As a surgeon, researcher, and educator, my goal is not only to advance the field of sports medicine in understanding the optimal treatment and prevention of athletic injuries but to make accurate, cutting-edge information accessible and understandable for athletes and patients of all levels.”
Dr. Tanaka is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of sports medicine injuries. She is the founding director of the Women’s Sports Medicine Program at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and a member of the faculty at Harvard Medical School. She has served as a team physician for multiple professional, semi-professional, and collegiate sports teams, including the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Surge, Johns Hopkins University, and the U.S. Soccer Federation.
As a former athlete herself, Dr. Tanaka understands her patients’ passion for sports and shares their commitment to excellence. She has published or presented over 80 articles and book chapters with a primary interest in the anatomy and biomechanics of the knee. She has served on the advisory board for Under Armour’s Connected Fitness Programs, and currently serves as Safety Officer and reviewer for several NIH/NIAMS grant programs.
Dr. Tanaka received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Stanford University. She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She underwent her orthopedic surgery residency training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and her fellowship in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
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