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Mufaddal M. Gombera, MD

Dr. Gombera specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and the treatment of sports related injuries. Using minimally invasive techniques that speed recovery and reduce complications, Dr. Gombera treats hip impingement problems, meniscus (knee cartilage) tears, ACL and multi-ligament knee injuries (ACL, PCL, MCL, LCL), rotator cuff and labral tears of the shoulder, shoulder instability, and shoulder arthritis.

Dr. Gombera grew up in Houston. After injuring his knee playing high school football, Dr. Gombera became avidly interested in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with High Honors, and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

He moved to the Midwest to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his research in the treatment of sports-related injuries resulted in peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and presentations at national orthopedic meetings. During his residency, Dr. Gombera provided sports coverage to a variety of Division I teams including the Michigan basketball, hockey, and football teams.

He then came to Chicago to complete his fellowship in sports medicine at Northwestern University. His experience focused on the modern treatment of sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, as well as shoulder arthroplasty. In addition, he worked as the assistant team physician to the Northwestern football team, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks.

During his fellowship, Dr. Gombera instructed orthopedic surgery residents during lectures, in the operating room, and was invited as a faculty instructor to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Shoulder and Knee Residents’ Arthroscopy course. He continues to instruct trainees and practicing surgeons at the AAOS Residents’ Arthroscopy course, and the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) Open and Arthroscopic Techniques in Shoulder Surgery Course.

Dr. Gombera continues to contribute to the medical literature on the treatments of injuries to the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Dr. Gombera welcomes patients with all orthopedic conditions, with a focus on hip arthroscopy and hip preservation, shoulder arthroplasty, and sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. His objective is to provide high-quality care to patients, and to return athletes to an active and fulfilling lifestyle. Dr. Gombera combines the latest advancements in orthobiologics and evidence-based practice to develop personalized and patient-focused treatments.



EDUCATION

  • University of Texas at Austin

    McCombs School of Business Austin, Texas

    Bachelor of Business Administration (May 2004) Graduated with High Honors
  • 2000 to 2004
  • Baylor College of Medicine

    Houston, Texas

    Doctor of Medicine (May 2008)
  • 2004 to 2008

POST-GRADUATE TRAINING

  • University of Michigan Health System

    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    Resident, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2008 to 2013
  • Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Chicago, Illinois

    Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellow, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2013 to 2014

HOSPITAL AND SURGERY CENTER AFFILIATIONS

  • Texas Orthopaedic Hospital

    Hospital Staff Member

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    7401 S. Main Street, Houston, Texas

  • Aug 2015 to Present
  • Houston Methodist Hospital

    Hospital Staff Member

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    6565 Fannin Street, Houston, Texas

  • Oct 2015 to Present

PUBLICATIONS

Isolated Acetabuloplasty and Labral Repair for Combined-Type Femoroacetabular Impingement: Are We Doing Too Much?Tjong VK, Gombera MM, Kahlenberg CA, Patel RM, Han B, Deshmane P, Terry MAArthroscopy, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. January 2017


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, R Nair, MD Saltzman, MA Terry. All-Arthroscopic versus Open Tenodesis of the Long Head of the Biceps Brachii. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. May 2015; 43(5):1077-83. doi:10.1177/0363546515570024


EP Tannenbaum, P Zhang, JD Maratt, MM Gombera, SA Holcombe, SC Wang, A Bedi, JA Goulet. A Computed Tomography Study of Gender Differences in Acetabular Version and Morphology: Implications for Femoroacetabular Impingement. Arthroscopy, The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. May 2015; S0749- 8063(15)00101-2. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2015.02.007.


JD Maratt, JJ Gagnier, MM Gombera, SE Reske, BR Hallstrom, AG Urquhart. Patients' perceptions of the costs of total hip and knee arthroplasty. American Journal of Orthopedics. May, 2015; 44(5):E135-41.


KL Welton, MM Gombera, JS Fischgrund, GP Graziano, RD Patel. Patient Impressions of Reimbursement for Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons. The Spine Journal. February 2014; doi:10.1016/j.spinee.2014.01.060.


MM Gombera, JK Sekiya. Rotator Cuff Tear and Glenohumeral Instability: A Systematic Review. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. August 2014; 472 (8): 2448-56. doi:10.1007/s11999-013-3290-2.


MM Gombera, BT Kelly, A Bedi. Interventions for Hip Pain in the Maturing Athlete: The Role of Hip Arthroscopy? Sports Health: A Multidisciplinary Approach. January 2014;6(1):70–77. doi:10.1177/ 1941738113497678.


MM Gombera, BS Miller, RM Coale, A Bedi, JJ Gagnier. A Meta-Analysis of Joint Preservation Versus Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Displaced 3- and 4-part Fractures of the Proximal Humerus. Injury. March 2013. 44 (2013), 1532-1539. doi: 10.1016/j.injury.2013.03.030.


MM Gombera, MA Conditt, KB Mathis, PC Noble. Have We Solved the Problem of Backside Wear in Total Knee Arthroplasty? The Journal of Arthroplasty. February 2009. 24(2) e42.


BOOK CHAPTERS

MM Gombera, M Demirel, MA Terry. Hip Labral Repair and Reconstruction in Athletes. In MN Doral, J Karlsson (Eds): Sports Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Rehabilitation, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer. In press.


AR Kadakia, MM Gombera. Sports Related Conditions: Syndesmotic Injuries. In IJ Alexander, EM Bluman, JK Greisberg (Eds): Advanced Reconstruction: Foot and Ankle, 2nd Edition. Chicago, IL: AAOS/AOFAS. 2015. Pp 337-348.


MM Gombera, JK Sekiya. Combined Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction and Meniscal Allograft Transplantation. In BJ Cole, JK Sekiya (Eds): Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine, 2nd Edition. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier. 2013. pp 633-641.


MM Gombera, JK Sekiya. Surgical Treatment of Combined PCL/Lateral-Sided Injuries: Acute and Chronic. In GC Fanelli (Ed): The Multiple Ligament Injured Knee: A Practical Guide to Management, 2nd Edition. New York, NY: Springer. 2013. pp 211-226.


RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS AND ABSTRACTS

DB Gibbs, TS Lynch, MM Gombera, GD Schroeder, MW LaBelle, BP Hollett, MD Saltzman, GW Nuber. Pre-existing Rotator Cuff Tears as a Predictor of Outcomes in National Football League Athletes. Poster Presentation at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Annual Meeting; Orlando, FL; July 2015.


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, RM Patel, B Han, PP Deshmane, MA Terry. Isolated Acetabular Osteoplasty for the Treatment of Combined-type Femoroacetabular Impingement. Podium Presentation at the ISAKOS Congress; Lyon, France; June 2015.


MM Gombera, GW Nuber, G Marra, MD Saltzman. Comparison of Outcomes and Complication Rates After Total Shoulder Arthroplasty and Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at the Mid-America Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting; Hilton Head Island, NC; April 2015.


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, R Nair, MD Saltzman, MA Terry. All-Arthroscopic versus Open Tenodesis of the Long Head of the Biceps Brachii. Poster Presentation at the Mid-America Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting; Hilton Head Island, NC; April 2015


DB Gibbs, TS Lynch, MM Gombera, GD Schroeder, MW LaBelle, BP Hollett, MD Saltzman, GW Nuber. Pre-existing Rotator Cuff Tears as a Predictor of Outcomes in National Football League Athletes. Podium Presentation at the NFL Team Physician Annual Meeting; Indianapolis, IN; February 2015.


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, R Nair, MD Saltzman, MA Terry. All-Arthroscopic versus Open Tenodesis of the Long Head of the Biceps Brachii. Podium Presentation at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day; Las Vegas, NV; March 2015.


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, RM Patel, B Han, PP Deshmane, MA Terry. Isolated Acetabular Osteoplasty for the Treatment of Combined-type Femoroacetabular Impingement. Poster Presentation at the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy Annual Meeting; Rio, Brazil; October 2014.


MM Gombera, R Nair, A Martusiewicz, EJ Monroe, GM Marra, MD Saltzman. The Quality and Accuracy of Online Patient Resources for Total Shoulder Replacement and Reverse Shoulder Replacement. Poster Presentation at the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Closed Meeting; Pinehurst, NC; October 2014.


CA Kahlenberg, R Nair, EJ Monroe, MM Gombera, MA Terry, SL Edwards. Incidence of Injury Based on Sports Participation in High School Athletes. Podium Presentation at American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference; San Diego, CA; October 2014.


MM Gombera, BS Miller, RM Coale, A Bedi, JJ Gagnier. A Meta-analysis of Joint Preservation Versus Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Displaced 3- and 4-part Fractures of the Proximal Humerus. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Chicago, IL; March 2013.


JD Maratt, JJ Gagnier, MM Gombera, S Reske, BR Hallstrom, AG Urquhart. Patient Perceptions of the Cost of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Chicago, IL; March 2013.


JD Maratt, MM Gombera, S Holcombe, S Wang, JA Goulet. Gender Differences in Acetabular Morphology and Implications for Femoroacetabular Impingement. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Chicago, IL; March 2013.


KL Welton, MM Gombera, JS Fischgrund, GP Graziano, RD Patel. Medical Provider Impressions of Surgeon Reimbursement for Common Orthopaedic Procedures. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; Chicago, IL; March 2013.


MM Gombera, RD Patel. Factors Influencing Fellowship Selection by Orthopaedic Residents. Poster Presentation at the 51st Annual Carl E. Badgley Day Lectureship for the University of Michigan Alumni Society; Ann Arbor, MI; October 2012.


MM Gombera, BS Miller, RM Coale, A Bedi, JJ Gagnier. A Meta-analysis of Joint Preservation Versus Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Displaced 3- and 4-part Fractures of the Proximal Humerus. Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society; Mackinac Island, MI; June 2012.


KL Welton, MM Gombera, JS Fischgrund, GP Graziano, RD Patel. Patient Impressions of Reimbursement for Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society; Mackinac Island, MI; June 2012.


MM Gombera, RD Patel. Factors Influencing Fellowship Selection by Orthopaedic Residents. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Michigan Orthopaedic Society; Mackinac Island, MI; June 2012.


KL Welton, MM Gombera, JS Fischgrund, GP Graziano, RD Patel. Patient Impressions of Reimbursement for Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons. Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Lumbar Spine Research Society; Chicago, IL; April 2012.


MM Gombera, JS Fischgrund, GP Graziano, RD Patel. Patient Impressions of Reimbursement for Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons. Poster and Alternate Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; San Francisco, CA; February 2012.


MM Gombera, MA Conditt, KB Mathis, PC Noble. Have We Solved the Problem of Backside Wear in Total Knee Arthroplasty? Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons; Dallas, TX; November 2008.


MM Gombera, MA Conditt, KB Mathis, PC Noble. Have We Solved the Problem of Backside Wear in Total Knee Arthroplasty? Podium Presentation at the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; San Francisco, CA; March 2008.


MM Gombera, MA Conditt, SK Ismaily, N Kulkarni, NK Ismaily, JM Saucedo, PC Noble. The Dynamic Stiffness of the Knee during a High Flexion Activity. Poster Presentation at the Annual Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Society; San Francisco, CA; March 2008.


MM Gombera, MA Conditt, KB Mathis, PC Noble. Have We Solved the Problem of Backside Wear in Total Knee Arthroplasty? Podium Presentation at the Meeting of the Orthopaedic Research Society; San Francisco, CA; March 2008.


GRANT SUPPORT

C Chambers, MM Gombera, SM Gryzlo. Quadrupled Semitendinosus Graft for ACL Reconstruction: A Biomechanical Analysis of Graft Strength as Determined by Tendon Size. Awarded Non-transplantable Tissue use from the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, January 2014; Awarded $15,000 from Smith & Nephew Fellowship Research Grant, July 2014.


may reference my former name. MM Gombera, RE Debski, JA Jacobson, JE Carpenter, JK Sekiya. Do Small Bony Bankart Lesions Incorporate into the Glenoid after Arthroscopic Capsulolabral Repair? Awarded $17,000 from the University of Michigan Orthopaedic Research Grant, 2011 to 2013.


TEAM COVERAGE EXPERIENCE

TEAM COVERAGE EXPERIENCE
  • Chicago Blackhawks

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physician: Dr. Michael Terry

  • 2013
  • Chicago Cubs

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physician: Dr. Stephen Gryzlo

  • 2014
  • Northwestern University Football

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physician: Dr. Michael Terry

  • 2013
  • Northwestern University Wrestling

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physicians: Dr. Michael Schafer, Dr. Michael Milligan

  • 2013, 2014
  • University of Michigan Men’s Basketball

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physicians: Dr. Jim Carpenter and Dr. Jon Sekiya

  • 2011, 2012
  • University of Michigan Men’s Ice Hockey

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physician: Dr. Asheesh Bedi

  • 2012
  • Livonia-Franklin High School Football

    Primary on-site game coverage

  • 2010
  • Eastern Michigan University Football and Men’s Basketball

    Assistant Team Physician. Head Team Physicians: Dr. Asheesh Bedi and Dr. Waldomor Roeser

  • 2009, 2010

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Invited Presentations

MM Gombera. Faculty Instructor: ASES/AAOS: Open and Arthroscopic Techniques in Shoulder Surgery Course. AAOS Orthopedic Learning Center, Chicago, IL; May 2015.


MM Gombera. Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy. Faculty Instructor: AAOS: Fundamentals of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy Course. AAOS Orthopedic Learning Center, Chicago, IL; September 2014.


MM Gombera, CA Kahlenberg, RM Patel, B Han, PP Deshmane, MA Terry. Isolated Acetabular Osteoplasty for the Treatment of Combined-type Femoroacetabular Impingement. Annual Thesis Day, Northwestern University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Chicago, IL; June 2014.


MM Gombera. Faculty Instructor: AAOS: Fundamentals of Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy Course. AAOS Orthopedic Learning Center, Chicago, IL; October 2013.


MM Gombera, BS Miller, RM Coale, A Bedi, JJ Gagnier. A Meta-analysis of Joint Preservation Versus Arthroplasty for the Treatment of Displaced 3- and 4-part Fractures of the Proximal Humerus. Annual Senior Thesis Day, Michigan Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Ann Arbor, MI; June 2012.


MM Gombera, FA Farley. Fractures in Fibrous Dysplasia. Robert N. Hensinger Lectureship, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, MI; November 2011.


MM Gombera, KL Vanderhave. Chronic Hip Dislocation: A Case Presentation. Robert N. Hensinger Lectureship, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, MI; November 2011.


MM Gombera, RD Patel, GP Graziano. Awake Cervical Osteotomy for Fixed Cervical Kyphotic Deformity. Spine Annual Lectureship, University of Michigan Health System; Ann Arbor, MI; October 2011.


MM Gombera, AG Urquhart. Osteonecrosis of the Femoral Head. Larry S. Matthews Annual Lower Extremity Adult Reconstruction Lectureship; Ann Arbor, MI; May 2011.


MM Gombera, A Bedi, KF Schultz. Combined ACL Reconstruction and Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty. Larry S. Matthews Annual Lower Extremity Adult Reconstruction Lectureship; Ann Arbor, MI; May 2010.


MM Gombera, GP Graziano. Failed Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion: Treatment Options. Spine Annual Lectureship, University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; October 2009.


Intramural Presentations

MM Gombera. The Long Head of the Biceps Brachii: What’s Known and What’s Unknown; Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; April 2014


MM Gombera SM Gryzlo, MA Terry. Sports Medicine Review for the Orthopaedic In-Training Examination. Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; October 2013.


MM Gombera, JK Sekiya. Knee Dislocations and Extensor Tendon Ruptures: Diagnosis and Management. Intern Core Curriculum, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; June 2013.


MM Gombera, JA Goulet. Fractures of the Pelvis and Acetabulum: Diagnosis and Management. Intern Core Curriculum, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; January 2013.


MM Gombera, A Bedi, EM Wojtys. The Multi-ligamentous Injured Knee. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; July 2012.


MM Gombera, JE Carpenter, A Bedi. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; May 2012.


MM Gombera, JN Lawton. Interposition Arthroplasty of the Elbow. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; July 2011.


MM Gombera, A Bedi, BS Miller. The Treatment of Displaced Proximal Humerus Fractures. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; June 2011.


MM Gombera, A Bedi, JK Sekiya. Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; October 2010.


MM Gombera, A Bedi. Surgical Management of Chondral Defects in the Knee. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; June 2010.


MM Gombera, JD Blaha, AG Urquhart. Kinematic Alignment in Total Knee Arthroplasty. Grand Rounds, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, MI; September 2009.


AWARDS/HONORS

Super Doctors

Mufaddal M. Gombera, MD, was named as one of the Rising Stars with Texas Super Doctors for 2017.

Professional Society Membership