Miho J. Tanaka, MD


Physician Investigator (Cl)
Orthopaedic Surgery, Mass General Research Institute
Member of the Faculty of Orthopedic Surgery
Harvard Medical School
Assistant In Orthopaedic Surgery
Sports Medicine Center, Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, Orthopaedic Surgery Johns Hopkins University 2011
BA, Human Biology Stanford University 2001
MA, Social Stratification and Inequality Stanford University 2001
Fellowship, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery Hospital for Special Surgery, Weill Cornell Medical School 2012
MD New York Medical College 2006
anatomic pathologies of the knee; anatomy; anatomy cross-sectional; computational image analysis; computational modeling; female athletes; knee biomechanics; knee injuries; patellofemoral joint; sports injuries; sports medicine

Dr. Tanaka’s primary research focus is on the biomechanics, imaging and anatomy of the patellofemoral joint as it relates to patellar instability. She has produced over 80 articles, book chapters and presentations primarily focusing on this topic, and she and her colleagues were awarded the Patellofemoral Surgical Anatomy Excellence Award by the Patellofemoral Foundation and Arthroscopy Association of North America in 2014. She was inducted into the International Patellofemoral Study Group in 2017 and was the recipient of the 2017 and 2019 grant awards from the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Tanaka additionally has interest in improving the understanding of treatment outcomes and injury prevention in female athletes. She directs the MGH Women’s Sports Medicine Program and was previously the founding director of the program at Johns Hopkins, created to promote multidisciplinary research, clinical care and outreach/education focused on female athletes. She aims to bridge clinical gaps for female athletes through collaborations with experts in multiple fields, while promoting educational outreach to prevent injuries in women. She was awarded the Community Partnership Grant by the Eileen Fisher Foundation in 2015-2016 for her work in organizing educational programs for injury prevention in local girls’ schools.