Michael J DeFranco, MD

DeFranco Michael J
Orthopedic Surgery
Primary Office
Address 201 NW 82 Avenue
Suite 305
Plantation, FL 33324
Phone: 954-424-4218
Fax: 954-901-2673
Alternate Location
Address 1116 East Broward Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-424-4218
Fax: 954-901-2673

About Me

Michael DeFranco, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He earned his medical degree from Case Western University School of Medicine in 2001. He completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery at The Cleveland Clinic in 2002 and 2007, respectively, serving as Chief Resident in Orthopedic Surgery there from 2005 to 2007. He completed fellowships in orthopedic surgery at Rush University Medical Center in 2008 and at Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, in 2009.


  • Case Western Reserve School Of Medicine, 2001
  • Cleveland Clinic Hospital, 2007, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, 2009, Orthopedic Surgery
  • Rush University Medical Center Program, 2008, Sports Medicine
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-Orthopedic
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery-Sports Medicine

Hospital Affiliation

Professional Highlights


Non-surgical and surgical care for:

  • shoulder disorders
  • knee disorders
  • sports injuries

Surgical specialties include:

  • shoulder arthroscopy
  • shoulder replacements
  • knee arthroscopy
  • cartilage restoration procedures


Awards and honors

  • Presidential Citation Award, Academy of Medicine/Northern Ohio Medical Association, 2005
  • Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, 2005
  • AOA Resident Leadership Forum, 2004
  • AO North American Resident Research Grant, 2004
  • AAOS/OREF Clinician Scientist Development Program, 2004
  • Katherine Wolcott Walker Resident Research Award, 2003
  • OREF Resident Research Grant, 2003
  • AAOS Case Authors’ Competition, Third Place, 2002
  • International Center for Health and Cooperation Scholarship, 1999
  • American Society of Clinical Pathologists Medical Student Fellowship, 1998
  • Irwin M. Leprow Medical Research Scholarship, 1996
  • Cum Laude, Fordham University, 1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1993
  • Merck Index Award, 1993
  • Fordham University Department of Chemistry Award, 1993
  • Lord of the Manor, 1993
  • Edward M. Chester, MD, Medical Research Scholarship, Alpha Sigma Nu, 1992
  • Project Health Care, Bellevue Hospital, 1991

Professional organizations

  • American Society of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine
  • Association of Ringside Physicians

Recent publications

  • “Effect of Highly Purified Capsaicin on Articular Cartilage and Rotator Cuff Tendon Healing: An In Vivo Rabbit Study,” Journal of Orthopedic Research, 2015
  • “Complications After Arthroscopic Revision Rotator Cuff Repair,” Arthroscopy, 2013
  • “Revisited: Reliability of the Walch Classification of the Glenoid in Osteoarthritis,” Shoulder & Elbow, 2012
  • “The Teres Minor in Rotator Cuff Tears,” Skeletal Radiology, 2001
  • “Current Issues in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty,” Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, 2011
  • “An Evaluation of the Radiological Changes Around the Grammont Reverse Geometry Should Arthroplasty After Eight to 12 Years,” Journal of Bone Joint Surgery, 2001
  • “Play Smarter, Not Harder,” Sauk Valley Media, 2013
  • “Poorer Health, Shorter Lives,” Sauk Valley Media, 2013
  • “I Was Young and Reckless: The Importance of Preseason Sports Health Evaluations,” Sauk Valley Media, 2013
  • “Sports Concussions,” Sauk Valley Media, 2012
  • “Obesity: A Major Problem in the Sauk Valley,” Sauk Valley Media, 2012
  • “Turf Presents New Batch of Injury Concerns,” Sauk Valley Media, 2012
  • “Scapulothoracic Endoscopy and the Snapping Scapula,” The Shoulder, 2012
  • “Sports Injuries in Young Athletes,” Sauk Valley Media, 2011
  • “Treatment for Shoulder Arthritis,” Sauk Valley Media, 2011
  • “Reconstruction of the Anterior Glenoid for Recurrent Anterior Glenohumeral Instability (Latarjet-Patte Procedure),” Chapter 17, Management of the Unstable Shoulder: Arthroscopic and Open Repair, 2011


  • “Complications After Arthroscopic Revision Rotator Cuff Repair: A Multicenter Study,” AAOS Annual Meeting, 2011