Patrick J. McMahon, MD - Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. Patrick McMahon reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. McMahon provides comprehensive care for shoulder and elbow problems and treatment for basic knee injuries. He founded McMahon Orthopedics and Rehabilitation (MORe) in 2006 after serving 12 years in academic medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University of California, Irvine, where he was director of Sports Medicine. A graduate of Temple University Medical School, he completed an orthopedic surgery residence at the University of Pittsburgh and a sports medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic clinic in Los Angeles.

Dr. McMahon is editor of the book, Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Sports Medicine. He has authored more than 100 publications and has been a speaker at numerous international, national, and regional meetings.

Dr. McMahon was awarded membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the prestigious Society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. He is also a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and of the Orthopedic Research Society. He continues his research into improvements in treating shoulder instability and rotator cuff tears.

Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Patellar Tracking Disorder
Rotator Cuff Disorders
Tennis Elbow


MD: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, 1987
Internship: New York University, New York, NY, 1987–1988
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1988–1992
Residency: Research Fellowship in Medicine, Musculoskeletal Research Center, University of Pittsburgh, 1991–1992
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, CA, 1993–1994

Academic Appointments

Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh, Department of Bioengineering, Pittsburgh, PA, 2000–present
Assistant Professor, University of California, Irvine, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Irvine, CA, 1994–1999

Hospital Affiliations

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
California Medical Society
California Orthopaedic Association
Eastern Orthopaedic Society
Orange County Medical Society
Orthopaedic Research Society

Selected Publications

  1. McMahon PJ, ed. (2007). Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Sports Medicine, New York: Lange Medical Books.
  2. Konrad GG, Jolly JT, Labriola JE, McMahon PJ, Debski RE (2006). Thoracohumeral muscle activity alters glenohumeral joint biomechanics during active abduction. Journal of Orthopaedic Research, 24(4): 748–756.
  3. Labriola JE, Lee TQ, Debski RE, McMahon PJ (2005). Stability and instability of the glenohumeral joint: The role of shoulder muscles. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 14(1, Suppl): S32–S38.
  4. Kaplan LD, McMahon PJ, Towers J, Irrgang JJ, Rodosky MW (2004). Internal impingement: Findings on magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopic evaluation. Arthroscopy, 20(7) 701–704.
  5. Burkart A, Debski RE, Musahl V, McMahon PJ (2003). Glenohumeral translations are only partially restored after repair of a simulated Type II superior labral lesion. American Journal of Sports Medicine, 31(1): 56–63.
  6. McMahon PJ, Skinner HB (2003). Sports medicine. In HB Skinner, ed., Current Diagnosis and Treatment in Orthopaedics, 3rd ed. New York: Lange Medical Books.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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