Senior Vice-President of Clinical Affairs at the Rothman Institute Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon, Thomas Jefferson University

Dr. Joseph A. Abboud is a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and a Shoulder and Elbow specialist at The Rothman Institute at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University.
Dr. Abboud also serves as Senior Vice President for the Rothman Institute.
Dr. Abboud completed his medical school training at Georgetown University and his residency at the University of Pennsylvania.
He went on to complete a fellowship in Shoulder and Elbow surgery at the University of Pennsylvania as well.
He has enjoyed being in practice in the Philadelphia region for over 15 years.
He has been caring for patients in the Delaware Valley, Philadelphia, and South Jersey since the late 90’s.
His goal is to always provide each patient with exceptional personalized care.
He focus his practice on the operative as well as non-operative treatment of shoulder and elbow disorders.
He perform a wide variety of surgical procedures on the shoulder and elbow including arthroscopic surgery (eg. rotator cuff repairs, instability surgery) comprehensive fracture care, as well as shoulder and elbow replacement(arthroplasty) procedures for arthritis.


St. Joseph’s University, Philadelphia, PA
BS, Biology, Summa Cum Laude 1990-1994

Georgetown University, Washington, DC
MD, Alpha Omega Alpha 1994-1998

Temple University, Executive MBA, Philadelphia, PA
MBA 2018 –
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Orthopaedic Surgery 1998-1999

University of Pennsylvania, Philadephia, PA
Orthopaedic Surgery 1999-2004

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Orthopaedic Bioengineering, Faculty Mentor Louis J. Soslowsky, PhD 2000-2001

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction, Faculty Mentors: Gerald R. Williams, MD and Matthew L. Ramsey, MD 2004-2005

Hospital/academic affiliations


  • Professor, Senior Vice President of Clinical Affairs at the Rothman Institute | Rothman Institute, 925 Chestnut Street, PA 19107
  • Professor, Thomas Jefferson University/ Methodist Hospital | 2301 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148
  • Professor, Thomas Jefferson Riverview Surgical Center at the Navy Yard | Three Crescent Drive, Suite 310, Philadelphia, PA

Society memberships

National Society Memberships

  • American Medical Association
  • American College of Surgeons

State Society Memberships

  • State Medical Society
  • Pennsylvania Medical Society

State Orthopaedic Societies

  • New Jersey Orthopaedic Society
  • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society

Regional Memberships

  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association

Specialty Society Memberships

Academic Orthopaedic Society

  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Orthopaedic Research Society

Additional Society Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Active Fellow)
  • European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (SECEC)
  • Founding Member, Board of Directors, Middle Atlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Association of Clinical Elbow and Shoulder Surgeons
  • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society


Neer Award 2018: the effect of preoperative education on opioid consumption in patients undergoing arthroscopic rotator cuff repair: a prospective, randomized clinical trial.

The Following interview by the Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation Highlights Dr. Abboud’s Committment to clinical care and research to advance patient outcomes. 

Awarded 2007 Young Investigator Grant by the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine for Rotator Cuff Research

Awarded 2008 Orthopaedic Resesarch and Education Foundation Grant for research looking at the effects of hypercholesterolemia on tendon degeneration

2013 Awarded the OREF / ASES / Rockwood Clinical Shoulder Research Grant: The Effect of Elevated Synovial Cholesterol Levels in Rotator Cuff Tendon Injury.

Selected by the American Shoulder and Elbow Society for the 2009 European Travelling Fellowship

Recipient of Department of Defense Grant Funding Looking at the Regulation and Inhibition of Joint Contractures 2014