Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Jonathan D. Hughes, MD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Team Physician, Pitt Football

Clinical Interests Include:

  • Shoulder Arthroscopy and Complex Shoulder Procedures Including Arthroplasty, Arthroscopic and Open Instability Repair, Rotator Cuff Repair and Reconstruction, AC Joint Reconstruction, Clavicle and Proximal Humerus Fracture Fixation
  • Knee Arthroscopy and Complex Knee Procedures Including Multi-Ligament Reconstruction, Revision Ligament Reconstruction, Tendon Repairs and Reconstruction, Extra-Articular Tenodesis, Patellar Instability, Patella Fracture Fixation, Cartilage Restoration, Osteotomies
  • Open Elbow Procedures Including Tendon Repair and Reconstruction, Collateral Ligament Repair and Reconstruction, Cartilage Restoration

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Texas Health science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Residency: Baylor Scott and White Healthcare-Temple, Temple, TX
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA

Representative Publications

Godshaw BM, Hughes JD, Lucidi GA, Setliff J, Sansone M, Karlsson J, Musahl V. “Posterior Tibial Plateau Impaction Fractures Are Not Associated With Increased Knee Instability: A Quantitative Pivot Shift Analysis.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2023 Jan 12:1-9. 

Setliff JC, Nazzal EM, Drain NP, Herman ZJ, Mirvish AB, Smith C, Lesniak BP, Musahl V, Hughes JD. “Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with all-soft tissue quadriceps tendon versus quadriceps tendon with bone block.” Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2022 Nov 30:1-8. 

Hughes JD, Gibbs CM, Almast A, Atte A, Sansone M, Karlsson J, Musahl V. “More Anatomic Tunnel Placement for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction by Surgeons with High-Volume Compared to Low-Volume.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2022). 10.1007/s00167-022-06875-x. 

Byrne K, Hughes JD, Gibbs CM, Vaswani R, Meredith SJ, Popchak AJ, Lesniak BP, Karlsson J, Irrgang JJ, Musahl V. “Non-Anatomic Tunnel Position Increases the Risk of Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2021).  10.1007/s00167-021-06607-7. 

Hughes JD, Lynch AD, Smith CN, Musahl V, Irrgang JJ. “External Fixation Increased the Risk of Complications Following Surgical Treatment of Multiple Ligament Knee Injuries.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2021). 

Hughes JD, Lawton CD, Nawabi DH, Pearle AD, Musahl V. “Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair: The Current Status.” J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2020 Sep 16. 

Hughes JD, Burnham JM, Hirsh A, Musahl V, Fu FH, Irrgang JJ, Lynch AD. “Comparison of Short-Term Biodex Results after Anatomic ACL Reconstruction Between Three Autografts.”  The Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine, 7(5), 2325967119847630. doi: 10.1177/2325967119847630. 

Barrow AE, Charles SJ, Issa M, Rai AA, Hughes JD, Lesniak BP, Rodosky MW, Popchak A, Lin A. “Distance to Dislocation and Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation After Arthroscopic Bankart Repair: Rethinking the Glenoid Track Concept.” The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022 Dec;50(14):3875-80. 

Fox MA, Drain NP, Rai A, Zheng A, Carlos NB, Sabzevari S, Hughes JD, Popchak A, Rodosky M, Lesniak BP, Lin A. “Arthroscopic Bankart Repair Following a Second Dislocation Results in Increased Failure Rates Compared to Immediate Repair Following a Traumatic First-Time Dislocation.” Arthroscopy. 2022 Dec 7. 

Hughes JD, Davis B, Whicker E, Sprowls G, Barrera L, Baradaran A, Sabzevari S, Burnham JM, Shah A, Lin A. “Nonarthroplasty Options for Massive, Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears Have Improvement in Range of Motion and Patient Reported Outcomes at Short Term Follow Up: A Systematic Review.”  Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2022 Aug 16:1-20. 

Godshaw B, Hughes JD, Boden S, Lin A, Lesniak BP. “Traumatic Rotator Cuff Tears Have Greater Improvements in Functional Outcomes than Atraumatic Tears Following Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair.” Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022 Oct 25;10(10):23259671221126551.  

Como CJ, LeVasseur C, Kane G, Rai A, Munsch M, Gabrielli A, Hughes JD, Anderst W, Lin A. “Implant Characteristics Affect In Vivo Shoulder Kinematics During Multiplanar Functional Motions After Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty.” Journal of Biomechanics 2022 March 12:111050. 

Hughes JD, Kane G, LeVasseur, Gabrielli A, Popchak A, Anderst W, Lin A. “Graft Healing Does Not Influence Subjective Outcomes and Shoulder Kinematics After Superior Capsule Reconstruction:  A Prospective In Vivo Kinematic Study.” Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2021 Jul 1;30(7):S48-56. 

Cognetti DJ, Hughes JD, Chasteen J, Fox MA, Hartzler RU, Lin A, Sheean AJ. “Bone Block Augmentation of the Posterior Glenoid for Recurrent Posterior Shoulder Instability is Associated with High Rates of Clinical Failure: A Systematic Review.” Arthroscopy 2021 July 29. 

Hughes JD, Gibbs CM, Reddy RP, Whicker E, Vaswani R, Eibel A, Talentino S, Popchak AJ, Lesniak BP, Lin A. “Repair of High-Grade Partial Thickness Supraspinatus Tears After Surgical Completion of the Tear Have a Lower Retear Rate When Compared to Full Thickness Tear Repair.” Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc (2021). 

LINK to PubMed

Research Interests

  • Rotatory Knee Instability
  • Anatomic ACL Reconstruction
  • Multiligament Knee Injuries
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Knee Kinematics
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Total Shoulder Arthroplasty
  • ​Shoulder Kinematics

Research Grants

Albert B. Ferguson Orthopaedic Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation 2021 ($5,000)
Hughes JD, Munsch M, Rai A, LeVasseur C, Anderst W, Lin A. 
“Effect of Retroversion on Shoulder Joint Kinematics and Muscle Contributions Following Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty”

Albert B. Ferguson Orthopaedic Fund of the Pittsburgh Foundation 2020 ($5,000)
Hughes JD, Albers M, Krivoniak A, Ghodadra A, Kimatura G, Lin A.
“The Use of CT Scans with 3D Modeling in Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty”

W81XWH-17-2-0073 (Irrgang, Musahl)
09/30/2017 – 09/29/2021
Department of Defense $2,054,687 (total award)
Surgical Timing and Rehabilitation for MLKIs: A Multicenter Integrated Clinical Trial
The overall purpose of this project is to determine when it is best to do surgery (within 6 weeks of injury or 3 to 4 months after injury) and when to start rehab (immediately or 4 weeks after surgery) for the treatment of knee dislocations on how long it takes to resume pre-injury military duty, work, and sports.
Role: Co-Investigator

U01AR076144 (Irrgang, Musahl)
09/17/19 - 08/31/2024
National Institute of Health $705,076 (total award)
STABILITY 2: ACL Reconstruction +/- Lateral Tenodesis with Patellar vs. Quad Tendon
Brief Description of Project Aims: Determine if graft type (QT, BPTB, HT) with or without a lateral extra-articular tenodesis (LET) affects: 1) Rate of graft failure 2 years after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction (ACLR); 2) Patient-reported outcomes, muscle function, performance-based measures of function (hop tests, drop vertical jump) and return to sports; 3) Intervention-related donor site morbidity, complications and adverse outcomes and 4) Cost-effectiveness of ACLR and LET.
Role: Co-Investigator