Dr. Kruse is a board eligible 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. His research interests include; management of rotator cuff tears, shoulder arthroplasty, and the use of ultrasound in the shoulder.
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.
Dr. Kruse is available for treatment of all problems involving the shoulder, elbow, and hand.
He is moving to Dallas with his wife Stephanie (a former Indianapolis Colts Cheerleader), and his two daughters Livia and Violet. Outside of work he enjoys spending time with his family, cooking, golf, reading, and weightlifting.
Passed ABOS Part 1, Board Eligible for orthopaedics
South Carolina Medical License
Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Society for
Surgery of the Hand (Member), American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Society
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
Post Graduate Education
08/2015/ – 12/2015
Shoulder Fellowship with Gilles Walch, M.D. Clinique de I ‘Europe
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
2014 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, MD
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.
PAST RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
2013 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.
2011 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.
2008 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.
2006 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.
AO Hand and Wrist Fracture Course, Dallas, TX
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
HOBBIES AND INTERESTS
I enjoy exercise, golf, cooking, and reading (classical and American history).