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Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

Vice Chair of Clinical Operations

Nonoperative Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine


Medical Degree

Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University


Emergency Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Jacobi and Montefiore Medical Centers


Primary Care Sports Medicine, Duke University Medical Center

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Vice Chair of Clinical Operations, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Division Chief of Nonoperative Sports and Musculoskeletal Medicine
Director, UNC Sports Medicine Institute
Member USA Lacrosse Sport Science and Safety Committee
Team Physician for USA Snowboard Team
Member UNC Faculty Council
Member UNC Fixed Term Faculty Committee

Keeping patients of all ages active:

• Expert in Sports Medicine to include musculoskeletal and medical issues related to active people.
• Novel non-operative treatments for orthopaedic issues and sports medicine
• Minimally invasive treatments for many injuries including partial percutaneous tenotomy for chronic tendon problems (using both Tenex and Tenjet devices)
• Orthobiologics including PRP, A2M, Cytokine and other treatments
• Will care for general musculoskeletal issues as well as injuries specific to athletes of all types
• Special expertise in MSK ultrasound; endurance athletes
• Clinical focus on Chronic tendon issues
• Care for rotator cuff and arthritic issues in the older active patients.

UNC Orthopaedics (Carolina Pointe II)
6011 Farrington Road
Suite 201
Chapel Hill, NC 27517

    • • MSK Ultrasound and novel indications


    • • PRP and orthobiologics


    • • Cytokines


    • • Tendinopathy


    • • Non-operative management of MSK injuries


    • • Rehabilitation and injury prevention


    • • Osteoarthritis


    • Rotator Cuff Injury

(see entire list available at PubMed)

Kallianos SA, Singh V, Henry DS, Berkoff DJ, Arendale CR, Weinhold PS. Interleukin-1 receptor antagonist inhibits arthrofibrosis in a post-traumatic knee immobilization model. Knee. 2021 Dec;33:210-215. doi: 10.1016/j.knee.2021.10.011. Epub 2021 Oct 26. PMID: 34715560.

Elgart B, Pietrosimone LS, Lucero A, Stafford HC, Berkoff DJ. Identifying achilles tendon structure differences by ultrasound tissue characterization in asymptomatic individuals. Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2021 Oct;31(10):1914-1920. doi: 10.1111/sms.14003. Epub 2021 Jul 12. PMID: 34170573.

Jeffs A, Boyd M, Shelton M, Bassil A, Taylor R, Berkoff DJ. The Role of Leukotriene Inhibition Using a 5-Lipooxygenase (5-LO) Inhibitor in a joint contracture Model.  Submitted JOSP under review.

Berkoff DJ, Wood C, Higginbotham C.  Patient-reported outcomes of ultrasound-guided partial percutaneous tenotomy and fasciotomy using the Tenex device: A long-term study.  Sports Medicine.  Accepted for Publication Jan 2021

Pietrosimone LS, Blackburn JT, Wikstrom EA, Berkoff DJ, Docking SI, Cook J, Padua DA. Landing biomechanics are not immediately altered by a single-dose patellar tendon isometric exercise protocol in male athletes with patellar tendinopathy: A single-blinded randomized cross-over trial. Phys Ther Sport. 2020 Nov;46:177-185. PMID: 32957034.

Pietrosimone LS, Blackburn JT, Wikstrom E, Berkoff DJ, Docking SI, Cook J, Padua DA. Differences in Biomechanical Loading Magnitude During a Landing Task in Male Athletes with and without Patellar Tendinopathy”. Submitted to to Clinical Biomechanics.

Stafford, H., Porras, L., Adams, N., Hess, B., Ketterly, J., Blue, A.J., Hack, B., Kane, S., Beaulieu, J., Toth, A., Berkowitz, J., Lee, J., Berkoff, D .Returning to competition in the age of covid 19. Submitted to Sports Health Journal.

Pietrosimone, L. S., Blackburn, J. T., Wikstrom, E. A., Berkoff, D. J., Docking, S. I., Cook, J., & Padua, D. A. (2020). Landing biomechanics, but not physical activity, differ in young male athletes with and without patellar tendinopathy. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther.2020; 50(3): 158–166.

Allen, A. D., Bassil, A. M., Berkoff, D. J., Al Maliki, M., Draeger, R. W., & Weinhold, P. S. Minocycline microspheres did not significantly improve outcomes after collagenase injection of tendon.  J Orthop.2019;16(6):580–584.

Patient reported outcomes of partial percutaneous tenotomy and fasciotomy using the Tenex device. A long term study. 2020 Wood, Higginson, Berkoff.  Clin Jnl US  Submitted.

Load, Overload and Recovery in the Athlete.  Select Issues for the Team Physician-A Consensus Statement.   Herring SA, Kibler WB, Putukian M, Berkoff , D et al. MSSE April 2019.  Volume 51:4 p 821-28.

Identifiable Factors Associated With Acceptance Into Sports Medicine Fellowship Programs: A Brief Report.  Zaremski JL, Rao A, Myers R, Mautner K, Berkoff DJ, et al. CJSM November 12, 2018.

Electrolyte Replacement Strips and their Percieved Effect on Performance and Cramping: A Survey Study.  Berkoff DJ, Boggess B, Howes C, Boggess S, Moorman CT.  Duke Orthopaedic Journal June 2018.

The Use of an IL-1 Receptor Antagonist to Reverse the Changes Associated With Established Tendinopathy in a Rat Model.  Eskildsen SM, Berkoff DJ, Kallianos SA, Weinhold PS.  Scand J Med Science.  Jan;29 2019

Achilles tendon adaptation in cross-country runners across a competitive season.

Stanley LE, Lucero A, Mauntel TC, Kennedy M, Walker N, Marshall SW, Padua DA, Berkoff DJ., Scand J Med Sci Sports. 2017 Apr 28.

Stanley LE, Berkoff  DJ. Benign Peripheral Neural Sheath Tumor in a Distance Runner..  J Orthop Sports Physical Therapy.  2017 Feb;47(2);125

Berkoff DJ, Krishnamurthy K, Hopp J, Stanley L, Spores K,  Braunreiter D.  Corrected Error Video Versus a Physical Therapist Instructed Home Exercise Program:  Accuracy of Performing Therapeutic Shoulder Exercises.. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy/  2016 Oct; 11(5): 757-64.

Fibrin glue for olecranon bursitis: a case report.   Berkoff DJ, Sandbulte ZW, Stafford HC, Berkowitz JN.Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 2016 Feb;8(1):28-30.

Porras L, Drezner J, Dotson A, Stafford H, Berkoff DJ, Chung EH; Kunal Agnihotri, MS. Novice interpretation of screening electrocardiograms and impact of online training.

J Electrocardiol. 2016 May-Jun;49(3):462-6.

Berkoff DJ, Eskildson S, Kallianos S, Weinhold P. The use of an IL1-Receptor Antagonist to Prevent the Progression of Tendinopathy.  Submitted Journal Of Orthopaedic Research.  Orthop Res. 2016 Apr;34(4):616-22. doi: Epub 2015 Dec 29.

Berkoff DJ, Krishnamurthy K.   Corrected Error Video versus a Physical Therapist Instructed Home Exercise Program: Accuracy of Performing Therapeutic Shoulder Exercises.  Submitted Journal Of Physical Therapy. Under Review

Hibberd E, Laudner K, Berkoff DJ, Kucera K, Yu B, Myers J.  Comparison of Upper Extremity Physical Characteristics between Adolescent Competitive Swimmers and Non-Overhead Athlete.  J Athl Train. 2016 Jan;51(1):65-9. doi: 10.4085/1062-6050-51.2.04. Epub 2016 Jan 21

  • • Carolina Cares Award 2019, 2022
    • Fellow Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, 2018
    • Best Doctors in America recipient, 2017, 2018, 2021,2022
    • FALD Leadership Course Attendant UNC, 2017
    • Accepted into UNC Faculty Leadership Course Taught by Dr. Haupt and Eringhaus, 2017
    • Carolina Cares Excellence Leader, 2015
    • Best Overall Research Award. AMSSM national conference, Las Vegas, NV, 2007
    • NCAA Best Research Poster Award. AMSSM national conference, Santa Fe, NM, 2006
    • Harry Galanty Young Investigator Award. AMSSM national conference, Austin, TX, 2005

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