Charles Chan, MD

  • Charles M Chan
  • “Nothing is more rewarding than seeing the smiles on my patients' faces when they return to their sport.”

Having a sports injury can be both frightening and disappointing for a young athlete. I strive to provide a warm and reassuring experience while helping children recover from their injury. My goal is to help each child return to their sport using both surgical and non-surgical treatments while also emphasizing injury prevention. I tailor each treatment plan according to the child's stage of development and am particularly proud when I able to help realize each childs athletic ambitions.

During my residency, I developed a passion for sports medicine involving the growing athlete. Pursuing this interest, I completed two additional years of fellowship training. My special areas of interest include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, shoulder instability, arthroscopic and open treatment of the growing knee, shoulder, elbow, and ankle.

I feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with young athletes. While sports injuries in the growing child present their own set of unique challenges, nothing is more rewarding than seeing the smiles on my patients' faces when they return to their sport.


Orthopaedic Surgery

Work and Education

Professional Education

Warren Alpert Medical School Brown University, Providence, RI, 2006


Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2007


Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY, 2011


Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2013

University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, 2012

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

ACL Reconstruction in the Growing Athlete

ACL Reconstruction with Open Growth Plates

Ankle Instability

Arthroscopic Surgery

Elbow Injuries

Meniscus Tears


Osteochondritis Dissecans Lesions

Patellar Dislocation

Pediatric and Adolescent Sports Injuries

Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma

Shoulder Instability

All Publications

Detection of Femoral Neck Fractures in Pediatric Patients With Femoral Shaft Fractures. Journal of pediatric orthopedics Caldwell, L., Chan, C. M., Sanders, J. O., Gorczyca, J. T. 2016


Ipsilateral femoral neck fractures occur in 1% to 9% of adult trauma patients with femoral shaft fractures making dedicated imaging important. This is not as clear in children. Our purpose is to establish the incidence of ipsilateral femoral neck fractures in children with femoral shaft fractures and to provide recommendations regarding diagnostic imaging protocols.A retrospective analysis of medical records was performed for pediatric patients (below 18 y) with femoral shaft fractures seen at our trauma center over a 10-year period. Mechanism of injury, associated injuries, procedures, and follow-up data were collected, and all radiographs reviewed. Exclusion criteria included peri-implant fractures or evidence of pathologic fracture. A similar retrospective analysis was performed in a cohort of adult patients.Of 267 pediatric patients with femoral shaft fractures, 2 patients (0.7%) had ipsilateral femoral neck fractures. One femoral neck fracture was detected on initial plain radiographs and the other on a pelvic computed tomography (CT) scan. Both of these fractures resulted from high-energy trauma, which accounted for 92 (42%) of pediatric femoral shaft fractures. The cohort of 100 adults aged 18 to 89 years with femoral shaft fractures revealed 6 adult patients (6%) with ipsilateral femoral neck fractures, all from high-energy trauma. High-energy trauma accounted for 85% of the adult femoral shaft fractures, and was more common than in the pediatric population (P<0.005). The difference in incidence of ipsilateral femoral neck fracture between the pediatric (0.7%) and the adult group (6%) was significant (P=0.007). No missed or delayed diagnoses were identified.The incidence of associated ipsilateral femoral neck fracture in pediatric patients with femoral shaft fracture is very low (0.7%). Most (58%) pediatric femur fractures are caused by low-energy trauma. We were unable to demonstrate a need for routine CT scanning of the femoral neck in children with femoral shaft fractures. Given the increased risks of radiation exposure with younger and smaller patients, it does not appear that routine CT scanning low-energy pediatric femoral shaft fractures to evaluate for femoral neck fractures is justified unless there is a high level of clinical suspicion.Level II.

View details for DOI 10.1097/BPO.0000000000000800

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Computer Modeling Analysis of the Talar Dome as a Graft for the Humeral Head. Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association Chan, C. M., LeVasseur, M. R., Lerner, A. L., Maloney, M. D., Voloshin, I. 2016


To study the degree of surface congruency between the talar dome and humeral head, to determine the size of graft harvestable from the talar dome, and to determine if there are surrogate markers that correspond to a higher degree of surface congruency.Computer models of 7 nonmatched humeral heads and 7 talar domes were generated by digital segmentation of magnetic resonance (MR) images. Modeled defect regions of each humeral head were then aligned with medial and lateral surfaces of each talar dome using software to maximally limit surface mismatch. Modeled defect sizes ranging from 24 10mm to 30 10mm were tested. Congruence match of <1mm separation was then measured.The average surface match between randomly selected talar domes to humeral head surfaces was 87.2% when 1mm was selected as the maximal acceptable congruence difference. Congruence match was not affected by graft size or laterality of talar dome as source of graft. Matching radius of curvature of talar dome to humeral head and height of donor to recipient correlated with improved congruence match. Under best match conditions, a maximal congruence match of 95.2% was achieved.The present study indicates that the talar dome can be a potential source of osteochondral allograft for Hill-Sachs lesions with a maximal defect size of 30 10mm for a single graft. Larger graft sizes resulted in decreased success of actual graft harvest as a result of dimensional constraints of the talar dome. Additional studies are required to determine the biomechanical compatibility of this graft.The talar dome has a high degree of surface congruency in comparison with the humeral head though the maximal graft size harvestable limits its clinical applicability.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.arthro.2016.03.021

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Effects of Varying Locations for Biceps Tendon Tenotomy and Superior Labral Integrity on Shoulder Stability in a Cadaveric Concavity-Compression Model ARTHROSCOPY-THE JOURNAL OF ARTHROSCOPIC AND RELATED SURGERY Chan, C. M., Behrend, C., Shields, E., Maloney, M. D., Voloshin, I. 2014; 30 (12): 1557-1561


The purpose of this study was to examine the location of biceps tenotomy and the integrity of the superior labrum as they relate to superior glenohumeral joint stability in a cadaveric concavity-compression model.Eight cadaveric glenoid labrums were mounted individually onto a load cell with the corresponding humerus fixed to the loading arm in the hanging-arm position. All surrounding soft tissue was removed except the labrum and proximal stump of the long head of the biceps (LHB) tendon, simulating a biceps tenotomy. A compressive load of 22N was applied across the glenohumeral joint. The humerus was then translated superiorly until it subluxated over the glenoid labrum. The force resisting superior translation was characterized for each of 50 cycles. Each specimen was tested under the following conditions: (1) with a 4 cm biceps stump after tenotomy, (2) with a 0 cm biceps stump, (3) after full detachment of the superior labrum, and (4) after repair of the labrum.Biceps tenotomy performed at the biceps-labral junction resulted in an average decrease in force required to superiorly subluxate the humeral head by 8.6% (P= .01) when compared with leaving 4cm of biceps stump. Resection of the entire superior labrum resulted in a future decrease to 15.2% (P < .001) from baseline. Repair of the labrum resulted in restoration of stability with a mean of 101.1% (P= .82) and was not statistically different from baseline. The kinematics of the glenohumeral joint was affected by labral repair, with an earlier upslope on the force-to-displacement curve and alteration in the total energy required to cause subluxation of the humeral head noted.In this study, location of the biceps tenotomy and integrity of the superior labrum affected glenohumeral stability during axial loading in the hanging-arm position. Repair of the labrum restored stability for superior subluxation but also changed the kinematics of the subluxation event.Preservation of superior labrum after biceps tenotomy provides increased resistive force to superior translation in a unidirectional biomechanical model.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.arthro.2014.06.012

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The Effect of Rod Diameter on Correction of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis at Two Years Follow-Up JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS Prince, D. E., Matsumoto, H., Chan, C. M., Gomez, J. A., Hyman, J. E., Roye, D. P., Vitale, M. G. 2014; 34 (1): 22-28


The review of multicenter national pediatric scoliosis database.The purpose of this study was to compare the radiographic outcomes of patients who underwent scoliosis surgery utilizing different rod diameter constructs by the posterior approach.Little attention has specifically been focused on the effect of rod diameter on correction of spinal deformity after posterior spinal instrumentation and fusion in children with adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).The review of national database comprised of 1125 patients, of which 352 patients had a minimum follow-up of 2 years. Of these, 163 patients received 5.5 mm and 189 patients received 6.35 mm diameter rods for posterior spinal instrumentation.The 6.35 mm rods were used more often for patients who were male, taller, heavier, with larger coronal curves, and more flexible curves. Larger diameter rods were also more likely to be stainless steel, implanted with an increased number of implants per level, and an increased number of pedicle screws used on the concavity of the curve. Univariate analysis of coronal curve showed a significant difference between 5.5 and 6.35 mm rods in correction (67.0% vs. 57.3%) at 2 years. Multivariate analysis revealed that the most significant factors affecting coronal curve correction at 2 years were rod diameter, the patient's preoperative coronal major curve and flexibility, and the implant density. In the sagittal plane, preoperative sagittal curve and rod diameter are the predictors of sagittal correction at 2 years.The study did not support our hypothesis that larger rods would be associated with a greater correction of frontal and sagittal plane in patients with AIS. In addition to rod diameter, implant density and the inherent flexibility and deformity of the patient were found to be influential factors contributing for the correction and maintenance of coronal and sagittal curves in AIS.

View details for DOI 10.1097/BPO.0b013e318288b3c1

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Unilateral meniscomeniscal ligament. Orthopedics Chan, C. M., Goldblatt, J. P. 2012; 35 (12): e1815-7


Four normal variants of meniscomeniscal ligaments have been previously reported in the anatomy, arthroscopy, and radiology literature. The anterior and posterior transverse meniscal ligaments are the 2 most commonly observed, with a reported frequency of 58% and 1% to 4%, respectively. The last 2 variants include the medial and lateral oblique meniscomeniscal ligaments and account for a combined frequency of 1% to 4%.This article describes 2 patients with unilateral meniscomeniscal ligaments observed on magnetic resonance imaging. One patient had a unilateral lateral meniscomeniscal ligament extending from the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus to the posterior horn of the lateral meniscus and underwent conservative management. The second patient had a unilateral medial meniscomeniscal ligament with a concomitant medial meniscus tear and underwent arthroscopic intervention. The ligament was stable intraoperatively and, therefore, was not resected. Both patients had resolution of their symptoms.These 2 variants are additions to the previously described 4 normal intermeniscal ligament variants. The functions of the 2 new variants described in this article are poorly understood but are thought to involve meniscal stability. Accurate descriptions of normal variants can lead to the proper management of anomalous rare structures and prevent false imaging interpretations because these structures can closely mimic a double posterior cruciate ligament sign. Furthermore, an understanding of the various normal variants of intermeniscal ligaments can prevent unnecessary surgery that could result in further iatrogenic meniscus injury.

View details for DOI 10.3928/01477447-20121120-31

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Minocycline-Induced Bone Discoloration JBJS Case Connector Chan, C. M., Hicks, D. G., Giordano, B. D. 2012; 2 (3)

View details for DOI 10.2106/JBJS.CC.K.00153

Musashi1 antigen expression in human fetal germinal matrix development EXPERIMENTAL NEUROLOGY Chan, C., Moore, B. E., Cotman, C. W., Okano, H., Tavares, R., Hovanesian, V., Pinar, H., Johanson, C. E., Svendsen, C. N., Stopa, E. G. 2006; 201 (2): 515-518


Musashi1 is a highly conserved protein found in neural progenitor cells. We examined the expression dynamics of Musashi1 in conjunction with other representative neural progenitor antigenic determinants (Ki-67 and nestin) during 8 different stages of the developing human fetal germinal matrix. Our results indicate that Musashi1 is a useful marker for immature cells in periventricular areas inhabited by stem cells, progenitor cells, and differentiating cells.

View details for DOI 10.1016/j.expneurol.2006.04.023

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