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Justin Drager, MD Accepting New Patients


Programs + Specialties
Training + Education McGill University, University of Missouri (Trauma Fellowship), Rush University Medical Center (Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship)
Board Certifications Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in Orthopaedic Surgery
NPI # 1669950754
Gender Male
Accepted Insurances View Accepted Insurances at Tufts MC + Tufts Children's Hospital

Tufts Medical Center
Biewend Building, Floor 7
260 Tremont St.
Boston, MA 02111
Phone #: 617-636-3369
Fax #: 617-636-5178

2019 AO North America Research Fellows Award
2018 EFORT/Medtronic Award for Excellence in Bone Repair Research
2016 Kathy Cramer Young Clinician Award, Orthopaedic Trauma Association
2016 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Clinician Scholar Career Development Program
2015 Benoit Morin Research Award, Quebec Orthopaedic Association
2015 Eugene Rogala Visiting Professor Award, McGill University
2014 FRQS Research Award, Quebec Ministry of Health
2013 Travelling Fellowship – AO North America
2013 Rocke Robertson Visiting Professorship Award, McGill University
2013 AO Resident Research Award
2013 Orthopaedic Trauma Association Resident Research Award
2008 Graduated with First Class Honors, McGill University
2004-2008 Edward Beatty Full Tuition Scholarship, McGill University

Suprascapular nerve compression secondary to an osseous anomaly at the spinoglenoid notch - a case report. Cohn M, Drager J, Cregar W, Garrigues G. JBJS Case Connector, “in press”

Incidence of Intra-Operative and Post-Operative Complications following Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction or Repair: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature. Maheshwer B, Drager J, Nalin J, Williams B, Laprade R, Chahla J. American Journal of Sports Medicine, “in press”

Athletic Pubalgia. Rasio J, Newhouse A, Drager J. Arthroscopy, “in press”

Patients With a Hypotrophic Labrum Achieve Similar Outcomes After Primary Labral Repair Compared With Patients With a Normal-Sized Labrum: A Matched Cohort Analysis of 346 Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement Syndrome. Drager J, Rasio J, Newhouse A, Beck E, Chahla J, Nho SJ. Arthroscopy June 2020;

Patients With Borderline Hip Dysplasia Achieve Clinically Significant Improvement After Arthroscopic Femoroacetabular Impingement Surgery: A Case-Control Study With a Minimum 5-Year Follow-up. Beck EC, Drager J, Nwachukwu BU, Rasio J, Jan K, Chahla J, Nho SJ. American Journal of Sports Medicine 2020;48:1616-24

Large variability exists in the management of posterolateral corner injuries in the global surgical community. Gelber PE, Drager J, et al. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc 2020;28:2116-23

Biodegradable hypoxia biomimicry microspheres for bone tissue regeneration. Hadidi L, Constantin J, Dalisson B, Vieira D, Drager J, Harvey EJ, Merle G. J Biomaterial Applications 2020;34:1028-37

Noninvasive Localized Cold Therapy: A New Mode of Bone Repair Enhancement. Castano D, Comeau-Gauthier M, Ramirez-GarciaLuna JL, Drager J, Harvey EJ, Merle G. Tissue Engineering Part A 2019;25:554-62

Development and validation of an algorithm to predict the treatment modality of burn wounds using thermographic scans: Prospective cohort study. Martinez-Jimenez MA, Ramirez-GarciaLuna JL, Kolosovas-Machuca ES, Drager J, Gonzalez FJ. PLoS One November 2018; DOI: https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0206477

Hypoxia Biomimicry to Enhance Monetite Bone Defect Repair. Drager J, Ramirez-GarciaLuna JL, Kumar A, Gbureck U, Harvey EJ, Barralet JE. Tissue Engineering Part A 2017;23:1372-81.

Controlling Bone Graft Substitute Microstructure to Improve Bone Augmentation. Sheikh Z, Drager J, Zhang YL, Abdallah MN, Tamimi F, Barralet J. Advanced Healthcare Materials 2016;5:1646-55.

Local delivery of iron chelators reduces in vivo remodeling of a calcium phosphate bone graft substitute. Drager J, Sheikh Z, Zhang YL, Harvey EJ, Barralet JE. Acta Biomaterialia 2016;42:411-9.

Shorter Hospital Stay and Lower 30-Day Readmission After Unicondylar Knee Arthroplasty Compared to Total Knee Arthroplasty. Drager J, Hart A, Khalil JA, Zukor DJ, Bergeron SG, Antoniou J. J Arthroplasty 2016;31:356-61.

Hypoxia signaling manipulation for bone regeneration. Drager J, Harvey EJ, Barralet J. Expert Reviews Molecular Med 2015;17:e6.

Management of femoral neck fractures in the young patient: A critical analysis review. Pauyo T, Drager J, Albers A, Harvey EJ. World J Orthop 2014;5:204-17.

Circumferential Casting of Distal Radius Fractures. Drager J, Carli A, Matache BA, Berry GK, Reindl R, Harvey EJ. J Orthop Trauma 2014;28:e186-90.

Selected National and International Presentations

Deferoxamine Prevents Early Resorption of Implanted Osteochondral Allografts. Orthopaedic Research Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, AZ, 2020

Patients With a Hypotrophic Labrum Achieve Similar Outcomes After Primary Labral Repair in the Treatment of FAIS Compared to Patients with a Normal Labrum. American Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2020

Defining the MCID, PASS and SCB for Arthroscopic Hip Preservation Surgery at Minimum Five-Year Follow-up. American Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2020

Effect of Sex and Age on Achieving Meaningful Clinical Outcomes at 5-years after Hip Arthroscopy for Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Comparative Match-Group Analysis. American Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2020

Controlled Deferoxamine Release from Polycaprolactone/Polyethylene oxide Microspheres. Canadian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, Montreal, QC, 2019

Non-invasive Localized Cold Therapy Enhances Angiogenesis in Bone Defect Model. Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Orlando, FL, 2018

Cold Delivery to Bone Causes Bone Growth. Congress of European Federation of National Associations of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Barcelona, Spain, 2018

Local Reduction in Iron Promotes Bone Formation and Reduces Resorption. Congress of European Federation of National Associations of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Geneva, Switzerland, 2016

Unicondylar Knee Replacement Results in a Shorter Length of Hospital Stay and Reduces 30-Day Readmission Rates Compared to Total Knee Arthroplasty: An Analysis of 37,000 cases. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Orlando, FL, 2016

A Local Reduction in Iron Promotes Bone Formation. Orthopaedic Trauma Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2015

The Effect of Local Delivery of Iron Chelators on Bone Regeneration and Osteoclast Mediated Bioceramic Bone Graft Resorption. Orthopaedic Research Society, Las Vegas, NV, 2015

Does Early Hospital Discharge following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty Increase 30-days Readmission? American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV, 2015

Manipulating Casts in Early Post Injury Period Does Not Affect Stability in Distal Radius Fractures. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2012

Dr. Justin Drager is a dual fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine physician. He specializes in the advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive surgical interventions to treat shoulder, elbow and knee conditions including rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, throwing injuries, knee ligament and meniscus tears and cartilage preservation. In addition, he focuses on caring for patients with degenerative shoulder conditions and performs complex shoulder reconstruction (shoulder replacement). Unique to his profile, Dr. Drager has undergone advanced training in complex fracture surgery and joint preservation allowing him to offer solutions for active patients with challenging injuries.

Dr. Drager graduated from McGill University’s orthopedic residency program during which he also obtained advanced research degrees in clinical investigation and surgical innovation. He subsequently completed the orthopedic trauma and joint preservation fellowship at the University of Missouri followed by the world-renowned sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He has extensive experience in treating athletes of all levels and has served as an assistant team physician to the Chicago Bulls, Chicago White Sox and Chicago Steel USHL hockey club. Dr. Drager is actively involved in advancing the field of sports medicine through research and education and has received numerous awards for his work on improving bone and cartilage healing. He is proud to serve the patients of greater Boston and New England.

Former Assistant Team Physician: for the Chicago Bulls (NBA), Chicago White Sox (MLB), Joffrey Ballet and Team Physician for the Chicago Steel (USHL Ice Hockey), Chicago State Basketball (NCAA D1), J Sterling Morton High School Football
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Orthopaedic Research Society
AO Trauma North America
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
Canadian Orthopaedic Association