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Charles J. Gatt, Jr., MD


Charles J. Gatt, Jr.

Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery
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About Charles J. Gatt, Jr.

Dr. Gatt is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. He obtained his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ) after earning his undergraduate degree from Lafayette College. He completed an internship and his residency at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly UMDNJ). Following his residency, he did a fellowship specializing in orthopaedic sports medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

Dr. Gatt received the 2020 Edward J. III Excellence in Medicine Award in recognition of his innovations in developing MeniscoFix™, an implantable medical device intended to restore mobility to patients suffering from severe meniscal knee injuries.


  • Subspecialty certified in orthopaedic sports medicine
  • Orthopaedic Consultant and Team Physician at Rutgers University
  • Head Orthopaedic Consultant for Rider University Athletics
  • Chairman of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
  • Program Director of the Limb Salvage Program at Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM)
  • Voted NJ Monthly Jersey Choice Top Doctor
  • Awarded the Patients’ Choice Award
  • Elected by his peers for inclusion in Best Doctors in America®
  • Patients’ Choice On-Time Physician recognition
  • 2020 Edward J. III Excellence in Medicine Award
  • 2021 winner of Special Award for Innovation by the EJI Excellence in Medicine Foundation
  • Featured on the cover of the 2021 spring issue of the journal MDAdvisor
  • Received Thomas Edison Patent Award in Biotechnology from the Research & Development Council of New Jersey for his work inventing an absorbable knee implant that restores mobility and potentially prevents osteoarthritis and severe knee injury

Additional Information:

Assistant: Marisa Malone

Phone: 732-537-0909, ext. 1103


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Gatt, CJ. “31 Medical Innovations in Tissue Engineering: Aiding Individuals with Meniscus Tears.” The MD Advantage Podcast, 28 July 2021

Gatt, CJ. Pain Management for Sports Surgery – Can We Be Opioid Free? Presented at ATSNJ Virtual Conference & Business Meeting, New Jersey, February 28, 2021. 

“The Ovine Model for Meniscus Tissue Engineering: Considerations of Anatomy, Function, Implantation, and Evaluation”. 

Brzezinski A, Ghodbane SA, Patel JM, Perry BA, Gatt CJ, Dunn MG.

Tissue Eng Part C Methods. 2017 Dec;23(12):829-841. .

“Risk Factors and Predictors of Significant Chondral Surface Change From Primary to Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A MOON and MARS Cohort Study” MARS Group, et al. Am J Sports Med 2017, Dec (EPub)

Surgical Predictors of Clinical Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction”.

MARS Group, et al, Am J Sports Med. 2017 Sep;45(11):2586-2594

“Subsequent Surgery After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Rates and Risk Factors From a Multicenter Cohort”. MARS Group, Am J Sports Med. 2017 Jul;45(9):2068-2076

Adolescent Shin Pain. Korsh J, Matijakovich D, Gatt C. Pediatr Ann. 2017 Jan 1;46(1):e29-e32. doi: 10.3928/19382359-20161209-01.

Patel JM, Merriam AR, Culp BM, Gatt CJ, Dunn MG (2016) One-year Outcomes of Total Meniscus Reconstruction Using a Novel Fiber-Reinforced Scaffold in an Ovine Model. Am J Sports Med. 44(4):898-907.

Successful Total Meniscus Reconstruction Using a Novel Fiber-Reinforced Scaffold: A 16- and 32-Week Study in an Ovine Model.

Merriam AR, Patel JM, Culp BM, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn MG.

Am J Sports Med. 2015 Oct;43(10):2528-37.

Hamstring autograft size can be predicted and is a potential risk factor for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction failure.

Conte EJ, Hyatt AE, Gatt CJ Jr, Dhawan A.

Arthroscopy. 2014 Jul;30(7):882-90.5

Neuromuscular training for the prevention of ACL injuries: commentary on the article by Eric Swart, MD, et al.: “prevention and screening programs for anterior cruciate ligament injuries in young athletes: a cost-effectiveness analysis”.

Gatt CJ Jr.

J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 May 7;96(9):e77

Radioprotection provides functional mechanics but delays healing of irradiated tendon allografts after ACL reconstruction in sheep.

Seto AU, Culp BM, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn M.

Cell Tissue Bank. 2013 Dec;14(4):655-65.

Development of a silk and collagen fiber scaffold for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Panas-Perez E, Gatt CJ, Dunn MG.

J Mater Sci Mater Med. 2013 Jan;24(1):257-65. doi: 10.1007/s10856-012-4781-5. Epub 2012 Oct 10.

Sterilization of tendon allografts: a method to improve strength and stability after exposure to 50 kGy gamma radiation.

Seto AU, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn MG.

Cell Tissue Bank. 2013 Sep;14(3):349-57. doi: 10.1007/s10561-012-9336-y. Epub 2012 Aug 24.

Design and mechanical evaluation of a novel fiber-reinforced scaffold for meniscus replacement.

Balint E, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn MG.

J Biomed Mater Res A. 2012 Jan;100(1):195-202. doi: 10.1002/jbm.a.33260. Epub 2011 Oct 23.

Improved tendon radioprotection by combined cross-linking and free radical scavenging.

Seto A, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn MG.

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Nov;467(11):2994-3001. doi: 10.1007/s11999-009-0934-3. Epub 2009 Jun 19.

Application of the dual-frequency ultrasonometer for osteoporosis detection.

Sarvazyan A, Tatarinov A, Egorov V, Airapetian S, Kurtenok V, Gatt CJ Jr.

Ultrasonics. 2009 Mar;49(3):331-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ultras.2008.10.003. Epub 2008 Nov 1.

Radioprotection of tendon tissue via crosslinking and free radical scavenging.

Seto A, Gatt CJ Jr, Dunn MG.

Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2008 Aug;466(8):1788-95. doi: 10.1007/s11999-008-0301-9. Epub 2008 May 30.

Impairment of the collagenase-3 endocytotic receptor system in cells from patients with osteoarthritis.

Walling HW, Raggatt LJ, Irvine DW, Barmina OY, Toledano JE, Goldring MB, Hruska KA, Adkisson HD, Burdge RE, Gatt CJ Jr, Harwood DA, Partridge NC.

Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2003 Dec;11(12):854-63.

Arthroscopic identification of the popliteofibular ligament.

Aronowitz ER, Parker RD, Gatt CJ.

Arthroscopy. 2001 Nov-Dec;17(9):932-9.

Preemptive analgesia: its role and efficacy in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction.

Gatt CJ Jr, Parker RD, Tetzlaff JE, Szabo MZ, Dickerson AB.

Am J Sports Med. 1998 Jul-Aug;26(4):524-9.

Three-dimensional knee joint kinetics during a golf swing. Influences of skill level and footwear.

Gatt CJ Jr, Pavol MJ, Parker RD, Grabiner MD.

Am J Sports Med. 1998 Mar-Apr;26(2):285-94.

Impact loading of the lumbar spine during football blocking.

Gatt CJ Jr, Hosea TM, Palumbo RC, Zawadsky JP.

Am J Sports Med. 1997 May-Jun;25(3):317-21.

Back pain in golf.

Hosea TM, Gatt CJ Jr.

Clin Sports Med. 1996 Jan;15(1):37-53. Review.


Medical Degree, UMDNJ-Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick


Orthopaedic Surgery, UMDNJ-Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, New Brunswick


Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Sports Medicine, Cleveland