Dr. Michael S. Laidlaw MD, FAAOS, FAOSSM


Dr. Laidlaw is an experienced surgeon in minimally invasive knee and shoulder surgery.  He graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington DC in 2005.  Having successfully completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California-San Francisco, Dr Laidlaw served in the US Air Force as a general orthopaedic surgeon where he honed his surgical skills caring for our nation’s servicemembers, veterans and their families.

Finding his passion in shoulder and knee surgery, specifically the patellofemoral joint and knee/shoulder ligament injuries, Dr Laidlaw completed an additional year of advanced surgical subspecialty training in orthopaedic sports medicine at the University of Virginia.  He is one of the few surgeons in the country trained in specialized surgical treatment options to address patellar instability and maltracking disorders and has extensive experience in ligament reconstructions, cartilage transplantations, rotator cuff surgery and shoulder instability.

Dr. Laidlaw has championed the care of the most elite military service members as well as high level athletes with experience in NCAA athletics.  He has a keen interest in creating individualized non-surgical and surgical treatment plans to aid in a patient’s recovery. With an interest in knee and shoulder joint preservation, minimally invasive surgery, and joint replacements, Dr Laidlaw looks forward to continuing his service to others in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Practice Names & Titles

Mercy Health – Orthopaedic Surgeon-Sports Medicine


Orthopaedic Surgery

Sports Medicine



Additional Information

Conditions Treated

Conditions Treated


  • Ligament / Meniscus: Nonoperative and operative management for knee ligament (ACL) injuries to include revision surgery
  • Patella Instabilty / Maltracking: Nonoperative and operative management of patella dislocations
  • Cartilage Injuries: Nonoperative and operative management of cartilage injuries to include cartilage transfer & transplant
  • Arthritis: Nonoperative and operative management of arthritis to include knee replacement


  • Rotator Cuff Tears: Nonoperative and operative management to include rotator cuff repair and revision
  • Instability: Nonoperative and operative management to include labral repair, biceps surgery and revision
  • Arthritis: Nonoperative and operative management to include shoulder replacement (anatomic and reverse)


  • Proximal and distal biceps tendon injuries
  • Carpal and Cubital Tunnel Syndromes

Surgical Interest

Surgical Interests

  • Knee/Shoulder Instability
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff
  • Patellar Maltracking
  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Total Knee and Shoulder Replacements

Board Certification

Board Certification

ABOS Board Certified – Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

ABOS Board Certified – General Orthopaedics



  • United States Air Force Academy – Distinguished Graduate
  • Georgetown University School of Medicine – Magna Cum Laude
  • University of California San Francisco – Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
  • University of Virginia – Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Fellowship

Awards & Honors

Awards and Honors

AOA (early induction)

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

AAOS – Fellow

AOSSM – Fellow

Research Activities


Peer Review Publications

  1. Laidlaw MS, Feeley SM, Ruland JR. Diduch DR. Sulcus-Deepening Trochleoplasty and MPFL Reconstruction in the Setting of Recurrent Patellar Instability: A Surgical Technique. Arthroscopy Techniques 2018; 7:2 (e113-123) org/10.1016/j.eats.2017.08.061
  2. Laidlaw MS, Mahon HS, Werner, B.C. Shoulder Arthritis in the Young and Active Patient. Clinical Sports Medicine. 2018; 37(4): 505-515. Doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2018.05.002
  3. Laidlaw MS, Diduch DR. Current Concepts in Patellar Instability. Indian J Orthop 2017;51:493-504.
  4. Buyukdogan K, Laidlaw MS, Kew ME, Miller MD. Allograft Bone Dowels Show Better Incorporation in Femoral Versus Tibial Tunnels in 2-Stage Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Computed Tomography-Based Analysis. Arthroscopy 2021; 37(6):1920-1928.doi: 10.1016/j.arthro.2021.01.066.
  5. Laidlaw MS, Mahon HS, Werner, B.C. Shoulder Arthritis in the Young and Active Patient. Clinical Sports Medicine. 2018; 37(4): 505-515. Doi: 10.1016/j.csm.2018.05.002
  6. Miller MD. Laidlaw MS, Buyukdogan K, Anterior versus posterior tibial tunnel placement in ACL reconstruction. AJSM. AOSSM Specialty Day 2018; DOI: 10.1177/2325967118S00001
  7. Laidlaw MS, Gwathmey FW. Circumferential Suture Repair of Isolated Horizontal Meniscal Tears Augmented with Fibrin Clot. Arthroscopy Techniques 2017; 6:5 (e1567-1562) doi:10.1016/j.eats.2017.06.031
  8. Buyukdogan K, Laidlaw MS, Miller MD. Multiligamentous Knee Reconstruction. Arthroscopy Techniques 2018; 7:2 (e147-164) org/10.1016/j.eats.2017.08.079
  9. Buyukdogan K, Laidlaw MS, Miller MD. Meniscal Ramp Lesion Repair By Trans-septal Portal Technique. Arthroscopy Techniques 2017; 6:4 (e1379-e1386). doi:10.1016/j.eats.2017.05.029.
  10. Buyukdogan K, Laidlaw MS, Miller MD. Two-Stage Revision ACL Reconstruction using Allograft Bone Dowels. Arthroscopy Techniques 2017;6:4. (e1297-e1302). doi:10.1016/j.eats.2017.05.010.
  11. Laidlaw MS, Buyukdogan K, Werner, BC, Miller MD. Management of Bone Deficiency in Revision ACL Reconstruction. Ann Joint 2017; 2:38. doi:10.21037/aoj.2017.06.12.
  12. Cruz A, Laidlaw MS. Invasive Compartment Pressure Measurement for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome: A Survey of Clinical Practice Among Military Orthopaedic Surgeons.  America Journal of Orthopaedics 2015 Oct;44(10):E384-9.
  13. Laidlaw MS, Ehmer N, Matityahu A. Proximal tibiofibular joint pain after insertion of a tibial intramedullary nail: two case reports with accompanying computed tomography and cadaveric studies. J Orthop Trauma. 2010;24(6):e58-64.  doi: 10.1097/BOT.0b013e3181b80278.
  14. Laidlaw MS, Rolston LR, Bozic KJ, Ries MD. Assessment of tibiofemoral position in total knee arthroplasty using the active flexion lateral radiograph. Knee. 2010;17(1):38-42.  doi:10.1016/j.knee.2009.07.006.

Book Chapters

Book Chapters

  1. Laidlaw MS, Buyukdogan K, Miller MD. Articular Cartilage chapter in DeLee, Drez and Miller’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine 5th Ed. Elsevier. Philadelphia, PA. 2019
  2. Laidlaw MS, Diduch DR, Werner BC. Patellofemoral Instability Surgery Complications: How to avoid them chapter in Patellofemoral Pain and Instability: Etiology, Diagnosis and Management. Springer. New York, NY. 2019
  3. Laidlaw MS, Ries, MD, Bozic KJ. Complications of THA: Neurovascular Injury Chapter: Avoidance and Treatment in Arthritis and Arthroplasty: The Hip. Saunders & Elsevier.  Philadelphia, PA. 2009.

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