Jeffrey T. Spang, MD

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • BS Cum Laude: Duke University, Durham, NC
  • MD: Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Residency: Temple University, Philadelphia, PA; University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Fellowship (Sports Medicine): University of Connecticut Sports Medicine Program, Farmington, CT
  • Research Fellowship:  Technical University Munich Sports Medicine, Munich
Clinical Interests
Soft tissue trauma of the shoulder and knee; sports medicine
Academic Appointments
2008-2015 Assistant Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine
2015 - present Associate Professor of Orthopaedics; UNC School of Medicine
Selected Publications (see complete list at PubMed)
  • Warner BT, Kamath GV, Spang JT, Weinhold PS, Creighton RA.  Comparison of fixation methods after anteriormedialization osteotomy of the tibial tubercle for patellar instability.  Arthroscopy. 2013; 10: 1628-34
  • Chen GL, Allen CR, Stephens TE, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Wright RW, Feeley BT.  Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Group.  Differences in mechanisms of failure, intraoperative findings, and surgical characteristics between single and multiple-revision ACL reconstructions:  A MARS cohort study.  AM J Sports Med. 2013: 41(7): 1571-8
  • Venjakob AJ, Slazmann, GM, Gabel F, Buchmann S, Walz L, Spang JT, Vogt S, Imhoff AB.  Arthroscopically assisted 2-bundle anatomic reduction of acute acromioclavicular joint separations:  58 month findings.  Am J Sports Med.  2013; 41(3): 615-21
  • Kamath GM, Hoover S, Creighton RA, Weinhold P, Barrow A, Spang JT.  Biomechanical analysis of a double loaded glenoid anchor configuration:  Can few anchors provide equivalent fixation?  Am J Sports Med.  2013; 41(1): 163-168
  • Hibberd EE, Oyama S, Spang JT, Prentice W, Myers JB.  Effect of a 6-week strenghtening program on shoulder and scapular stabilizer strength and scapular kinematics in Division I collegiate swimmers.  J Sports Rehab.  2012; 21(3): 253-265
  • Borphy RH, MARS Group.  Association between previous meniscal surgery and the incidence of chondral lesions at revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.  Am J Sports Med. 2012; 40(4): 804-12
  • Paul J, Sagstetter M, Lammle L, Spang JT, El-Azab H, Imhoff AB, Hingerwinner S.  Sports activity after osteochondral transplantation of the talus.  Am J Sports Med.  2012: 40(4):870-4
  • Lippe J, Spang JT, Leger RR, Arciero RA, MAzzocca AD, Shea KP,.  Inter-rater agreement of the Gotallier, Patte and Warner classification scores using pre-operatiive magnetic resonance imaging in patients with rotator cuff tears.  Arthroscopy.  2012 Feb; 28(2): 154-9
  • Pilge H, Spang JT, Rose T, Wolter H, Woertler K, Imhoff AB.  Osterlysis after rotator cuff repair with bioabsorbable anchors.  Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2012; 132(3): 305-10
  • Imoff AB, Paul J, Ottinger B, Woertler K, Laemmie L, Spang JT, Hinerwimmer S.  Osterchondral transplantation of the talus:  long-term clinical and magnetic resonance imaging evaluation.  Am J Sports Med.  2011: 39(7):1487-93
  • Spang JT, Tischer T, Salsmann GM, Winkler T, Burgkart R, Wexel G, Imhoff AB.  Platelet concentrate vs. saline in a rat patellar tendon healing model.  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc.  2011; 19(3);495-502
  • Heckman DS, Hoover SA, Weinhold PS, Spang JT, Creighton RA.  Repair of lesser tuberosity osteotomy for shoulder arthroplasty:  Biomechanical evaluation of the Packpack and Dual Row techniques.  J Shoulder Elbow Surgery.  2010; 20(3): 491-6
  • Imhoff AB, Ansah P, Tischer T, Reiter C, Bartl C, Hench M, Spang JT, Vogt S.  Arthroscopic repair of anterior-inferior glenohumeral instability using a poratl at the 5:30 o'clock position:  analysis of the effects of age, fixation method, and concomitant shoulder injury on surgical outcomes.  Am J Sports Med. 2010; 38(9): 1795-1803
  • Spang JT, Dang AB, Mazzocca A, Rincon L, Obopilwe E, Beynnon B, Arciero RA.  The effect of medical meniscectomy and meniscal allograft transplantation on knee and anterior cruciate ligament biomechanics.  Arthroscopy.  2010; 26(2):192-201
  • Spang JT, Buchmann S, Brucker PU, Louloumentas P, Obst T, Schroeder M, Burgkart T, Imhoff AB.  A biomechanical comparison of 2 transosseous-equivalent double-row rotator cuff repair techniquies using bioabsorbable anchors.  Arthroscopy.  2009; 25(8):872-879
  • Salzmann GM, Weber TS, Spang JT, Imhoff AB, Schoettle PB.  Comparison of native axial radiographs with axial MR Imaging for determination of the trochlear morphology in patients with trochlear dysplasia.  Arch Orth Trauma Surg.  2009;I30(3):  335-340
  • Paul J, Sagstetter A, Kriner M, Imhoff AB, Spang JT, Hinterwimmer S.  Donor-site morbidity after autologous osteochondral transplant for lesions of the talus.  J Bone Joint Surg Am.  2009;(91)1683-1688
  • Salzmann GM, Spang JT, Imhoff AB.  Double-bundle anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in a skeletally immature adolescent athlete.  Arthroscopy. 2009; 25(3):321-324
  • Salzmann GM, Ahrens P, Naal FD, El-Azab H, Spang JT et al.  Sportingactivity after high tibial osteotomy for the treatment of medial compartment knee osteoarthritis.  Am J Sports Med. 2009; 37(2);312-318
  • Spang JT, Delgaizo DJ, Dahners LE. Reconstruction of lateral trochlear defect with radial head autograft. J Orthop Trauma 22(5):351-6, 2008.
  • Mazzocca AD, Spang JT, Arciero RA et al. Biomechanical and radiographic analysis of partial coracoclavicular ligament injuries.  Am J Sports Med 36(7):1397-402, 2008.
  • Mihalko WM, Boachie-Adjei Y, Spang JT, Fulkerson JP et al.  Controversies and techniques in the surgical management of patellofemoral arthritis.  J Bone Joint Surg (89):2788-2802, 2007.
  • Arciero RA, Spang JT.  Complications in arthroscopic anterior shoulder stabilization: Pearls and pitfalls. J Bone Joint Surg, Instr Course Lect (57):113-24. 2008.
  • Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA, Spang JT. Distal biceps rupture.  Orthop Clin North Am 39(2):237-49, 2008
  • Lorenz S, Anetzberger H, Spang JT, Imhoff A.  Double bundle technique-anatomic reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament.  Oper Orthop Traumatol (19):473-488, 2007.
  • Rios CG, McCarthy MB, Arciero C, Spang JT, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Biologics in shoulder surgery - The role of adult mesenchymal stem cells in tendon repair. Tech Orthop 22(1):2-9, 2007. 
  • Spang JT, Weinhold PS, Karas SG.  A biomechanical comparison of EndoButton vs. suture anchor repair of distal biceps tendon injuries.  J Shoulder Elbow Surgery. 15:509-514, 2006.
  • Spang JT, Karas SG. Multidirectional instability of the shoulder.  In:  Clinical Sports Medicine.  Johnson DL, Mair SD (Eds.) 2006.
  • Spang, JT, Dahners LE, Creighton RA.  Basic science of ligament healing: Medial collateral ligament healing with and without treatment.  Sports Med Arthroscopy Rev 13(3): 145-150, 2005.
  • Spang JT, Karas SG.  The HAGL lesion: An arthroscopic technique for repair of humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments. Arthroscopy. 21(4):498-502, 2005.
Selected Presentations
  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA, Beynnon B et al. The effect of menisectomy and meniscal allograft transplant on strain in the native ACL.  American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orlando, FL 07/12/08.   
  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Imhoff A. Stem cells and Rotator Cuff Repair.  European Society for Sports medicine and Knee Arthroscopy, Porto, Portugal 05/24/08.
  • Spang JT, Mazzocca AD, Imhoff A.  Bone marrow aspirate in the treatment of Rotator Cuff Tears, Internationaler Kongress für Wintersportmedizin, Garmisch-Paternkirchen, Germany 2/15/08.
  • Spang JT, Rincon L, Dang AB, Mazzocca AD, Arciero RA. The effect of menisectomy and meniscal allograft transplant on strain patterns in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament  Northeast Region Sports Medicine Fellows Day, West Point, NY 6/8/07.
  • Spang JT, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD.  Early results of the anatomic acromio-clavicular reconstruction.  New England Shoulder and Elbow Society Meeting, Jay VT  02/03/07.
  • Fulkerson JP, Spang JT. Treatment and rationale for patellafemoral instability in the athlete.  American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day,  AAOS San Diego, CA 02/17/07.
  • Fulkerson JP, Spang JT. Optomizing tibial tubercle osteotomy.  Arthroscopy Association of North America Specialty Day, AAOS San Diego, CA  02/17/07.
  • Spang JT, Weinhold PS, Karas SG. Biomechanical Evaluation of Endobutton Distal Biceps Repair.  European Society for Shoulder and Elbow Annual Meeting, Athens, Greece.  09/20/06.
  • Spang JT, Bensen CV, Karas SG.  The HAGL Lesion: An arthroscopic technique for repair of humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments.  Linvatec Residents and Fellows Course, Fort Myers, FL 5/15/04.