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Gary S. Shapiro, MD

Specializing in Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery

Gary S. Shapiro, MD

“During my medical education and throughout my professional career, I have strived to master the skills and talents required to help athletes maintain optimum health and peak performance. I understand how it feels to love what you do and desire to deliver your personal best every day – whether on the court, playing field, or operating room.”
- Dr. Shapiro

Dr. Gary Shapiro is among an elite cadre of physicians who received their sports medicine fellowship training at Stanford University. Since starting his practice in 1993, he has helped numerous athletes return from potentially career-ending injuries to return to their dreams and achieve their goals. Injured athletes of all ages and skill levels turn to Dr. Shapiro for his expertise in sports medicine.

Shapiro Sports Medicine is an integral component of Kennedy-White Orthopaedic Center, a premier full-service orthopedic surgical practice that treats a comprehensive range of orthopedic injuries and conditions with a longstanding reputation for excellence.

Dr. Shapiro’s interest in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine started after an injury sidelined him as a senior in high school in Cleveland, Ohio. He pursued his goal of becoming an orthopedic surgeon by studying mechanical and biomedical engineering at The Ohio State University. While at OSU he was elected to the National Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society, the National Engineering Honorary Society, and the Pre-Medicine Honorary Society.

Dr. Shapiro earned his medical degree at Wright State University School of Medicine. There he was awarded the Silver Scalpel Award as the best surgical senior student, as well as membership to the medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Shapiro completed his orthopedic residency at the Wright State University, Miami Valley Hospital program in Dayton, Ohio, where he also published a study on results of two graft choices for ACL reconstruction.

Following his standard training, Dr. Shapiro spent one year at Stanford University performing a sports medicine fellowship. It was during his time at Stanford that Dr. Shapiro perfected arthroscopic laser techniques in the early 1990s and published results on arthroscopic lateral release in the knee using the Holmium laser. He also performed the first meniscal transplant at Stanford University.

Dr. Shapiro has been in practice in Sarasota since 1993. Board-certified in orthopedic surgery, he was named among the top orthopedic surgeons in 2013 and 2014 by Sarasota magazine. Dr. Shapiro is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery and the Florida Orthopedic Association.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Shapiro has served local athletes as a volunteer team physician and medical director to athletic programs at several area high schools, including Booker High School, Sarasota High School, and Riverview High School.

Dr. Shapiro has also coached Little League and AAU baseball. As an active high school baseball official, he has officiated the Florida All-Star Game, as well as state finals plus regional and district championship games. 

In his free time, Dr. Shapiro enjoys saltwater fishing and horseback riding. He is married and has two boys.