William Emper, M.D.

Dr. Emper is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Medical School. He completed his orthopedic training at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and his fellowship training in Sports Medicine at The New England Baptist Hospital in Boston.

Dr. Emper specializes in orthopedic conditions of the knee and shoulder.  His expertise includes arthroscopic surgery, ligament reconstruction and total joint replacement in the knee and shoulder.

Dr. Emper has been the team physician for Villanova University for more than twenty years.  His patients have included adolescent and high school athletes, some of whom have gone on to enjoy all-star careers in the NFL.  He is a faculty member at Jefferson Medical College and currently serves as Chief of Orthopaedics at Bryn Mawr Hospital. In addition, Philadelphia Magazine has recognized him as one of the area’s “Top Doctors”.

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    Professional Profile

    • B.A., Harvard University
    • M.D., Harvard Medical School
    • Internship, General Surgery, Pennsylvania Hospital
    • Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
    • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, New England Baptist Hospital
    Titles & Certifications
    • Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery
    • Instructor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Thomas Jefferson Medical College
    • Team Physician, Villanova University, Villanova, PA
    • Orthopaedic Consultant, Philadelphia 76ers
    Hospital Affiliations
    • Bryn Mawr Hospital
    • Bryn Mawr Surgery Center
    • Riddle Surgery Center
    Professional Associations
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Society
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America
    • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society
    • Philadelphia Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1992 Founding Member
    • Montgomery County Medical Society
    • Eastern Orthopedic Association
    • Pennsylvania Medical Society
    • Thomas B. Quigley Sports Medicine Society (National Society of Orthopedic Surgeons)

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    Publications, peer reviewed:

    Cherry, K.L., Emper, E.D., and Good, R.P.: “Accuracy of Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Disorders of the Knee.” Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal, Volume XVIII:32-36, 1989.

    Betz, R.R., Clancy, M., Emper, W.D., Huss, G.K. and Steel, H.H.: “Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis. Spica Cast Immobilization.” The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.

    Volume 52-A, NO. 4:587-600, April, 1990.

    Emper, W.D.: “A Case of Multidirectional Instability of the Shoulder.” International Congress for Joint Reconstruction. June 12, 2015.

    Warrender W.J., Syed U.A., Hammoud S., Emper W., Ciccotti M.G., Abboud J.A., Freedman K.B.:  “Pain Management After Outpatient Shoulder Arthroscopy.”  The American Journal of Sports Medicine, Volume XX, No. X, October, 2016.

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