Karen Michelle Sutton, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Research Interests

Ligaments; Orthopedics; Sports Medicine; Tendons; Anterior Cruciate Ligament; Athletes

Research Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Shoulder & Elbow Surgery

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

Dr. Sutton is an elected member of the American Orthopedic Association, acknowledging scholarship in orthopaedic surgery. She serves on multiple committees on the American Orthpaedic Society of Sports Medicine. She is an editor of leading orthopaedic journals, including The American Journal of Sports Medicine, The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, and The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. She has made substantial contributions to research, publishing over 30 publications and giving over 70 presentations on topics from anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction to treating the female athlete to shoulder issues in breast cancer.

Specialized Terms: Sports medicine; Biomechanical evaluation of repair techniques for tendons and ligaments; Novel distal biceps tendon repair techniques; Evaluation of various anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions

Extensive Research Description

Publications

Gallacher S, Zhu D, Sutton KM, Blaine TA: Current Concepts Review: Orthopedic Injuries in Equestrian Sports. Orthop J Sports Med, 2015 (accepted OJSM/2015/008755).

Halim A, Lamikanra O, Sutton KM: Female athletes: unique challenges facing the woman warrior. Am J Orthopedics, 2015 (accepted AMJORTHOP-D-15-00081).

Gardner EC, Chan W, Sutton KM, Blaine TA: Shoulder injuries in men’s collegiate lacrosse 2004-2009.” Am J Sports Med, 2015 (submitted).

Sutton KM, Grauer JN: Basic Science Articular Cartilage. In: Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review, AAOS 2014.

Benitez E, Sutton KM, Sumpio BE: Unusual cause of exertional leg pain. J Vasc Surg, 2015 (accepted).

Sutton KM, Piposar J: Subscapularis injuries in skeletally immature athletes. Am J Sports Med 2014 (submitted)

Sutton KM, Yacob A, Brown C: Managing microinstability in athletes. J Shoulder and Elbow (submitted)

Sutton K, Tomak S, Fleming L: Percutaneous/Minimally Invasive Achilles Tendon Repair. In: Weisel S, ed. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2015.

Piposar J, Sutton KM: Golf ball sign. Arthrosc Tech, 2014; 3(3): e343-345.

Sutton KM, Bullock J: Anterior cruciate ligament rupture: differences between males and females. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2013; 21(1): 41-50.

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

Park S, Knobf MT, Sutton KM: Etiology, assessment, and management of aromatase inhibitor-related musculoskeletal symptoms. Clin J Onc Nurs 2012; 16(3): 260-266.

Hinton RY, Sutton KM, McCollum J: Stop sports injuries: lacrosse sports tips. www.stopsportsinjuries.org Sept 2010.

Sutton KM: Female patellofemoral biomechanical function. www.patellofemoral.org/education.html February 2010.

Seon JK, Gadikota H, Wu J, Sutton K, Gill TJ, Li, G: Comparison of single- and double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in restoration of knee kinematics and anterior cruciate ligament forces. Am J Sports Med 2010; 38 (7): 11359-67.

Gadikota H, Wu J, Seon JK, Sutton K, Gill TJ, Li G: Single-tunnel double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with anatomical placement of hamstring tendon graft: can it restore normal knee joint kinematics? Am J Sports Med 2010; 38(4): 713-20.

Wu J, Seon JK, Gadikota H, Hosseini A, Sutton K, Gill TJ, Li G: In-situ forces in the anteromedial and posterolateral bundles of the anterior cruciate ligament under simulated functional loading conditions. Am J Sports Med 2010; 38(3): 558-63.

Sutton KM, Dodds SD, Ahmad CS, Sethi PM: Surgical treatment of distal biceps rupture. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2010; 18(3): 139-48.

Sethi PM, Miller S, CunninghamJ, Sutton KM, Mazzocca AD: Anatomic Repair of the Distal Biceps Tendon Using the Tension-Slide Technique. Techniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2008; 9(4): 182-187.

Magit D, Wolff A, Sutton K, Medvecky M: Arthrofibrosis of the Knee. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2007; 15(11): 682-694.

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.

Labib SA, Hage WD, Sutton KM, Hutton WC: The Effect of Ankle Position on the Tension in the Achilles Tendon Before and After Surgical Repair: A Biomechanical Cadaver Study. Foot and Ankle, Int’l., 2007; 28(4): 478-481.

Wolff A, Sutton K, Magit D, Sethi P, Medvecky M: Partial Rotator Cuff Tears. J Am Acad Orthop Surg 2006;14(13):715-725.

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

Yue JJ, Lawrence BD, Sutton KM, Strugar JJ, Haims AH: Complete cervical disc extrusion with spinal cord injury in the absence of facet dislocation. Spine 2004;29(9):E181-4.

Sutton KM, Wright M, Fondren G, Towle CA, Mankin HJ: Cyclooxygenase-2 expression in chondrosarcoma. Oncology 2004;66:275-280.

Presentations

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

Sutton, KM: Evaluation and management of atraumatic knee pathology. Presented for the Yale Health Center Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, October 2015.

Sutton, KM: Management of partial rotator cuff tears. Presented for the Future Leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery Resident Program: Phoeniz, AZ, August 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: Diseases and injuries of the shoulder. Presented for the Yale University Physician’s Assistant Curriculum: New Haven, CT, June 2015.

Sutton KM: Work-related shoulder injuries. Presented at Grand Rounds for the Occupational Health Provider: New Haven, CT, June 2015.

Sutton KM: Keeping bones buff: fitness and sports medicine. Presented at Yale University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, December 2014.

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 KM: Diagnosing common knee sports injuries. Presented at the Eigth Annual Yale Musculoskeletal Review Course for the Primary Care Provider: New Haven, CT, May 2014.

Sutton KM. Shoulder instability, review of complex cases. Presented at the East Coast Shoulder Fellows Annual Conference: Tampa, FL, April 2014.

Sutton KM. Challenges facing female orthopaedic surgeons. Presented at the National Perry Initiative Conference: Yale University, New Haven, CT, February 2014.

Sutton KM. Complicating factors in the surgical management of shoulder instability. Presented at the Basett Society Meeting: Duke University, Durham, NC, November 2013.

Sutton, K.M.: Managing upper extremity tennis injuries. Presented at the New Haven Open, Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Tournament: New Haven, CT, August 2013.

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.

Sutton, K.M: Pediatric upper extremity sports injuries. Connecticut Trauma Conference, Ledyard, CT, April 2013.

Sutton, K.M: Environmental issues affecting athletes. Connecticut Association of Physician Assistants: Mystic, CT, April 2013.

Sutton, KM: Title IX Symposium. Presented at the Women’s Tennis Association New Haven Open: New Haven, CT, August 2012.

Sutton, KM: Diseases and injuries of the shoulder. Presented for the Yale University Physician’s Assistant Curriculum: New Haven, CT, June 2012.

Sutton KM: Knee: Adult atraumatic conditions. Presented at the Sixth Annual Yale Musculoskeletal Review Course for the Primary Care Provider: New Haven, CT, May 2012.

Sutton KM: Women’s sports injuries. Presented at the Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants’ 25th Annual Charter Oak Conference: Mystic, CT, April 2012.

Sutton KM: Women’s sports injuries. Presented at the Midlevel Practitioner Career and CME Expo: New Haven, CT, October 2011.

Sutton KM: Shoulder: acute injuries. Presented at the Fifth Annual Yale Musculoskeletal Review Course for the Primary Care Provider: New Haven, CT, April 2011.

Sutton, KM: Pediatric upper extremity sports injuries. Presented at Yale University Pediatric Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, February 2011.

Sutton KM: Common orthopaedic conditions: diagnosis and treatment. Presented at the Yale New Haven Hospital Mid-Level Provider Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, January 2011.

Sutton, KM: Musculoskeletal issues during pregnancy. Presented at Yale University Orthopaedic Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, December 2010.

Sutton, KM: Sports Injury Review. Presented to Yale School of Nursing: New Haven, CT, November 2010.

Sutton, KM: Diagnosing and treating upper extremity pediatric athletic injuries. Presented at the Yale Department of Pediatrics Annual CME Course: New Haven Lawn Club, New Haven, CT, November 2010.

Sutton, KM: Anterior cruciate ligament injury in young athletes. Presented at the ACL Injury Prevention and Screening Conference: Jewish Community Center, Woodbridge, CT, November 2010.

Sutton KM, Riddle K: Anterior cruciate ligament injury prevention. Presented at the Basett Society Meeting: Duke University, Durham, NC, September 2010.

Sutton KM: Women’s musculoskeletal health through the ages: the early years. Presented to the New Haven Obstetrics and Gynecology Society, New Haven, CT, September 2010.

Sutton KM: Playing it safe: stay healthy during workouts, playing sports, and getting fit. Presented at the Yale Auxillary Health Education Lecture: New Haven, CT, September 2010.

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.

Seon JK, Hemanth JL, Wu JL, Kozanek M, Sutton K, Gill TJ, Li G: Kinematic analysis of anatomical anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction techniques. Presented at the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine: New Orleans, LA, March 2010.

Sutton KM and Sethi PM: Biomechanical evaluation of distal biceps repair. Presented at the Eastern Orthopaedic Society Meeting: Las Vegas, NV, October 2008.

Sutton KM, Mazzocca AD, Sethi PM: Repair of the distal biceps tendon using the tension-slide technique. Presented at Yale Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Disputations: New Haven, CT, July 2008.

Sutton KM: Multi-staged approach to a complex pilon fracture. Presented at the New England Fracture Forum: Portland, ME, September 2007.

Sutton KM: Distal biceps tendon ruptures. Presented at Yale University Orthopaedic Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, April 2007.

Sutton KM: Anterior cruciate ligament rupture in the pediatric population. Presented at Yale University Orthopaedic Grand Rounds: New Haven, CT, April 2006.

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.

Sutton KM, Wright M, Fondren G, Towle CA, Mankin HJ: Cyclooxygenase-2 expression in chondrosarcoma. Presented at the Medical Student Research Forum at the University of Maryland: Baltimore, MD, January 2002.

Sutton KM, Hage WD, Labib SA, Hutton WC, Moorman CT, Fleming LL: Effect of neutral foot positioning on Achilles tendon tension. Presented at the Student Research Forum at the University of Maryland: Baltimore, MD, October 2001.

Sutton KM, Hage WD, Labib SA, Hutton WC, Moorman CT, Fleming LL: Effect of neutral foot positioning on Achilles tendon tension. Presented at the Bassett Society Annual Meeting at Duke University: Durham, NC, October 2001.

Hage WD, Sutton KM, Labib SA, Hutton WC, Moorman CT, Fleming LL: Effect of neutral foot positioning on Achilles tendon tension. Presented at Kelly Days at Emory University: Atlanta, GA, April 2001.

Sutton KM, McCollum JD, Speer KP, Moorman CT: Injuries in women’s collegiate lacrosse: a retrospective 5-year study at Duke University. Presented at the Bassett Society Annual Meeting at Duke University: Durham, NC, October 2000.

Sutton KM, McCollum JD, Speer KP, Moorman CT: Injuries in women’s collegiate lacrosse: a retrospective 5-year study at Duke University. Presented at the Student Research Forum at the University of Maryland: Baltimore, MD, October 2000.

Sutton KM, Nunnally BK, McGown LB: Characterization of intercalating dyes for use in multiplex nucleic acid analysis. Presented to the Department of Chemistry at Duke University: Durham, NC, April 1998.

Nunnally BK, Sutton KM, McGown LB: Fluorescence lifetime detection for multiplex DNA restriction fragment analysis. Presented at the Pittsburgh Conference: New Orleans, LA, March 1998, Paper 471.

Nunnally BK, Sutton KM, Safley AM, He H, Li L, McGown LB: Biomolecular detection using fluorescence lifetime. Presented to the research group of Richard Mathus at the University of California, Berkeley (invited seminar): Berkeley, CA, September 1997.

Nunnally BK, Sutton KM, McGown LB: Multiplex restriction fragment separations with fluorescent lifetime detection. Presented at the Southern Association of Forensic Scientists Fall Meeting: Longboat Key, FL, September 1997.

Sutton KM, Nunnally BK, McGown LB: Investigations into a fluorescence lifetime based detection method for multiplex restriction fragment analysis. Presented at the 111th Sectional Conference of the North Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society: Durham, NC, April 1997.

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