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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Graf is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. His special interests include sports-related injuries of the knee as well as sports injuries in children and adolescents.


Orthopedic Surgery

Pediatric Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine

UW Health Clinics

Research Park Clinic
(608) 263-8850 | (800) 323-8942 | Map
UW Health at The American Center
(608) 263-8850 | (844) 607-4800 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, Orthopedics

Deptarment of Orthopedics and Rehab, Sports Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Fellowship Southern California Center for Sports Medicine, Memorial Medical Center of Long Beach and Inselspital, Bern, Switzerland
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, 1979


Best Doctors® in America 2015

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013


Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions


Dr. Graf’s research interests include ligament repair and fixation.

PubMed Articles
Sheehy AM Caponi B Gangireddy S Hamedani AG Pothof JJ Siegal E Graf BK . Observation and inpatient status: clinical impact of the 2-midnight rule. J Hosp Med. 2014 Apr;9(4):203-9
[PubMed ID: 24677628]
Kijowski R Rosas HG Lee KS Cheung A Munoz del Rio A Graf BK . MRI characteristics of healed and unhealed peripheral vertical meniscal tears. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Mar;202(3):585-92
[PubMed ID: 24555595]
Nguyen JC De Smet AA Graf BK Rosas HG . MR imaging-based diagnosis and classification of meniscal tears. Radiographics. 2014 Jul-Aug;34(4):981-99
[PubMed ID: 25019436]
Sheehy AM Graf BK Gangireddy S Formisano R Jacobs EA . "Observation status" for hospitalized patients: implications of a proposed Medicare rules change. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 25;173(21):2004-6
[PubMed ID: 23978913]
Sheehy AM Graf B Gangireddy S Hoffman R Ehlenbach M Heidke C Fields S Liegel B Jacobs EA . Hospitalized but not admitted: characteristics of patients with "observation status" at an academic medical center. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 25;173(21):1991-8
[PubMed ID: 23835927]
Davis KW Rosas HG Graf BK . Magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopic appearance of the menisci of the knee. Clin Sports Med. 2013 Jul;32(3):449-75
[PubMed ID: 23773877]
Kijowski R Blankenbaker DG Munoz Del Rio A Baer GS Graf BK . Evaluation of the articular cartilage of the knee joint: value of adding a T2 mapping sequence to a routine MR imaging protocol. Radiology. 2013 May;267(2):503-13
[PubMed ID: 23297335]
Kijowski R Sanogo ML Lee KS Muñoz Del Río A McGuine TA Baer GS Graf BK De Smet AA . Short-term clinical importance of osseous injuries diagnosed at MR imaging in patients with anterior cruciate ligament tear. Radiology. 2012 Aug;264(2):531-41
[PubMed ID: 22692033]
Lu Y Lee JS Nemke B Graf BK Royalty K Illgen R 3rd Vanderby R Jr Markel MD Murphy WL . Coating with a modular bone morphogenetic peptide promotes healing of a bone-implant gap in an ovine model. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e50378
[PubMed ID: 23185610]
Kijowski R Woods MA McGuine TA Wilson JJ Graf BK De Smet AA . Arthroscopic partial meniscectomy: MR imaging for prediction of outcome in middle-aged and elderly patients. Radiology. 2011 Apr;259(1):203-12
[PubMed ID: 21330563]
De Smet AA Graf BK del Rio AM . Association of parameniscal cysts with underlying meniscal tears as identified on MRI and arthroscopy. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2011 Feb;196(2):W180-6
[PubMed ID: 21257860]
Lu Y Markel MD Nemke B Lee JS Graf BK Murphy WL . Influence of hydroxyapatite-coated and growth factor-releasing interference screws on tendon-bone healing in an ovine model. Arthroscopy. 2009 Dec;25(12):1427-34.e1
[PubMed ID: 19962070]
Lu Y Markel MD Nemke B Wynn S Graf B . Comparison of single- versus double-tunnel tendon-to-bone healing in an ovine model: a biomechanical and histological analysis. Am J Sports Med. 2009 Mar;37(3):512-7
[PubMed ID: 19168807]
De Smet AA Blankenbaker DG Kijowski R Graf BK Shinki K . MR diagnosis of posterior root tears of the lateral meniscus using arthroscopy as the reference standard. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Feb;192(2):480-6
[PubMed ID: 19155414]
Kijowski R Blankenbaker DG Shinki K Fine JP Graf BK De Smet AA . Juvenile versus adult osteochondritis dissecans of the knee: appropriate MR imaging criteria for instability. Radiology. 2008 Aug;248(2):571-8
[PubMed ID: 18552309]
De Smet AA Nathan DH Graf BK Haaland BA Fine JP . Clinical and MRI findings associated with false-positive knee MR diagnoses of medial meniscal tears. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2008 Jul;191(1):93-9
[PubMed ID: 18562730]