Ian Al'Khafaji, MD

Specialties

Sports Medicine, Hip, Knee, Shoulder

Languages

English

Services & Specialties

Sports Medicine, Hip, Knee, Shoulder

Languages

English

Office Information

Gilbert Clinic

3591 S. Mercy Rd.
Suite 204
Gilbert, AZ 85297
Main Number: 866.974.2673
Fax: 866.939.2673

Office Information

Biography

Ian Al’Khafaji, MD, is an internationally Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine and reconstruction surgery of the Hip, Knee and Shoulder. His practice focuses on advanced knee and hip surgeries such as knee ligament reconstructions, cartilage resurfacing procedures, meniscus transplants, lower limb malalignment correcting osteotomies, patellofemoral stabilization procedures, partial knee arthroplasty, hip arthroscopy, labral repair/reconstruction, knee/hip robotic arthroplasty and periacetabular osteotomies.  He is also experienced in the use of biologic modalities such as platelet-rich plasma and bone marrow aspirate concentrate.

Before joining The CORE Institute, Dr. Al’Khafaii received his residency training from Wake Forest University in North Carolina . Afterward, Dr Al’Khafaji completed his fellowship training at the Kerlan-Jobe Institute focusing on clinical and surgical care of injured elite athletes. He then spent over a year in Australia completing numerous fellowships treating complex knee and hip disorders including multi-ligament knee injuries, failed ACL reconstructions, limb malalignment, hip dysplasia/impingement, and failed knee/hip arthroplasty.  During this time, he has worked with several professional sports teams, leagues, and athletes such as the LA Galaxy, USA Men’s and Women’s Soccer, World Surf League, International Surf Association, LA Sparks, and Australian Football League. Dr. Al’Khafaji is originally from Tampa Florida and received his doctoral degree from the University of South Florida.

Dr. Al’Khafaii is active in the medical community serving as a committee member in AOSSM. He holds memberships with AAOS, AOSSM, AANA, ISHA, ESSKA, and ISAKOS.  He has given numerous international lectures on a variety of topics regarding hip and knee care.   In addition, Dr Al’Khafaji is a keen researcher with numerous peer-reviewed publications in prestigious orthopedic journals.

Procedures & Areas of Interest

  • ACL Reconstructions/Revision ACL Reconstructions/Lateral Extra-Articular Tenodesis
  • Abductor/Hamstring Injury & Repair
  • Biologic Injection Therapies (Platelet Rich Plasma/Bone Marrow Aspirate Concentrate)
  • Cartilage Injuries & Repairs (Osteochondral Allograft/Autologous Cartilage Implantation)
  • Elbow & Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Arthritis/Impingement/Dysplasia
  • Knee Instability/Arthritis
  • MPFL Reconstruction/Tibial Turbicle Osteotomy/Trochleoplasty
  • Medial Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injury & Reconstruction
  • Meniscal Tears, Repairs & Transplants
  • Navigated Tibial and Femoral Osteotomy Patellofemoral Disorders/Instability
  • PCL Reconstructions/Multi-ligament Knee Reconstruction
  • Periacetabular Osteotomy
  • Robotic Unicompartmental/Patellofemoral/Total Knee Arthroplasty
  • Rotator Cuff Tears/Repairs & Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Shoulder instability & Repairs
  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty/Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty

Fellowship

Kerlan-Jobe Institute, OrthoSport Victoria, Hip Arthroscopy Australia, Melbourne Orthopaedic Group

Residency

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Doctoral

University of South Florida

Board Certification

Board Eligible

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Research and Experience

Research:

On-going Research Projects & Manuscripts in Preparation:

Al’Khafaji, IM; Luo, TD; Trammell, AP; Vanhorn T; Koulopoulos, M; Marquez-Lara, A; Schallmo, M; Rosas, S; Stubbs, AJ. Microfracture Augmented with Allograft Cartilage and Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Function After Hip Arthroscopy: A Short-Term Analysis. Data collection, September 2018.

Al’Khafaji IM; O’Donnell J; Auckland D. The Biomechanical Role of the Ligamentum Teres in the Hip: a Cadaveric Study.  Data Collection, September 2020

Al’Khafaji IM; O’Donnell J. The Ligamentum Teres: Treatment Patterns of High Volume Hip      Arthroscopist.  Manuscript in preparation for submission

Publications:

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:

Al’Khafaji IM, Stubbs AJ. Hip Pro III with Animations: Review. Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. 2015 Feb 6;2(1):87-8.. PMID: 27011822

Al’Khafaji IM, Stubbs AJ. Clinical Pattern Recognition: Hip and Thigh Pain. Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. 2016 Jun 5;3(3):238-9. PMID: 27583165

Medda S, Al’Khafaji IM, Scott AT. Ankle Arthroscopy with Microfracture for Osteochondral Defects of the Talus. Arthroscopy Techniques. Feb 6;6(1):e167-e174

Haws BE, Lou TD, Al’Khafaji IM, Rogers JP, Freehill MT. Definitive management of thigh contusions in athletes: but how definitive? A systematic review. J ISAKOS:Joint Dis and Orthop Sports Med. 2017;2(2);67-74.

Tipton S, Al’Khafaji IM, Senehi R, Stubbs AJ. Greater Trochanteric Impingement of Sciatic Nerve. Arthrosc Tech. 2017 Nov 20;6(6):e2203-e2210

Al’Khafaji IM, Teske LG, Graves BR.  Appropriate Needle Length for Glenohumeral Injections Using the Nevaiser Approach. Orthopaedics. September 2020.  IN PRESS

Devitt BM, Al’Khafaji IM, Batty LB, Butcher NB, Webster KM, Feller JA. Association Between Radiological Evidence of Kaplan Fiber Injury, Intraoperative Findings and Pivot Shift Frade in the Setting of Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury.  Am J Sports Med. September 2020. IN PRESS

Al’Khafaji IM, Devitt BM. Editorial Commentary: Magnetic Resonance Imaging Evaluation of the Anterolateral Complex-Is Seeing Really Believing? Arthroscopy 2020 Apr; 36 (4):1092-1094

Wydra F, Al’Khafaji IM, Haruno L, Chalha J, Nelson T, Gerhardt M, Metzger M. Hip Capsular Management with Pie-Crusting Technique: A Biomechanical Comparision to the T-Capsulotomy. Arthroscopy IN PRESS

Peer Reviewed Book Chapter:

Al’Khafaji IM, Marquez-Lara A, Luo TD, Stubbs AJ. “Greater Trochanteric Decompression of Dynamic Sciatic Nerve Impingement”. Hip Surgery: Tricks of the Trade. Theimi Publishing. New York City. 2018. In Press

Marquez-Lara A, Al’Khafaji IM, Luo TD, Schallmo M, Jarvis DL, St. Angelo J, Stubbs AJ. “Ischiofemoral Impingement”. Hip

 

Abstracts:

Al’Khafaji, IM, Luo, TD, Trammell, AP, Vanhorn T, Koulopoulos, M, Marquez-Lara A, Schallmo M, Rosas S, Stubbs AJ. Microfracture Augmented with Allograft Cartilage and Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Function After Hip Arthroscopy: A Short-Term Analysis. [ABSTRACT]. ICRS Sports Biologic Summit, January 2019. San Diego CA.

Al’Khafaji, IM, Luo, TD; Trammell, AP; Vanhorn T; Koulopoulos, M; Marquez-Lara, A; Schallmo, M; Rosas, S; Stubbs, AJ. Microfracture Augmented with Allograft Cartilage and Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Function After Hip Arthroscopy: A Short-Term Analysis. [ABSTRACT]. International Society of Hip Arthroscopy Annual Meeting. October 2018. Melbourne Australia.

Al’Khafaji, IM, Luo, TD; Trammell, AP; Vanhorn T; Koulopoulos, M; Marquez-Lara, A; Schallmo, M; Rosas, S; Stubbs, AJ.

Presentations:

 

Poster Presentations:

Wright AA, Ford FR, Pritchard NS, Dischiavi SL, Al’Khafaji IM, Stubbs IM. Comparison of Hip Electromyographic Patterns During Overground Verses Treadmill Gait in Healthy Females.  [ABSTRACT].  International Society of Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. June 2017.  Shanghai, China.

Al’Khafaji, IM, Luo, TD; Trammell, AP; Vanhorn T; Koulopoulos, M; Marquez-Lara, A; Schallmo, M; Rosas, S; Stubbs, AJ. Microfracture Augmented with Allograft Cartilage and Autologous Platelet-Rich Plasma Improves Function After Hip Arthroscopy: A Short-Term Analysis. International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society.  Feb 2018. San Diego, California

 

Oral Presentations:

Wright AA, Ford FR, Pritchard NS, Dischiavi SL, Al’Khafaji IM, Stubbs IM. Comparison of Hip Electromyographic Patterns During Overground Verses Treadmill Gait in Healthy Females.  [ABSTRACT]. International Society of Hip Arthroscopy Annual Scientific Meeting. September 2016. San Francisco, CA.

Wright AA, Ford FR, Pritchard NS, Dischiavi SL, Al’Khafaji IM, Stubbs IM. Comparison of Hip Electromyographic Patterns During Overground Verses Treadmill Gait in Healthy Females.  [ABSTRACT]. North Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. October 2016.  Pinehurst, NC.

Haws BE, Luo DT, Al’Khafaji IM, Rogers JP, Freehill MT. Thigh Contusion in Sports: a Systematic Review and Critical Review of the Literature. [ABSTRACT].  International Society of Arthroscopy and Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Annual Meeting. June 2017.  Shanghai, China.

Al’Khafaji IM, Nunez F, Duffin MJ, Tuohy CJ; Freehill MT. Factors Associated with Unsuccessful Glenohumeral Joint Relocation with Closed Manipulation After Proximal Humerus Fracture-Dislocations. [ABSTRACT]. Eastern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. October 2017.  Miami Beach, FL.

Al’Khafaji IM, Nunez F, Duffin MJ, Tuohy CJ; Freehill MT. Factors Associated with Unsuccessful Glenohumeral Joint Relocation with Closed Manipulation After Proximal Humerus Fracture-Dislocations. [ABSTRACT]. Southern Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. November 2017. Hilton Head, SC.

Al’Khafaji, IM.  The Extreme Challenge of Surfing Medical Care.  University of Oslo Arthrsocpy Division Grand Rounds.  Oslo Norway. March 2018.

 

Peer-Reviewed Published Multimedia:

Howse EA, Medda S, Al’Khafaji IM, Stone AV, Mannava S, Marquez-Lara A, Stubbs AJ. Atypical Hip Impingement: Pre-

 

Peer Reviewed Multimedia Publications:

Operative Imaging, Therapeutic and Surgical Consideration. [MULTIMEDIA/VIDEO]. AAOS 2017 Annual Meeting. March 14-18, 2017. San Diego, CA.

Non-Peer Reviewed Web Based Publications:

Al’Khafaji IM, Dean K. Preventing Surfing Injuries.  Stop Sports Injuries Tip Sheet. March 2018.

 

Leadership:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Committee member

Arthroscopy Journal – Manuscript Reviewer

American Journal of Sports Medicine – Manuscript Reviewer

 

Professional Experience:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America

International Society of Arthroscopy Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Interanational Society of Hip Arthroscopy

European Society of Sports Taumagology, Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy

World Surg League

International Surfing Association

World Surf League

International Surfing Association

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