Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD is a board certified and fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in orthopedic sports medicine; arthroscopic surgery (minimally invasive surgery) of the knee and shoulder; as well as shoulder reconstruction and replacement. He is an expert in sports and work related knee injuries (meniscal injuries and ACL tears). He is an expert in traumatic and degenerative shoulder conditions including rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthritis, shoulder fractures, and shoulder dislocations/instability.
Dr. Mannava has a clinical and research interest in orthopedic regenerative medicine--including the use of platelet rich plasma and bone mineral aspirate concentrate (BMAC, stem cells) to treat various orthopedic conditions. Additionally, Dr Mannava takes general orthopedic surgery call at Strong Memorial Hospital (our region's only Level 1 trauma center) and supervises care through the URMC Orthopedic Urgent Care Clinic.
Dr. Mannava is one of the most published orthopaedic sports medicine surgeons in western and upstate New York. Dr Mannava has published over 85 manuscripts and book chapters, has been awarded several competitive research grants, and invented a surgical device that was patented. Additionally, he has presented over 100 research abstracts at regional, national, and international conferences. He has expertise in regenerative medicine, in vivo biomechanics, the biology of aging, shoulder surgery, athletic knee injuries, and the overhead athlete.
He remains an active volunteer physician with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) and continues to provide medical care for U.S. Olympic athletes. Dr Mannava is also a team physician and lead orthopedic surgeon for the Golden Eagles at The College of Brockport (SUNY). Dr Mannava has successfully operated upon professional, collegiate and high school athletes. He has been able to help his patients return to international competition, as well as becoming college All-Americans, All-Conference, and national champions. His patients have routinely successfully returned to play 'on the next level' after recovery from surgery with Dr Mannava.
Originally from Utica, New York, Dr Mannava graduated from Cornell University cum laude, with high honors in biological sciences, and distinction in research. He then attended medical school at the State University of New York (SUNY) at Syracuse--Upstate Medical University. Dr. Mannava completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Wake Forest University. During his residency, he graduated from the Wake Forest Graduate School of Arts and Sciences with a PhD, awarded for research related to rotator cuff disorders. Dr Mannava went on to complete his arthroscopy and sports medicine fellowship training at the prestigious Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.
Dr. Mannava partners with patients to determine their goals and expectations, then provides the medical care--both surgical and non-surgical--to obtain excellent outcomes that help patients of all ages achieve and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. He is a compassionate physician scientist, an advocate for athletes, and a thought leader in orthopaedic sports medicine. Dr Mannava enjoys innovating and educating in the areas of orthopaedic surgery, arthroscopic surgery, biomedical sciences, and sports medicine. He provides high quality, evidenced based, and cutting-edge care to all of his patients.
Dr. Mannava moved to Rochester, New York with his wife, Dr Kathleen Mannava, a dermatologist and dermatopathologist at UR Medicine. Dr Kathleen Mannava is a native of Spencerport, New York and the Drs Mannava are looking forward to raising their two children closer to their families. Outside of work, Dr Sandeep Mannava enjoys spending time with his family, tennis, golf, skiing, as well as watching professional and collegiate sports.
Dr. Sandeep Mannava is a native of Utica, New York where he graduated from New Hartford Senior High School. He went on to complete his undergraduate education at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences in Ithaca, New York, with a bachelor of science (B.S.) in Biological Sciences with a concentration in animal physiology. He graduated Cornell University cum laude, with high honors in biology, and distinction in research. He then completed his doctor of medicine (M.D.) at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York.
Dr. Mannava then pursued a post-doctoral research fellowship in orthopedic surgery, regenerative medicine, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience as part of an integrated, 7-year, residency physician-scientist training program at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. While enrolled in the 7-year residency pathway, Dr Mannava received his doctor of philosophy (PhD) through the Neuroscience Program at Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Sandeep Mannava, MD, PhD completed his orthopedic surgery internship, orthopedic surgery residency, and his orthopedic surgery chief resident year at Wake Forest University, Wake Forest School of Medicine, North Carolina Baptist Medical Center, and Wake Forest Baptist Health in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
He then completed an additional year of orthopedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery fellowship training at the Steadman Clinic and Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado. During his fellowship in Vail, Colorado, Dr Mannava studied complex knee surgery and comprehensive shoulder surgery--both minimally invasive and open surgical procedures--in addition to orthopedic regenerative medicine techniques. Dr Mannava also competed a part-time research, leadership, and health policy fellowship through the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) and American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS) visiting scholars program.
Dr Mannava has extensive previous research experience, serving as a summer research fellow at the Masonic Medical Laboratories in Utica, New York; an undergraduate urban semester intern at Weill Cornell Medical School in New York City; and an undergraduate research assistant at Cornell University Department of Biomedical Sciences. He went on to serve as a graduate research assistant at SUNY Upstate Medical University. He completed post-doctoral research and served as a physician scientist at Wake Forest University. He was then a clinical fellow and researcher associated with the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado.
Dr Mannava is active in several medical societies including American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), Arthroscopy Association of North America (ANNA), American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), New York State Society of Orthopedic Surgeons (NYSSOS), and the American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program. He also serves as a volunteer physician in the active pool of United States Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA). He has traveled to Russia, the Czech Republic, and throughout the United States with US Olympians in the Skiing and Snowboarding disciplines to provide orthopedic sports medicine event and training medical coverage.
Research Interests: Biology of aging, Soft tissue biomechanics and tensioning, Tissue engineering, Regenerative medicine, Medical education, Athletic knee injuries, Shoulder surgery, Rotator cuff biology
Summary of research efforts:
At the University of Rochester School of Medicine, Dr Mannava's research interests have spanned three broad areas: clinical outcomes research, basic science research, and medical/surgical education.
Dr Mannava is currently collaborating actively with Dr Whasil Lee studying the relationship between ACL knee injuries and the development of post traumatic osteoarthritis. This study is funded by the CMSR P30 funding pathway. The research is utilizing modern imaging and molecular biology technique to study the role of calcium handling in chondrocytes to evaluate the development of post traumatic arthritis.
In terms of clinical outcomes studies, Dr Mannava is a member of the Orthopedic Surgery clinical research committee. He is committed to studying PROMIS outcomes in sports medicine patients, evaluating function and outcomes following ACL reconstruction surgery, stem cell and PRP injection, shoulder replacement surgery, and rotator cuff repair surgery. This work has lead to research publications and collaborative efforts between the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Health Lab, lead by Dr David Mitten. The hope is to create unique ways to leverage information technology and medical informatics, including portable cell phone applications, to help patients through the rehabilitation process following surgery.
Dr Mannava is very involved in medical student, resident and fellowship education in orthopedic surgery and musculoskeletal education throughout the University of Rochester Medical Center. He is active in the residency program evaluation committee, the diversity initiative, and the sports medicine fellowship. He is actively researching novel techniques related to medical education, surgical skills acquisition, and diversity of the orthopedic work force. He is particularly interested in medical informatics, medical decision support, and reducing medical diagnostic error through a collaborative effort with the company VisualDx. He currently leads the The VisualDx Orthopaedic Musculoskeletal Medicine Decision Support Project and is a member of the editorial board.
Many of our findings on the athletic patient population have been published in peer-reviewed journals and presented both nationally and internationally. Through this team approach, we hope to translate our basic science research findings into clinical recommendations that will ultimately benefit our patients, allowing us to provide world-class and cutting-edge patient care.