Robert C. Klapper, MD
Director, Joint Replacement Program
Robert C. Klapper, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Group and Cedars-Sinai Health Associates. He also is Co-Director of the Joint Replacement Program at the Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedic Center.
Dr. Klapper is a leader in hip arthroscopy, a "keyhole" minimally invasive surgical technique. Currently, Dr. Klapper holds nine patents on the angled telescope and specially designed instruments used in the procedure.
Dr. Klapper also designed a tool that is used when a hip implant has worn out over time and needs to be replaced with a new prosthesis. Dr. Klapper's invention produces an ultrasound frequency that reduces the cement to a chewing gum consistency facilitating the cement removal.
Dr. Klapper was the orthopedic consultant to the TV show "ER." He has written books, chapters and articles on arthroscopy, ultrasonic technology in joint reconstruction, water rehabilitation techniques for hip joints, and other topics. He also makes presentations to professional societies and provides instruction in hip arthroscopy.
A graduate of Columbia University, Dr. Klapper received his medical degree from Columbia's College of Physicians and Surgeons before interning in general surgery at Cedars-Sinai and the University of California, Los Angeles School of Medicine. He completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at Cornell University's Hospital for Special Surgery. He was a Dean's Research Fellow in the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, completing fellowships in biochemistry and orthopedic surgery. He later completed a fellowship in implant/total joint replacement at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic.
Dr. Klapper founded, in 1995, the Sports Medicine Information Network, a company that uses digital animation to produce educational video that clearly depicts and explains sports injuries.
Dr. Klapper is also a Qualified Medical Examiner and he serves as clinical assistant professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California School of Medicine.
Dr. Klapper practices at 8737 Beverly Blvd., Suite 303, Los Angeles, CA 90048. His phone number is (310) 659-6889.