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Shane Woolf, M.D.Board Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonSports Medicine Specialist

Dr. Shane Woolf completed his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Princeton University in 1994 and then earned his medical degree from the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in 1998. He completed residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina, then went on to complete a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute in Taos, New Mexico. While in New Mexico, Dr. Woolf served as team physician for Highlands University, several high schools in northern New Mexico as well as serving as medical consultant to Taos Ski Valley and Angel Fire ski resorts. Dr. Woolf returned to Charleston in 2006 to join the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Medical University of South Carolina. In 2013, he was appointed Chief of Sports Medicine and Medical Director of the Sport Medicine Program and was promoted to Professor in 2020. He was honored to serve in those roles until January 2022 before leaving MUSC to join the Charleston Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Centers.

Dr. Woolf is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and holds a certificate of added qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Woolf's practice interests include injuries to athletes of all skill levels and ages, with particular interests in shoulder and knee problems in active and athletic individuals. His clinical practice includes knee and shoulder injuries, rotator cuff disorders, shoulder instability, throwing shoulder injuries, shoulder arthritis and replacement, knee instability, anterior cruciate ligament injury (ACL), meniscus tears, cartilage injury, and non-arthritic hip pain.

Over the past two decades including during training and in practice, Dr. Woolf has provided medical coverage and support as consulting physician to athletes ranging from elite/Olympic level to professional/college level to high school and club sports. Over that time, he has worked with organizations including the Charleston Riverdogs (MiLB), Charleston Battery (USL Championship soccer), South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL hockey), Highlands University, Taos Ski Valley, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Volvo Car Open/Credit One Bank Open tennis tournament, as well as numerous high schools, and other sports programs. Dr. Woolf has also served in the medical pool for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association. He is past president of both the South Carolina Orthopaedic Association and the Charleston County Medical Society and currently serves as one of two South Carolina representatives to the AAOS Board of Councilors. He has served as an Assistant Master Instructor at the AAOS/AANA/AOSSM Orthopaedic Learning Center teaching advanced orthopaedics and arthroscopy techniques to the next generation of surgeons.

Dr. Woolf resides in Charleston with his wife, two children and a loyal old lab retriever.

Education & Training

  • Taos Orthopaedic Institute & Research Foundation
    Fellowship, Sports Medicine, 2005 - 2006
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2000 - 2005
  • Medical University of South Carolina
    Internship, Transitional Year, 1998 - 1999
  • Penn State University College of Medicine
    Class of 1998


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orthopaedic Sports Medicine


  • 2021 Irving Glick Tournament Physician Award – Women’s Tennis Association
  • CMS Meaningful Use Stage 1 Certification EpicCare Ambulatory EMR, Epic Systems Corporation, 2012-2013
  • Professional Memberships American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons - AAOS Fellow
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America - AANA Member
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine - AOSSM Member



  • Effect of Adductor Canal Block Versus Femoral Nerve Block on Quadriceps Strength, Function, and Postoperative Pain After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Systematic Review of Level 1 Studies.
    The American journal of sports medicine Edwards MD, Bethea JP, Hunnicutt JL, Slone HS, Woolf SK 12/4/2019

  • Smoking is associated with increased surgical complications following total shoulder arthroplasty: an analysis of 14,465 patients.
    Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery Althoff AD, Reeves RA, Traven SA, Wilson JM, Woolf SK, Slone HS 9/10/2019

  • Modified frailty index predicts medical complications, length of stay, readmission, and mortality following total shoulder arthroplasty.
    Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery Traven, S. A., McGurk, K. M., Reeves, R. A., Walton, Z. J., Woolf, S. K., Slone, H. S. 6/17/2019

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Journal Article

  • Closed reduction of shoulder dislocations in the emergency department: does an emergency medicine residency affect the orthopaedic resident experience?
    Current Orthopedic Practice Mondestin M, Barfield WR, Griffith A, Smalley J, Woolf SK 11/2017