Association, 2015-present
Arthroscopy Association of North America, 2008-present
American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, 2008-present
Eastern Orthopaedic Society, 2008-present
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2003-present
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society, 2002-present
American Medical Association, 1999-present
The Bassett Society, 1997-present
US Lacrosse, 1994-present


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS)
ABOS Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


Castle Connolly Top Doctors in New York Metro Area, 2021
New York Magazine Top Doctors, 2021
Connecticut Magazine Best Doctors, 2018
New Haven Living Best Doctors, 2015
Cambridge Who's Who, 2011, 2014, 2016
Pinkney Fellow, 2002
First Place, Medical Student Research Day, 2002
Rush Medical Club, 2002
Bassett Scholar, Duke University, 1999-2003
ACC "Top Six for Service", 1999
Graduation with Distinction—Duke University, 1998
IWLCA South Region All-American—Division I women's lacrosse, 1998
ACC Women's Lacrosse All-Tournament, 1998
IWLCA Academic All-American, 1997 and 1998
Blue Devil Club Outstanding Scholar-Athlete of the Year Finalist, 1998
Kenneth Gordon Fellowship, 1998
Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society, 1998


University of Maryland School of Medicine
Internship: Yale University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency: Yale University, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellowship: Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

State Licensure



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Surgical Locations

Dr. Sutton performs surgery at the following locations:

Publications by Dr. Sutton

Patient Education

Selected Journal Articles

Selected Books/Chapters

Sutton KM: Orthopaedic Examination. In: Preparticipation Physical Examination, 5th ed., American Academy of Pediatrics 2017. (in press)

Sutton KM, Grauer JN: Basic Science Articular Cartilage. In: Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review, AAOS 2012.

Sutton K, Tomak S, Fleming L: Percutaneous/Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Repair. In: Weisel S, ed. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 1st ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007.

Covey AS, Sutton KM, Smart LR, Jokl P: Aging and the Master Tennis Athlete.

Selected Presentations

Sutton KM. Options for partial rotator cuff lesions. New England Orthopaedic Society: Jiminy Peak, MA. June 2017

Sutton KM. Update on prevention of anterior cruciate ligament injuries in the female athlete. Presented at the Duke University School of Medicine Feagin Leadership Program: Durham, NC. May 2017.

Sutton KM. Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention in lacrosse. Presented at the US Lacrosse Sports Medicine Symposium: Baltimore, MD. January 2017.

Sutton KM. Shoulder injuries in men's lacrosse. Presented at the Basett Society Meeting: Duke University, Durham, NC, November 2016.

Sutton, KM: Adhesive capsulitis and the association with breast cancer. Presented for the Duke University Bassett Society: Durham, NC, October 2015.

Sutton, KM: Techniques in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Presented for the Future Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Program: Raynam, MA, September, 2015

Sutton KM: United States Lacrosse Webcast Health and Safety: Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries. Presented at the United States Health and Safety Webcast: Baltimore, MD, May 2014.

Sutton, K.M.: Important updates on anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgical techniques. Keynote speaker for Women in Sports Conference, Stony Brook Medicine, Stony Brook, NY, June 14, 2013.

Wu JL, Seon JK, Hemanth GR, Hosseini A, Sutton KM, Gill TJ, Li G: In-situ forces in the anteromedial and posterolateral bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament under simulated physiological loading conditions. Presented at the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine: New Orleans, LA, March 2010.

Sutton KM, Mankin HJ: The potential role of cyclooxygenase-2 in chondrosarcoma. Presented at the Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation Meeting at Hospital for Joint Diseases: New York, NY, May, 2006.


2016-present Yale University New Haven, CT
Biomechanics Lab

  • Shoulder pad force absorption in men's lacrosse
  • Co-investigators: Blaine, Theodore; Gardner, Elizabeth; Tommasini, Steven; Kovacevic, David
  • Grant awarded for research

2014-present Yale University New Haven, CT
Smilow Cancer Center

  • Adhesive Capsulitis in the breast cancer population
  • Co-investigators: Knobf, Tish and Friedman, Louis
  • Grant awarded for research

Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

HSS has a long history of supporting appropriate relationships with industry because they advance HSS's mission to provide the highest quality patient care, improve patient mobility, and enhance the quality of life for all, and to advance the science of orthopedic surgery, rheumatology, and their related disciplines through research and education.

Below are the healthcare industry relationships reported by Dr. Sutton as of March 27, 2023.

  • DePuy Mitek, Inc.- Consultant
  • HS2, LLC - Ownership Interest

HSS and its physicians make this information available to patients and the public, thus creating a transparent environment for those who are interested in this information. Further, the HSS Conflicts of Interest and Commitment Policy prohibits physicians from collecting royalties on products they develop that are used on patients at HSS.

Patients should feel free to ask their HSS physicians questions about these relationships.

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