Ian Engler, MD

Where I see patients
Bridgton Hospital Specialty Clinics
25 Hospital Drive
Bridgton, ME 04009

(207) 647-6064
Healthcare should be patient-centered because every patient is different, and every patient matters. I want to tailor care and treatment to each patient. Though sports medicine often involves athletes, it includes patients of all ages and activity levels with extremity (shoulder to elbow, hip to ankle) injuries. I want to bring excellent care of the high-level athlete to all patients, getting them back to everything they want to do and knowing I'm here for them.

About Dr. Engler:
Dr. Engler is an orthopedic surgeon with a specialization in sports medicine and shoulder. He serves as team physician for Bates College, Edward-Little High School, Lewiston High School, USA Ultimate, and Portland Rising. He has served as an assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Penguins, and the University of Pittsburgh alongside providing athletic coverage for March Madness, USA Hockey, and the Peach Bowl. He has experience in a wide range of sports including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, dance, wrestling, and ultimate. This alongside his drive to create a sports medicine team has led to strong relationships with many physical therapists and athletic trainers throughout Maine. Dr. Engler has published over 40 peer-reviewed research articles and textbook chapters on orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, with a specific focus on the ACL, meniscus, rotator cuff, shoulder instability, hip arthroscopy, and environmental sustainability in orthopedic surgery. He is on the Editorial Board for Arthroscopy, a top sports medicine journal. In the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), he serves on the Self-Assessment Examination Committee, and in the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (ISAKOS), he serves on the Innovations & New Technology Task Force. He loves the outdoors and has played ultimate frisbee on the US National Team and at multiple world championships.

Clinical Interests

Meniscus, Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL), PCL/MCL/LCL, Cartilage
Rotator Cuff, Labrum, Shoulder Dislocations, Thrower's Shoulder, Osteoarthritis, Shoulder Replacements/Arthroplasty, Fracture
Labrum, Femoroacetabular Impingement
Instability, Fracture
Ulnar Collateral Ligament, Thrower’s Elbow

  • Dartmouth College
Medical School
  • Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
  • Tufts-Affiliated Hospitals Orthopaedic Surgery, Boston, MA
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • International Society of Arthroscopy| Knee Surgery| and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Revision Rates After Primary Allograft ACL Reconstruction by Allograft Tissue Type in Older Patients. Engler ID, Chang AY, Kaare J, Shannon MF, Curley AJ, Hughes JD, Lesniak BP, Musahl V. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2023.

Value-Based, Sustainable ACL Surgery. Engler ID, Koback FL, Curley AJ. Clinics in Sports Medicine. 2023.

Metal Interference Screw Fixation Combinations Show High Revision Rates in Primary Hamstring Tendon ACL Reconstruction. Kaare J, Benvegnu NA, Engler ID, Nazzal EM, Zsidai B, Senorski EH, Musahl V, Samuelsson K. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2024.

Overhead Athletes Have Comparable Intraoperative Injury Patterns and Clinical Outcomes to Nonoverhead Athletes Following Surgical Stabilization for First-Time Anterior Shoulder Instability at Average 6 Year Follow Up. Herman ZJ, Nazzal EM, Engler ID, Kaarre J, Drain NP, Sebastini R, Tisherman RT, Rai A, Greiner JJ, Hughes JD, Lesniak BP, Lin A. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2023.

Make the Call to Consider Environmental Sustainability in Orthopaedics. Engler ID, Bellaire LL, Boakye LAT, Saleh JR. Orthopedics Today. 2023.

Low-Volume Surgeons Use Allograft in Younger Patients and Show Greater Rates of Revision Following Primary Allograft Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Compared with High-Volume Surgeons. Dadoo S, Engler ID, Kaarre J, Chang AY, Shannon MF, Smith CN, Keeling LE, Musahl V. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2023.

Delayed Multiligament PCL Reconstruction is Associated with a Higher Prevalence of Intraarticular Injury and May Influence Treatment. Zsidai B, Engler ID, Narup E, Lin RT, Nazzal EM, Winkler PW, Samuelsson K, Irrgang JJ, Musahl V. BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders. 2023.

Single-Stage Correction of Genu Valgum Recurvatum by Distal Femoral and High Tibial Opening Wedge Osteotomies: A Case Report. Setliff JC, Engler ID, Zsidai B, Cong G, Musahl V. JBJS Case Connector 2023.

First-Time Traumatic Anterior Shoulder Dislocation: Current Concepts. Nazzal EM, Herman Z, Engler ID, Dalton JF, Lin A. Journal of ISAKOS. 2023.

Femoral Physeal-Sparing ACL Reconstruction with Iliotibial Band Autograft Over-the-Top with Associated Lateral Extra-Articular Tenodesis. Grandberg C, Fox MA, Engler ID, Cong T, Musahl V, McClincy MP. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. 2023.

Do Community-Level Disadvantages Account for Racial Disparities in the Safety of Spine Surgery? A Large Database Study Based on Medicare Claims. Engler ID, Vasavada KD, Vanneman ME, Schoenfeld AJ, Martin BI. Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research. 2023.

Impingement and Perforation of the Anterior Femoral Cortex in Cephalomedullary Nailing: Systematic Review and Surgical Techniques. Engler ID, Sinz NJ, McIntyre JA, Finch DJ, Ryan SP. Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research. 2023.

Anterior Cortical Overlap View in Evaluation of Anterior Femoral Cortical Perforation and Impingement During Cephalomedullary Nailing. Engler ID, Romo MA, Ryan SP. International Journal of Orthopaedics Sciences. 2023.

Current Trends in the Anterior Cruciate Ligament Part II: Evaluation, Surgical Technique, Prevention, and Rehabilitation. Musahl V, Engler ID, Nazzal EM, Dalton JF, Lucidi GA, Hughes JD, Zaffagnini S, Della Villa F, Irrgang JJ, Fu FH, Karlsson J. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2022.

Anatomic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Freddie Fu\’s Paradigm. Fox MA, Engler ID, Zsidai B, Hughes JD, Musahl V. Journal of ISAKOS. 2022.

Editorial Commentary: Thromboprophylaxis Against Venous Thromboembolism Should Be The Norm After Knee Arthroscopy. Engler ID. Arthroscopy. 2022.

Hip Pain in Ballet Dancers: Evaluation and Management. Curley AJ, Engler ID, McClincy MP, Mauro CS. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2022.

Single-Stage Revision ACL Reconstruction Using the Stacked Screws Technique. Engler ID, Sylvia SM, Salzler MJ, Forlizzi J, Gill TJ. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2022.

Environmental Sustainability in Orthopaedic Surgery. Engler, ID, Curley AJ, Fu FH, Bilec MM. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2022.

Modified Eden-Lange Triple Tendon Transfer for Chronic Trapezius Palsy. Gong MF, Engler ID, Morales-Restrepo A, Sabzevari S, Lin A. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022.

Editorial Commentary: Saving Cost in Orthopaedics While Preserving Patient Experience and Outcomes: We Can Have It All. Engler ID. Arthroscopy. 2022.

Over-The-Top Technique for Revision ACL Reconstruction with Achilles Tendon Allograft and Associated Lateral Extra-articular Tenodesis. Zsidai B, Engler ID, Pujol O, Curley AJ, Musahl V. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2022.

Periacetabular Osteotomy After Failed Hip Arthroscopy Demonstrates Improved Outcomes in a Heterogeneous Patient Population: A Systematic Review. Curley AJ, Engler ID, Ruh ES, Mauro CS, McClincy MP. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2022.

Environmental Sustainability and Orthopaedic Surgery – Where We Are and Where We Are Going. Engler ID, Curley AJ. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. 2022.

Slope-Reducing High Tibial Osteotomy and Over The Top Revision ACL Reconstruction with Achilles Tendon Allograft in a Multiple Revision Setting. Zsidai B, Ozbek EA, Engler ID, Kaarre J, Nazzal EM, Curley AJ, Musahl V. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2022.

All-Soft Tissue Meniscal Allograft Transplantation: Indications, Techniques and Results. Zsidai B, Lucidi GA, Winkler PW, Gnandt RJ, Engler ID, Musahl V. Video Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022.

Early Stress Shielding in Stemless Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Engler ID, Hart PA, Swanson D, Kirsch JM, Murphy JP, Wright MA, Murthi A, Jawa A. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Seminars. 2022.

Factors Contributing to Patients\’ Preferences of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeons. Engler ID, Curley AJ, Ahrendt GM, Musahl V. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2022.

Excision of Hook of Hamate Fractures in Elite Baseball Players: Surgical Technique and Return to Play. Engler ID, Barrazueta G, Colacchio ND, Ruchelsman DE, Belsky MR, Leibman, MD. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2022.

Outcomes Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction using Bone-Patellar Tendon-Bone Allograft in Patients Aged 50 and Older. Sylvia SM, Salzler MJ, Engler ID, Gill TJ. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2021.

Stacked Biocomposite Screws in Single Stage Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Has Acceptable Fixation Strength in Biomechanical Analysis. Baydoun H, Engler ID, Hosseini A, LeClere L, Zoon J, Zoon L, Li G, Salzler MJ, Gill TJ. American Journal of Sports Medicine. 2021.

Posterior Spinal Fusion for Scoliosis in the Oldest Reported Patient with Crane-Heise Syndrome: A Case Report. Engler ID, Finch DJ, Vasavada KD, Braun SV. JBJS Case Connector. 2021.

Outcomes of Meniscal Repair Versus Meniscectomy in Patients 40 Years of Age and Older. Engler ID, Moradian JR, Pockros BM, Shirmeister C, Richmond JC, Salzler MJ. Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy. 2020.

Patient Outcomes Following Multiple Revision ACL Reconstruction Surgery. Engler ID, Salzler MJ, Wall AJ, Johnson WR, Makani A, Shields MV, Gill TJ. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2020.

Comparing Reported Complication Rates in Shoulder Arthroplasty Between Two Large Databases. Salzler MJ, Engler ID, Li AX, Jorgensen AH, Cassidy C, Tybor DJ. Orthopedics. 2020.

The Incidence of Deep Venous Thrombosis Associated with Proximal Hamstring Rupture. Engler ID, Bragg J, Miller SL. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 2019.

Knee Biomechanics Following Isolated Posterolateral Corner Reconstruction Comparing a Fibular-Based Docking Technique with a Tibia and Fibular-Based Anatomic Technique. Vezeridis PS, Engler ID, Salzler MJ, Hosseini A, Gwathmey FW, Li G, Gill TJ. Arthroscopy. 2019.