Karen Michelle Sutton, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Physician Biography

Dr. Sutton is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with surgical expertise in arthroscopy of the shoulder, knee and hip. She is a Board Certified Associate Professor in orthopaedic surgery at Yale University School of Medicine.

As the Head Team Physician for United States Women’s Lacrosse, Dr. Sutton is responsible for providing care for the National Team athletes. She was elected to the Sports, Science and Safety Committee for United States Lacrosse where she advises the Board of U.S Lacrosse on injury prevention and management. She also serves as Team Physician for Yale University Athletics, Albertus Magnus College and the professional Women’s Tennis Association. During her fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine, she assisted in the orthopaedic care of the Boston Red Sox, the Boston Bruins and the New England Revolution.

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. She is dedicated to caring for athletes.

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.

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 orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale University School of Medicine followed by fellowships in sports medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine and pediatric sports medicine at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard School of Medicine.

Dr. Sutton welcomes the opportunity to work closely with referring physicians, athletic trainers, school nurses and sports medicine allied health personnel in treating patients with sports medicine injuries.

Clinical Interests

  • Achilles Tendon
  • Acromioclavicular Joint
  • Athletic Injuries
  • Bone and Bones
  • Cartilage, Articular
  • Hip Joint
  • Joint Diseases
  • Knee Joint
  • Ligaments, Articular
  • Muscular Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Abnormalities
  • Orthopedics
  • Shoulder Joint
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Patellar Ligament
  • Muscle, Skeletal
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction

Patient Care

Accepts new patients? Yes
Patient Type: Adult; Adolescent; Child
Referrals: From patients or physicians

Patient Care Organizations

Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation: Ortho Clinical Faculty | Sports Medicine | Women's Health

Center for Musculoskeletal Care

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research

Board Certifications

  • Orthopaedic Surgery AB of Orthopaedic Surgery (2012)

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Contact Info

Karen Michelle Sutton, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Orthopaedics/Sports Medicine1445 Boston Post Road
Guilford, CT 06437
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Yale Pediatric Specialty Center/Sports Medicine1 Long Wharf Drive, Ste 2nd floor
New Haven, CT 06511
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Yale Orthopaedics/Sports MedicineYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 1st floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Orthopaedics & RehabilitationOrthopaedics - Milford
48 Wellington Road

Milford, CT 06461
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Yale Orthopaedics-Stamford260 Long Ridge Road
Stamford, CT 06902
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