Justin W. Griffin, MD

Dr. Justin Griffin, a native of Virginia Beach, is fellowship-trained shoulder and sports medicine specialist serving the greater Hampton Roads area and surrounding communities. Offering both surgical and nonsurgical treatments, Dr. Griffin’s practice utilizes a combination of approaches designed for each patient with an emphasis on restorative procedures and joint preserving techniques that are alternatives to conventional replacements for active patients. Minimally-invasive, state-of-the-art, arthroscopic techniques are used to accelerate the recovery process for challenging conditions. Dr. Griffin has advanced arthroscopy training and is able to perform the vast majority of shoulder procedures in a minimally invasive fashion, including all types of rotator cuff repairs and instability repair. These techniques allow him to repair tears that some consider “irreparable.” In addition, he performs anatomic and reverse shoulder replacements for shoulder arthritis. Dr. Griffin regularly teaches medical students and remains active in lecturing throughout the region and nation. He has published over 100 articles, books chapters and presentations. Dr. Griffin is the only elected member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) in Hampton Roads, which has only seven hundred worldwide members.

Prior to joining the Jordan-Young Institute, Dr. Griffin assisted in caring for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls, DePaul University, University of Virginia and James Madison University athletes. In addition to his clinical practice, Dr. Griffin is actively involved in research. Dr. Griffin and his research team are conducting ongoing evaluation of the effects of superior capsular reconstruction, overhead athletes and biologic interventions in the shoulder and sports medicine. One of his major focuses is on improving and measuring outcomes. He is interested in reducing complications after surgery. He is actively involved in research to develop and perfect new treatment strategies to allow for faster and more complete recovery. More recent research interests include the application of biologic therapies such as the use of growth factors and stem cells to augment healing. Dr. Griffin is actively involved in giving lectures on various shoulder and sports medicine topics and is elected to multiple committees on which he currently serves to advance his specialty.

Dr. Griffin graduated first in his medical school class, Summa Cum Laude from Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine with Honors in research and was selected into the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) national honor medical society and Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society. Dr. Griffin then went on to complete his orthopedic surgery training at the University of Virginia where he was selected as resident of the year and chief administrative resident. During his time in Charlottesville, Dr. Griffin received numerous teaching awards including the Gold Humanism and excellence in teaching award and was selected into the Mulholland Society for his educational aptitude, which he now applies to his patient interactions and teaching medical students. He was then selected to receive advanced specialized training in comprehensive shoulder surgery and sports medicine completing the internationally acclaimed fellowship at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago with many of the nation’s leading experts. Following this fellowship, Dr. Griffin spent additional time with surgeons at the Mayo Clinic studying advance shoulder surgery. During his time in Chicago, he served as faculty at several courses focused on advanced techniques for Shoulder and Arthroscopic Surgery.

Compassionate Patient Care An advocate for education, research and patient care, Dr. Griffin is dedicated to helping his patients no matter if they are a professional athlete, weekend warrior or have a desire to get back to activities to remain healthy and active. Dr. Griffin and his team recognize the impact an injury or painful joint can have on all aspects of a patient’s life and well-being. Their team approach is first and foremost to provide the highest level of clinical care to maximize outcome and recovery. In addition, they feel that patient education to facilitate shared decision-making based on the latest evidence is critical to achieving a successful outcome. Dr. Griffin and his office staff strive to provide a warm, welcoming, supportive and efficient patient experience.

Dr. Griffin is assisted by Travis Farrell, PA-C. 

For more information about Dr. Griffin, please visit http://www.justingriffinmd.com.


  • Fellowship: Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine & Cartilage Restoration: Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL; Visiting Mayo Clinic Fellow
  • Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Internship: General Surgery: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
  • Medical Degree: Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine; Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate: James Madison University; Harrisonburg, VA


  • Assistant Professor, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Education Committee
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting Program Committe
  • Reviewer: Arthroscopy: Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery • Reviewer: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
  • Sentara Joint Quality Improvement Committee Member

Team Coverage

  • Chicago Bulls, Team Physician
  • Chicago White Sox, Assistant Team Physician
  • McDonalds All-American Games, Team Physician
  • MLB Spring Training, Team Physician
  • Chicago Steele Hockey, Team Physician
  • DePaul University, Assistant Team Physician
  • Chicago Arena Football, Assistant Team Physician
  • Thornton Fraction North High School, Team Physician
  • Charlottesville High School Football, Team Physician
  • James Madison University
  • University of Virginia
  • Western Albermarle High School Football, Team Physician
  • Woodberry Forest High School Football, Assisted with Team Coverage

Awards & Honors

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Elected Member
  • Orthopaedic Research Education Fund (OREF) CCJR Clinical Practice Award: “Does Prior Shoulder Surgery Negatively Impact Shoulder Arhtroplasty Outcomes.”
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) National Medical Honor Society, Epsilon Illinois
  • First in Medical School Class, Summa Cum Laude, Loyola School of Medicine
  • Mulholland Society Resident and Fellow Teaching Award, UVA
  • Administrative Chief Resident, UVA Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Humanism and Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Virginia
  • Gold Humanism and Teaching Honor Society, UVA
  • Top Research Award, Southern Orthopaedic Association, Palm Beach, FL
  • Resident of the Year, UVA Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Clinical Abstract Podium Winner, Virginia Orthopaedic Society
  • Research Honors with Distinction, Loyola School of Medicine
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Clinical Sciences, Loyola School of Medicine
  • Top Performance in Surgery, Loyola School of Medicine
  • Top Research Presentation Finalist, Loyola Stritch School of Medicine
  • Faculty Medallion for Excellence in Second Year Curriculum- Loyola Medicine
  • Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine Merit Scholarship

Professional Associations

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Virginia Orthopedic Society
  • MidAtlantic Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Specific Conditions


  • Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Arthroscopic and Open Shoulder Stabilization Procedures
  • Bone loss of the glenoid and humerus (transplants, coracoid transfer/Latarjet)
  • All-Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Biologic Augmentation of Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Superior Capsular Reconstruction
  • Tendon Transfers for Chronic Irreparable Rotator Cuff Tears
  • Reverse Shoulder Replacement
  • Biceps Problems
  • Thrower’s Shoulder/Little League Shoulder
  • Acromioclavicular Joint Sprains and Dislocations
  • Labral Tears
  • SLAP Tears
  • Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cartilage Defects of the Shoulder
  • Shoulder Replacements
  • Minimally invasive shoulder surgery
  • Adhesive Capsulitis, Calcific Tendonitis
  • Scapular Winging and Disorders
  • Clavicle Fractures
  • Fractures around the scapular and shoulder
  • Failed Prior Shoulder Surgery


  • Ligament Injuries
  • Primary and Revision Ligament Reconstruction
  • Extensor Tendon Injuries: Quadriceps and Patellar Tendon
  • Meniscus Tears
  • Meniscus Replacement
  • Patellar Instability
  • Cartilage Defects
  • Pediatric ACL injury
  • Cartilage Restoration and Repair
  • Autologous Chondrocyte Implantation
  • Osteochondral Allografts & Autografts
  • Medial Patellofemoral Ligament Reconstruction
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans and Avascular Necrosis


  • Biceps Ruptures
  • Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction (Tommy John Surgery)
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Capitellum
  • Loose bodies in the elbow
  • Ulnar Neuritis
  • Medial/Lateral Epicondylitis of the Elbow

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