THOMAS LAPORTA, M.D.
BOARD-CERTIFIED ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
Dr. LaPorta grew up in Valley Stream, NY. He graduated from Chaminade High School in Mineola, in the top 5% of his class. He attended Fordham University in NY where he majored in biology and graduated to the Dean's advisory cabinet in his senior year and was named to multiple honor societies, including Phi Beta Phi, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Sigma Nu, which he is still active in. Upon graduation he was also awarded the William Steinbugler Prize for best record of achievement in biology for four years.
As a student at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in NY, he organized the Orthopaedic Interest Group and served as president before beginning his orthopaedic residency at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Hospital in NY. While at
NSLIJ, Dr. LaPorta wrote several peer-reviewed articles, a book chapter and was a mentor to his junior residents. One of his papers won the NSLIJ Alumni Day Best Research Paper award and he presented his findings from the podium at the 2014 national orthopaedic meeting in New Orleans. During his residency he covered numerous high school football teams, was a team physician for the Merchant Marine Academy and a sideline doctor for the NY Lizards, a professional lacrosse team. Upon graduating he was honored by his mentors with the Stanley Asnis Clinical Excellence Award.
Following residency, Dr. LaPorta was selected by Dr. James Andrews to be one of his fellows. He spent the year learning sports orthopaedic surgery from the world renowned surgeon and his colleagues. Dr. Laporta spoke at the 2015 Injuries in Football course on the topic of "Management of in-season proximal biceps ruptures" and is actively involved in several important ongoing clinical research projects. While at the Andrews Research and Education Institute, he served as one of the team physicians for the Tuskegee Golden Tigers, the 2015 SIAC football champions, and also had experience on the sideline of Auburn University.
Dr. LaPorta is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He serves as the local team physician for the Boston Red Sox, Bishop Verot Highschool, City of Palms Classic and Florida Southwestern.
He is married and his hobbies include golf, scuba-diving, hiking and travel.
Dr. LaPorta offers a complete evaluation for all types of orthopedic injuries. Treatments may include further diagnostic imaging (MRI or CT scans), physical therapy, medications, injections, or possibly surgical interventions.
Dr. LaPorta is fellowship-trained in Sports Medicine and works with athletes of all levels spanning from high school and amateur athletics to professional athletes. He uses the most modern and minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques for treatment of shoulder, knee, hip, and ankle injuries.