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Dr. Kruse is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with fellowship training in the shoulder, as well as the elbow and hand. He obtained his undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University. While in college, Dr. Kruse played linebacker for the Indiana Hoosiers’ football team and earned Academic All Big Ten honors. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery residency at Greenville Health System University Medical Center in Greenville, South Carolina. In Greenville, he trained with the Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolina’s. Next, he went on to complete a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He then traveled to Lyon, France to complete a fellowship in shoulder surgery at the Centre Orthopedique Santy with world-renowned shoulder surgeon, Gilles Walch.

Dr. Kruse has published several papers on shoulder, elbow, and hand surgery, and has presented at medical meetings throughout the United States. He has a particularly strong interest in the use of ultrasound in the shoulder and upper extremity. He has published several peer reviewed articles and book chapters on the use of ultrasound in the shoulder. In addition, he regularly travels around the United States and the world teaching other surgeons how to use ultrasound. His research interests also include; management of rotator cuff tears and shoulder arthroplasty.

Dr. Kruse is available for treatment of all problems involving the shoulder, elbow, and hand.

He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the American Association of Hand Surgeons. Dr. Kruse is one of only two orthopedic surgeons in the state of Texas to hold memberships in both the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), as well as the American Society for Surgery of the Hand (ASSH). The ASES is an educational body of select leading national international orthopedic surgeons, open by invitation only, who specialize in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. The ASSH is the oldest medical specialty society in the U.S. devoted entirely to continuing medical education related to hand surgery.

Due to injuries he sustained from football Dr. Kruse personally has had to undergo several orthopaedic surgeries including on his own shoulder and elbow.  This experience has given him a unique understanding as to what his patients are going through. He lives in Dallas with his wife Stephanie (a former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader), his two daughters Livia and Violet, and his son Kace. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, golf, reading, and weightlifting.

Patient Testimonials

Before surgery, I couldn’t touch the top of my head and I had constant pain. I am very pleased with the replacement of my Right Shoulder by Dr Kruse at Texas Orthopaedic Associates. The staff at his office and surgery center were professional and accommodating, deserving a “10 plus” rating. Following surgery, I went to Physical Therapy three times per week for 6 weeks, which was a “must”, and very beneficial. Three months after surgery, I had no pain and I’m back to hitting golf balls and shooting basketball. At the age of 79, I feel very fortunate to have such great results!
Ed M

Thanks to you Dr Kruse I have mobility that I would never have had. I feel like you truly care about your patients and you are very knowledgeable of the surgery and the healing. I think it helps that you have had shoulder surgery yourself so you can sympathize with us. Thanks again! :-)
Kathy K

I am a 57 year old male who injured my shoulder back in my days of playing hockey. For years I ignored the pain until the cortisone injections failed to offer any relief to my injured left shoulder. My shoulder became progressively worse over years due to severe arthritis and bone spurs. Soon, my struggles due to restricted mobility and strength loss simply became too much.
Upon visiting Texas Orthopedic Associates in December 2016 and in meeting with Dr. Kevin Kruse I decided to have reverse shoulder replacement. First, it is extremely important to note how comfortable I immediately felt upon meeting Dr. Kruse. He reviewed both my scans and x-rays and completely explained the severity of my injury. Dr. Kruse further took the time to explain what I was to expect concerning the operation, post operation, and recovery. Dr. Kruse was fully confident this surgery would be a life changing event. One that would again allow me to regain nearly full mobility of my shoulder.
Almost immediately post-surgery the constant pain was gone. I am six weeks out from my surgery date and I feel great! Many people simply associate surgery with pain and lengthy recovery, however I can tell you my experience was one of great success with very limited discomfort. Yes, there was a recovery period with medication, nerve block and a brace, but the (my) outcome was a blessing.
I want to recognize Dr. Kruse’s entire staff for taking genuine care of me as I am a very difficult patient by nature. Dr. Kruse whose specialty is shoulders is a highly talented surgeon and I offer my highest regards.
Dave N

The decision to have a total shoulder replacement last year is a decision I will never regret. Both the pain and the restrictions in the use of my arm are gone. It’s as if there had never been a problem with my shoulder. Recovery from the replacement surgery was not as bad as I thought it would be; it was much easier than the recovery of my broken shoulder 6 years prior to the surgery.
If anyone is in need of a shoulder replacement, I highly recommend that it be done sooner rather than later – and preferably by Dr. Kruse, who skillfully guided me through the entire process.
Diane Martindale, JD, PhD


I am 65 years old. Had both my shoulders replaced by Doctor Kruse, one almost 2 yrs ago and the other 1 yr ago. The whole process with rehab has been incredible. Almost no pain after the operations. Hard to believe I know but he did such a great job. The rehab went extremely well also. Got back into golfing and cycling very quickly and am shooting under 80 most of the time. Both shoulders are pain free, like brand new. Best doctor I have ever had.

Mark M


Passed ABOS Part 1, Board Eligible for orthopaedics

South Carolina Medical License


Professional Societies
Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Society for
Surgery of the Hand (Member), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society

Residency Awards
American Orthopaedic Association Resident Leader 2013,
Second place, South Carolina Orthopaedic Association Resident Research Competition 2012

Medical School Awards
Hazel and Tommy Thompson Cardiac Research Scholarship,
Graduated in top quintile of class

Academic All Big Ten 2003, 2004 (football),
Dean’s List for seven semesters


08/2005 — 05/2009
Doctor of Medicine
Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, IN

08/2001 – 05/2005
Bachelor of Arts, Biology Indiana University
Bloomington, IN

Post Graduate Education

08/2015/ – 12/2015
Shoulder Fellowship with Gilles Walch, M.D. Clinique de I ‘Europe
Lyon, France

08/2014 – 07/2015
Hand/Upper Extremity Fellowship University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA

07/2009 – 06/2014
Orthopaedic Surgery Internship/Residency
Greenville Health System University Medical Center Greenville, SC


University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Collaborators: Christopher Schmidt, MD
This is a human cadaver study describing the anatomic, arthroscopic, and biomechanical properties of the rotator cable. It will equate the variations in the anatomy of the rotator cable with differences in the stress/strain characteristics across the rotator cuff tendon.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, PA
Collaborators: Mark Baratz, MD, Christopher Schmidt, MD, Issei
Komatsu, MD, James Wang, PHD
This is an animal study using tendon derived stem cell sheets in a rabbit rotator cuff tear repair. Aim of the study is to evaluate the biological, biochemical, and biomechanical effects the stem cell sheet on rotator cuff healing.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Collaborators: Dean Sotereanos, MD, Loukia Papatheodorou,
A retrospective study examining the range of motion, pain, and functional outcomes of a novel elbow contracture release technique.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Collaborators: John Fowler, MD
A review of the current literature regarding treatment options for scaphoid lunate advanced collapse and scaphoid nonunion advanced collapse of the wrist.

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
Collaborators: Chris Schmidt, MD
A retrospective study examining the results and indications of arthroscopy for painful total shoulder and reverse shoulder arthroplasty.


Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, Greenviilfe, SC
Collaborators: Michael Kissenberth, MD
A description of a novel alt inside arthroscopic tenodesis technique with the KFx anchor system.

Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, Greenville, SC
Collaborators: Richard Hawkins, MD; Michael Kissenberth, MD;
Grant Bennett, MD; Christopher Baker, MD
To examine the comparative diagnostic accuracy of orthopaedic sports medicine fellows and orthopaedic surgery residents (after a concentrated training program and with no prior experience in musculoskeletal ultrasound) to diagnose full thickness rotator cuff tears using ultrasound imaging alone, with accuracy aquatic that in the published literature.

Shelbourne Knee Clinic Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis, IN
Collaborator: K. Donald Shelboume, MD
The research involved searching current literature to support a prior paper written by Dr. Shelboume describing a proposed mechanism for non-contact ACL injuries.

Lu Department of Orthopaedics, Indianapolis, IN
Collaborator: Brian H. Multis, MD
Injuries to the ankle syndesmosis typically require surgical intervention. The anatomic reduct|on is checked post op with traditional radiographs. This is the first investigation to assess
syndesmotic reduction with the more reliable CT criteria and to correlate this data with functional and subjective outcomes. This data will provide a foundation for future investigations to improve reduction and fixation of this complex injury.

IU Department of Orthopaedics, Indianapolis, IN
Collaborator: Stephen Trippel, MD
The research was based on cartilage regeneration. Chondrocytes were extracted from bovine cartilage. They were then grown on disks of bovine articular cartilage that had been
treated with various enzymes. The goal was to disrupt that surface of the inherently stick articular cartilage enough to allow for the adhesion of the chondrocytes.


Kruse KK. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Grand Rounds Presentation
Greenville Health System Department of Orthopaedics.
December 2, 2013.

Kruse KK, Kissenberth MJ. ALI inside arthroscopic biceps tenodesis technique. South Carolina
Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
August 1-4, 2013.

Kruse KK, Bennett GW, Baker C, Hawkins RJ, Kissenberth MJ. Orthopedic Surgeons in Training can Quickly Learn to Diagnose Full Thickness Rotator Cuff Tears Using Ultrasonography. South Carolina Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting. Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
August 2-5, 2012.


March 2012
AO Hand and Wrist Fracture Course, Dallas, TX

January 2012
Biomet Upper Extremity Instructional Course, New Orleans, LA

October 2011
AANA Masters Shoulder Arthroscopy Course, Chicago, IL

August 2011
AANA Resident Arthroscopy Course, Chicago, IL

July 2011
ASES/AAOS Shoulder Instability Course, Chicago, IL

April 2011
Duke Upper Extremity Trauma Course, Durham, NC


I enjoy exercise, golf, cooking, and reading (classical and American history).


Frozen Shoulder

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Shoulder Arthritis

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome