Dr. Frank R. Noyes MD, FAAOS, FAOA, FAOSSM


Frank R. Noyes, M.D. is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee surgery and sports medicine and an internationally recognized authority on the diagnosis and treatment of complex knee problems. Dr. Noyes completed his training at the University of Michigan Medical Center. He then received a four-year clinical and research appointment as an orthopaedic surgeon in the United States Air Force, was commissioned as a Lieutenant Colonel, and began his landmark research into knee ligament injuries, effects of immobility, biomechanics, injury prevention, and diagnosis and treatment of serious knee disorders.

In 1975, Dr. Noyes joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Cincinnati and started one of the nation’s first sports medicine programs. He also established the Noyes-Giannestras Biomechanics Laboratories within the University of Cincinnati College of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering. These laboratories have received national and international awards for outstanding research. In 1981, Dr. Noyes founded the Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center and Foundation.

Patients from as far away as Greece, the Middle East, Europe and South America or as close as Cincinnati have sought Dr. Noyes’ specialized care. Whether he is treating a professional or recreational athlete, an injured worker, a high school student, or an older adult, all patients receive the same care, compassion and expertise. Patient satisfaction is always Dr. Noyes’ number one goal. For this philosophy, Dr. Noyes has been recognized yearly by Best Doctors in America as one of the nation’s outstanding physicians.

Committed to physician education, Dr. Noyes established one of the first sports medicine fellowship programs in the United States. Over 160 orthopaedic surgeons have graduated from the program and practice orthopaedics at some of the nation’s top institutions. Dr. Noyes has been an invited professor at universities across the U.S. and the featured speaker at orthopaedic society seminars and academic meetings around the world. In addition, Dr. Noyes is frequently consulted and quoted by the media including The Washington Post, The New York Times, USA Today, Ladies Home Journal, US News & World Report and Sports Illustrated.

A prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Noyes has published over 275 studies and articles in the world’s leading orthopaedic journals and textbooks, changing the face of sports medicine and orthopaedics as we know it. He serves on a variety of editorial review boards and is a manuscript reviewer for several highly respected journals. Among many research projects he is leading at Cincinnati SportsMedicine, Dr. Noyes is studying the prevention of knee injuries in female athletes, refining the surgical procedure to reconstruct the posterior cruciate ligament, developing treatment options for young patients with a damaged meniscus, repairing and transplanting articular cartilage in the knee and improving the outcome for patients who require revision knee ligament surgery.

Practice Names & Titles

Mercy Health – Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center

President and CEO – Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center

President – Noyes Knee Institute

Director – Cincinnati SportsMedicine and Orthopaedic Center Sport Medicine Fellowship

Professor Emeritus – Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati


Knee – Nonoperative and Operative Conditions

Sports Medicine

Injuries to the Female Athlete

ACL Prevention

Rehabilitation – Blood Flow Restriction




Additional Information

Conditions Treated

Conditions Treated

Knee Arthritis

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment including PRP, partial and total knee replacement surgery

Knee Ligament Injuries

  • Nonoperative and operative treatment all knee conditions

Knee Cartilage Restoration

  • MACI, Carticel, meniscus repair and transplantation

Surgical Interest

Surgical Interest

Knee Arthritis, Knee Instability, Complex Knee Disorders

Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Injections

Knee Injury Prevention Programs

Specialized Rehabilitation

Robotic Partial Knee Replacements

Board Certification

Board Certification

Board Certified, Orthopaedic Surgery



Undergraduate: University of Utah, (B.A. Philosophy, Pre-Med)

Medical School: George Washington University Medical School, Washington D.C. (M.D.) cum laude

Residency: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan (Orthopaedic Surgery)

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

  • Sports Medicine Hall of Fame –AOSSM
  • Best Doctors in America –20 Years
  • Kappa Delta Research Excellence Award – AAOS
  • O’Donoghue Clinical Award – AOSSM
  • Rovere Award of Excellence – AOSSM
  • Clinical Research Excellence Award – OREF
  • Harvard Thornhill Excellence Award
  • John Kennedy Memorial Lectureship

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • Herodicus Society

Research Activities

Research Activities

  • Short and Long-Term Clinical Outcomes Following MAKO Patellofemoral and Tibiofemoral Joint Replacement
  • Return to Recreational Activities and Work Following Total Knee Replacement
  • Blood Flow Restriction Training for Severe Muscle Atrophy
  • Clinical Outcomes, Patient Satisfaction, and Increased Activity Parameters in Knee Osteoarthritis Patients After Platelet Rich Plasma Injection



  • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Low-impact sports activities are feasible after meniscus transplantation: A systematic review. Knee Surg, Sports Traumatol, Arthrosc 26:1950-1958,
  • Noyes FR, Huser LE, Levy MS: The effect of an ACL reconstruction in controlling rotational knee stability in knees with intact and physiologic laxity of secondary restraints as defined by tibiofemoral compartment translations and graft forces. J Bone Joint Surg Am 100: 586-597, 2018.
  • Noyes FR, Huser LE, West J, Jurgensmeier D, Walsh J, Levy MS: Two different knee rotational instabilities occur with anterior cruciate ligament and anterolateral ligament injuries: A robotic study on anterior cruciate ligament and extra-articular reconstructions in restoring rotational instability. Arthroscopy 34: 2683-2695, 2018.
  • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Blood flow-restricted training for lower extremity muscle weakness due to knee pathology: A systematic review. Sports Health 11: 69-83, 2019.
  • Noyes FR, Huser LE, Ashman B, Palmer M: Anterior cruciate ligament graft conditioning required to prevent an abnormal Lachman and pivot shift after ACL reconstruction. A robotic study of 3 ACL graft constructs. Am J Sports Med 47:1376-1384, 2019.
  • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Return to high-risk sports results in unacceptable reinjury rates after primary transphyseal ACL reconstruction in 1,545 athletes less than 20 years of age: a systematic review. Under review, Sports Health
  • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Which anterior cruciate ligament prevention programs are effective in decreasing injury rates and improving neuromuscular indices in female athletes? A systematic review.  Under review, Sports Health

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

  • Noyes F, Crapser D: Knee pain post total lateral meniscectomy. In Tapasvi S and Shekhar A (eds): Knee Arthroscopy: A Case Repository. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, New Delhi, 2019.
  • Crapser D, Noyes F: Anterior cruciate re-tear with dilated tunnels. In Tapasvi S and Shekhar A (eds): Knee Arthroscopy: A Case Repository. Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, New Delhi, 2019.
  • Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction and Other Operations: Limiting the Risk of Reinjury and Maximizing Athletic Performance. Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD (eds.). Springer, 2019
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Advantages and Potential Consequences of Return to Sport: Patient Satisfaction, Reinjury Rates, Knee Osteoarthritis.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Common Physical and Psychological Barriers to Return to Sport.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Return to Sport After ACL Reconstruction: Where’s the Scientific Evidence?
    • Heckmann TP, Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Preoperative Rehabilitation: Basic Issues.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Intraoperative Considerations Crucial for a Successful Outcome.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Early Postoperative Rehabilitation to Avoid Complications and Prepare for Return to Sport Training.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Sportsmetrics™ Neuromuscular Training: Basic and Advanced.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Return to Sport for Soccer and Basketball.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Return to Sport for Tennis.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: The Physician’s Comprehensive Examination.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Neuromuscular Function, Agility, and Aerobic Testing.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Muscle Strength and Balance Tests.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Validated Questionnaires to Measure Return to Sport and Psychological Factors.
    • Barber-Westin SD, Noyes FR: Return to Sport After ACL Revision Reconstruction.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Return to Sport After Meniscus Operations: Meniscectomy, Repair, and Transplantation.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Return to Sport After Patellofemoral Realignment.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Return to Sport After Partial and Total Knee Arthroplasty.
    • Noyes FR, Barber-Westin SD: Current Understandings and Directions for Future Research.

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