Clinical Professors

Clinical Professors, Michael John Kissenberth, M.D. at the School of Health Research, Clemson University, Clemson South Carolina

Michael John Kissenberth, M.D.

Clinical Associate Professor
Clemson University School of Health Research

Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs
Department of Orthopedics
Prisma Health–Upstate 

Contact: Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas 
200 Patewood Drive, Suite C-100 
Greenville, SC 29615 


Who is Dr. Kissenberth?

Dr. Kissenberth specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and complex reconstruction of the shoulder, elbow and knee.  He also has expertise in shoulder replacement surgery. He is a national expert in care of the throwing athlete, particularly the younger thrower. He is a graduate of The Citadel, where he captained the football team, and then attended the Medical University of South Carolina. He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Tripler Army Medical Center and served his fellowship in Sports Medicine with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas and the Hughston Clinic of Columbus, Georgia.  He has published multiple peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and regularly lectures across the nation. He is a physician advisor for ongoing research evaluating the risk factors, treatment strategies, and critical steps for the return to sports in throwing athletes. He presently serves as a consultant to the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club and is Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs of the Prisma Health–Upstate Department of Orthopaedics. He’s also a clinical associate professor at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Greenville.

For more information, see his Curriculum Vitae.

How Dr. Kissenberth’s research is transforming health care

Dr. Kissenberth’s research with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, has steadily put in place the research infrastructure to be able to answer musculoskeletal questions to improve outcomes in our patients. He has been actively involved in research since his arrival and is very excited about their future endeavors. They are involved in biomechanical projects in the overhead athlete as well as stem cell studies on rotator cuff tears. In addition, their database focused on outcomes provides endless opportunities for research in the future. 

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Key Health Research Interest Areas

Shoulder, Rotator cuff disease, Shoulder instability, Total shoulder replacement, Sports medicine