Spero G. Karas, MD, sports medicine specialist and orthopedic surgeon, was was named the Falcons Head Team Physician on June 21, 2011. Karas oversees all orthopedic and medical care for all Falcons' players and coaches.
Karas currently serves as an associate professor of Orthopedics at Emory University. In each of the last four years, Karas has been named Atlanta Magazine's "Most Trusted Sports Medicine Specialist." In addition to his duties with the Falcons, Karas also serves as the orthopedic surgeon for Georgia Tech baseball and consulting team physician for Georgia Tech, Emory University, Oglethorpe University, and Perimeter College athletics.
A native of Indiana, Karas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. He received his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed his Orthopedic Residency at Duke University Medical Center.
He completed a Shoulder, Knee, and Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. He then served as Chief of the Shoulder Service, team physician, and director of the Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Karas is dual-certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery in both orthopedic surgery and sports medicine. He belongs to numerous prestigious medical organizations, including the NFL Physicians Society, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the American Orthopaedic Association. He has served on numerous committee positions within these national organizations.
Dr. Karas is the author of over 300 publications, presentations, and demonstrational videos and has presented his research at numerous institutions throughout the US, Europe, South America, and the Pacific Rim. He has trained and served as a research preceptor to residents, fellows, and graduate students in subspecialty care of the shoulder, knee, and sports medicine. His work has been featured in major television and print media, including NBC television, Men's Health Magazine, Ski Magazine, and numerous internet health services.