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Arthroscopic Shoulder and Knee Surgery, Sports Medicine

Dr. Ryan M. Dopirak is a board‐certified orthopaedic surgeon who completed a fellowship in arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He specializes in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee. He also provides comprehensive care for athletes of all ages.

Dr. Dopirak received his undergraduate degree from Bucknell University where he was a member of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Team. He earned his medical degree from the Ohio State University and completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Mount Carmel Health System in Columbus, Ohio. He subsequently moved to Los Angeles for fellowship training in arthroscopic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute.

Dr. Dopirak has lectured, presented research, and/or served as a surgical instructor at more than 40 orthopaedic surgery conferences throughout the country, including numerous courses sponsored by the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He has been invited to join the faculty at the prestigious San Diego Shoulder Institute Annual Meeting annually for the past 10 years, and was also selected to serve as a Surgical Lab Director for this course on numerous occasions.

Dr. Dopirak has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters pertaining to arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine. He has authored several papers on "Arthroscopic Total Rotator Cuff Replacement", a cutting edge procedure for severe rotator cuff tears which he helped to refine during his training in California.

Dr. Dopirak has developed a reputation as a regional expert in arthroscopic shoulder surgery and has successfully treated numerous patients with complicated shoulder disorders from various locations throughout Northeast Wisconsin, as well as parts of Michigan.

The most common problems that Dr. Dopirak evaluates and treats are the following:


  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Impingement syndrome
  • Labrum tears
  • Shoulder instability (dislocation)
  • Biceps tears


  • Meniscus tears
  • ACL tears
  • Labrum tears
  • Patellar instability (dislocation)
  • Cartilage injuries

The most common procedures that Dr. Dopirak performs are the following:


  • Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Arthroscopic treatment of impingement syndrome
  • Arthroscopic labrum repair
  • Arthroscopic treatment of shoulder instability
  • Arthroscopic biceps tenodesis


  • Arthroscopic treatment of meniscus tears
  • Arthroscopic ACL reconstruction
  • Minimally-invasive patellofemoral reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic treatment of cartilage injuries

Complete List of Dr. Dopirak's CredentialsDr. Dopirak's Patient Education Health Library on the AAOS Website

Medical School

  • Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH


  • Mount Carmel Health System, Columbus, OH


  • Southern California Orthopaedic Institute, Los Angeles, CA

I was injured at work and had two shoulder surgeries within the last year.  I was depressed and felt that my shoulder would never be the same again.  I went to see Dr. Dopirak at HFM Lakeshore Orthopaedics and he was able to determine what the real problem was.  He performed surgery, and after recovery and rehab, my shoulder is much better than it was after either of the previous 2 surgeries.  Dr. Dopirak and his staff treated me like family.  My shoulder is now mostly pain free, and I am able to hunt, fish, and work without pain.  I have more mobility, and I am able to do things with my children again.

Scot G.