Stephen A Parada, MD


Stephen A Parada, MD

Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Parada is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, Shoulder specialist. Dr. Parada completed his orthopaedic surgery residency in the U.S. Army at Madigan Army Medical Center and then was selected for a fellowship in Shoulder Surgery at one of the most prestigious programs, the Boston Shoulder Institute Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. During his training, he was also fortunate to spend time in France and Switzerland working with and training under the top European Shoulder Specialists. He completed his military service in the U.S. Army after serving for 12 years which included a deployment to Afghanistan. Dr. Parada then took over at AU as the Director of Shoulder Surgery, taking over the position from his long-time mentor, Dr. Lynn Crosby, who retired. Dr. Parada is one of only 10 Georgia orthopaedic surgeons in the exclusive American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons organization and the only one of those members outside of Atlanta and Columbus. He is a frequent lecturer and moderator at regional and national orthopaedic meetings and he has authored over 100 combined book chapters, journal articles and podium and poster abstracts. He is the President of the Georgia Shoulder & Elbow Society and serves on multiple committees of national organizations such as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He performs extensive research in all matters related to the shoulder including clinical, biochemical and biomechanical studies. He is very passionate about providing care to his patients and strives to find the right plan for each person to fit their needs.

  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Parada treats all forms of injuries around the shoulder to include rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, arthritis, shoulder blade issues, biceps tendon problems, fractures and all other bony and soft tissue issues around the shoulder. He takes care of shoulder injuries in patients of all ages.

  • Research Interests

    Research interests include identifying new measurements of bone loss of the socket after shoulder dislocations to improve treatment plans; shoulder dislocation treatment consisting of reconstruction of the ball and socket joint with cadaver grafts; shoulder replacements; new forms of fracture fixation; infection prevention; biomechanical testing of shoulder reconstructions.

  • Other Info

    Castle Connolly Top Doctor

  • Philosophy of Care

    Our philosophy of care of the shoulder team is to assist and enable you in a personalized approach so you can return to the function you want from your shoulder. This approach may include non-operative treatment or may include surgery, but that decision will be made by you as we guide you by explaining the pros and cons of each treatment option. Research Interest: measuring bone loss after dislocations to better guide treatment, shoulder dislocation treatment consisting of reconstruction of the ball and socket joint with cadaver grafts, shoulder replacements, new forms of fracture fixation, infection prevention, biomechanical testing of shoulder reconstructions

  • Specialties


    Shoulder Surgery

  • Language(s)



Director of Shoulder Surgery

Associate Professor


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Certified

Education and Training

Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine

Internship: Madigan Army Medical Center

Residency: Madigan Army Medical Center

Fellowship: Boston Shoulder Institute Fellowship at Harvard Medical School

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Dr. Parada’s Reviews

December 23, 2023

Dr Parada and his staff are excellent! Compassionate, very thorough and kind. Wouldn't go anywhere else.

December 20, 2023

I'm extremely satisfied with the doctor that was taken care of my needs I will recommend him to everyone and your facility. Thank you.

November 25, 2023

Dr. Parada is extremely thorough. He never makes you feel rushed and explains answers to your questions in detail so you can fully understand why you can or cannot move forward in recovery after surgery. He has your best interest on the for front so you can make a full recovery.

November 24, 2023

Dr. Parada was excellent, as was his resident who did the most thorough shoulder exam that anyone has done.

November 23, 2023

Really cool Doctor.

November 18, 2023

Dr. Parada is BY FAR the best doctor/ surgeon I have EVER had. When other surgeons wouldn't help me, Dr. P took me on and I am and will be forever grateful!

November 1, 2023

Could not be more pleased with this doctor

October 25, 2023


October 12, 2023

The provider gave me in-depth concern about my condition.

October 8, 2023


October 7, 2023

Great team

September 16, 2023


September 13, 2023

I am so surprised at the excellent level of care. Other facilities are NOT up to this level

August 31, 2023

Excellent experience

August 30, 2023

Doctor Parada and his team always took the necessary time to answer all of my questions and made sure I understood their answers.

August 23, 2023


August 16, 2023


August 10, 2023

Dr Prada has already done surgery on my right shoulder for a torn rotator cuff. I experienced no problems and my shoulder is as good as it ever was. I now have a tear on my left shoulder rotator cuff, and I feel confident that it will be repaired with no problems.

July 29, 2023

Good experience

June 13, 2023

Dr Stephen Parada and his complete staff is excellent

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