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Brian R. Wolf, MD
Brian R. Wolf

Brian R. Wolf, M.D., M.S., is Professor and Vice- Chairman in the University of Iowa Department of Orthopedic Surgery. He is the John and Kim Callaghan Endowed Chair and Director of Sports Medicine at the University of Iowa. Dr. Wolf practices orthopedic sports medicine and treats disorders of the shoulder, elbow, and knee.  Dr. Wolf is the Head Team Physician for the University of Iowa football, women's basketball, baseball, and swimming teams.  Dr. Wolf was born and raised in Rock Island, Illinois and attended Loyola University Chicago as a scholarship member of their collegiate basketball team.  He completed orthopaedic residency at the University of Iowa and did a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Wolf's research interests center on clinical outcome studies and multi-center collaborative research. His research has resulted in more than 260 peer-reviewed publications, in addition to over 30 textbook chapters. Dr. Wolf has given more than 200 invited lectures around the world. Dr. Wolf is a Fellow of AAOS, and a member of the AOSSM, AANA, and ASES and serves on the Board of Directors for ABOS, AOSSM, and MAOA. His honors include being elected into the AOA, ABJS, and the Herodicus Society. Dr. Wolf has been a part of research that has won two Neer Awards from ASES, two AOSSM O’Donohue Awards, and two Kappa Delta Awards. He was a traveling fellow for the AOSSM exchange with Europe in 2010. He was selected for the esteemed AOA American-British-Canadian Traveling Fellowship in 2013. Dr. Wolf has been listed in U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Doctors in America” since 2007.


  • Undergrad, Loyola University Chicago
  • Medical Degree, Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine
  • Orthopaedic Residency, University of Iowa
  • Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship, Hospital for Special surgery
  • Master of Science, University of Iowa


  1. O’Donoghue Award (AOSSM x 2)
  2. Neer Award (ASES) x 2
  3. Kappa Delta Award x 2 (Moon Shoulder and MARS)


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) Sports Medicine ABOS certification.


  1. Schaver AL, Tranovich MA, O'Reilly OC, Bollier M, Duchman KR, Wolf BR, Westermann R. Postoperative Bracing After Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction. J Knee Surg. 2023 Dec 19. doi: 10.1055/a-2232-4856. Online ahead of print. PMID: 38113911
  2. Hajewski CJ, Baron JE, Glass NA, Bollier MJ, Wolf BR, Westermann RW.  The Performance of PROMIS in Patients with Patellofemoral Instability.  ORTHOP J SPORTS MED 2020 Apr 21;8(4):2325967120915540. PMID: 32341932
  3. Khazi ZM, Shamrock AG, Hajewski C, Glass N, Wolf BR, Duchman KR, Westermann RW, Bollier M. Preoperative opioid use is associated with inferior outcomes after patellofemoral stabilization surgery. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2020 Feb;28(2):599-605. PMID: 31650313.
  4. Carender CN, Bollier MJ, Wolf BR, Duchman KR, An Q, Westermann RW.  Preoperative Performance of PROMIS in Patients with Patellofemoral Malalignment and Chondral Disease.  ORTHOP J SPORTS MED July 10, 2019.  PMID: 31317048
  5. McCarthy M, Ridley TJ, Bollier M, Wolf B, Albright J, Amendola A.  Femoral Tunnel Placement in Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction.  IOWA ORTHOP J, 2013; 3358-63.