Itai Gans, M.D.

Gans 2022
Gans 2022


Recognizing the Signs of Tendonitis and How to Treat it

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, tendonitis causes more than 70,000 people to miss work per year. This is just one of many reasons why it is important to understand the symptoms of tendonitis so that you can avoid not only the pain but the inconvenience it...

What are Non-Surgical Treatment Options for a Herniated Disc

The spine consists of 26 bones called vertebrae and between them are cushion-like pads called “intervertebral discs”. The discs serve as shock absorbers for the vertebrae and help provide stability to the spine. When one of these intervertebral discs loses its normal...



  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Joint Preservation
  • Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Patellofemoral Instability
  • Joint Replacement
  • Sports Medicine
  • Trauma & Fracture Care


  • Undergraduate — Pennsylvania State University
  • M.D. — University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Residency — Johns Hopkins Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Cartilage Restoration, and Pediatric/Adolescent Sports Medicine — University of Pennsylvania and affiliated Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia program
  • Research Fellowship — Benjamin Fox Orthopaedic Research Fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia


  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons — Board Certified
  • Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI)-Certified


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


Dr. Gans is the team physician for several local athletic departments. Dr. Gans was a high-level competitive gymnast and national champion competitive kite flyer. He served as the assistant team physician for the University of Pennsylvania NCAA football, wrestling and gymnastics teams; University of the Sciences NCAA athletics department, and the Bonner-Prendergast Catholic High School football team.

In his free time, Dr. Gans enjoys cycling, rock climbing, and boating and cruising in the Chesapeake Bay.


Dr. Gans is the Director of Cartilage Restoration and Joint Preservation and is a clinical specialist focusing on sports injuries and arthroscopy of the hip, knee and shoulder. He has special interests in regenerative medicine, cartilage transplantation and restoration (Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation [ACI], Osteochondral Autogrant Transplant, Osteochondral Allograft Transplantation, microfracture, and chondroplasty), and meniscal transplant procedures.

He has keen interest in ACL reconstruction, complex ligament reconstructions of the knee, advanced knee arthroscopy, meniscus tears, patella instability/dislocation, patellofemoral malalignment/instability, and shoulder instability. His clinical specialties also include rotator cuff repair and superior capsular reconstruction, pediatric knee, shoulder, and ankle arthroscopy, pediatric ACL reconstruction (including special training in growth plate preserving techniques), and treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee, hip, and shoulder.

Dr. Gans has written numerous scientific articles in several peer reviewed journals, presented many lectures and poster abstracts at national meetings, and written several chapters in textbooks on a variety of topics related to orthopaedics and sports medicine.  

During his residency, Dr. Gans’ complex research earned an Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation Resident Research Project Grant Award. He enjoys teaching students, residents, and his patients, and takes great pride in helping patients achieve great clinical outcomes.