Peter Jokl MD

Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation; Section Chief, Sports Medicine; Department Vice Chair; Program Director Orthopaedic Residency

Research Interests

Musculoskeletal pathophysiology and the effect of rehabilitation and stress on surgical outcomes; Muscle injury and repair; Psychosocial impact on surgical outcome


Research Summary

In conjunction with the bioengineering section of the Yale Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, we have established an animal model which creates a reproducible muscle contusion injury. At this stage, we are assessing various treatment strategies of this injury which is a common cause of morbidity among athletes; Knee ligament injury model. We are establishing an animal model to establish a reproducible knee ligament injury model. This model will allow us to assess biomechanical parameters involved in causing specific types of knee injuries. In conjunction with this, anatomical and histological sequela of specific injury patterns will be assessed. The model will also be used to study physiologic response to injury and mechanisms of healing; Aging and athletic performance; Future of athletic records; Non surgical factors influencing surgical outcomes in heathy patients.


Selected Publications

  • Rosenberger PH, Kerns R, Jokl P, Ickovics JR. Mood and attitude predict pain outcomes following arthroscopic knee surgery. Ann Behav Med. 2009 Feb;37(1):70-6. Epub 2009 Jan 24.
  • Fabricant PD, Rosenberger PH, Jokl P, Ickovics JR. Predictors of short-term recovery differ from those of long-term outcome after arthroscopic partial meniscectomy. Arthroscopy. 2008 Jul;24(7):769-78. Epub 2008 Apr 24.

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