Specializing in SHOULDER AND HAND

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“First and foremost, we provide our patients with the type of medical care that we would want for our family members and loved ones. We believe that truly caring about patients is the most important ingredient in medicine.”

Dr. Brad Carofino is an orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder, elbow and hand injuries. He has completed advanced fellowship training in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery at The University of Washington and a Hand Surgery Fellowship at The Mayo Clinic. Dr. Carofino is one of a few fellowship trained shoulder surgeons in the state of Virginia.

Dr. Carofino has extensive experience in shoulder replacement surgery and arthroscopic rotator cuff repairs. He performs approximately 100 shoulder replacements annually, which places him in the top 5% of orthopaedic surgeons. Because of this experience Dr. Carofino is involved in teaching shoulder replacement to other surgeons nationally through the DJO Customized Advanced Surgeon Education Program. Dr. Carofino is also working with implant manufacturers to develop new minimally invasive shoulder replacement techniques.

Dr. Carofino also cares for athletes with shoulder and upper extremity injuries. He is a team physician for the Norfolk Tides (triple A affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) and a consultant for the Norfolk State Athletic Department.

Dr. Carofino sees patients in the Virginia Beach and Chesapeake offices. He also volunteers his time to see uninsured patients at the Chesapeake Care Clinic, because he believes the needs of the patient should always come first.

Outside of work, Dr. Carofino enjoys spending time with his wife Katy and their three young children. He is a passionate but terrible golfer, and also likes to surf, jog and coach youth sports.

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONSSentara Leigh Hosital, Sentara Princess Anne Ambulatory Surgery Center, Virginia Beach Ambulatory Surgery Center and Princess Anne Ambulatory Surgery Center


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  • Carofino BC, Leopold SS. Classifications in brief: the Neer classification for proximal humerus fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2013 Jan; 471(1):39-43
  • Carofino BC, Bishop AT, Spinner RJ, Shin AY. Nerve injuries resulting from arthroscopic treatment of lateral epicondylitis: report of 2 cases. J Hand Surg Am. 2012 Jun. 37(6). 1208-10
  • Carofino B, Chowaniec DM, McCarthy MD, Bradley JP, Delaronde S, Beitzel K, Cote MP, Arciero RA, Mazzocca AD. Corticosteroids and local anesthetics decrease positive effects of platelet-rich plasma: an in vitro study on human tendon cells. Arthroscopy 2012. May 28(5): 711-9
  • Carofino BC, Mazzocca AD. The anatomic coracoclavicular ligament reconstruction: surgical technique and indications. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010 Mar; 19(2 Suppl):37-46
  • Carofino BC, Fulkerson JP. Anteromedialization of the tibial tubercle for patellofemoral arthritis in patients > 50 years. J Knee Surg. 2008 Apr;21(2):101-5
  • Carofino BC, Lieberman JR. Gene therapy applications for fracture-healing. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Feb;90 Suppl 1:99-110
  • Bicos J, Carofino B, Andersen M, Schepsis AA, Fulkerson JP, Mazzocca A. Patellofemoral forces after medial patellofemoral ligament reconstruction: a biomechanical analysis. J Knee Surg. 2006 Oct;19(4):317-26
  • Mazzocca AD, Cohen M, Berkson E, Nichols G, Carofino BC, Arciero R, Romeo AA. The anatomy of the bicipital tuberosity and distal biceps tendon. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2007 Jan-Feb;16(1):122-7
  • Carofino B, Fulkerson J. Medial hamstring tendon regeneration following harvest for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: fact, myth, and clinical implication. Arthroscopy. 2005 Oct;21(10):1257-65
  • Parikh SA, Carofino BC, Lee AC, Groothius A, Seifert P, Nugent HM, Edelman ER. “Tissue engineered endothelial cells inhibit early events in the vascular response to injury to prevent restenosis.” Journal of the American College of Cardiology. 2004. 43(5) Supplement 1. Abstract
  • Matsen FA 3rd, Butler-Wu S, Carofino BC, Jette JL, Bertelsen A, Bumgarner R. Origin of propionibacterium in surgical wounds and evidence-based approach for culturing propionibacterium from surgical sites. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2013 ;95(23):e1811–7
  • Carofino BC. CORR insights: What is the minimum clinically important difference in grip strength? CORR. 2014 Sep; 472(9): 2857-8
  • Brogan DM, Carofino BC, Kircher MF, Spinner RJ, Elhassan BT, Bishop AT, Shin AY. Prevalence of rotator cuff tears in adults with traumatic brachial plexus injuries. JBJS-Am. 2014 Aug 20; 96(16);e139
  • Distal Biceps Tendon Rupture. Carofino BC, Mazzocca AD. The Athlete’s Elbow (DVD). AAOS 2006. Editors: Michael L. Pearl, MD, Scott P. Steinmann, MD, and Brian J. Cole, MD, MBA