Dr. Carola F. van Eck was born and raised in the Netherlands and earned her medical degree from the University of Amsterdam. She continued to persue her PhD degree there also, under Prof. Dr. C. Niek van Dijk. As part of her PhD track, she joined the late Prof. Dr. Freddie H. Fu and his research team at the University of Pittsburgh as a post-doctoral research associate. Her research efforts resulted in a PhD degree under Prof. Dr. C. Niek van Dijk and Prof. Dr. Freddie H. Fu. She stayed at the University of Pittsburgh for her orthopaedic residency training, which she successfully completed and subsequently did a Sports Medicine Fellowship at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California under the direction of Dr. Neal ElAttrache. She rejoined the University of Pittsburgh to continue her career working alongside her mentor Dr. Freddie Fu as Assistant Professor Orthopaedic Surgery. She was awarded a dual professorship by the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. She is board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). She specializes in the treatment of athletes of all levels and ages, joint preservation, biologics, cartilage procedures, complex multiligament knee reconstructions, meniscus repair, patellar re-alignment surgery, shoulder arthroplasty, shoulder arthroscopy, hip arthroscopy, tendon repairs about the hip, elbow arthroscopy, trauma and much more.
Dr. van Eck’s major research interests lie in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine with a focus on neuromuscular science, engineering and robotics. In Pittsburgh she served as the Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Engineering & Sports Medicine Laboratory. Her research efforts have resulted in 10 awards and honors, over 90 national and international presentations, and 120 scientific publications 11 book chapters. Dr. van Eck has been honored with 10 professional awards including most recently being named as a Top Doctor of 2021, by the Pittsburgh Magazine.
Dr. van Eck serves on the Publications Committee Member of the International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS), the Fellowship Committee of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the Education Committee of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). She is Editorial Board Member for Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy (KSSTA), Sports Medicine Section Editor of Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology (AP-SMART), Editorial Board Member of Annals of Joint (AOJ), and Editorial Board Member of Journal of International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (JISAKOS). She is a member of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) Social Media Advisory Board, as well as the Digital Product Users Group (D-PUG),
She has served as faculty during national and international meetings including those of the European Society of Sports Traumatology Knee Surgery and Arthroscopy (ESSKA) and International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS). She serves as a peer reviewer for several orthopaedic journals including Knee Surgery Sports Traumatology Arthroscopy (KSSTA), Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Rehabilitation Therapy and Technology (SMARTT), Asia-Pacific Journal of Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Rehabilitation and Technology (AP-SMART), The Physician and Sports Medicine (P&SM), The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS- Am), The American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM), Postgraduate Medicine, the Journal of Sports Sciences (The Flemish/Dutch Journal of Sports Medicine and Sports Science), Journal of American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS), BioMed Research International.
She is an active member of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), European Society for Sports Medicine Knee Arthroscopy (ESSKA), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), Dutch Arthroscopy Society (NVA), American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), AO Trauma, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee surgery and Orthopaedic Sports medicine (ISAKOS), The American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) Emerging Leaders Program, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). Pittsburgh Orthopaedic Alumni Association (POAA) and Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation Alumni Association.
However, Dr. van Eck’s true passion is taking care of patients, as evidenced by her consistent 4.8 - 4.9 out of 5 patient satisfaction ratings, and being a team physician for athletes of all levels and all ages. She has served on the medical team for Elizabeth Forward High School Football, Deer Lakes High School Football, the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Los Angeles Rams, the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Oakland Athletics, the Los Angeles Kings, the Anaheim Ducks, Fullerton College Football, West Los Angeles College Football, Loyola Marymount University Athletics, Banning High School Football, and the United States Hockey League (USHL). Most recently, she served as head team physician for Robert Morris University with its 16 NCAA division I sports teams, as well as head team physician for the Pittsburgh Passion professional women’s football team. This last role was specifically close to her heart as she herself is a retired semiprofessional women’s tackle football player, playing for 3 seasons as starting left offensive tackle for the Pittsburgh Force, competing in the Women's Football Alliance (WFA). In her spare time she enjoys detailing her car, home improvement projects, drawing and sculpting and being outdoors with her 3 dogs.