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Meagan McCarthy, MD

  • Specialities

    Sports Medicine, including Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy

  • Fellowship

    Sports Medicine - University of Colorado

  • Residency

    UC San Diego

  • Medical School

    Creighton University School of Medicine

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Meagan McCarthy, MD comes to Reno Orthopedic Center by way of Denver/Boulder, CO where she completed her Orthopedic Surgery Sports Fellowship at the University of Colorado. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency training at UC San Diego after earning her medical degree from Creighton University School of Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, Dr. McCarthy specializes in knee and shoulder sports injuries/disorders as well as cartilage preservation.

Team Physician for:


  • Top Doctor - Find a Top Doc 2021


  • Publications

    McCarthy, M, Bihl, J, Frank, R, McCarty, E, Comstock, D. “Epidemiology of Clavicle Fractures Among United States High School Athletes, 2008-09 through 2016-17.” Submitted for review.

  • McCarthy, M, McCarty E. “Treatment of articular cartilage injuries in the glenohumeral joint.” Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Review. September, 2018; Vol 26, Issue 3: 120-128.

  • McCarthy, M, Covey, D. “An unusual case of an intra-articular bony fragment associated with an MCL femoral avulsion fracture in an adult.” JBJS Case Connector. December, 2017; Vol 7, Issue 4: e92.

  • Alexander Choo, MD*; Meagan McCarthy, MD*; Rajeswari Pichika, PhD; Eugene J. Sato, MS; Richard L. Lieber, PhD; Simon Schenk,PhD; John G. Lane, MD; Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD. “Muscle Gene Expression Patterns in Human Rotator Cuff Pathology.” J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2014 Sep 17; 96 (18): 1558 -1565.

  • *indicates co-first authors

  • Book Chapters

    McCoy, BW., Hussain, WM., McCarthy, MM., Griesser, MJ., Parker, RD. Patellofemoral pain. In: DeLee and Drez’s Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. Upcoming 5th Edition.

To view post operative and rehab protocols for patients, click here.

"Dr. McCarthy was so professional and caring and took the time to go over my MRI results throughly. We discussed my options on my treatment going forward. We choose a Cortisone shot, followed with physical therapy and will discuss any progress in 6 weeks. I was impressed with her knowledge when she prepared my shot and was able to not only be successful in accurate application of the shot, but also explained what I would be experiencing in the next few days. I already feel so much better and am confident in her placement on my shoulder. I feel so blessed to find such a wonderful Doctor and person."

"Dr. McCarthy was very easy to talk to, she could tell me exactly what was going on in a way I understood, without talking down to me. She listened carefully to my questions and concerns and offered preventative measures and some options for relieving pain. I would go back to her with any other issues I may have. Highly recommend her!"

"Dr. McCarthy is one of the Best, Compassionate, Caring, Thoughtful and Thorough Doctor I've had the Pleasure to meet. I have TBI and She takes the time to explain everything so I completely understand. Will answer questions again even though I already asked."

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