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Jacob M. Kirsch, M.D.
Orthopedic SurgeonShoulder & Elbow Specialist

Dr. Jacob Kirsch is a shoulder and elbow surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive (arthroscopic) and open treatment of shoulder and elbow conditions, including shoulder arthritis, rotator cuff tears, fractures, and instability. He has advanced training in shoulder replacement surgery, which he performs at the nationally recognized New England Baptist Hospital. He is particularly interested in complex problems of the shoulder requiring shoulder replacement, sports related injuries, shoulder instability with bone loss, irreparable tendon tears and failed previous surgery.

Dr. Kirsch graduated Magna Cum Laude from Franklin & Marshall College as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. He earned his Doctor of Medicine with distinction from George Washington University School of Medicine, where he was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Society and received the Julius S. Neviaser Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery. He went on to complete an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan, where he was awarded a resident teaching award for his dedication to educating his peers. While at Michigan, he also served as a team physician for the University of Michigan Men’s Basketball team for several years. Dr. Kirsch also received advanced international training in shoulder surgery from world-renowned experts in Lyon, France. Dr. Kirsch then completed a fellowship in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kirsch is committed to advancing the practice of orthopedic surgery though research and practicing evidence-based medicine. He has presented research both nationally and internationally, where he has been recognized with several research awards. Dr. Kirsch has published over 30 peer-reviewed scientific papers as well as contributed to over 13 textbooks and remains actively involved in clinical research. He currently serves as a clinical reviewer for Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Education

The Rothman Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA 08/19- 07/20

Clinical Fellow, Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI 07/14-06/19

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

George Washington University School of Medicine, Washington, DC 08/10-05/14

Doctor of Medicine, with Distinction

Alpha Omega Alpha

Julius S. Neviaser Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Surgery

Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA 09/06-05/10

Bachelor of Arts, Religious Studies

Magna Cum Laude

Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

Benjamin Rush Honor Society

Black Pyramid Honor Society

Honors & Awards

Richard J. Hawkins, MD, Award   06/20

Awarded for the highest rated oral presentation at ASES 2020

Fellows’ Research Symposium

Jon K. Sekiya Resident Teaching Award   06/18

Awarded to a senior resident who has been the most dedicated to

educating and guiding his/her peers.

James D. Baril Educational Endowment Award   09/17

Educational travel award for a shoulder rotation at the

Centre Orthopédique Santy in Lyon, France with Dr. Gilles Walch 

Excellence in Orthopaedic Research Award   04/17

St. Joseph Mercy 23nd Annual Research Forum

Project: Tranexamic Acid in Shoulder Arthroplasty:

A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis

Mentor: Asheesh Bedi, MD

Resident Research Award  09/16

55th Annual Carl E. Badgley Lectureship

Project: Return to Sport following Osteochondral Autograft

Transplantation for Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum:

A Systematic Review

Mentor: Asheesh Bedi, MD

Best Resident Research Project     05/16

St. Joseph Mercy 22nd Annual Research Forum

Project: Is There an Association Between the “Critical Shoulder Angle” 

and Clinical Outcome after Rotator Cuff Repair?

Mentors: Bruce S. Miller, MS, MD and Asheesh Bedi, MD

Excellence in Orthopaedic Research Award   05/16

St. Joseph Mercy 22nd Annual Research Forum  

Project: Is There an Association Between the “Critical Shoulder Angle”

and Clinical Outcome after Rotator Cuff Repair?

Mentors: Bruce S. Miller MS, MD and Asheesh Bedi, MD

Best Poster Award    03/16

AAOS Annual Meeting, Shoulder and Elbow Category

Project: Is There an Association Between the “Critical Shoulder Angle” 

and Clinical Outcome after Rotator Cuff Repair?

Mentors: Bruce S. Miller, MS, MD and Asheesh Bedi, MD

Examinations

  • USMLE Step 1 - passed 2012
  • USMLE Step 2 CS - passed 2013
  • USMLE Step 2 CK - passed 2013
  • USMLE Step 3 - passed 2014
  • ABOS Part 1 - passed 2019

Medical Licensure/Certifications

  • Michigan State Medical License (Education Limited) 2014-2019
  • Michigan State Controlled Substance License 2014-2019
  • Advance Cardiac Life Support 2014-2020
  • Pennsylvania State Medical License 2019- 2020
  • New Jersey State Medical License 2019-2020
  • Massachusetts State Medical License 2020-Present

Memberships in Professional Societies

American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons July 2019-Present

Fellow Member

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2014-Present

Member

Michigan Orthopaedic Society 2015-2019

Resident Member

Active/Ongoing Projects

  • Gutman MJ, Gutman BS, Kirsch JM, Joyce C, Namdari C. Performance in Major League Baseball Pitchers After Surgical Treatment of Thoracic Outlet syndrome. Sumbitted.
  • Singh AM, Kirsch JM, Patel MS, Gutman M, Harper T, Lazarus MD, Horneff JG, Voskeridjian A, Abboud JA. “Effect of Preoperative and Postoperative Doses of Acetaminophen on Pain Management in Patients Undergoing Rotator Cuff Repair: A Prospective Randomized Study. In Progress
  • Kirsch JM, Patel MS, Hill BW, McPartland C, Namdari S, Lazarus MD. Preoperative Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation Score Predicts Poor Outcome Following Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for Massive Rotator Cuff Tears without Arthritis. In progress
  • Kirsch JM, Patel MS, Gutman MJ, McEntee R, Alberta F, Ramsey ML, Abboud JA, Namdari S. Is the Single Assessment Numeric Evaluation a Reliable Outcome Metric for Common Elbow pathology? In Progress
  • Nicholson T, Kirsch JM, Churchill R, Abboud JA, Lazarus MD, Namdari S. The Effect of Tranexamic Acid for Visualization on pump pressure and visualization during Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: a blinded, randomized controlled trial. In progress
  • Kirsch JM, Patel MS, Singh A, Lazarus MD, Williams GR, Namdari S. Early Clinical and Radiographic Outcomes of an Augmented Baseplate in Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for Glenohumeral Arthritis with Glenoid Deformity. In progress
  • DeBernardis DA, Santoro AJ, Kirsch JM, Cheesman QT, Alberta F, Austin LS. Arthroscopic
    Debridement of Primary Elbow Osteoarthritis: 5-Year Outcomes. In progress.
  • DeBernardis DA, Minissale, N, Kirsch JM, Cheesman QT, Antonacci, CL, Alberta F, Austin LS.
    Arthroscopic Debridement of Post-Traumatic Arthritis of the Elbow: 5-Year Outcomes. In progress.
  • Gutman MJ, Joyce C, Kirsch JM, Williams GR. Factors associated with functional improvement after augmented total shoulder arthroplasty. In progress
  • Stenson J, Kirsch JM, Cheesman QT, Alberta F, Austin LS. Arthroscopic Debridement of the Elbow in Baseball players: 5-year outcomes. In progress
  • Gutman MJ, Joyce C, Kirsch JM, Patel MS, Namdari S, Ramsey ML. Does early repair improve outcomes in traumatic rotator cuff tears? In progress
  • Hill BW, Churchill R, Carducci M, Joyce CD, Kirsch JM et al. Accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Compared with Computed Tomography for Glenoid Version when the medial border of the Scapula is not visualized. In progress
  • Gutman MJ, Kirsch JM, Abboud JA. Midterm Outcomes of Suture Anchor Fixation for Displaced Olecranon Fractures. In Progress
  • Zhu XM, Ben-David E, Dennis B, Kirsch JM, Khan M. A Meta-analysis of Level I Evidence Comparing Tenotomy versus Tenodesis in the Management of Long Head of Biceps Pathology. In progress
  • Shanmugaraj A, Sakha S, Tejpal T, Leroux T, Kirsch JM, Khan M. Revision Arthroscopic Bankart Repair for Anterior Shoulder Instability After A Failed Arthroscopic Soft-Tissue Repair Yields Low Failure Rates: A Systematic Review. In Progress.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • New England Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Boston Sports & Shoulder Center
  • Tufts University