Elan Jack Golan, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine who specializes in sports-related injuries and musculoskeletal conditions of the upper and lower extremities. A Georgia native, Dr. Golan was an honors graduate at the University of Georgia before earning his medical doctorate from George Washington University and completing his residency at Maimonides Medical Center in New York City. He completed his fellowship at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh program, where he served as administrative fellow while being mentored by world renowned ACL surgeon, Dr. Freddie Fu.
As a part of his training, Dr. Golan served as an assistant physician for both the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He has also served as a team doctor for Duquesne University Football, The University of Pittsburgh’s soccer and gymnastics teams, St Francis College, and NCAA wrestling and basketball tournaments.
Dr. Golan has co-authored numerous research studies regarding the diagnosis, treatment and outcome of sports-related injuries. He serves as an editor for several peer-reviewed sports medicine publications, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine. He has also contributed to multiple textbooks in the field of orthopedic sports medicine. His philosophy of care is to ensure that his patients fully understand their individual injuries so he can work with them to formulate the best possible treatment plan.
Dr. Golan’s areas of clinical interest include injuries to the shoulder labrum and rotator cuff, ACL injury and knee instability, and arthroscopy of the shoulder, hip and knee. Dr. Golan treats elbow procedures such as biceps surgery and ‘Tommy John’ ligament reconstruction and offers biologic therapies such as the use of stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP).He has a specific interest and has performed extensive research in the field of minimally invasive hip preservation techniques. This interest lead him to the London Fortius Clinic, where he worked with FIFA athletes while receiving additional training in the treatment of hip labral injuries, abductor tears, hamstring injury, and hip impingement.
Dr. Golan grew up playing sports in the metro Atlanta area and is excited to return home to serve his community. In his free time, he enjoys traveling with his wife and maintaining an active lifestyle through running, cycling and skiing.
- Arthroscopic treatment of the shoulder and knee
- Primary and revision ACL reconstruction
- Shoulder impingement, rotator cuff disease and replacement
- Hip preservation and hip arthroscopy
- Cartilage restoration and biologic therapies (PRP)
- Hamstring and groin injuries
- Athletic shoulder injuries
- Matrix-induced Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation (MACI)
Education & Training
- Doctor of Medicine, George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences, Washington, DC
- Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York
- Fellowship, Sports Medicine, UPMC/University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Certifications & Affiliations
- Board Certifications: Board Eligible
- Member, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
- Member, Arthroscopy Association of North America
Honors and Awards
- Dean’s List & Presidential Scholar, Honors Graduate – University of Georgia
- Honors Graduate – George Washington School of Medicine
- Research Fellow in Orthopedics/Chief Resident – Maimonides Medical Center
- Administrative Fellow – University of Pittsburgh Sports Medicine Fellowship
- Northside Hospital Atlanta
- Northside Hospital Gwinnett
- Northside Hospital Duluth
- Northside Hospital Gwinnett Advanced Surgery Center
- Golan EJ, Meredith SJ, Nakamura T, Rothrauff BB, Fu FH. Anatomic reconstruction of anterior cruciate ligament: concept, indication, and its efficacy. Ann Joint 2019;4:9.
- Golan EJ, Tisherman R, Byrne K, Diermeier T, Vaswani R, Musahl . Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury and the Anterolateral Complex of the Knee – Importance in Rotatory Knee Instability? Curr Musculoskel Review
- Golan EJ, Shukla DR, Nasser P, Hausman MR. Isolated Ligamentous Injury Can Cause Posteromedial Elbow Instability: A Cadaveric Study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg
- Golan E, Thomson J. When in doubt, examine the patient. J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2016 May 04; 98 (9): e38.
- Golan EJ, Schilders E, Yohe N, Martins A, Bharam S. Avulsion of the Proximal Adductor Longus Origin: A Biomechanical Analysis of Suture Anchor Reattachment.
- Golan EJ, Bradley JP – Posterior Shoulder Instability: Operative Technique and Outcomes in Rockwood and Matsen’s The Shoulder, 6th Edition. Elsevier Publications.
- Meredith S, Golan EJ, Rothrauff BB, Fu FH. Individual Anatomic ACL Reconstruction in Operative Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery, 3rd Edition
- Golan EJ, Bradley JP – Proximal Hamstring Syndrome and Tears: Operative Techniques in Orthopedics
Selected Invited Lectures
- Lesniak BP, Golan EJ. What to do with the ACL: Revising previously performed Femoral and Tibial Tunnels. Instructional Course Lecture. AOSSM Annual Meeting. Las Vegas, NV. 2019
- Golan EJ, Bradley JP. Physical examination for SLAP lesion. Invited Presentation. SKS Annual Winter Meeting. Snowbird, UT
- Golan EJ, Bradley JP. ACL Graft Choices in 2019. Invited Presentation. SKS Annual Winter Meeting. Snowbird, UT
- Mauro C, Golan EJ. Approach to Symphysis Instability in the Athlete. 2019 AOSSM Football Sports Medicine Symposium. Nashville, TN
- Lin A, Golan EJ. Overview of Articular Cartilage Injuries of the Knee. Invited Presentation. Lebanese Orthopedic Society. Beirut, Lebanon
- Bharam S, Golan EJ. Management of Sports Hernia Injuries in the Setting of FAI. Hip Preservation Society Annual Meeting , Vail, CO