Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Stephen J. Rabuck, MD

  • Assistant Professor

Stephen Rabuck, MD. is an assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is an UPMC orthopaedic surgeon and team physician for the University of Pittsburgh including women’s basketball.  He also serves as head team physician for Carnegie Mellon University.  He has also served as a traveling physician with U. S. Soccer developmental teams.

Dr. Rabuck’s clinical and research interests focus on sports injuries to the knee, elbow, and shoulder including ligament reconstructions, patellar stabilization, cartilage restoration, osteotomies, shoulder stabilization, rotator cuff repair/reconstruction, and shoulder arthroplasty.   

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL
  • Fellowship: University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Pittsburgh, PA

Representative Publications

  1. Fu, FH, Rabuck SJ, West RV, Tashman S, Irrgang JJ.  Quadriceps Tendon Autograft with Bone Block:  A Review of Patella Fracture Associated with ACL Reconstruction.  Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine.  2019, March 6;7 (3).
  1. Kitamura G, Villa Albers MB, Lesniak BP, Rabuck SJ, Musahl V, Ghodadra A, Andrews CL, Fu FH.  3-Dimensional Printed Models May Be a Useful Tool When Planning Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction.  Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation.  2019.  Sep 26; 1(1):  e41-e46.
  1. The Panther Symposium ACL Injury Return to Sport Consensus Group.  Return to Sport After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury. Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jun 30;8(6)
  1. De Sa D, Crum RJ, Rabuck S, Ayeni O, Bedi A, Baraga M, Getgood A, Kaar S, Kropf E, Mauro C, Peterson D, Vyas D, Musahl V, Lesniak BP.  The REVision Using Imaging to Guide Staging and Evaluation (REVISE) in ACL Reconstruction Classification.  Journal of Knee Surgery.  2021.  April; 34(5):  509-519.
  1. Winkler, P, Irrgang JJ, Rabuck SJ, Vyas D, Lesniak BP, Hughes J, Fox M, Naazzal E, Carrozzi S, Wagala N, Musahl V.  Low posterior slope is associated with increased risk of PCL graft failure.  KSSTA.  2022 Oct;30(10):3277-3286.
  1. Setliff JC, Gibbs CM, Musahl V, Lesniak BP, Hughes JD, Rabuck SJ.  Harvesting a second graft from the extensor mechanism for revision ACL reconstruction does not delay return of quadriceps function.  Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2023 Jul;31(7):2828-2835.