Chairman, Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Institute
Maynard Madden Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Joseph P. Iannotti, MD, PhD, Chairman, Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute at Cleveland Clinic. He is Co-Director of the Orthopaedic Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Biomedical Engineering.
Dr. Iannotti joined the Cleveland Clinic in 2000 having been on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania for 20 years. He left the University of Pennsylvania as a tenured Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, and Head of the Shoulder and Elbow Service.
He received his medical degree from Northwestern University in 1979 and his doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. He did his orthopaedic residency training at the University of Pennsylvania from 1979 to 1984.
Dr. Iannotti's clinical practice is focused on the treatment of the shoulder, and his primary interest is in the management of complex shoulder problems in joint replacement and rotator cuff tears. His practice includes both open and arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder. His clinical and basic science research program also focuses on innovative treatments for tendon repair and tendon tissue engineering. His research program involves the study of shoulder biomechanics and prosthetic design.
Dr. Iannotti has published two textbooks (both in their second edition) on the shoulder and has authored 210 peer-reviewed articles, as well as book chapters. He has won numerous awards for his academic work from the American Orthopaedic Association and the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He has served in many leadership roles at the national level, which include Chair of the Academic Affairs Council and the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition, he has served and chaired several committees of the Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and is Past President (2006-2007) of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Richard D. Parker, MD, is currently Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Interim Center Director for Sports Health and a Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.
He is from Youngstown, Ohio and a graduate of Walsh College in Canton, Ohio. He earned his medical degree from The Ohio State University College of Medicine and completed his Orthopaedic Residency at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. Dr. Parker then continued his training with subspecialization in Sports Medicine through a Clinical Research Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Knee and Shoulder Surgery in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to joining the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic in 1993, Dr. Parker acted as Head of the Section of Sports Medicine at The Mt. Sinai Medical Center.
He has authored more that 120 peer reviewed articles and is involved in many Academic Sports Societies. He participates in numerous committees including the AOSSM Education and Program Committees, the AANA By-Laws Committee and, formerly, the ACSM Program (Abstract) Committee. He is a member of both national and international professional societies including that of AAOS, AOA, Herodicus, ABJS, ISAKOS, ESKA, and the Mid-American Orthopaedic Society. His current research program is focused on meniscal transplantation of the knee, PCL of the knee, and the MOON ACL registry.
Currently, Dr. Parker serves as the Head Team Physician for the Cleveland Cavaliers and currently is the President of the NBA Physician Society.
He lives in the Chagrin Falls area with his wife Jana, and enjoys biking, golfing and swimming in his free time.
Chair, Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases
Dr. Abby Goulder Abelson is a very familiar face within the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western Reserve University where she has served as the Co-Course Director since 2005. She is also a Physician Advisor to the students, the Rheumatology Elective Rotation Coordinator and a Basic Science Education Committee member.
Dr. Abelson is the Chair of the Department of Rheumatic and Immunologic Diseases at the Cleveland Clinic. She is also Vice Chairman for Education for the Orthopaedic and Rheumatologic Institute, as well as Rheumatology Fellowship Program Director.
Dr. Abelson grew up in Shaker Heights, and received her medical degree from Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Abelson completed her Residency in Internal Medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in Cleveland, where she was chosen to be Chief Resident. She stayed within the Cleveland area, and completed her Rheumatology fellowship training locally at University Hospitals.