Shoulder Reconstruction
Elbow Reconstruction
Sports Medicine
Arthroscopic Surgery
Fracture Care
Shoulder Pain

Meet Dr. Rapp



Catherine M. 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.

“I’m here to help patients reach their goals and get back to normal activity in the least invasive way possible.”Catherine Rapp, M.D.

Bachelor’s Degree

University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, WA

Medical Degree

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, Springfield, IL


Orthopaedic Surgery, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, VA


Adult Shoulder & Elbow Reconstruction, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI

Graduate Degree

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.

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