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Miho J Tanaka, M.D.

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Stanford University, Stanford, CABA2001Human Biology
Stanford University, Stanford, CAMA2001Sociology, Social Stratification and Inequality
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NYMD2006Medicine
The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD2011Orthopaedic Surgery
Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School, New York, NY2012Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery
Magic Wand Innovation Award
MGB PROMs Abstract Competition Winner
Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award
2021 - 2022
Co-PI, Stepping Strong Innovator Award
iSolve Award
2020 - 2021
Shore Program Award
2020 - 2021
Leadership Development Program for Researchers
Community Grant Award
2017 - 2018
Leadership Fellows Program
AOSSM Traveling Fellowship
2015 - 2016
Community Partnership Award
Patellofemoral Surgical Anatomy Excellence Award
Charlotte D. Yudell, MD '33 Memorial Award


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  1. (Tanaka) Jun 1, 2021 - May 30, 2022
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Application of MRI T2 mapping protocols to compare the effects of operative vs nonoperative treatment on patellofemoral cartilage after first-time patellar dislocation
    Role: PI
  2. (Tanaka) Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Quantification of morphological risk factors for patellar instability through machine learning
    Role: PI
  3. (Tanaka) Jul 1, 2018 - Jun 30, 2020
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Effects of tibial tuberosity distalization on patellofemoral kinematics and contact pressures
    Role: PI
  4. (Tanaka, Cosgarea) Jun 1, 2017 - May 31, 2018
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
    Effects of medial patellofemoral complex graft position on patellar kinematics
    Role: Co-PI

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  1. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Handling the (Contact) Pressure in Patellofemoral Surgery: The Role of Lateral Retinacular Release. Arthroscopy. 2022 03; 38(3):965-966. PMID: 35248239.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Bhimani R, Ashkani-Esfahani S, Mirochnik K, Lubberts B, DiGiovanni CW, Tanaka MJ. Radiographic Landmarks for the Femoral Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex: A Cadaveric Study. Arthroscopy. 2022 Feb 11. PMID: 35157967.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  3. Lampros RE, Wiater AL, Tanaka MJ. Rehabilitation and Return to Sport After Medial Patellofemoral Complex Reconstruction. Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2022 Jan; 4(1):e133-e140. PMID: 35141545.
  4. Grisdela PT, Paschos N, Tanaka MJ. Fixed (Congenital) Patellar Dislocation. Clin Sports Med. 2022 Jan; 41(1):123-136. PMID: 34782069.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Tang C, Guss D, Tanaka MJ, Lubberts B. Portable ultrasound devices: A method to improve access to medical imaging, barriers to implementation, and the need for future advancements. Clin Imaging. 2022 01; 81:147-149. PMID: 34741866.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Tanaka MJ, Mirochnik K, Esfahani SA, Lubberts B, Waryasz G, Bhimani R. Arthroscopic Patellofemoral Measurements Can Reliably Assess Patellar Instability. Arthroscopy. 2022 03; 38(3):902-910. PMID: 34252558.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Conry KT, Cosgarea AJ, Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ. Influence of tibial tuberosity position and trochlear depth on patellar tracking in patellar instability: Variations with Patella Alta. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2021 07; 87:105406. PMID: 34116451.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Trochlear Dysplasia Is Difficult to Measure, No Matter How You Slice It. Arthroscopy. 2021 04; 37(4):1212-1213. PMID: 33812524.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. Tanaka MJ, Forman JM, Otwell AG, Frischmann LD, Jones LC, Szymanski LM. Characterization of knee dysfunction and related risk factors during pregnancy. Phys Sportsmed. 2022 Feb; 50(1):78-83. PMID: 33507121.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  10. Tanaka MJ, LiBrizzi CL, Rivenburgh DW, Jones LC. Changes in U.S. girls' participation in high school sports: implications for injury awareness. Phys Sportsmed. 2021 11; 49(4):450-454. PMID: 33210569.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  11. Levy BJ, Tanaka MJ, Fulkerson JP. Current Concepts Regarding Patellofemoral Trochlear Dysplasia. Am J Sports Med. 2021 05; 49(6):1642-1650. PMID: 33021814.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Hinckel BB, Baumann CA, Ejnisman L, Cavinatto LM, Martusiewicz A, Tanaka MJ, Tompkins M, Sherman SL, Chahla JA, Frank R, Yamamoto GL, Bicos J, Arendt L, Fithian D, Farr J. Evidence-based Risk Stratification for Sport Medicine Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2020 10 01; 4(10):e20.00083. PMID: 33986224.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  13. Tanaka MJ. Femoral Origin Anatomy of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex: Implications for Reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2020 12; 36(12):3010-3015. PMID: 32569722.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Tanaka MJ, Oh LS, Martin SD, Berkson EM. Telemedicine in the Era of COVID-19: The Virtual Orthopaedic Examination. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 06 17; 102(12):e57. PMID: 32341311.
    Citations: 82     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  15. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Repair or Reconstruct? Addressing Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Insufficiency in the Absence of Morphologic Abnormalities. Arthroscopy. 2020 06; 36(6):1735-1737. PMID: 32503781.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Tanaka MJ, Jones LC, Forman JM. Awareness of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury-Preventive Training Programs Among Female Collegiate Athletes. J Athl Train. 2020 Apr; 55(4):359-364. PMID: 32160059.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ, Forman JM, Elias JJ. Factors Influencing Graft Function following MPFL Reconstruction: A Dynamic Simulation Study. J Knee Surg. 2021 Sep; 34(11):1162-1169. PMID: 32143217.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Elias JJ, Tanaka MJ, Jones KC, Cosgarea AJ. Tibial tuberosity anteriomedialization vs. medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction for treatment of patellar instability related to malalignment: Computational simulation. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2020 04; 74:111-117. PMID: 32171152.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Best MJ, Tanaka MJ, Demehri S, Cosgarea AJ. Accuracy and Reliability of the Visual Assessment of Patellar Tracking. Am J Sports Med. 2020 02; 48(2):370-375. PMID: 31913663.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Tanaka MJ, Farr J. The Ribbon-shaped Femoral Footprint of the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament: Implications for Reconstruction. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2019 Dec; 27(4):150-153. PMID: 31688533.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Farr J, Tanaka MJ. Foreword. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2019 12; 27(4):129. PMID: 31688529.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  22. Tanaka MJ, D'Amore T, Elias JJ, Thawait G, Demehri S, Cosgarea AJ. Anteroposterior distance between the tibial tuberosity and trochlear groove in patients with patellar instability. Knee. 2019 Dec; 26(6):1278-1285. PMID: 31668910.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Tanaka MJ, Chahla J, Farr J, LaPrade RF, Arendt EA, Sanchis-Alfonso V, Post WR, Fulkerson JP. Correction to: Recognition of evolving medial patellofemoral anatomy provides insight for reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019 Aug; 27(8):2551. PMID: 30470849.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  24. Brehler M, Thawait G, Kaplan J, Ramsay J, Tanaka MJ, Demehri S, Siewerdsen JH, Zbijewski W. Atlas-based algorithm for automatic anatomical measurements in the knee. J Med Imaging (Bellingham). 2019 Apr; 6(2):026002. PMID: 31259202.
    Citations: 2     
  25. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Socket or Knock It? Considerations in Patellar Fixation During Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2019 05; 35(5):1629-1630. PMID: 31054735.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Tanaka MJ, Tompkins MA, Fulkerson JP. Radiographic Landmarks for the Anterior Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex. Arthroscopy. 2019 04; 35(4):1141-1146. PMID: 30611587.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Tanaka MJ, Szymanski LM, Dale JL, Dixit S, Jones LC. Team Approach: Treatment of Injuries in the Female Athlete: Multidisciplinary Considerations for Women's Sports Medicine Programs. JBJS Rev. 2019 01; 7(1):e7. PMID: 30672778.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Tanaka MJ. Current Topics in Women’s Sports Medicine: Evaluation and Treatment of the Female Athlete. Current Orthopaedic Practice . 2019; 1(30):11-15.
  29. Tanaka MJ, Chahla J, Farr J, LaPrade RF, Arendt EA, Sanchis-Alfonso V, Post WR, Fulkerson JP. Recognition of evolving medial patellofemoral anatomy provides insight for reconstruction. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2019 Aug; 27(8):2537-2550. PMID: 30370440.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Best MJ, Tanaka MJ. Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder: Treatment Options and Considerations. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2018 Sep; 26(3):113-119. PMID: 30059445.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Gans I, Retzky JS, Jones LC, Tanaka MJ. Epidemiology of Recurrent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in National Collegiate Athletic Association Sports: The Injury Surveillance Program, 2004-2014. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Jun; 6(6):2325967118777823. PMID: 29977938.
    Citations: 24     
  32. Loeb AE, Tanaka MJ. The medial patellofemoral complex. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2018 Jun; 11(2):201-208. PMID: 29728862.
    Citations: 7     
  33. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Which Came First, the Patella or the Trochlea? Morphological Relationships in Patients With Patellar Instability. Arthroscopy. 2018 06; 34(6):1929-1930. PMID: 29804612.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Haj-Mirzaian A, Guermazi A, Hakky M, Sereni C, Zikria B, Roemer FW, Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ, Demehri S. Tibial tuberosity to trochlear groove distance and its association with patellofemoral osteoarthritis-related structural damage worsening: data from the osteoarthritis initiative. Eur Radiol. 2018 Nov; 28(11):4669-4680. PMID: 29713775.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Tanaka MJ. Editorial Commentary: Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction for Knee Patellar Instability: When Are Soft Tissue Procedures Not Enough? Arthroscopy. 2018 02; 34(2):511-512. PMID: 29413194.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Miller EK, Tanaka MJ, LaPorte DM, Humbyrd CJ. Pregnancy-Related Ligamentous Laxity Mimicking Dynamic Scapholunate Instability: A Case Report. JBJS Case Connect. 2017 Jul-Sep; 7(3):e54. PMID: 29252884.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Tanaka MJ. The Anatomy of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2017 Jun; 25(2):e8-e11. PMID: 28459746.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Haj-Mirzaian A, Thawait GK, Tanaka MJ, Demehri S. Diagnosis and Characterization of Patellofemoral Instability: Review of Available Imaging Modalities. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2017 Jun; 25(2):64-71. PMID: 28459748.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. McGee TG, Cosgarea AJ, McLaughlin K, Tanaka M, Johnson K. Rehabilitation After Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2017 Jun; 25(2):105-113. PMID: 28459754.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. D'Amore T, Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ. When and How Far to Move the Tibial Tuberosity in Patients With Patellar Instability. Sports Med Arthrosc Rev. 2017 Jun; 25(2):78-84. PMID: 28459750.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  41. Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ. Measuring Malalignment on Imaging in the Treatment of Patellofemoral Instability. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2017 May/Jun; 46(3):148-151. PMID: 28666038.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Tanaka MJ, Voss A, Fulkerson JP. The Anatomic Midpoint of the Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Complex. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Jul 20; 98(14):1199-205. PMID: 27440568.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ, Williams AA, Demehri S, Cosgarea AJ. Characterization of patellar maltracking using dynamic kinematic CT imaging in patients with patellar instability. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2016 Nov; 24(11):3634-3641. PMID: 27358051.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Tanaka MJ. Variability in the Patellar Attachment of the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament. Arthroscopy. 2016 08; 32(8):1667-70. PMID: 27132768.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Williams AA, Elias JJ, Tanaka MJ, Thawait GK, Demehri S, Carrino JA, Cosgarea AJ. The Relationship Between Tibial Tuberosity-Trochlear Groove Distance and Abnormal Patellar Tracking in Patients With Unilateral Patellar Instability. Arthroscopy. 2016 Jan; 32(1):55-61. PMID: 26440373.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Tanaka MJ. Complications in patellofemoral instability surgery. Op. Tech. Sports Medicine. 2015; 2(23):77-83.
  47. Tanaka MJ, Elias JJ, Williams AA, Carrino JA, Cosgarea AJ. Correlation Between Changes in Tibial Tuberosity-Trochlear Groove Distance and Patellar Position During Active Knee Extension on Dynamic Kinematic Computed Tomographic Imaging. Arthroscopy. 2015 Sep; 31(9):1748-55. PMID: 25940399.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Tanaka MJ, Munch JL, Slater AJ, Nguyen JT, Shubin Stein BE. Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis After Tibial Tubercle Osteotomy: A Single Case Series Study. Orthop J Sports Med. 2014 Aug; 2(8):2325967114544457. PMID: 26535355.
    Citations: 3     
  49. Mall NA, Chalmers PN, Moric M, Tanaka MJ, Cole BJ, Bach BR, Paletta GA. Incidence and trends of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the United States. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct; 42(10):2363-70. PMID: 25086064.
    Citations: 222     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Mall NA, Tanaka MJ, Choi LS, Paletta GA. Factors affecting rotator cuff healing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 May 07; 96(9):778-88. PMID: 24806015.
    Citations: 54     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Elias JJ, Carrino JA, Saranathan A, Guseila LM, Tanaka MJ, Cosgarea AJ. Variations in kinematics and function following patellar stabilization including tibial tuberosity realignment. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2014 Oct; 22(10):2350-6. PMID: 24531362.
    Citations: 17     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  52. Tanaka MJ, Jones KJ, Gargiulo AM, Delos D, Wickiewicz TL, Potter HG, Pearle AD. Passive anterior tibial subluxation in anterior cruciate ligament-deficient knees. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Oct; 41(10):2347-52. PMID: 23928320.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  53. Skelley NW, Tanaka MJ, Skelley LM, LaPorte DM. Medical student musculoskeletal education: an institutional survey. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Oct 03; 94(19):e146(1-7). PMID: 23032597.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  54. Tanaka MJ, Bollier MJ, Andrish JT, Fulkerson JP, Cosgarea AJ. Complications of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction: common technical errors and factors for success: AAOS exhibit selection. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2012 Jun 20; 94(12):e87. PMID: 22717839.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  55. Tanaka M, Vyas D, Moloney G, Bedi A, Pearle AD, Musahl V. What does it take to have a high-grade pivot shift? Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2012 Apr; 20(4):737-42. PMID: 22222616.
    Citations: 43     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  56. Bollier M, Fulkerson J, Cosgarea A, Tanaka M. Technical failure of medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2011 Aug; 27(8):1153-9. PMID: 21664791.
    Citations: 58     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  57. Elias JJ, Kirkpatrick MS, Saranathan A, Mani S, Smith LG, Tanaka MJ. Hamstrings loading contributes to lateral patellofemoral malalignment and elevated cartilage pressures: an in vitro study. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2011 Oct; 26(8):841-6. PMID: 21543144.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  58. McFarland EG, Tanaka MJ, Garzon-Muvdi J, Jia X, Petersen SA. Clinical and imaging assessment for superior labrum anterior and posterior lesions. Curr Sports Med Rep. 2009 Sep-Oct; 8(5):234-9. PMID: 19741350.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  59. McFarland EG, Tanaka MJ, Papp DF. Examination of the shoulder in the overhead and throwing athlete. Clin Sports Med. 2008 Oct; 27(4):553-78. PMID: 19064145.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  60. Tanaka MJ, Gryzlak BM, Zimmerman MB, Nisly NL, Wallace RB. Patterns of natural herb use by Asian and Pacific Islanders. Ethn Health. 2008 Apr; 13(2):93-108. PMID: 18425709.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
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