Aaron Krych, M.D.

Physician - Orthopedic Surgery

  • Sports Medicine
  • Rochester, MN
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  • Meniscus repair and transplantation
  • Knee cartilage restoration
  • Realignment surgery with osteotomy and knee ligament reconstruction
  • ACL injuries and treatment
  • Shoulder instability and labral tear
  • Hip cartilage restoration
  • Hip arthroscopic labral repair
  • Surgical treatment of femoroacetabular impingement (FAI)
  • Youth athletes with articular cartilage defects of the hip
  • Research: improving cartilage allograft through a living donor allograft program, mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) injection for hip and knee arthritis, meniscus repair, and single stage cell-based cartilage repair for the knee and hip

Personal Interests

Dr. Krych’s hope is that through his research, patients of all activity levels and ages can be treated with joint preservation strategies to optimize homeostasis of the hip and knee joint, and prevent or delay joint replacement. In addition, young athletes with articular cartilage defects present a unique challenge to the field of cartilage restoration, as these athletes are determined to return to very high demand activities. We are developing strategies through our research to optimize outcomes. 

Undergraduate Studies

Saint John’s University - Collegeville, MN

Medical School

Mayo Medical School - Rochester, MN  


Mayo Clinic Department of Orthopedic Surgery - Rochester, MN 


Orthopedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder - Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY 

  • MOCA (Metrics of Osteochondral Allografts) group (2017-present)
  • ROCK (Research in Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Knee) group (2016-present)
  • Orthopedic Research Society Meniscus Study Section (2016-present)
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (2009-present)
  • American Orthopedic Society Sports Medicine (2011-present)
  • International Cartilage Repair Society (2012-present)
  • International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (2013-present)
  • Mid-America Orthopedic Association (2010-present)
  • Minnesota Orthopedic Society (2013-present)
  • Team Physician, Rochester Community Technical College Football (2014 - present)
  • Team Physician, John Marshall High School Football (2011-present)
  • Team Physician, New York Giants Football Team, East Rutherford, New Jersey (2010 - 2011)
  • Team Physician, Saint John’s University men’s and women’s soccer & men’s and women’s basketball Queens, New York (2010 - 2011)
  • 2019 APKASS/AOSSM Traveling Fellowship Tour
  • 2018 International Cartilage Regeneration and Joint Preservation Society (ICRS) Cum Laude Research Award:Failure In Cartilage Repair Surgery: An Analysis Of Failure Mode Of The Primary Procedure In Consecutive Cases”
  • 2017 American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) Herodicus Research Award: “What is the Natural History of Patellar Dislocation in Skeletally Immature Patients?”
  • 2017 International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS) Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award: Patellofemoral Arthritis after Lateral Patellar Dislocation: A Matched Population-Based Analysis.
  • 2017 Guest Editor Clinical Orthopaedic and Related Research: “Improving Care of Patients with ACL Injuries: A Team Approach.”
  • 2016 Celso-Ramón Garcia Award for Outstanding Women’s Health Research “Are Female Soccer Players At An Increased Risk of Second Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Compared to Their Athletic Peers?”
  • “The 16 Standout North American Sports Knee Surgeons,” Orthopedics This Week 2016
  • 2016 Teacher of the Year by the Mayo Fellows’ Association in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic
  • 2015 Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) Annual Meeting Highest Rated Poster for “Repeat Meniscus Repair: What can we expect?”
  • ISAKOS 2015 Patellofemoral Research Excellence Award Finalist, “Assessing Patellar Instability: Relating Tibial Tubercle Trochlear Groove Distance To Patient Specific Anatomy”
  • ISAKOS 2015 Scientific Award Finalist, “Return To Sport: Does Excellent 6-Month Strength And Function Following ACL Reconstruction Predict Mid-Term Outcomes?”
  • 2013 International Cartilage Repair Society Lars-Peterson - Sanofi Travelling Fellowship, Europe

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