About Evan O'Donnell, MD

Dr. Evan O’Donnell is a Sports Medicine and Shoulder Orthopedic Surgeon. He is also a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. O’Donnell specializes in shoulder surgery and sports medicine, including arthroscopic and reconstructive surgeries of the shoulder. As a former college athlete and volunteer firefighter, he has extensive experience treating athletes at all ages and levels (including high school, collegiate, and professional), as well as occupational athletes in the emergency services.

Dr. O’Donnell completed his orthopedic residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. He completed his fellowship training in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School where he was an assistant team physician for the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and New England Revolution.

Additionally, Dr. O’Donnell was named the first Richard Frisbie Fellow and worked closely with Harvard University’s student athletes, covering Harvard’s Football, Men’s & Women’s Ice Hockey, Men’s Lacrosse, Rugby, and Wrestling teams.

Dr. O’Donnell earned his AB from Harvard College where he was co-captain of the Varsity Men’s Lacrosse Team and was awarded the Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding undergraduate research. He earned his MD from Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society and was awarded the New York Orthopaedic Hospital Award for his academic orthopedic pursuits.

Academically, Dr. O’Donnell has authored numerous peer-reviewed research papers and book chapters and has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of shoulder surgery. He serves as a reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine and is a former reviewer of the Hospital for Special Surgery Journal.

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Sports Medicine Service
Charles River Plaza
175 Cambridge St., 4th Floor
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-7500

Sports Medicine at Mass General Waltham
52 Second Ave.
3rd Floor, Suite 3300
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 617-726-7500

Medical Education

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
  • Residency, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Dr. O’Donnell’s academic interests are of shoulder preservation, biological optimization, and reparative and reconstructive surgeries. He has published on the medical comorbidities that affect rotator cuff repair, the timing of rotator cuff repair, the outcomes of total shoulder replacements, and shoulder associated health care cost analyses.


  • Selected Publications:

    • O'Donnell EA, Fu MC, White AE, et al. The Effect of Patient Characteristics and Comorbidities on the Rate of Revision Rotator Cuff Repair. Arthroscopy. 2020;36(9):2380-2388. doi:10.1016/j.arthro.2020.05.022.
    • Figgie MP, Kahn B, O'Donnell EA. Shoulder and Elbow Surgery in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Open Orthop J. 2020;14:82-87. doi:10.2174/1874325002014010082
    • Anakwenze OA, O’Donnell EA, Jobin CM, Levine WN, Ahmad CS. Medical Complications and Outcomes after Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: A Nationwide Analysis. Am J Orthop. 2019. Oct;47(10). Doi: 10.12788/ajo.2019.0086
    • Nwachukwu BU, O’Donnell EA, McLawhorn AS, Cross MB. Episode of Care Payments in Total Joint Arthroplasty and Cost Minimization Strategies. HSS J. 2016 Feb;12(1):91-3. doi: 10.1007/s11420-015-9460-x. Epub 2015 Sep 2.PMID: 26855635
    • Anakwenze OA, Kwon D, O'Donnell E, Levine WN, Ahmad CS. Surgical treatment of posterolateral rotatory instability of the elbow. Arthroscopy. 2014 Jul;30(7):866-71. doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2014.02.029. Epub 2014 Apr 14. PMID: 24731385.

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