Matthew D. Karam, MD

Assistant Clinical Professor


  • Medical School: Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
  • Residency: University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Iowa City, IA
  • Fellowship: Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN

Areas of Research Interest and Current Projects

  • Orthopaedic Traumatology
  • Pelvic and Acetabular Trauma
  • Pediatric Trauma
  • Upper Extremity Trauma
  • Lower Extremity Trauma
  • Peri-articular Trauma
  • Surgical Skill Development

Professional Organizations

2007 - 2014 - Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Candidate Member
2005 - Present: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Candidate Member
2012 - Present: Iowa Orthopaedic Society, Member
2012 - Present: Mid-America Orthopaedic Association, Candidate Member
2012 - Present: The American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program, Candidate Member
2013 - Present: Iowa Orthopaedic Society Research Foundation, President
2014 - Present: Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Active


Peer-reviewed Papers

  • Brand RA, Karam M, Coutts MD. The Estimated Costs of Manuscripts Associated with OREF Funding, JBJS Am. 2002 August;84(8):1470-1472. PMID:12177279
  • Brand RA, Karam M. The Number and the Scope of Activity of the Orthopaedic Clinician Scientists in the United States, JBJS Am. 2003 February;85(2):374-379. PMID:12571319
  • Karam M, McKinley T. Traumatic Heterotopic Ossification of the Quadratus Lumborum: A Case Report, Iowa Orthop J. 2008;28:88-91. PMID:19223956
  • Karam M, Marsh JL. Does a Trauma Course Improve Resident Performance on the Trauma Domain of the OITE?, JBJS Am. 2010 October 06;92(13):e19 1-5. PMID:20926717
  • Gao Y, Johnston R, Karam M. Pediatric Sports-Related Lower Extremity Fractures: Hospital Length of stay and Charges: What is the Role of the Primary Payer?, Iowa Orthop J. 2010;30:115-119. PMID:21045983
  • Karam M, Amendola A, Mendoza SA. Successful Treatment of Acute Exertional Paraspinal Compartment Syndrome with Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy, Iowa Orthop J. 2010;30:188-190. PMID:21045996
  • Karam M, Willey M, Schurr D. Total Knee Replacement in Patients with Below-Knee Amputations, Iowa Orthop J 2010. 2010;30:150-152. PMID:21045987
  • Marsh JL, Boyer JS, Sullivan J, Phisitkul P, Karam M. A Percutaneous Technique for Reduction and Internal Fixation of Displaced Intra-Articular Calcaneal Fractures, JBJS Am Essential Surgical Techniques. 2011 August 10;1(2):1-12.
  • Karam M, Gao Y, McKinley T. Assessment of Walking Pattern Pre and Post Peri-Acetabular Osteotomy, Iowa Orthop J. 2011;31:83-89. PMID:22096426
  • Karam M, Pugely A, Callaghan JJ, Shurr D. Hinged Cast Brace for Persistent Flexion Contracture Following Total Knee Replacement, Iowa Orthop J. 2011;31:69-72. PMID:22096423
  • Karam M, Kho J, Yehyawi T, Ohrt T, Thomas GW, Anderson DD, Marsh JL. Application of Surgical Skill Simulation Training and Assessment in Orthopaedic Trauma, Iowa Orthop J. 2012;32:76-82. PMID:23576925
  • Karam MD, Pedowitz RA, Natividad H, Murray J, Marsh JL. Current and Future use of Surgical Skills Training Laboratories in Orthopaedic Resident Education: a National Survey, J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 January 2;95(1):e4. PMID:23283381


  • Templeman D, Karam M. Diastasis of the Symphysis Pubis: Open Reduction Internal Fixation. Masters Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery Fractures. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2012. p. 771-781
  • Karam MD, Templeman  DC. Diastasis of the Symphysis Pubis: Open Reduction Internal Fixation. In: Donald A. Wiss, editors. Fractures. Wolters Kluwer, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. 2013. p. 771-780
  • Karam  MD, Templemen  DC. Pelvic Ring Injury II. In: Manish K. Sethi, A. Alex Jahangir, William T. Obremskey, editors. Orthopaedic Traumatology. Spinger. 2013. p. 195-206
  • Karam MD, Schmidt AH. Proximal Humerus Fractures. In: David J. Hak, Kyros R. Ipaktchi, Steven J. Morgan, editors. Orthopedic Trauma Call for the Attending Surgeon. SLACK Incorporated. 2013. p. 131-138
  • Marsh J, Karam  MD. Tibial Plateau Fractures. In: Charles M. Court-Brown, James D. Heckman, Margaret M. McQueen, William M. Ricci, Paul Tornetta III, editors. Rookwood and Green's Fractures in Adults. Wolters Kluwer. 2014. p. 2303-2368