Catherine Rapp, MD
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon Shoulder & Elbow Specialist
Dr. Catherine Rapp is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon fellowship-trained in shoulder and elbow reconstruction. Dr. Rapp performs a variety of complex procedures in the shoulder and elbow including both anatomic and reverse shoulder replacements, elbow replacements, and minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures. Dr. Rapp also has extensive experience in sports medicine and athletic injuries gained during her time as an active duty Navy surgeon. She currently sees people of all ages with injuries to the shoulder, elbow, and knee as well as those in need of fracture care.
Dr. Rapp earned her medical degree at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine and went on to complete a residency at Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA. Fellowship in advanced reconstruction of the adult shoulder and elbow was completed at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.
Dr. Rapp served in the U.S. Navy as a general orthopaedic surgeon in Sicily, Italy; Jacksonville, FL; and Kandahar, Afghanistan. This experience has been invaluable in helping Dr. Rapp better serve both military and civilian patients throughout her training and years in practice. She looks forward to meeting her new SMOC patients and serving in the Hampton Roads community she loves.
University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL
Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA
Adult Shoulder & Elbow Reconstruction, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI
MBA, George Washington University School of Business, Washington, D.C.
Honors and Awards
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Foundation Grant Recipient 2017
Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals: 2017, 2017
Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals: 2015, 2013
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society
Alpha Omega Alpha
Rapp CM, Vara A, Wiater BP, Wiater JM. Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair using a suture-bridge technique and associated open subpectoral biceps tenodesis. In U Srikumaran (Ed.), Video Atlas of Rotator Cuff Repair. Manuscript and video accepted for publication.
Wu J, Rapp CM, Shields E, Wiater JM. Management of the Failed Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. In R Tashjian (Ed.), Complex and Revision Shoulder Arthroplasty: An Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluation and Management. Manuscript accepted for publication.
Hale R, Rapp CM, Watson D. IM fixation of intertrochanteric femur fractures; Should sliding be locked to prevent collapse? Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 2011
Orloff HA, Rapp CM. The effects of load carriage on spinal curvature and posture. Spine. 2004; 29(12):1325-9
Rapp CM, Orloff HA. The effects of load carriage on spinal curvature and posture. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, 2003; University of Puget Sound, Phi Sigma Symposium, Tacoma, WA, 2003; and Whitworth College, Murdock Research Grant Conference, Spokane, WA, 2002
Breakthroughs in treatment
New treatment options are exciting because surgeons can see first-hand how patients are affected. The reverse total shoulder replacement, for example, has given hope to a population of patients who didn’t have many options in the US 15 years ago. With that surgical option today, patients are getting answers.