ghanemAssociate Professor
Section Chief, Joint Arthroplasty

Areas of Interest
anterior and posterior total hip arthroplasty, gap balancing techniques for total knee replacements, outcomes research, periprosthetic joint infection


In 2017, Elie Ghanem, M.D., joined the UAB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as an Assistant Professor.

Following the completion of his medical education at the American University of Beirut, Dr. Ghanem spent two years in orthopaedic clinical research at the Rothman Institute of Philadelphia under the mentorship of Javad Parvizi, M.D., who is widely recognized as a leader of joint infection research. He completed his orthopaedic residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a year-long Joint Replacement Fellowship at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Ghanem’s clinical interests include anterior and posterior total hip arthroplasty and gap balancing techniques for total knee replacements. His research focuses on outcomes after primary and revision joint replacements with an emphasis on joint infection diagnostics and treatment. As a UAB faculty member, Dr. Ghanem looks forward to exploring the effects of using biofilm in prevention and treatment for infection and translating basic research into usable operating room techniques.

Dr. Ghanem sees patients at UAB Highlands.

Selected Publications

Ghanem E, Parvizi J, Clohisy J, Burnett S, Sharkey PF, Barrack R. Perioperative antibiotics should not be withheld in proven cases of periprosthetic infection. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Aug;461:44-7

Ghanem E, Restrepo C, Joshi A, Hozack W, Sharkey P, Parvizi J. Periprosthetic infection does not preclude good outcome for revision arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2007 Aug;461:54-9.

Ghanem E, Parvizi J, Burnett RS, Sharkey PF, Keshavarzi N, Aggarwal A, Barrack RL. Cell count and differential of aspirated fluid in the diagnosis of infection at the site of total knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2008 Aug;90(8):1637-43.

Ghanem E, Azzam K, Seeley M, Joshi A, Parvizi J. Staged revision for knee arthroplasty infection: what is the role of serologic tests before reimplantation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2009 Jul;467(7):1699-705.

Ghanem E, Ketonis C, Restrepo C, Joshi A, Barrack R, Parvizi J. Periprosthetic infection: where do we stand with regard to Gram stain? Acta Orthop. 2009 Feb;80(1):37-40.

Ghanem E, Pawasarat I, Lindsay A, May L, Azzam K, Joshi A, Parvizi J. Limitations of the Knee Society Score in evaluating outcomes following revision total knee arthroplasty. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2010 Oct 20;92(14):2445-51.

Ghanem E, Heppert V, Spangehl M, Abraham J, Azzam K, Barnes L, Burgo FJ, Ebeid W, Goyal N, Guerra E, Hitt K, Kallel S, Klein G, Kosashvili Y, Levine B, Matsen L, Morris MJ, Purtill JJ, Ranawat C, Sharkey PF, Sierra R, Stefansdottir A. Wound management. J Orthop Res. 2014 Jan;32 Suppl 1:S108-19.

Ghanem E, Ward DM, Robbins CE, Nandi S, Bono JV, Talmo CT. Corrosion and Adverse Local Tissue Reaction in One Type of Modular Neck Stem. J Arthroplasty. 2015 Oct;30(10):1787-93.

Wingert NC, Gotoff J, Parrilla E, Gotoff R, Hou L, Ghanem E. The ACS NSQIP Risk Calculator Is a Fair Predictor of Acute Periprosthetic Joint Infection. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2016 Jul;474(7):1643-8.

Aggarwal VK, Tischler E, Ghanem E, Parvizi J. Leukocyte esterase from synovial fluid aspirate: a technical note. J Arthroplasty. 2013 Jan;28(1):193-5.


Medical School
American University of Beirut Medical School, Lebanon

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

New England Baptist Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts
Joint Replacement


Campus Address
UAB Highlands
HGLD 200

(205) 930-8545