Our Team

Jim Carpenter

James E. Carpenter, M.D.

  • Department Chair, Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Head Team Physician, University of Michigan Athletic Department
  • Director and Secretary, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Editorial Board, American Journal of Sports Medicine
  • Michigan Medicine Executive Committee
James E. Carpenter, M.D., is Professor and Chair of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan. He is the Gehring Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery and is a graduate of both the University of Michigan Medical School and the Harvard Orthopaedic Residency Training program. Dr. Carpenter has been in practice at MedSport for 25 years and has expertise in all aspects of shoulder surgery and sports medicine including arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery. He has published and lectured widely in the field of shoulder injuries and repair. He has served as Head Team Physician with Michigan Athletics including 10 years as the orthopaedic surgeon for Michigan Football. Michigan Medicine is proud to support the work of this leader in the fields of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.


Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Clinical Interests:

  • Knee ligament injuries
  • Meniscus tears
  • Shoulder dislocation
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Shoulder replacement surgery
  • Minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery

Research Interests:

  • Shoulder instability and labral tears
  • Rotator cuff injuries
  • Sports medicine

Education and Training:

  • Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Residency: Harvard Medical School Combined Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, MA
  • Fellowship: Harvard University Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory, Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, MA
  • MHSA in Healthcare Management and Policy, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI



  • 2014 O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, MARS Group AOSSM
  • 2010 O’Donoghue Sports Injury Research Award, AOSSM
  • 2008 Excellence in Research Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • 1999 Charles Neer, MD Award for Basic Science, ASES
  • 1999 Jack Hughston Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • 1999 Outstanding Service Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • 1998 American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine European Traveling Fellowship
  • 1993 Mid-America Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellow
  • 1984 Alpha Omega Alpha
  • 1979 Tau Beta Pi (Engineering Honor Society)
  • 1979-1980 Kodak Merit Award for Academic Excellence
  • 1978-1980 General Motors Scholarship
  • Institutional
  • 2003- Harold W. and Helen L. Gehring Professor, University of Michigan
  • 2000 William S. Smith, MD, Resident’s Teaching Award, University of Michigan

Selected Publications:

Bafus Blaine T, Hughes Richard E, Miller Bruce S, Carpenter James E: Evaluation of utility in shoulder pathology: Correlating the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and Constant scores to the EuroQoL. World J Orthop 3(3): 20-4, 2012. PM22550620

Araujo Paulo H, Rabuck Stephen J, Fu Freddie H, Miller Bruce S, Downie Brian K, Kohen Robert B, Kijek Theresa G, Lesniak Bryson, Jacobson Jon A, Hughes Richard E, Carpenter James E: Are we allowing patients to return to participation too soon? Letter to the editor. Am J Sports Med 40(5): NP5-6, 2012. PM22547157

Grant JA, Bissell B, Hake ME, Miller BS, Hughes RE, Carpenter JE: Relationship between implant use, operative time, and costs associated with distal biceps tendon reattachment. Orthopedics 35(11): e1618-e1624, 2012. PM23127453

Miller BS, Downie BK, Johnson PD, Schmidt PW, Nordwall SJ, Kijek TG, Jacobson JA, Carpenter JE: Time to Return to Play After High Ankle Sprains in Collegiate Football Players: A Prediction Model Sports Health 4(6): 504-509, 2012. PM24179590

Grant JA, Miller BS, Jacobson JA, Morag Y, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, MOON Shoulder Group: Intra- and inter-rater reliability of the detection of tears of the supraspinatus central tendon on MRI by shoulder surgeons. Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons … [et al.]:2012. PM23158043

Grant JA, Schroeder N, Miller BS, Carpenter JE: Comparison of manipulation and arthroscopic capsular release for adhesive capsulitis: a systematic review. Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons … [et al.]: 2013. PM23510748

Streit JJ, Youssef A, Coale RM, Carpenter JE, Marcus RE: Orthopaedic surgeons frequently underestimate the cost of orthopaedic implants. Clinical orthopaedics and related research 471(6): 1744-9, 2013. PM23250855

Boguski RM, Miller BS, Carpenter JE, Mendenhall S, Hughes RE: Variation in use of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty across hospitals J Shoulder Elbow Surg 22(12): 1633-1638, 2013. PM24135418

Hwang E, Carpenter JE, Hughes RE, Palmer ML: Shoulder labral pathomechanics with rotator cuff tears. Journal of biomechanics 47(7): 1733-8, 2014. PM24636720

Hwang E, Carpenter JE, Hughes RE, Palmer ML: Effects of biceps tension and superior humeral head translation on the glenoid labrum. Journal of orthopaedic research: official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society: 2014. PM25070392

Schoenfeld AJ, Tipirneni R, Nelson JH, Carpenter JE, Iwashyna TJ: The influence of race and ethnicity on complications and mortality after orthopedic surgery: a systematic review of the literature. Medical care 52(9): 842-51, 2014. PM25100230

Hwang E, Hughes RE, Palmer ML, Carpenter JE: Effects of biceps tension on the torn superior glenoid labrum. Journal of orthopaedic research: official publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society: 2015. PM25761123

Kweon C, Gagnier JJ, Robbins CB, Bedi A, Carpenter JE, Miller BS: Surgical Versus Nonsurgical Management of Rotator Cuff Tears: Predictors of Treatment Allocation. The American journal of sports medicine: 2015. PM26268847

Seeley MA, Kazarian E, King B, Biermann JS, Carpenter JE, Caird MS, Irwin TA: Core Concepts: Orthopedic Intern Curriculum Boot Camp. Orthopedics: 1-6, 2016. PM26730688

MedSport Locations

Ann Arbor Domino's Farms
4008 Ave Maria Dr
Lobby A, Suite 1000
Ann Arbor, MI 48106.

Ann Arbor Ice Cube
2121 Oak Valley Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Brighton Center for Specialty Care
7500 Challis Rd, Brighton MI 48116

Northville Health Center
39901 Traditions Drive
Suite 110
Northville, MI 48168