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Research interests

Dr. Robert Gallo has published several articles on and continues to study athletic performance after injury and factors contributing to return to play.

More recently, he has been working on protocols to help better understand genetics and molecular pathways contributing to anterior cruciate ligament injuries and tendon injuries, such as quadriceps and patellar tendon ruptures.

He also has an interest in studies focused upon identifying risk factors for tennis-related injuries and potential preventive strategies.

Teaching and educational interests

Dr. Robert Gallo is the Program Director of the Orthopaedic Residency Program at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. In this role, he leads the program's simulation program designed to facilitate acquisition and honing of clinical and surgical skills. He mentors several medical students per year on their research projects and guides prospective students interested in pursuing orthopaedic surgery residency positions. He has helped institute the residency leadership lecture series and is a small-group facilitator for the Health Systems Science course for first- and second-year medical students at Penn State College of Medicine.

Clinical interests

Dr. Robert Gallo is a board-certified and subspecialty-certified orthopaedic sports medicine surgeon. He specializes in treatment of athletes of all ages and skill levels and commonly treats ACL tears, PCL tears, knee ligament injuries, meniscal tears, chondral and osteochondral defects of the knee, rotator cuff tears, glenoid labrum tears and shoulder instability. He has a special interest in treatment of tennis players.

Professional information

Assistant team physician, Lebanon Valley College, 2014 to present

Assistant team physician, Lebanon High School, 2013 to present

Medical director, Harrisburg Senators minor-league baseball team, 2012 to present

Subspecialty-certified in Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011

Board-certified in Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2010

Assistant team physician, Cedar Crest High School, 2009 to present

Assistant team physician, Annville-Cleona High School, 2008 to present

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Healthcare Administration (MHA), Penn State University Park


Shoulder and Sports Medicine Surgery, Fellowship, Hospital for Special Surgery


Residency, Allegheny General Hospital


MD, Penn State College of Medicine


Pre-Medicine, BS, Penn State University Park


External positions

Member, Question-Writing Task Force, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

2020 → …

Public Relations Committee Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

2020 → …

Reviewer, Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine

2017 → …

Editorial Board Member, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Reports

2017 → …

Reviewer, Arthroscopy Journal

2016 → …


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