Karen Michelle Sutton, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation

Departments & Organizations

Center for Musculoskeletal Care

Faculty Research

Ortho Clinical Faculty

Sports Medicine

Women's Musculoskeletal Health

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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 Orthopaedic Society for 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.

Education & Training

MD University of Maryland School of Medicine (2003)
BA Duke University (1998)
Fellow Boston Children's Hospital
Fellow Massachusetts General Hospital
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital

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Karen Michelle Sutton, MD
Patient Care Locations
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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