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Neilen Benvegnu, M.D.Orthopedic Surgeon
Sports Medicine Specialist

Neilen Benvegnu, MD is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine. He is passionate about helping athletes and active individuals of all ages and levels achieve their goals and return to their optimal performance. He offers comprehensive care for a wide range of orthopedic conditions, including shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee injuries.


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA - 07/22 – 07/23
    Orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship, AOSSM accredited.
  • LAC+USC, Keck Medical Center, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA - 07/17 – 06/22
    Orthopaedic surgery residency. ACGME accredited.
  • Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School,Piscataway, NJ - 08/13 – 06/17
    Doctor of Medicine
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ - 09/09 – 06/13
    Bachelor of Arts, Psychology


  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA - 07/22 – present
    Orthopaedic sports medicine fellow research
    Senior investigators: Volker Musahl MD, Albert Lin MD, James P. Bradley MD, Dharmesh Vyas MD
    Clinical research in orthopaedic sports medicine.
  • Keck School of Medicine, USC, Department of Orthopaedics, Los Angeles, CA - 07/17 – 06/22
    Orthopaedic resident research
    Senior investigators: James Tibone MD, Frank Petrigliano MD, George F. Rick Hatch III MD, Seth Gamradt MD, Alexander Weber MD, Reza Omid MD
    Clinical research in orthopaedic surgery.
  • Kaiser Baldwin Park, Department of Orthopaedics Sports Medicine, Baldwin Park, CA - 07/19 – 06/21
    Orthopaedic resident research
    Senior investigators: Raffy Mirzayan MD
    Clinical research in orthopaedic surgery
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Department of Orthopaedics, New Brunswick, NJ - 07/13 – 06/14
    Medical student research
    Senior investigator: Charles J. Gatt Jr. MD
    Basic science research in cartilage and tendon scaffolds
  • Princeton Conway Working Memory Lab, New Brunswick, NJ - 09/11 – 06/13
    Undergraduate student research
    Senior investigator: Andrew R. A. Conway PhD
    Clinical research in working memory and cognitive neuroscience


  1. Benvegnu N, Gnandt R, Nammour MA, Patel N, Schulz W, Eads RB, Vyas D. Current Treatment of Initial Anterior Shoulder Instability in National Hockey League Players. Accepted to OJSM
  2. Mirzayan R, Benvegnu N, Sidell M, Acevedo DC, DeWitt DO, Lowe N, Singh A. Functional outcomes of ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction with a novel double suspensory fixation. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 2020;29:1530-7.
  3. Kaarre J, Runer A, Benvegnu N, Dadoo S, Persson F, Nammour M, Musahl V, Samuelsson K. Anatomic Flat Double Bundle MCL Reconstruction. Accepted to Arthroscopy Techniques
  4. Bogdanov JM, Bolia IK, Benvegnu N, Michener LA, Weber AE, Petrigliano FA. Rehabilitation Following Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction in Overhead-Throwing Athletes. JBJS Rev. 2021 Apr 5;9(4). doi: 10.2106/JBJS.RVW.20.00154. PMID: 33819204.
  5. Jalali O, Vredenburgh Z, Prodromo J, Benvegnu N, Hatch GFR. Bipolar Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation and Joint Reconstruction for Patellar and Trochlear Cartilage Defects. Arthroscopy Techniques 2019;8:e1533-e41

Book Chapters

  1. Benvegnu N, Mirzayan R. “Elbow Synovitis, Loose Bodies, and Posteromedial Impingement”, Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine. Edited by Brian J. Cole et al., Third edition., Elsevier, 2022. 417-426.
  2. Dadoo S, Herman Z, Benvegnu N, Yamamoto T, Musahl V. Revision ACL Reconstruction and Associated Procedures. Elsevier’s Clinics in Sports Medicine.

Abstracts, Posters, Submissions & Current Research

  1. Benvegnu N, Curley AJ, Chao R, Hughes JD, Vyas D. Comparing Outcomes of Patients Undergoing SCR Primarily versus SCR After Failed Rotator Cuff Repair. Abstract Accepted - Poster Presentation at AOSSM 2022 Meeting
  2. Engler I, Greiner J, Benvegnu N, Chang A, Scherer R, Vyas D. Outcomes of Operative Versus Nonoperative Management of Posterior Shoulder Instability.
  3. Engler I, Herman Z, Benvegnu N, Serrano R, Ehab N, Vyas D. Outcomes of Quadriceps versus BTB Autograft ACL in Female Soccer Players. Submitted to OJSM
  4. Engler I, Benvegnu N, Chang A, Kaarre J, Shannon M, Curley AJ, Hughes JD, Lesniak BP, Musahl V. Low Revision Rate in Allograft ACL Reconstruction Regardless of Allograft Type, Bone Block, and Sterilization Technique in the Masters Athlete. Submitted to AOSSM
  5. Korber S, Benvegnu N, Panish B, Juhan T, Bolia IB, Weber A, Argintar EH, Hatch GFR. Outcomes of Multiligament Knee Injury treated with versus without Internal Brace Suture Augmentation. Submitted to AJSM
  6. Grandberg C, Engler I, Benvegnu N, Drain NP, Kaarre J, Popchak AJ, Godshaw BM, Hughes JD, Musahl V. Low Revision Risk with Arthroscopic Management of Shoulder Instability in Division 1 College Football. Submitted to OJSM
  7. Bolia I, Eppler M, Korber S, Benvegnu N, Trasolini N, Howard M, Collon K, Mayfield C, Petrigliano F, Weber A. Systematic Review and Meta-analysis of Injuries in Water Polo: A Call for Research.

Team Coverage Experience

  • Assistant Team Physician Pittsburgh Steelers (NFL) - 07/22 – Present
  • Assistant Team Physician Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) - 07/22 – Present
  • Assistant Team Physician University of Pittsburgh Panthers Football (NCAA Division 1) - 07/22 – Present
  • Team Physician University of Pittsburgh Panthers Men’s Soccer (NCAA Division 1) - 07/22 – Present
  • Team Physician High School Football 07/17 – 07/22
    • La Cañada High School: Varsity Football, La Cañada Flintridge, CA
    • Flintridge Prep: Varsity Football, La Cañada, CA
    • Maranatha High School: Varsity Football, Pasadena, CA
    • Pasadena High School: Varsity Football, Pasadena, CA
    • San Marino High School: Varsity Football, San Marino, CA

Professional Involvement

  • Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) - 2017 – present
  • Member and Reviewer, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) - 2021 – present
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) - 2021 – present
  • Member, Arthroscopy Associaiton of North America (AANA) - 2021 – present
  • Member, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery, and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine - 2021 – present
  • Member, J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society - 2021 – present


  • Princeton Sigma Xi Research Award - 2013

Work Experience

  • Kaiser Permanente Per Diem Physician - 2020 – 2022
  • Eric B. Chandler Health Center Promise Clinic - 2013 – 2017
  • Actor, The Savage Agency - 2002 – 2009

Leadership and Community Involvement

  • Physicians Wellness Initiative, RWJMS - President - 2013 – 2017
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Student Government – Social Chair - 2013 – 2017
  • Peer-Assisted Learning Tutor, RWJMS - 2013 – 2015
  • Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Summer Science Scholars Academy – Peer Mentor/Tutor - 2014
  • Princeton Pre-Medical Society, Princeton University – Co-Founder & Social Chair - 2010 – 2013
  • Princeton First Aid & Rescue Squad – EMT-B - 2010 – 2013
  • Princeton Running Club – Co-founder - 2009 – 2011

Courses Attended

  • UPMC Sports Medicine Cadaveric Labs, S+N, Arthrex, Mitek – ACL, Multiligament, Osteotomy, Meniscal Transplant (Musahl), Rotator Cuff Repair, Shoulder Arthroplasty, SCR, Latarjet, DTA (Lin, Mauro), Hip Arthroscopy (Vyas), UCL, BEAR (Lesniak), Open capsular shift (Hughes), PCL (Rabuck), Rotator Cuff Repair (Rodosky) - Pittsburgh, 2022-2023
  • Arthrex Sports Medicine Fellowship Forum + Hip Specialty Session Naples, - May 2023
  • Stryker Upper Extremities Fellowship Capstone Course Denver, - April 2023
  • Future Leaders: Sports Medicine Fellows Course East Palm Beach, - April 2023
  • AOSSM Fellows Course + Hip Specialty Session OLC, - February 2023
  • Future Leaders: Comprehensive Shoulder Fellows Course Miami, - January 2023
  • Arthrex Hip Horizons Course Naples, - September 2022
  • AOSSM Sidelines Sports Medicine Fellows Course OLC, - July 2022
  • AO Trauma Fireside series Virtual, - July 2021
  • Stryker Mobile Lab – Femoral, tibia, and humerus plating systems Los Angeles, - October 2020
  • Acumed Hand and Wrist Surgical Skills Course Los Angeles, - September 2020
  • AO Trauma: Basic Principles of Fracture Management San Diego, - Apr 2018

Interests and Qualifications

  • Ultra-Light Backpacking, Triathlons, Fly Fishing, Skiing, Soccer / English Premier League, Traveling, Listening to Audiobooks & Podcasts


  • English and Conversational/Medical Spanish.
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Shoudler and Elbow Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America Advancing the scope