Joel T. Rohrbough, MD - Northern Arizona Orthopedics
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Joel T. Rohrbough, MD

Orthopedic Sports Medicine, Adult Joint Reconstruction


Fellowship: Hospital for Special Surgery

Residency: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Doctoral: Loma Linda University Medical Center

Personal Quote

“Prompt assessment and treatment of sports injuries is key to getting athletes back to what they do best. This is why I am committed to my patients being seen as quickly as possible. I strive to provide them with what I would want as a patient: clear communication, an understanding of the condition and treatment and, when necessary, the highest level of surgical skill.”

Procedures & Areas of Interest

  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction
  • Biceps Tenodesis Surgery
  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Fracture Repair (Surgical & Non Surgical)
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Labral Repair
  • Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy
  • Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Arthritis & Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Instability Surgery
  • Tendon Repair

Professional Biography

Joel Rohrbough, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He specializes in Sports Medicine and Adult Joint Reconstruction Surgery of the Shoulder.


Before joining Northern Arizona Orthopedics, Dr. Rohrbough served as Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Hospital. His expertise in orthopedic sports medicine has allowed him to care for nationally known sports teams including, New York Giants, New York Mets, and New York Power, a professional women’s soccer team. Since joining Northern Arizona Orthopaedics, he has built his practice caring for patients through the Sports Medicine Specialty Center for over 18 years. His primary focus providing surgical and nonsurgical treatment to patients with sports-related injuries and shoulder injuries.


Dr. Rohrbough earned his fellowship certificate from Hospital for Special Surgery, where he focused his studies in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. He completed his post-graduate education and doctoral degree from Loma Linda University. Dr. Rohrbough attending Pepperdine University to complete his undergraduate education.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery - Diplomat
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Fellow
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Member
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine - Associate Member
  • Arizona Orthopaedic Society - Member
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America - Associate Member
  • Tucson Orthopedic Society – Member
  • New York Giants – Team Physician
  • New York Mets – Team Physician
  • New York Power – Team Physician
  • Northern Arizona University – Team Physician

Research, Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
In Press: Management of the arthritic cruciate insufficient knee. Williams RJ, Rohrbough JT. In Wickiewicz TL (ed): The Adult Knee. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2002.

Medial collateral ligament reconstruction of the ebow using the docking technique. Rohrbough JT, Altchek DW, Hyman J, Williams RJ, Botts JD. Am J Sports Med 2002 July/August 30 (4) 541-8.

Medial collateral ligament injuries. Rohrbough JT, Altchek DW, Cain EL, Andrews JR. In Altchek DW, Andrews JR (ed): The Athlete’s Elbow, Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, 2001.

Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: single- vs double-bundle technique. Rohrbough JT, Warren RF, Wickiewicz TL. Tech in Orthop, 16(2): 119-126, 2001.

SLAP Lesions: Recognition and Treatment. Rohrbough JT, Levinson M, Williams RJ, Altchek DW. In Sports Physical Therapy Section Home Study Course, American Physical Therapy Association, 2001.

Overuse injuries in the elite rock climber. Rohrbough JT, Mudge MK, Schilling RC. Med Sci Sports Exerc 32(8): 1369-72, 2000.

Radiographic osteoarthritis in the hands of rock climbers. Rohrbough JT, Mudge MK, Jansen C, Schilling RC. Am J Orthop 27(11): 734-738, 1998.

Subdeltoid lipoma presenting as subluxation of the glenohumeral joint. Rohrbough JT, Jobe CM. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 4(3): 225-227, 1995.

Athletic injuries and the throwing athlete—Elbow. Fealy SJ, Rohrbough JT, Allen AA, Drakos MC, Altchek DW. In Orthopaedic Knowledge Update, Sports Medicine 3, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Rosemont, 2002.

Other Articles:
Out of Socket: Shoulder Injuries. Rohrbough JT, Rohrbough SB. Climbing 205:120, 06/01.

Twist and Shout; Collateral Ligament Injuries of the Finger. Rohrbough JT. Climbing 201:136, 03/01.

Beat the Enemy Before It Strikes; Concepts of Injury Prevention. Rohrbough JT. Climbing 200:124, 02/01.

Pop Goes Your Climbing Season; Injuries to the Finger Pulley System. Rohrbough JT. Climbing 198:126, 11/00.

Patient Testimonials

“Dr. Rohrbough’s surgery and his team has made me feel important and the surgery on my shoulder has been up to my expectations. I am completely satisfied with my care.” – L.H.

“I don’t believe anyone could have performed a better surgery on my knee. I still have a bit of the sharp pain that was bothering me so much prior to the surgery, but it is greatly diminished, and I am confident that the knee will recover to a level of performance significantly better than it has been for years. I think your entire team was very professional and caring, and that you are an eminently skilled surgeon. Thank you.” – L. W.