Stephen A Parada, MD


Stephen A Parada, MD

Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Parada is a board-certified, fellowship-trained, Shoulder specialist. Dr. Parada completed his orthopaedic surgery residency in the U.S. Army at Madigan Army Medical Center and then was selected for a fellowship in Shoulder Surgery at one of the most prestigious programs, the Boston Shoulder Institute Fellowship at Harvard Medical School. During his training, he was also fortunate to spend time in France and Switzerland working with and training under the top European Shoulder Specialists. He completed his military service in the U.S. Army after serving for 12 years which included a deployment to Afghanistan. Dr. Parada then took over at AU as the Director of Shoulder Surgery, taking over the position from his long-time mentor, Dr. Lynn Crosby, who retired. Dr. Parada is one of only 10 Georgia orthopaedic surgeons in the exclusive American Shoulder & Elbow Surgeons organization and the only one of those members outside of Atlanta and Columbus. He is a frequent lecturer and moderator at regional and national orthopaedic meetings and he has authored over 100 combined book chapters, journal articles and podium and poster abstracts. He is the President of the Georgia Shoulder & Elbow Society and serves on multiple committees of national organizations such as the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He performs extensive research in all matters related to the shoulder including clinical, biochemical and biomechanical studies. He is very passionate about providing care to his patients and strives to find the right plan for each person to fit their needs.

  • Clinical Interests

    Dr. Parada treats all forms of injuries around the shoulder to include rotator cuff tears, shoulder dislocations, arthritis, shoulder blade issues, biceps tendon problems, fractures and all other bony and soft tissue issues around the shoulder. He takes care of shoulder injuries in patients of all ages.

  • Research Interests

    Research interests include identifying new measurements of bone loss of the socket after shoulder dislocations to improve treatment plans; shoulder dislocation treatment consisting of reconstruction of the ball and socket joint with cadaver grafts; shoulder replacements; new forms of fracture fixation; infection prevention; biomechanical testing of shoulder reconstructions.

  • Other Info

    Castle Connolly Top Doctor

  • Philosophy of Care

    Our philosophy of care of the shoulder team is to assist and enable you in a personalized approach so you can return to the function you want from your shoulder. This approach may include non-operative treatment or may include surgery, but that decision will be made by you as we guide you by explaining the pros and cons of each treatment option. Research Interest: measuring bone loss after dislocations to better guide treatment, shoulder dislocation treatment consisting of reconstruction of the ball and socket joint with cadaver grafts, shoulder replacements, new forms of fracture fixation, infection prevention, biomechanical testing of shoulder reconstructions

  • Specialties


    Shoulder Surgery

  • Language(s)



Director of Shoulder Surgery

Associate Professor


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons - Certified

Education and Training

Medical School: Wright State University School of Medicine

Internship: Madigan Army Medical Center

Residency: Madigan Army Medical Center

Fellowship: Boston Shoulder Institute Fellowship at Harvard Medical School

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Dr. Parada’s Reviews

June 13, 2023

Dr Stephen Parada and his complete staff is excellent

June 6, 2023

First time to see these Dr's very impressed

May 27, 2023

Dr gave me three options I could take and his willingness of taking care of whichever one I chose. Also explained I could at anytime I could choose a different option

May 19, 2023


May 18, 2023

Appreciate all concerned in my needs.

May 17, 2023

Dr Parada and his team did an excellent job on my xxxsurgery and every follow up appointment I have had since the surgery xxx has been fantastic! I couldn't have asked for a better surgeon and team to do it. Thank y'all again!

May 9, 2023


April 29, 2023

Dr Parada is a wonderful listener and gives full attention to patients

April 29, 2023

Dr Parada is so thoughtful and attentive. He is such a wonderful and caring Physician!

April 24, 2023

Dr Parada is one of the best surgeons I have ever worked with.

April 5, 2023

Service was very good

March 10, 2023

Dr clearly understood my concerns and immediately took steps to line up f/u tx.

February 26, 2023

Kindness towards me

February 12, 2023


February 8, 2023

Dr Parada always went over the plan(s) that were needed to help me get relief for my shoulder. He even contacted and kept my back surgeon informed of these plans so everyone would be on the same page.

January 20, 2023

(MD xxx), Dr. Parada his team along with all of the staff are hero's in my observations and in my book.

January 19, 2023

Dr Parada's Knowledge of this type of surgery is probably the best in the country

December 29, 2022

Both doctors were kind and attentive. They both explained what happened and what the plan was for physical therapy.

December 20, 2022

Dr. Parada was very knowledgeable and concerned about my health concerns. He thoroughly explained all my options. He and his staff were very friendly and courteous. Visiting his office was a pleasurable experience. I'm glad that Dr. Parada Is treating me as a physician, and I would recommend him to anyone.

November 16, 2022

Dr Parada is the best, hands down!

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