Evan M. Farina M.D.

PRACTICE SUMMARY

Evan M. Farina, MD is an Orthopaedic Sports Surgeon providing comprehensive care for patients with sports-related injuries and conditions; including ACL reconstruction, meniscus injuries, complex knee injuries, cartilage restoration, joint preservation, rotator cuff repair, and shoulder instability; amongst many other conditions.

Dr. Farina has experience caring for most every professional, collegiate, and elite team here in Boston – providing sideline and training room care for professional athletes across all sports and activities (including the New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, Boston College Athletics, Harvard University Athletics, and the Boston Ballet).

MEET Dr. Evan M. Farina

Dr. Farina completed his surgical training at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, with residency and fellowship in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery. In 2023, he was an International Cartilage Restoration & Joint Preservation Society (ICRS) Clinical Travelling Fellow – visiting and collaborating with academic hospitals of expertise and tissue banks across the United States. 

Dr. Farina earned his MD degree from the University of Chicago – Pritzker School of Medicine and a BS degree in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, both with honors. His skills include arthroscopic surgery, joint preservation surgery, cartilage restoration, and orthobiologic therapies (PRP, Platelet-Rich-Plasma; BMAC, Bone Marrow Aspirate-Concentrate; etc.).

Dr. Farina is passionate about advancing the field of Sports Medicine through research, education, and innovation – having published numerous basic science, clinical, and translational research studies. Some of his published research works are copied below.

Dr. Farina is also the Founder and CEO of a surgical solutions company which integrates emerging technologies including computer vision, anatomic navigation, deep machine learning, stereotactic-guidance/robotic-assistance, and augmented reality to advance the accuracy, precision, reproducibility, and safety profile of numerous surgical procedures through novel techniques.

Fundamentally, Dr. Farina is dedicated to helping his patients achieve optimal function and get back to the activities that bring vigor to their lives through evidence-based, highly personalized care.

PUBLISHED WORKS – Dr. Farina

1. Maureen Beederman, Evan M. Farina, Russell R. Reid. “Molecular Basis of Cranial Suture Biology and Disease: Osteoblastic and Osteoclastic Perspectives”. Genes & Diseases 1(1):120-125. September 2014.

2. Chad M. Teven, Evan M. Farina, Jane Rivas, Russell R. Reid. “Fibroblast Growth Factor (FGF) Signaling in Developmental and Skeletal Diseases”. Genes & Diseases 1(2):199-213. December 2014.

3. Jixing Ye, Jing Wang, Yunxiao Zhu, Qiang Wei, Xin Wang, Jian Yang, Shengli Tang, Hao Liu, Jiaming Fan, Fugui Zhang, Evan M. Farina, Maryam K. Mohammed, Yulong Zhou, Dongzhe Song, Junyi Liao, Jiayi Huang, Dan Guo, Minpeng Lu, Feng Liu, Jianxiang Liu, Li Li, Chao Ma, Xue Hu, Rex C. Haydon, Michal J. Lee, Russell R. Reid, Guillermo A. Ameer, Li Yang, Tong-Chuan He. “A Thermoresponsive Polydiolcitrate-Gelatin Scaffold and Delivery System Mediates Effective Bone Formation from BMP9-Transduced Mesenchymal Stem Cells”. Biomedical Materials 11(2):025021. April 2016.

4. Shun Lu, Jing Wang, Jixing Ye, Yulong Zou, Yunxiao Zhu, Qiang Wei, Xin Wang, Shengli Tang, Hao Liu, Jiaming Fan, Fugui Zhang, Evan M. Farina, Maryam K. Mohammed, Dongzhe Song, Junyi Liao, Jiayi Huang, Dan Guo, Minpeng Lu, Feng Liu, Jianxiang Liu, Li Li, Chao Ma, Xue Hu, Michal J. Lee, Russell R. Reid, Guillermo A. Ameer, Dongsheng Zhou, Tong-Chuan He. “Bone Morphogenic Protein 9 (BMP9) Induces Effective Bone Formation from Reversibly Immortalized Multipotent Adipose-Derived (iMAD) Mesenchymal Stem Cells”. American Journal of Translational Research 8(9):3710-3730. September 2016.

5. Cody S. Lee, Elliot S. Bishop, Ruyi Zhang, Xinyi Yu, Evan M. Farina, Shujuan Yan, Chen Zhao, Zongyue Zeng, Yi Shu, Xingye Wu, Jiayan Lei, Yashi Li, Wenwen Zhang, Chao Yang, Ke Wu, Ying Wu, Sherwin Ho, Aravind Athiviraham, Michal J. Lee, Jennifer Moriatis Wolf, Russell R. Reid, Tong-Chuan He. “Adenovirus-Mediated Gene Delivery: Potential Applications for Gene and Cell-based Therapies in the New Era of Personalized Medicine”. Genes & Diseases 4(2):43-63. June 2017.

6. Gergo Merkely, Jakob Ackermann, Evan M. Farina, Courtney VanArsdale, Christain Lattermann, Andreas H. Gommoll. “Shorter Storage time is Strongly Associated with Improved Graft Survivorship at 5-years After Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation”. The American Journal of Sports Medicine 48(13):3170-3176. November 2020.

7. Evan M. Farina, Natalie A. Lowenstein, Yuchiao Chang, Kaetlyn R. Arant, Jeffrey N. Katz, Elizabeth G. Matzkin. “Meniscal and Mechanical Symptoms are Associated with Cartilage Damage, Not Meniscal Pathology”. The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery 103(5):381-388. March 2021.

8. Gergo Merkely, Alireza Borjali, Molly Zgoda, Evan M. Farina, Simon Gortz, Orhun Muratoglu, Christain Lattermann, Kartik M. Varadarajan. “Improved Diagnosis of Tibiofemoral Cartilage Defects on MRI Images Using Deep Learning”. Journal of Cartilage and Joint Preservation 1(2):1016. June 2021.

9. Christopher D. Mattson, Evan M. Farina. “Use Application Phases Instead of Interview Caps: Help Applicants Match Into Programs in Which They are Genuinely Interested”. Academic Medicine 96(10):1372. October 10, 2021.

10. Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Chilan Leite, Jakob Ackermann, Simon Gortz, Andreas H. Gomoll, Christian Lattermann. “Association of Sex Mismatch Between Donor and Recipient With Graft Survivorship at 5 Years After Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation”. The American Journal of Sports Medicine 50(3):681-688. March 2022.

11. John Zhao, Philip Kaiser, Christina DeGruccio, Evan M. Farina, Christopher Miller. “Quality of MIS vs. Open Joint Preparations of the Foot and Ankle”. Foot &Ankle International 43(7):948-956. July 2022.

12. Eli Sayegh, Evan M. Farina, Natalie A. Lowenstein, Yuchiao Chang, Kaetlyn R. Arant, Jeffrey N. Katz, Elizabeth G. Matzkin. “Grinding, Clicking, and Pivot Pain Resolve in Most Patients After Knee Arthroscopy”. Arthroscopy S0749-8063(22)00412-1. July 14, 2022.

13. Victor Hoang, Evan M. Farina, Christian Lattermann. “Quadriceps Tendon Reconstruction with Achilles Tendon Bone Block Allograft”. In press August, 2022 – Arthroscopy

14. Chilan Leite, Evan M. Farina, Victor Hoang, Christian Lattermann. “Lateral Patellofemoral Anatomy and Surgery” Book Chapter, invited and submitted, Knee Arthroscopy and Knee Preservation Surgery edited by Seth L. Sherman, Jorge Chahla, and Scott A. Rodeo.

15. Chilan Leite, Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Simon Gortz, Christian Lattermann. “Clinical Outcomes After Medial MAT: Surgical Technique, Graft Extrusion and Functional Outcomes – A Systematic Review” – submitted, The American Journal of Sports Medicine

16. Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Chilan Leite, Christain Lattermann. “Harvest Technique Does Affect the Quality of Osteochondral Grafts: Histologic Evaluation Comparing Commercial Standards versus Scalpel Blade Technique” – submitted, The American Journal of Sports Medicine

17. Chilan Leite, Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Richard Smith, Sean Hazzard, Christian Lattermann, Peter Asnis. “Increased Tibiofemoral Rotation Angle is Associated with Graft Failure After ACL Reconstruction” – submitted, The American Journal of Sports Medicine

18. Carew Giberson-Chen, Evan M. Farina, Robert Carrier, Brian Shaw, Evan A. O’Donnell. “Outcomes and Return to Sport after Shoulder Surgery in Elite Professional Baseball Athletes” – submitted, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery

19. Chilan Leite, Evan M. Farina, Jakob Ackermann, Gergo Merkely. “Automated, Video-Based Analysis of Motion Patterns to Diagnose ACL Injuries in In-Game Video Footage” – manuscript in preparation

20. Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Chilan Leite, Christain Lattermann. “Harvest Technique Does Affect the Quality of Osteochondral Grafts: Histologic Evaluation Comparing Commercial Standards versus Scalpel Blade Technique”.

  • AOSSM Annual Meeting 2023; Washington, DC [Podium Presentation]
  • ICRS Summit 2023; Barcelona, Spain [Podium Presentation]

21. Chilan Leite, Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Richard Smith, Sean Hazzard, Christian Lattermann, Peter Asnis. “Increased Tibiofemoral Rotation Angle is Associated with Graft Failure After ACL Reconstruction”. ISAKOS World Congress 2023; Boston, USA [Podium Presentation]

22. Chilan Leite, Jakob Ackermann, Evan M. Farina, Gergo Merkely. “Automated, Video-Based Analysis of Motion Patterns to Diagnose ACL Injuries in In-Game Video Footage”.  ISAKOS World Congress 2023; Boston, USA [Podium Presentation]

23. Gergo Merkely, Evan M. Farina, Chilan Leite, Jakob Ackermann, Simon Gortz, Andreas H. Gomoll, Christian Lattermann. “Sex Mismatch Between Donor and Recipient is Associated with Decreased Graft Survivorship at 5-years After Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation”.

  • AAOS Annual Meeting 2022; Chicago, IL, March 2022 [Podium Presentation]
  • AOSSM Annual Meeting 2022; Colorado Springs, CO, June 2022 [Podium Presentation]
  • International Cartilage Regeneration & Joint Preservation Society (ICRS), World Conference 2022; Berlin, Germany, April 2022 [Podium Presentation]

24. John Zhao, Evan M. Farina, Philip Kaiser, Christopher Miller. “Quality of MIS vs. Open Joint Preparations of the Foot and Ankle”. AOFAS Annual Meeting 2022; Quebec City, Canada. September 2022 [Podium Presentation]

25. Evan M. Farina, Natalie A. Lowenstein, Yuchiao Chang, Kaetlyn R. Arant, Jeffrey N. Katz, Elizabeth G. Matzkin. “Meniscal and Mechanical Symptoms are Associated with Cartilage Damage, Not Meniscal Pathology”.

  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association – 51st Annual Meeting, first place winning presentation – Founder’s Award. November, 2020 [Virtual Presentation]
  • AAOS Annual Meeting 2021; San Diego, CA. August, 2021 [Podium Presentation]

26. Gergo Merkely, Jakob Ackermann, Evan M. Farina, Courtney VanArsdale, Christain Lattermann, Andreas H. Gommoll. “Shorter Storage time is Strongly Associated with Improved Graft Survivorship at 5-years After Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation”. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Annual Meeting 2021; San Diego, CA. August 2021 [Podium Presentation]

27. Evan M. Farina, Tong-Chuan He, Russell R. Reid. Characterizing Immortalized Osteoclast Precursors: A Comparative Analysis between Patent and Fused Sutures in Patients with Craniosynostosis. The Pritzker School of Medicine Senior Scientific Symposium; Chicago, IL. May 2017. [Poster]

28. Evan M. Farina, Tong-Chuan He, Russell R. Reid. Immortalization and Enrichment of Osteoclast Precursors from Patent and Fused Cranial Sutures of Patients with Craniosynostosis. The Pritzker School of Medicine Symposium for Scholarship and Discovery; Chicago, IL. May 2015. [Poster]

29. Evan M. Farina, Tong-Chuan He, Russell R. Reid. Establishing a Novel Cell Line: Immortalized Cranial Suture Osteoclasts. The University of Chicago Summer Research Forum; Chicago, IL. August 2014. [Abstract]

30. Evan M. Farina, Erin Kaltenbrun, Frank L. Conlon. Characterizing a Genetic Interaction between Tbx20 and Casz1 during Mammalian Heart Development. The University of North Carolina Senior Honors Thesis Symposium; Chapel Hill, NC. April 2013. [Abstract & Poster]

SELECT HONORS & AWARDS – Dr. Farina

  • Membership & Bylaws Committee – International Cartilage [Restoration] Society (ICRS)
  • International Cartilage [Restoration] Society (ICRS) Clinical Travelling Fellowship – USA
  • Assistant Team Physician – New England Patriots
  • Richard Frisbie Fellow – Team Physician, Harvard University Athletics
  • Sideline Coverage: Boston Bruins, Boston College Athletics, Boston Red Sox, New England Revolution, Boston Ballet
  • Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery – Brigham & Women’s Hospital
  • Executive Committee, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Resident Representative
  • Education Committee, Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency, Resident Representative
  • Resident Teaching Award, Harvard Orthopaedics Intern Bootcamp 2021
  • Eastern Orthopaedic Association – Founder’s Award, first place abstract presentation; also awarded podium presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting 2021
  • Consult Resident of the Year – awarded by Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency
  • Administrative Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery – Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Resident of the Year – awarded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Orthopaedic Nursing
  • Top Quartile, Graduating Class of 2017, University of Chicago – Pritzker SoM
  • $120,000 Merit-Based Scholarship, University of Chicago – Pritzker SoM
  • Graduated with Highest Distinction (Summa Cum Laude) and Honors in Biology from UNC
  • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, Alpha Chapter of North Carolina, UNC