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Alexander R Vap, MD

Alexander R Vap, MD

out of 5
273 Ratings
37 Comments

Specialty

Sports Medicine

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

Locations

Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284
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Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219
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Short Pump Pavilion

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233
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William & Mary

332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185
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Education

Medical School

Wake Forest University School of Medicine

Internship

Duke University School of Medicine

Residency

Duke University School of Medicine

Fellowship

Steadman Philippon Research Institute

Fellowship

Ulleval Hospital, Oslo Norway

Biography

Alexander R. Vap, M.D. specializes in knee, elbow and shoulder injuries in athletes and non-athletes.  

Dr. Vap does cartilage restoration and ACL and multi-ligament reconstructions for tears or injuries to the knee.  He also performs rotator cuff and labral repair in addition to shoulder replacement.  He does reconstruction of the UCL of the elbow with the “Tommy John” surgical procedure.

As part of the orthopedics team at VCU Health, Dr. Vap uses a multi-faceted approach to improve clinical outcomes, including surgical and/or non-surgical treatment.  

Dr. Vap has strong academic credentials.  After completing his orthopedic residency at Duke University, he was awarded a prestigious fellowship at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute in Vail, Colorado, where he gained experience in arthroscopic and open surgery of the knee, shoulder and hip  He also learned cutting edge medical techniques for treating sports injuries at Ulleval Hospital in Oslo, Norway, where he trained under the world-renowned knee surgeon, Lars Engebretsen, M.D.

An assistant professor at VCU, Dr. Vap explains that research remains a big part of his sports medicine practice.  “I like looking at clinical outcomes to evaluate how successful the surgeries are, and I develop new surgical approaches for unique and challenging cases that might not have been seen before,” he says.

Following up on this interest, he has written, or co-written dozens of articles published in medical journals on such topics as the treatment of torn hamstrings and rotator cuffs and injured Achilles tendons.

With patients of all ages and a wide range of sports injuries to treat, Dr. Vap points out that each patient is unique. “It’s important to recognize that and face each new patient with a clean sheet and treat them accordingly.”

Dr. Vap takes the time to explain to his patients, not only the scope of their injuries, but also the challenges they face and a plan of action for their recovery.

“At VCU Health, we are building a nationally recognized referral center for sports medicine, surgery and research.  We want VCU Health to be recognized in Virginia for its excellence and for its willingness to treat both athletes and non-athletes, who have sustained significant injuries”

Advice to patients: “There are a lot of options to help you, and not all of them require surgery.  With some time and patience, things often will get better.”

Professional affiliations:

  • The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Piedmont Orthopaedic Society
  • Editor for Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery

Professional activity/team coverage: 

  • Team Physician Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics
  • Team Physician Virginia Union University Athletics
  • Team Physician Virginia State University Athletics
  • Team Physician Richard Bland College Athletics
  • Team Physician Maggie Walker High School
  • Team Physician Longwood University Athletics
  • Team Physician VCU Club sports
  • Richmond Flying Squirrels
  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Physician: 2015
  • Team Physician Duke Men’s Basketball: 2013-2015
  • Team Physician Duke Football: 2013-2014
  • Team Physician Duke Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse: 2011-2013
  • Team Physician Duke Men’s Soccer: 2011-2013
  • Team Physician Duke Women’s Field Hockey: 2011-2012
  • Team Physician Duke Women’s Basketball: 2012-2013
  • Team Physician North Carolina Central University Football, Men’s and Women’s Basketball: 2011-2013

For a list of publications, please visit PubMed.

Clinical Interests

Orthopaedic surgery; Complex Sports Medicine of the knee/shoulder/hip; Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; Revision Anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; Posterior cruciate ligament reconstruction; Multiligament Knee Reconstruction; Meniscal repair; Patellar Instability; Articular cartilage preservation and restoration; Femoral and Tibial Osteotomy; Hamstring rupture repair; Shoulder Instability; Rotator cuff tears; Longhead of the Biceps tendon pathology; Arthritis of the shoulder; Sternoclavicular joint instability; Acromioclavicular joint reconstruction; Multidirectional shoulder instability in the adolescent population; Femoral Acetabular Impingement

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Ratings & Reviews

273 Ratings
37 Comments

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Dr. Vap is a great doctor/surgeon. He is a great communicator. I have great trust in him & his knowledge & skills. I would highly recommend him.
January 2023
Dr. Vap improved my quality of life. I'm very grateful to him and his staff.
December 2022
Dr Vap explained in great detail all of my options for my injury. He was articulate and patient
December 2022
Very good patient care and interaction with the healthcare provider. [...]
December 2022
Dr Vap did a awesome job of explaining my condition in a way I was able to understand him. He was very confident and candid providing me ways of caring for my condition.
November 2022
As said before Dr. Vap is the very best there is. I could not be happier he is my doctor. I am very grateful for everything he has done for me.
November 2022
My [...] with Dr. Vap have always been nothing less than perfect. Dr. Vap applied all PG medical solutions in his patient care from lean in to listen and always speaking in an understanable manner. Perfect role model for PG!
October 2022
Very knowledgeable and an excellent surgeon, but he rushes and I don't feel like I have enough time to ask my questions and really discuss my treatment. I don't feel like I fully understand the course of treatment and recovery.
October 2022
After having difficulty getting my injury diagnosed correctly and treated properly, Dr. Vap is and continue to be a breath of fresh air.
September 2022
I feel 100% confident in Dr.Vap and actually already have recommended him to others. I feel very lucky to have him as my doctor.
July 2022
Dr. Vap took on a different repair of an injury 18 months old and has consistently followed up in the 5 months since. He is an excellent physician & surgeon!
July 2022
Already have recommended
June 2022
Dr Vap has always been clear and upfront about risks v benefits as well as realistic recovery time for my surgeries.
June 2022
Dr.Vap your the best doctor
June 2022
Dr. Vap is excellent.
March 2022
I was very impressed with Dr. Vap and his care team; they give great customer service in addition to great care.
February 2022
Dr. Vap is amazing. He has great bedside manners and is patient. He repaired our son's ACL, MCL & meniscus.
October 2021
Very personable, patient & listens to the patient.
October 2021
All of my care at VCU went beyond my expectations! The best hospital & clinic experience in my all my life!
September 2021
Dr. Vap seemed very confident. I felt like I was in good hands and he was taking care of business.
July 2021
Dr. Vap [...] is remarkable
June 2021
When a patient is going through what I have, and the fact that it takes several months to get back to "normal", I sometimes feel that I am not making the progress that I should. I like the fact that Dr. Vap is frank when explaining my progress through the healing process. He does take the time to reassure me that I am progressing as I should.
June 2021
Dr. Vap took great care to explain details in layman's terms then adjusted level when I told him my healthcare profession.
June 2021
Dr. Vap is extraordinary!
May 2021
Dr. Vap is empathetic, encouraging, & incredibly effective at his craft. He provides medical service with compassion & poise often lost in a world of productivity & efficiency. He doesn't waste time but he hears your concerns, educated you, & provides all viable option. Wonderful doctor.
April 2021
Dr. Vap answered all my q's carefully & w/understandable terms. Never felt rushed.
April 2021
I know people that gone through orthopedic surgery and it was not a good experience they should see Dr. Vap.
February 2021
Very to the point, educational yet kind doctor.
February 2021
Excellent provider & staff.
December 2020
VCU Health medical is definitely amongst the elite
November 2020
Dr. Vap listens and understand your concerns.
November 2020
My first visit with Dr. Vap was a pleasant one.
September 2020
Everyone's bedside manner was excellent
August 2020
I've actually already recommended Dr. Vap to a friend of a friend with a similar problem.
July 2020
Dr. Vap is excellent
June 2020
so thankful Dr. Vap worked me in the same day I called for a second opinion for my injury.
June 2020
I have recommended him. Dr. Vap is the best doctor I have ever had.
May 2020