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

Analysis of the Cost and Efficacy of Intra-Articular Knee Injections.
Pirkle S, Seidel H, Bhattacharjee S, Shi LL, Lee MJ, Strelzow JA. Analysis of the Cost and Efficacy of Intra-Articular Knee Injections. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2022 02 18; 6(2).
PMID: 35179519

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 Oct 01; 29(19):832-839.
PMID: 33826552

Trends in Corticosteroid Injections for Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis: An Analysis of 80,169 Patients.
Sun JQ, Stillson QA, Strelzow JA, Shi LL. Trends in Corticosteroid Injections for Treatment of Lateral Epicondylitis: An Analysis of 80,169 Patients. J Am Acad Orthop Surg Glob Res Rev. 2021 09 10; 5(9).
PMID: 34506365

Does lumbar spine fusion predispose patients to future total hip replacement?
Pirkle S, Bhattacharjee S, Reddy S, Castillo H, Shi LL, Lee MJ, Dafrawy ME. Does lumbar spine fusion predispose patients to future total hip replacement? J Neurosurg Spine. 2021 Aug 06; 1-7.
PMID: 34359035

Do We Need to Wait 3 Months After Corticosteroid Injections to Reduce the Risk of Infection After Total Knee Arthroplasty?
Bhattacharjee S, Wallace S, Luu HH, Shi LL, Lee MJ, Chen AF. Do We Need to Wait 3 Months After Corticosteroid Injections to Reduce the Risk of Infection After Total Knee Arthroplasty? J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2021 Jul 15; 29(14):e714-e721.
PMID: 33229905

De Quervain Tenosynovitis: An Evaluation of the Epidemiology and Utility of Multiple Injections Using a National Database.
Hassan K, Sohn A, Shi L, Lee M, Wolf JM. De Quervain Tenosynovitis: An Evaluation of the Epidemiology and Utility of Multiple Injections Using a National Database. J Hand Surg Am. 2022 03; 47(3):284.e1-284.e6.
PMID: 34147317

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 12; 37(12):3397-3404.
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 07; 45(7):1767-1774.
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 05 01; 34(4):E200-E204.
PMID: 32991364

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

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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