ISAKOS Congress 2021

Richard B. Caspari Award


History of the Award

Richard B. Caspari was an innovator, teacher and leader in the field of Arthroscopy. Beginning at the 2003 ISAKOS Congress in Auckland, New Zealand, a monetary prize in honor of Richard B. Caspari was awarded to the best upper extremity paper read at the scientific program of the congress.

Learn more about the Richard B. Caspari Award

Past Winners

2021 Global Congress

First Place
Increased Glenohumeral Joint Loads Due to A Supraspinatus Tear Can Be Reversed with Rotator Cuff Repair: A Biomechanical Investigation of Joint Preservation
Lukas N. Muench, MD, GERMANY

Second Place
Progression to Glenohumeral Arthritis After Arthroscopic Anterior Stabilization In A Young And High Demand Population

2019 Cancun, MEXICO

First Place
Glenoid Retroversion Is an Important Factor for Humeral Head Centration and the Biomechanics of Posterior Shoulder Stability
Felix Dyrna, MD GERMANY

Second Place
Prospective Evaluation of Glenoid Bone Loss After First-Time and Recurrent Anterior Glenohumeral Instability Events

2017 Shanghai, CHINA

First Place
Individual Shoulder Anatomy and Degenerative Rotator Cuff Tear (RCT): Comparison of Radiographic Parameters of 800 Patients with RCT and 800 Non-Affected
Edoardo Franceschetti, MD ITALY

Second Place
Does Concomitant Biceps Surgery Affect the Outcome of Rotator Cuff Repair?

2015 Lyon, FRANCE

First Place
Tight Medial-Knot Tying may Increase the Risk of Re-Tearing After Transosseous Equivalent Repair of Rotator Cuff Tendon
Hirotaka Sano, MD, PhD JAPAN

Second Place
Does Smoking Affect Treatment Allocation and Outcomes in Patients with Rotator Cuff Tears?
Bruce S. Miller, MD, MS USA

2013 Toronto, CANADA

First Place (Tie)
Expression Profile of Collagen Genes in Shoulder Instability
Paulo Santoro Belangero, MD BRAZIL

Biomechanical, Cell Biological and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) -Morphological Results Comparing Single- and Double-Row Repair
Mike H. Baums, MD, PhD GERMANY

2011 Rio de Janeiro, BRAZIL

First Place
Stress Distribution inside the Bone after Suture Anchor Insertion – A Simulation Study Using Three-Dimensional Finite Element Method
Hirotaka Sano, MD JAPAN

Second Place
Matrix Metalloproteinase, Tissue Inhibitor of Metalloproteinase and Transforming Growth Factor-beta in Frozen Shoulder, and Their Changes as Response to Active Stretching and Gentle Thawing Exercise

2009 Osaka, JAPAN

First Place
Biomechanical Contact Properties of Rotator Cuff Repairs During Passive Arm Movement: Perilously Low Levels Occur with Single Versus Double-row Repairs

Second Place
Arthroscopic Repair of Cuff Tears with Associated Lesions of the Biceps Tendon: Technique and Results After 3 Years
Roderich Heikenfeld, MD GERMANY

2007 Florence, ITALY

First Place
Description and clinical consequences of the posterosuperior glenohumeral ligament. An unrecognised part of the shoulder capsule
Nichole Pouliart, MD Belgium

Second Place
A Comparison of Open and Arthrscopic Techniques for Closure of the Rotator Interval: Impact on Glenohumeral Stability and Range of Motion
Matthew Provencher, MD USA

2005 Hollywood, USA

First Place
Arthroscopic Single versus Double Row Suture Anchor Rotator Cuff Repair
Augustus Mazzocca, Peter Millett, Stephen Santangelo, Robert Arciero, USA (all authors)

Second Place
Immobilization in External Rotation after Dislocation of the Shoulder: Randomized Clinical Trial
Eiji Itoi, Tatsushi Kamata, Koji Nozaka, Yuji Hatakeyama, Takeshi Sato, Tadato Kido, Hiroshi Minagawa, Nobuyuki Yamamoto, Ikuko Wakabayashi, Moto Kobayashi, Hidetomo Saito, JAPAN (all authors)

2003 Auckland, NEW ZEALAND

First Place
Spinoglenoid Ligament: Anatomy, Morphology, Histology with Clinical Correlations
Kevin D. Plancher, MD USA

Second Place
The Relative Risk of Glenohumeral Arthritis in Patients with Shoulder Instability
Michelle Cameron, Karen Briggs, Marilee Horan & Richard Hawkins, USA (all authors)

Purpose of the Award

The Richard B. Caspari Award was established with the intention of stimulating and rewarding abstracts and presentations in the subject of the upper extremity.

Application Requirements

To be considered for the Richard B. Caspari Award, applicants must first submit an abstract related to upper extremity for the ISAKOS Congress followed by the online award application. Applicants are required to provide their curriculum vitae, and agree to provide a manuscript following the Journal of ISAKOS criteria if selected as a finalist.

Abstracts and award applications must be submitted before March 10, 2021.

Review Process

All abstracts submitted for the Richard B. Caspari Award will be reviewed by members of the ISAKOS Shoulder Committee. Four finalists will be chosen based upon the quality of the abstract. The four finalists will be invited to submit a blinded and unblinded manuscript prior to the ISAKOS Congress and must follow the Journal of ISAKOS criteria by the deadline given. The finalists’ manuscript will be judged using a 30 point scoring system based on the quality of the manuscript (10 points), the concept originality and importance (10 points, and experimental design and execution (10 points).


Registration to the ISAKOS Congress will be waived for the four finalists. The first and second place winners will be announced at the ISAKOS Congress, and presented with a framed certificate and an honorarium. The first place presentation will receive US $2,000 with the second place presentation receiving US $1,500. Both first and second place manuscripts will be submitted for possible publication in Journal of ISAKOS.

Note: Individuals are only permitted to receive one award per Congress, per abstract. ISAKOS award recipients, if not already an ISAKOS Member, are required to become an ISAKOS Member prior to receiving their award. One year of Membership dues will waived.