Yekaterina Karpitskaya, M.D.

Dr. Karpitskaya joined Bienville Orthopaedic Specialists in 2011 and specializes in general orthopaedics and sports medicine. She is a former member of the United States Air Force. She is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and double board certified in sports medicine and general orthopaedics.

SPECIALTY: General Orthopaedics

SUBSPECIALTY: Sports Medicine


  • Biloxi Regional Medical Center
  • Garden Park Hospital
  • Ocean Springs Hospital
  • MemorialHospital at Gulfport
  • Cedar Lake Surgery Center


  • College-Washington University in St. Louis, MO
  • Medical School-Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  • Internship-University of California, Los Angeles
  • Residency-University of California, Los Angeles


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Mississippi Orthopaedic Society
  • Mississippi State Medical Association
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM)

CERTIFICATIONS: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.


  • Military Awards (2007-2011): Humanitarian Service Medal
  • Air Force Achievement Medal
  • Meritorious Unit Award
  • AF Outstanding Unit Award
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • AF expeditionary Service Ribbon with Gold Border
  • AF training Ribbon The Morris Alex, MD Prize for outstanding performance in the second year Clinical Medicine course
  • 2000 Summa Cum Laude in Biology
  • 1998 Health Professions Scholarship Program/United States Air Force
  • 1998 Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1997 Florence Moog Honorary Merit Scholarship
  • 1996 Phi Beta Kappa Freshman Book Award
  • 1995 Bright Flight Merit Award (MO Board of Higher Education)
  • 1994 Dean’s List, 1994-1998 all semesters
  • Valedictorian of Class of 1994 Lafayette Senior High School (graduating class of 720)
  • Research Chief Resident Project (Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Sick Children in collaboration with N. Otsuka, MD)
  • Investigated relationship between arterial flow and capillary refill in pediatric lower extremity.
  • Presented at AAOS Annual Meeting in 2007
  • San Diego. Published in J Surg Orthop Adv, 17 (2) 74-6 Chief Resident Project (Los Angeles Shriners Hospital for Sick Children in collaboration with A. Scaduto, MD):
  • Case series of outcomes in children with tibial hemimelia Junior Resident Research Project (UCLA Dept of Spine Surgery in collaboration with A. Nick Shamie, MD and L. Khoo, MD)
  • Assessed efficacy of novel spine implants in correcting deformity and preventing adjacent segment disease.
  • Presented at NASS Annual Meeting in 2006
  • Philadelphia Dean’s Fellowship/NIH Training Grant (Laboratory of S. E. Mackinnon MD, Dept of Plastic Surgery, Chief, BJC Hospital, St. Louis, MO)
  • Conducted retrospective clinical analysis of relationship between smoking, obesity, thyroid disease and carpal tunnel syndrome; manuscript published in Journal of Plastic Surgery Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship, summer 1997
  • Honor’s Project, 1997-1998 (Laboratory of J. Mink MD/PhD, Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO)
  • Analyzed biomechanical aspects of single joint movements in patients with Parkinson’s disease, investigated effects of L-Dopa and pallidotomy on reaction time, amplitude and tremor during isolated wrist movements Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship, summer 1996 (Laboratory of W.T. Thach, MD/PhD, Dept of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO)
  • Investigated gait and postural stability in patients with Parkinson’s disease before and after administration of L-DOPA Research Assistant, 1994-1996 (Laboratory of W.M. Barnes, Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO)
  • Conducted research in DNA sequencing technology; tested utility of various Taq polymerase mutants in LR-PCR; investigated interactions between Taq polymerase and divalent cations; became experienced in operation of ABI377 DNA sequencer



  • Yekaterina Karpitskaya MD, Joshua Miller BS, and Norman Otsuka MD. The Influence of Arterial Flow on Capillary Refill in Pediatric Lower Extremity. J of Surg Ortho Adv. 2008; 17(2): 76-4
  • Yekaterina Karpitskaya MD, Joshua Miller BS, Michael Moon CRT and Norman Otsuka MD. The Influence of Arterial Flow on Capillary Refill in Pediatric Lower Extremity.
  • Podium presentation at AAOS 2007 meeting, San Diego, CA Arya Nick Shamie, MD
  • Yekaterina Karpitskaya, MD; Thomas Scioscia MD, John Abelson, BA; Langston Holly, MD; Larry Khoo, MD; Jeffrey Wang, MD. Acute Kyphosis Correction of the Thoracolumbar Spine Using the Synex Expandable Cage.
  • Poster presented at NASS 2005 meeting, Philadelphia, WA Charles C. Edwards, II, Yekaterina Karpitskaya, Chuck Cha, John G. Heller, Carl Lauryssen, S. Timothy Yoon, and K. Daniel Riew.
  • Accurate Identification of Adverse Outcomes After Cervical Spine Surgery. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2004; 86:251-256
  • Y Karpitskaya, CB Novak, SE Mackinnon. Prevalence of Smoking, Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus and Thyroid Disease in Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Ann Plast Surg. 2002 Mar; 48(3): 269-73.
  • Y Karpitskaya and JW Mink “Parkinsonian Rigidity: Its Pathophysiology and Response to Treatment,” (poster) Senior Thesis, HHMI Symposium, fall 1997
  • Y Karpitskaya, AJ Bastian, JW Mink and WT Thach “The Effects of Medication on Gait Parameters and Postural Stability in the Elderly Parkinsonian Patients,”(poster) HHMI Symposium, fall1996
  • JW Mink, Y Karpitskaya, K Wenger, and J Flekal “The Pallidotomy Paradox: Different Motor Effects of Globus Pallidus Lesions in Normal and Parkinson’s Disease Brains,” (poster) Society for Neuroscience, 28th Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA Nov 1998


  • Viva! Dance Troupe, summer 2001 Dancer/ Instructor
  • Performed Latin ballroom to raise money for the needs of local Hispanic community; taught salsa classes at the local fitness center
  • The School Partnership Program of the St. Louis Public Schools, 1999
  • Saturday Scholar Program
  • Lectured high school students on selected topics in anatomy
  • La Clinica, 1998-1999
  • Provided healthcare for the members of the local Hispanic community; organized free hypertension and diabetes screenings
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital, 1996-1998
  • Russian Translator

INTERESTS: Spending time with family, long distance running, triathlons, endurance events and tennis.

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