News Release: Emory Healthcare, School of Medicine

Dec. 5,  2008

Emory Sports Medicine Physicians Selected as Top Doctors by Castle Connolly

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Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd, (CCML) a healthcare quality research and information company, has selected Spero Karas, MD, and Sameh Labib, MD, to be added to its database of America's Top Doctors.

CCML was established in 1992 to help individuals find the best health care specialists, not only in their own community but also nationwide.

Karas and Labib are faculty members of the Department of Orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine and physicians in Emory Healthcare's Sports Medicine Center.

Labib joined the staff of Emory University School of Medicine and Emory Healthcare in 1999. His specialties include sports injuries and arthroscopy of the knee and foot, joint cartilage repair of the knee and ankle, and reconstructive surgery of the knee and foot, including total ankle replacement. He serves as one of the consulting team physicians for Georgia Institute of Technology, Oglethorpe University and Emory University Athletics.

He earned his medical degree in 1981 with honors from Ain-Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency in 1991 at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, followed by a Sports Medicine Surgery Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario. In 1998, he completed a Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship at The American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, Ala.

Karas received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame, and his medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed a Shoulder and Sports Medicine Fellowship at Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colo., where he worked as an associate team physician for the Denver Broncos and Colorado Rockies professional sports teams.

His practice encompasses the entire spectrum of sports, overuse and work related injuries, with a primary interest in disorders of the shoulder, knee and elbow. In addition, he serves as director of the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program at Emory, and as a consulting team physician for Georgia Tech and Emory University Athletics.

A member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Karas was included in Atlanta Magazine's "Most Trusted Doctors" issue (2007) and was noted in the nation's "Top Twenty" physicians by both Men's Health Magazine (2007) and Women's Health Magazine (2008).

Doctors who are selected for the CCML database represent the top 1 percent in the nation. CCML's established selection process involves tens of thousands of top doctors and guidance from the leadership of the most outstanding medical institutions in the United States.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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