Brian Grawe, MD

Professor of Clinical

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Brian Grawe, MD

Brian M. Grawe, MD, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. He is the director of the division of sports medicine, specializing in both arthroscopic and open surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee joints. Furthermore, he has extensive experience in advanced shoulder reconstruction procedures, including shoulder arthroplasty for arthritic conditions and techniques that address instability of the shoulder.

Dr. Grawe is proud to be a lifelong Cincinnatian. He grew up in the Mount Lookout area and attended St. Xavier High School. He then went on to receive his Bachelor of Science in biology from Loyola University in Chicago, IL, in 2004, and his medical degree from the UC College of Medicine. From there, he completed a five-year orthopaedic surgery residency at UC (2008-2013) and then a one-year sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, NY (2013-2014).

While in New York, Dr. Grawe had the opportunity to work with numerous professional and intercollegiate athletes, as he was under direct supervision of the head team physicians for the New York Giants, Brooklyn Nets, New York Red Bulls, New York Liberty and New York Mets, respectively. Furthermore, he had the privilege of serving as an assistant team physician for the New York Knicks and St. John’s University while working in New York.

Team Physician for the Cincinnati Bengals

Currently Dr. Grawe serves as one of the team physicians for the Cincinnati Bengals, and previously served as team physician for FC Cincinnati and director of player medical services of the Western Southern Open. In addition, he provides medical care for numerous high school athletes in the tristate area while continuing to be a proud team physician for UC Athletics.

Throughout his career, Dr. Grawe has received numerous awards and honors in the field of orthopaedics, and has published a number of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in sports medicine and shoulder surgery. He is currently very active in research and focuses his attention on clinical research that investigates patient-centered outcomes for many different conditions that affect the shoulder and knee. He also works in the lab as a clinician scientist in the realm of soft tissue healing and received a $2 million dollar grant from the Department of Defense to investigate pathways to provide better outcomes for patients who sustain meniscus injuries of the knee.

One of Dr. Grawe’s true passions is education and has won several peer awards for his dedication to teaching medical students and residents about the discipline of orthopaedics. This passion allows him to stay up to date with current medical literature and offer high-quality comprehensive patient care. Recreationally, Dr. Grawe enjoys spending time with his family. He is an avid runner, hiker and sports enthusiast.




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Orthopaedic Surgery


Bachelor's Degree

Loyola University


Medical Degree

University of Cincinnati



University of Cincinnati



Hospital for Special Surgery


Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (Sports Medicine)



Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine