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Alexander R Vap, MD

Alexander R Vap, MD

out of 5
242 Ratings
28 Comments

Specialty

Sports Medicine

Locations

Sports Medicine
1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

Ambulatory Care Center
417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Short Pump Pavilion
11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

William & Mary
332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Department

Orthopaedic Surgery

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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Locations

Sports Medicine

1300 West Broad Street, Suite 113
Richmond, VA 23284

Ambulatory Care Center

417 N. 11th Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Short Pump Pavilion

11958 West Broad Street
Henrico, VA 23233

William & Mary

332 N. Henry St.
Williamsburg, VA 23185

Ratings & Reviews

242 Ratings
28 Comments

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Dr. Vap is excellent.
March 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
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
Best provider I have ever had.
December 2019
I have been insanely happy with the care VCU Health has provided & Dr. Vap has been no exception.
November 2019
Would and have recommended Dr. Vap to many of my family members and friends.
October 2019
Had gone above ref me to other doctors for other problems I have had.
September 2019
dr. vap is amazing. spent so much time with me describing my injury and showing in my mri and xrays. best orthopedic I have ever been to and I have been to a lot
August 2019
good
August 2019
Good experience.
August 2019
I have already recommended to my co-workers.
August 2019
Dr. Vap is an excellent caring dr. I wouldn't go to anyone else.
June 2019