Sports Medicine

Michael J. Alaia, M.D.

Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Division of Sports Medicine
Information about Dr. Michael, J. Alaia


Dr. Michael J. Alaia, MD is a fellowship-trained sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with additional specialties in tendon and ligament, knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. He has treated elite athletes as part of the medical staff of the New York Jets and New York Islanders.
With over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 100 presentations at national meetings to his name, Dr. Alaia is considered a national and international expert in knee and shoulder reconstruction, particularly complex knee injuries and ligament reconstructions.


Dr. Alaia provides comprehensive care for a wide range of sports injuries, tendon and ligament injuries, cartilage restoration as well as injuries of the knee, shoulder, and elbow. He use highly skilled and offers individualized treatment plans for the best outcomes. Below is a list of some commonly treated conditions.

Sports Medicine

Our sports medicine and arthroscopy specialists treat athletic injuries and beyond, caring for patients of all ages who maintain an active lifestyle.

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Return to play testing following anterior cruciate reconstruction – A systematic review & meta-analysis. Knee. Hurley ET, Mojica ES, Haskel JD, Mannino BJ, Alaia M, Strauss EJ, Jazrawi LM, Gonzlaez-Lomas G.  2022 Jan;34:134-140. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2021.11.010. Epub 2021 Dec 9. PMID: 34896962.

Lower extremity injuries in U.S. national fencing team members and U.S. fencing Olympians. Thompson K, Chang G, Alaia M, Jazrawi L, Gonzalez-Lomas G. Phys Sportsmed. 2022 Jun;50(3):212-217. doi: 10.1080/00913847.2021.1895693. Epub 2021 Mar 5. PMID: 33625317.

The efficacy of intra-articular injections in the treatment of knee osteoarthritis: A network meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Anil U, Markus DH, Hurley ET, Manjunath AK, Alaia MJ, Campbell KA, Jazrawi LM, Strauss EJ. Knee. 2021 Oct;32:173-182. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2021.08.008. Epub 2021 Sep 6. PMID: 34500430.

Reduced opioid prescribing following arthroscopic meniscectomy does not negatively impact patient satisfaction. Bloom DA, Manjunath AK, Kaplan DJ, Egol AJ, Campbell KA, Strauss EJ, Alaia MJ.  Knee. 2021 Mar;29:216-221. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2021.01.020. Epub 2021 Feb 26. PMID: 33640620.

Distal biceps femoris avulsions: Associated injuries and neurological sequelae. Bloom DA, Essilfie AA, Lott A, Alaia EF, Hurley ET, Grapperhaus S, Campbell KA, Jazrawi LM, Alaia MJ. Knee. 2020 Dec;27(6):1874-1880. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2020.07.085. Epub 2020 Nov 15. Erratum in: Knee. 2021 Jan;28:416. PMID: 33202291.

Performance and Return to Sport After Hand, Wrist, and Forearm Fractures in the National Hockey League. Gotlin MJ, Minhas SV, Buchalter DB, Feder OI, Alaia MJ, Jazrawi LM. Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2020 Sep 25;2(5):e505-e510. doi: 10.1016/j.asmr.2020.05.013. PMID: 33134987; PMCID: PMC7588639.

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