Tamara A. Scerpella, MD  
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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Scerpella is head of the Division of Sports Medicine. She specializes in sports medicine and in arthroscopic reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee, including anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction, meniscus repair, rotator cuff repair and capsulolabral reconstruction for the treatment of shoulder instability.


Pediatric Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Performing Arts Medicine - Musculoskeletal Disorders


Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-8850 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
UW Health at The American Center
(608) 263-8850 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery, Union Memorial Hospital, Baltimore, MD

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, IA

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Dr. Scerpella's research interests include bone mineral accrual during childhood, bone mineral density and tibial stress fractures/medial tibial stress syndrome, and functional outcome of arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

PubMed Articles
Dowthwaite JN Weiss DM Thein-Nissenbaum J Scerpella TA A 2-yr, School-Based Resistance Exercise Pilot Program Increases Bone Accrual in Adolescent Girls. Transl J Am Coll Sports Med . 2019 Jun;4(11):74-83
[PubMed ID: 31673627]
Troy KL Scerpella TA Dowthwaite JN Circum-menarcheal bone acquisition is stress-driven: A longitudinal study in adolescent female gymnasts and non-gymnasts. J Biomech . 2018 Sep 10;78:45-51
[PubMed ID: 30055842]
Dowthwaite JN Dunsmore KA Wang D Rosenbaum PF Scerpella TA Cross-Calibrated Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry Scanners Demonstrate Systematic Bias in Pediatric and Young Adult Females. J Clin Densitom . 2018 Apr - Jun;21(2):281-294
[PubMed ID: 28258886]
Ren J Brann LS Bruening KS Scerpella TA Dowthwaite JN Relationships among diet, physical activity, and dual plane dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry bone outcomes in pre-pubertalgirls. Arch Osteoporos . 2017 Dec;12(1):19
[PubMed ID: 28197890]
Christensen JE Taylor NE Hetzel SJ Shepler JA Scerpella TA Isokinetic Strength Deficit 6 Months After Adductor Canal Blockade for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Orthop J Sports Med . 2017 Nov;5(11):2325967117736249
[PubMed ID: 29152521]
Scerpella TA Bernardoni B Wang S Rathouz PJ Li Q Dowthwaite JN Site-specific, adult bone benefits attributed to loading during youth: A preliminary longitudinal analysis. Bone . 2016 Apr;85:148-59
[PubMed ID: 26826335]
Bernardoni B Scerpella TA Rosenbaum PF Kanaley JA Raab LN Li Q Wang S Dowthwaite JN The Influence of Organized Physical Activity (Including Gymnastics) on Young Adult Skeletal Traits: Is Maturity Phase Important? Pediatr Exerc Sci . 2015 May;27(2):285-96
[PubMed ID: 25386845]
Dowthwaite JN Rosenbaum PF Sames CA Scerpella TA Muscle function, dynamic loading, and femoral neck structure in pediatric females. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2014;46(5):911-9
[PubMed ID: 24743106]
Scerpella TA Gero NM Ursillo CR Rosenbaum PF Dowthwaite JN Improved body composition assessment using biceps skinfold and physical activity score in premenarcheal girls: a DXA-based validation study. Int J Body Compos Res . 2013;11(2):35-42
[PubMed ID: 26361436]
Dowthwaite JN Rosenbaum PF Scerpella TA Site-specific advantages in skeletal geometry and strength at the proximal femur and forearm in young female gymnasts. Bone . 2012 May;50(5):1173-83
[PubMed ID: 22342799]
Dowthwaite JN Rosenbaum PF Scerpella TA Mechanical loading during growth is associated with plane-specific differences in vertebral geometry: A cross-sectional analysis comparing artistic gymnasts vs. non-gymnasts. Bone . 2011 Nov;49(5):1046-54
[PubMed ID: 21839871]
Scerpella TA Dowthwaite JN Gero NM Kanaley JA Ploutz-Snyder RJ Skeletal benefits of pre-menarcheal gymnastics are retained after activity cessation. Pediatr Exerc Sci . 2010 Feb;22(1):21-33
[PubMed ID: 20332537]
Cole JH Dowthwaite JN Scerpella TA van der Meulen MC Correcting fan-beam magnification in clinical densitometry scans of growing subjects. J Clin Densitom . 2009 Jul-Sep;12(3):322-9
[PubMed ID: 19647670]
Dowthwaite JN Hickman RM Kanaley JA Ploutz-Snyder RJ Spadaro JA Scerpella TA Distal radius strength: a comparison of DXA-derived vs pQCT-measured parameters in adolescent females. J Clin Densitom . 2009 Jan-Mar;12(1):42-53
[PubMed ID: 19084448]
Dowthwaite JN Flowers PP Spadaro JA Scerpella TA Bone geometry, density, and strength indices of the distal radius reflect loading via childhood gymnastic activity. J Clin Densitom . 2007 Jan-Mar;10(1):65-75
[PubMed ID: 17289528]
Dowthwaite JN DiStefano JG Ploutz-Snyder RJ Kanaley JA Scerpella TA Maturity and activity-related differences in bone mineral density: Tanner I vs. II and gymnasts vs. non-gymnasts. Bone . 2006 Oct;39(4):895-900
[PubMed ID: 16757218]
Scerpella TA Stayer TJ Makhuli BZ Ligamentous laxity and non-contact anterior cruciate ligament tears: a gender-based comparison. Orthopedics . 2005 Jul;28(7):656-60
[PubMed ID: 16119280]
Cole JH Scerpella TA van der Meulen MC Fan-beam densitometry of the growing skeleton: are we measuring what we think we are? J Clin Densitom . 2005 Spring;8(1):57-64
[PubMed ID: 15722588]
Katz DA Scerpella TA Anterior and middle column thoracolumbar spine injuries in young female gymnasts. Report of seven cases and review of the literature. Am J Sports Med . 2003 Jul-Aug;31(4):611-6
[PubMed ID: 12860554]
Scerpella TA Tuladhar P Kanaley JA Validation of the Godin-Shephard questionnaire in prepubertal girls. Med Sci Sports Exerc . 2002 May;34(5):845-50
[PubMed ID: 11984304]
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