Lewis Shi, MD

Lewis Shi, MD, is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow injuries. He maximizes patients' non-operative management prior to considering surgery. If necessary, he offers minimally invasive (arthroscopic) and open procedures that are appropriate for the patient's disorders.



Dr. Shi's research focuses on the molecular basis of rotator cuff tear and biomechanics of shoulder arthritis. He also is part of several national and international multi-center studies to improve diagnostic and treatment protocols of shoulder injuries. Dr. Shi has published more than 55 peer-reviewed scientific articles and 10 book chapters.



In addition to his clinical and research work, Dr. Shi teaches medical students, residents and fellows. He has won numerous teaching awards and values his role as an educator secondary only to his role as the patient's advocate.

Harvard Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship
Boston, MA
- Shoulder/Elbow surgery
2012

Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
Boston, MA
- Orthopaedic surgery
2011

Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA
MD
2006

Harvard College
Cambridge, MA
AB
2000

National Trends Show Declining Use of Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Without Rotator Cuff Repair.
Curtis DM, Bradley AT, Lin Y, Baker HP, Shi LL, Strelzow JA, Athiviraham A. National Trends Show Declining Use of Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression Without Rotator Cuff Repair. Arthroscopy. 2021 May 28.
PMID: 34052380

Evaluation of rotator cuff abduction moment arms for superior capsular reconstruction and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.
Dolan MT, Patetta MJ, Pradhan S, Peresada D, Rybalko D, Bobko A, Koh JL, Shi L, Goldberg BA, Amirouche F. Evaluation of rotator cuff abduction moment arms for superior capsular reconstruction and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. Int Orthop. 2021 May 24.
PMID: 34027565

The Influence of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on Lumbar Arthrodesis.
Pirkle S, Bhattacharjee S, El Dafrawy M, Leucht P, Shi LL, Lee MJ. The Influence of Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors on Lumbar Arthrodesis. Clin Spine Surg. 2021 May 01; 34(4):E200-E204.
PMID: 32991364

Acute Versus Delayed Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for the Primary Treatment of Proximal Humeral Fractures.
Seidel HD, Bhattacharjee S, Koh JL, Strelzow JA, Shi LL. Acute Versus Delayed Reverse Shoulder Arthroplasty for the Primary Treatment of Proximal Humeral Fractures. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Apr 07.
PMID: 33826552

Long-term rates of bladder dysfunction after decompression in patients with cauda equina syndrome.
Seidel H, Bhattacharjee S, Pirkle S, Shi L, Strelzow J, Lee M, El Dafrawy M. Long-term rates of bladder dysfunction after decompression in patients with cauda equina syndrome. Spine J. 2021 05; 21(5):803-809.
PMID: 33434651

Assessing the Efficacy of Certificate of Need Laws Through Total Joint Arthroplasty.
Schultz OA, Shi L, Lee M. Assessing the Efficacy of Certificate of Need Laws Through Total Joint Arthroplasty. J Healthc Qual. 2021 Jan-Feb 01; 43(1):e1-e7.
PMID: 33252369

Are Comorbidities Affecting Rotator Cuff Repair Outcomes? A Retrospective Review of Postoperative Costs and complications.
Bradley AT, Lin Y, Kingston KA, Koh JL, Lee MJ, Shi L. Are Comorbidities Affecting Rotator Cuff Repair Outcomes? A Retrospective Review of Postoperative Costs and complications. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2021; 30(1):24-29.
PMID: 33851910

Trends of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in the United States from 2003 to 2014: Analysis of 3,133 Patients.
Idowu OA, Boyajian HH, Lindsay-Rivera K, Lee CS, Lee MJ, Shi LL, Athiviraham A. Trends of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in the United States from 2003 to 2014: Analysis of 3,133 Patients. Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2020 Dec; 2(6):e705-e710.
PMID: 33364608

Chronic Preoperative Opioids Are Associated With Revision After Rotator Cuff Repair.
Bhattacharjee S, Jordan B, Sohn A, Seidel H, Lee MJ, Strelzow J, Shi LL. Chronic Preoperative Opioids Are Associated With Revision After Rotator Cuff Repair. Arthroscopy. 2021 04; 37(4):1110-1114.e5.
PMID: 33278529

Assessing the Efficacy of Certificate of Need Laws Through Total Joint Arthroplasty.
Schultz OA, Shi L, Lee M. Assessing the Efficacy of Certificate of Need Laws Through Total Joint Arthroplasty. J Healthc Qual. 2020 Nov 26.
PMID: 33252369

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NIH Loan Repayment Program award
2013

Gold Medal presentation. American Roentgen Ray Society Annual Meeting.
2012

AAOS Clinical Scientist Development Program (CSDP) participant
2009

Paul Dudley White Fellowship for International Research
Harvard Medical School
2001

Community Service Award
Harvard Medical School
2001

Magna Cum Laude with Highest Honors
Harvard College
2000

Phi Beta Kappa
Harvard College
1999

Derek Bok Award for Distinguished Teaching
1999 - 2000