Past Fellow Contact Information and Comments:


2013-2014

Brian B. Gilmer MD

Sierra Park Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

(Soon to be Mammoth Orthopedic Institute)

Mammoth Hospital

85 Sierra Park Rd, PO Box 660

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546


Dr. Gilmer specializes in sports injuries, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and fracture care. He graduated with high honors from Texas A&M University.  He studied medicine at The University of Texas Medical Branch graduating with highest honors and was president of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency training at the University of Washington’s world-renowned Harborview Medical Center where he treated complex Orthopaedic injuries and fractures from a five state area including Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. He then completed subspecialty fellowship training at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute in ski and snowboard related trauma and arthroscopy. Dr. Gilmer's special interests include minimally invasive fracture care, complex ligamentous knee injuries, ankle arthroscopy and reconstruction, and cartilage preservation. He has published medical research on a less invasive technique for knee ligament repair and has presented his research at national meetings. Dr. Gilmer is a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard Teams (USSA), and has performed medical mission work in Mexico, Nicaragua, and Indonesia. He has received awards for humanism in medicine, compassionate care, and excellence in teaching. He speaks medical Spanish.

Dr. Gilmer his wife and young son moved to Mammoth Lakes to be close to the outdoors and enjoy hiking, biking, running, Nordic and downhill skiing.

We chose Taos for the opportunity to get away from the city, closer to the things we love outdoors, and still receive the highest level of training.  The year provided an excellent balance of learning, fun, and time with family.  Taos was a great place to have our son.  The year spent there was instrumental in our choice to move to a ski town and continue to be active in teaching, research, and innovating. I felt very prepared for my transition to my future practice and glad to be a part of the TOI family.





2013-2014

Bryce Wolf MD

Maine Ortho

1601 Congress street

Portland, Maine

Office 207-774-5113


Bryce grew up in New Hampshire but has family out west both in Albuquerque, NM, and Oklahoma.  He completed his undergraduate studies at Middlebury College in Vermont where he played varsity soccer and graduated summa cum laude in 2003.  He received his medical degree with honors in a special field from Harvard Medical School in 2008 and is a recent graduate of the Harvard Combined Orthopaedic Residency Program in Boston where he served as administrative chief resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He enjoys fishing, skiing, golfing and spending time with his family.  He wishes to pursue a career specializing in the treatment of sports-related injuries.





2013-2014

Brett N. Robin, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine

2401 S. 31st Street

MS-35-300

Temple, TX 76508

Tel: 254-724-2421

Fax: 254-724-1866

brobin@sw.org


Brett was born and raised in Austin, TX. He went to the University of Texas at Austin where he was a four-year letterman as a running back and on special teams. He then attended medical school at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio where he graduated in 2008. He did his orthopedic surgery residency at Scott and White Memorial Hospital in Temple, TX. He and his wife, Jenny, have been married for ten years and have three boys, Tristan (8), Cash (6), and Briggs (2). After his fellowship he is returning to the Central Texas area where he will be doing sports medicine and general orthopedics at Scott and White in Marble Falls. He enjoys bow hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and skiing.


Our year in Taos was exactly the experience I was looking for in a fellowship. The case mix of plenty of sports cases with enough joints and trauma has helped me tremendously in my current practice. It was a great transition year from residency to practice.  My family enjoyed their time in Taos as well. My children developed into advanced skiers and learned how to fly fish and mountain bike. We made lifelong friends there and will always enjoy coming back in the future.





2012-2013

Bryan McCullough D.O.

Orthopedic Surgeon

McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital

Miami University orthopedic consultant

office: 513.856.5971

work cell: 513.280.3653


Current Bio: Born and raised in Hudson, Ohio, Bryan earned his BA at Miami University, where he prowled the defensive backfield for four years with the RedHawks football team. His wife, Tara, also a Miami grad, played for the school's volleyball team.

Bryan earned his Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine at Ohio University, and then completed a sports medicine fellowship at the prestigious Taos Orthopaedic Institute in New Mexico, where he practiced state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment techniques. Taos surgeons have made significant improvements with many common surgical procedures and have helped to decrease post-op complications and improve recovery.

Now living in Oxford with his wife and children, Bryan is thrilled to be working in the community they hold dear. And we couldn't be prouder to have him at Pinnacle, applying his osteopathic approach to help people get back to doing what they love.


Fellow Experience: The TOI fellowship was an outstanding year. I feel that the exposure to sports injuries was more than adequate, and the opportunity to take call and have that autonomy provided a great transition into my current practice. The town of Taos is so unique and in such a beautiful part of the country. The opportunity to enjoy things such as skiing, hiking, biking, ballooning, and rafting with my family was truly an experience I'll never forget. Throughout the course of the year we developed great relationships with the TOI family. We grew close with the other fellows and their families and formed bonds which will last a lifetime. A magical year!



What I won't soon forget:  Five Star, hot springs (clothing optional!), William's Lake, hiking Wheeler (with Callie and Miller!), camping, the ski valley, hiking Kachina, the sunsets, tarantulas, the south boundary trail, green chiles, Taos lightning, and so many more.... most importantly the relationships with the TOI family, the Wilson's, Ward's, and the Thomas's





2012-2013

Ben Ward, MD

Northwest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

350 Heritage Way

Suit 1200

Kalispell, MT 59901


My family and I have great memories of our year in Taos.  It has definitely been one of our best years both professionally and personally.   Not only did I gain expertise in sports and arthroscopy, but my family got to experience the beauty of Taos.  From the skiing and hiking to art and dining, we have so many fond memories from Taos.  We also made life long friends that will keep us returning for years to come.   Professionally, the chance to learn more about sports medicine combined with the opportunity to continue trauma and independent call coverage allowed me to enter my first year of practice with confidence.  





2012-2013

Trent J. Wilson, MD

The Orthopaedic Clinic

Auburn/Opelika, AL 

www.trentwilsonmd.com


I am part of a private practice in Auburn and Opelika Alabama. I primarily do shoulder and knee surgery and provide local sports medicine care. We are the official sports medicine providers for the majority of the local high schools, club sports and semi professional teams.


My time as a fellow in Taos gave me the exposure, experience and education I needed to take my practice to the next level in arthroscopy and minimally invasive surgery. The year we spent in Taos was the best year of our life to date both personally and professionally. Not a day goes by that I don't think back to my time there fondly. My daily practice is shaped by my experience there with Drs. Lubowitz, Guttmann and Reid.





2011-2012

Cory Lamblin, MD

Fremont Orthopaedic Associates

815 E. Main St. Lander, WY 82520

Phone: (307) 332-9720

Fax: (307) 332-8206

fremontorthodocs.com


Dr. Cory Lamblin grew up in Cheyenne, Wyoming and graduated from the University of Wyoming. He completed both medical school and residency at the University of Washington in Seattle. Following fellowship at TOI, Dr. Lamblin has been practicing in Lander, WY. He practices general orthopaedics with an emphasis on sports medicine and trauma. He is currently a member of the US Ski Team Physicians and medical director of the athletic programs at Central Wyoming College. 

Dr. Lamblin is a passionate outdoor athlete. He enjoys skiing/snowboarding, mountaineering, climbing, road cycling, and mountain biking. Dr. Lamblin and his wife, Jean, are the proud parents of a baby boy, Collin.


The TOI fellowship year was a tremendous experience for me. I feel that it was great preparation for my current practice. I remain good friends with Nick Crawford and Ryan Pflugner, and have made many professional relationships through the team at TOI. 


Jean and I have great memories of the year in Taos, especially of our friendships and outdoor adventures. I loved skiing at Taos Mountain and Kachina Peak. We enjoyed frequent hikes, mountain bike adventures, and trail runs at Devisadero peak and Taos Overlook. There are great road biking adventures with the Taos Cyclery crew, who welcomed me on their rides from our first encounter. A couple of those rides will forever stand out as favorites There are leg cramping hills and nice flat scenics abound. We enjoyed the art and culture of Taos and greatly miss the cuisine and the green chiles!




2011-2012

S. Nicholas Crawford, MD

Straub Bone and Joint Center

888 South King St.  Honolulu HI 96813

808-522-4232


Currently, I am practicing sports medicine in Honolulu HI of all places.  I married a beautiful Hawaiian girl just before moving to Taos for my fellowship.  My aspirations are to take all that I have learned from all of the smart people I have been lucky to be around and become the best surgeon I can be.  Things are going well and I have a lot to be thankful for...especially from the TOI experience.

I agree with my co-fellow Ryan, my wife and I commonly refer to Taos as 'the best year of our lives'.  When I first saw the town I liked it but I didn't know that I would love it.  The area of Taos, including the people, transcend back in time.  The hustle and bustle of where most of us did our training seems very distant when you arrive in Taos.  This sets up for a great experience with your co-fellows, attendings and family.  My wife and I grew closer, my ski edges were sharper, my taste for excellent beer improved, my confidence in performing surgery grew, my hate for spicey food was relinquished, my hunger for the outdoors was never more satisfied.  I will always consider that year very special and unrepeatable.  When my life becomes saturated with stress and career issues, I close my eyes and picture waking up with a cup of coffee staring across the gorge.  Thank you Dan, Jeb and Jim (and you Steph) for selecting me.



2011-2012

T. Ryan Pflugner, MD

Askins and Miller Orthopedics

4937 Clark Rd

Sarasota, FL 34233

205-540-1028

www.amopa.com


Born and raised in Sarasota,Fl before attending school at the University of Alabama where I played football and was the captain of the 1999 SEC championship team.  I then remained in Alabama for medical school and my orthopaedic residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  This year I moved back to my home town of Sarasota working with Askins and Miller Orthopaedics.  


The training I received in Taos was everything that I had hoped for.  Jim, Dan, and Jeb are all gifted surgeons and more importantly great people.  From day one it was hands on training, there was very little time just watching them work.  The other aspect of the fellowship that was the most rewarding was the time spent with the other fellows and their wives.  It was not uncommon for the 3 of us to all be in the OR working on a case that came in on call, learning from each other.  If we weren't at work together then we were outside enjoying everything that northern New Mexico had to offer.  Often my wife and I refer to the year we were in Taos as "the best year of our life."   




2010-2011

Jason Piefer, MD



2010-2011

Michael Hwang, MD

The Portland Clinic

Portland, OR

(503) 293-0161 x4083

mhwang@tpcllp.com


I had a phenomenal year as a sports fellow in Taos. From day one, you quickly realize that collegiality, autonomy, academics, and practice management are all priorities. I felt integrated into the practice as a colleague and welcomed as family. Being able to do trauma cases on my own immediately and progressing to running my own room for elective cases really went a long way in building my confidence, enhancing my surgical skills, and allowing me to think on my own. Working in a private practice setting, I learned so much about the business aspect of medicine. And there's no shortage of critically evaluating evidence based medicine, as the attendings are very involved in the Journal of Arthroscopy and AANA. Thanks to Jim, Dan, and Jeb for a wonderful year and an unforgettable experience!





2010-2011

Tim Crall, MD

Sierra Park Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Co-Founder, Mammoth Orthopedic Institute

Mammoth Hospital

85 Sierra Park Rd, PO Box 660

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

(760) 924-4084


Assistant Professor of Orthopedics

University of Nevada Reno School of Medicine


Timothy Crall, M.D. specializes in sports injuries, arthroscopy, shoulder, knee, and trauma.  He studied medicine at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, and completed his residency training at Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts.  He then completed subspecialty fellowship training in ski and snowboard trauma and arthroscopy in Taos, New Mexico. Dr. Crall’s special interests include open and arthroscopic fracture repair, shoulder and AC joint stabilization, and ligament reconstruction in the shoulder and knee. He developed a new ACL reconstruction technique using quadriceps tendon graft, which minimizes post-operative pain but maximizes graft strength and healing.  Dr. Crall is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and has been a Team Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team since 2011.


Bio:  My wife and I both grew up in Maine and are weathered skiers.  We were looking for a fellowship and ultimate practice destination that would bring us into the backcountry as much as possible.  We found that in Taos, and then in Mammoth.  I do sports medicine and arthroscopy, with a special focus on shoulder and quad tendon All-Inside ACL's.  We also get complex trauma from the mountain, both in the summer and the winter, and my experience in Taos was perfect preparation for that.





2009-2010

Soren Olson, MD

Northwest Orthopedic Specialists
601 W 5th Ave. STE 400
Spokane WA 99204
http://www.nworthopaedicspecialists.com
(509) 344-2663


Bio: I received my Bachelors degree in biomedical engineering at University of Southern California.  I graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle in 2004 and remained for my residency in orthopedics at the combined program between Harborview and University of Washington.  Upon completion of my residency I spent one year in Taos New Mexico as a sports fellow at the Taos Orthopedic Institute.  I then returned to Seattle and spent one year at Harborview as a trauma fellow and advanced clinical educator.  At the completion of my training I returned to my hometown in Spokane Washington where I joined a large group of fellow orthopods and now practice in a multi-hospital medical environment.

My clinical practice is approximately 40% acute trauma and 60% sports medicine with a small component of median shoulder arthroplasty.  My clinical interest is advanced multi-ligamentous knee reconstruction and allograft reconstruction including meniscal transplants for high-energy articular injuries to the knee.

My wife and I had tremendous year in Taos enjoying a combination of excellent clinical training balanced with abundant outdoor activities. That year we spent more time skiing, mountain biking, and hiking than any other time in our lives.  The fellowship among the faculty was remarkable and I continue to be close friends with all three gentleman as well as my co-follows to this day.  It was arguably the best year of training in my life due to the healthy balance of academics, surgical exposure, and recreational activities.  There is outstanding mentor-ship, camaraderie, and autonomy, which allows for significant growth as a trainee looks toward the beginning of his or her clinical practice.





2009-2010

James V. Worthen, MD

St. Vincent's Bldg 2

2700 10th Avenue S.

Suite 200

Birmingham, AL 35205

www.stvortho.com

(205) 933-7838


Shoulder and Knee emphasis with 75% arthroscopy, 25% Arthroplasty (knee and shoulder).


Incredible experience in Taos.  

My two year old learned to ski. My wife became a Yoga master and took a year off of her pediatric practice.  My 8 month old experienced southern Colorado hiking in a back pack at 14,000 feet.  While enjoying every minute, I became a better, more efficient orthopedic surgeon with a comfort level with arthroscopy that is shared only with the most competitive and high volume,  sports medicine fellowships.





2009-2010

Robert S. Rice, MD

Tanner Clinic

Orthopedic Department Chair

Sport Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery

2121 North 1700 West

Layton, UT 84041

Tannerclinic.com

Sportssurgeonutah.com


My undergraduate degree in Spanish is from the University of Utah.  I attended medical school at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA.  My orthopedic surgery residency was completed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN and I spend 3 month at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, FL.  I was in Taos, NM from August 2009 to July 2010.  I have been with Tanner Clinic in Layton, UT since finishing my fellowship.  My practice is focused on sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery, with about 90% of my operative cases being split between knee and shoulder arthroscopy.  I assist with medical coverage at several local high schools in my area.  I also help with coverage for the Ogden Raptors (Dodgers) baseball games and some Justin Sports Medicine rodeo events.  In November of 2013 I became a member of the US Ski Team medical physician pool.


I grew up in Northern Utah and enjoy the many outdoor activities afforded by living in the area.  My current list of hobbies is long, but top of the list is golf, hunting, skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking.  I am married and we have three children, Rhett 11, Emmett 9, and Bella 7.


The year that I spend in Taos was heaven.  My family loved being back in the mountains and having the opportunity and ability to head out the front door and hike and bike.  We took full advantage of TSV, with our two boys (ages 6 & 4 at the time) enrolled in ski school and picking up the lifetime addiction of powder hounding.  We absolutely love the community of Taos.  We found the people to be very welcoming and the rural attitude was appreciated.  The food was incredible.  The opportunity to work with Jim, Dan and Jeb was the highlight.  They taught me lessons that go beyond medicine. I not only consider them mentors, but friends.  Of course, I learned a lot about repairing rotator cuffs and pushing the envelop of ACL reconstruction, but I also learned to manage a clinic schedule and interact with office staff.  They taught me the business sense and coding and billing aspects of practice that are all too often neglected during residency training.  I am now also able to appreciate the autonomy provided during ER call coverage and learning to make decisions and practice surgical skills that are useful everyday of my work.  I also appreciated the association with my two fellowship classmates.  Having friends like Soren and Jamie made the experience even richer.





2008-2009

Ariana DeMers D.O.

Sierra Orthopedic Institute

680 Guzzi Lane Ste 105

Sonora, CA 95370

209-532-0126

www.sonorasportsmedicine.org


Dr. DeMers earned her medical degree from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine and completed her residency in orthopedic surgery at Ingham Regional Medical Center in Lansing, Michigan. During her sports medicine fellowship in Taos, she treated high school athletes, college athletes, weekend warriors, elite high altitude runners and professional ski racers. She was involved with multiple research projects, technology development and surgical technique innovation. She founded Sierra Orthopedic Institute in 2010 and is the current Director of the Center for Sports Medicine in Sonora, CA. She is also the regional concussion management expert.  In her practice, she sees everyone from kids with playground injuries to high school and college athletes. Weekend warriors and active people are treated with cutting edge technology to return them to the high level of activity they enjoy in the Sierras as quickly as possible.  Her areas of subspecialty include shoulder and knee ligament reconstruction, cartilage repair, concussion management, osteoporosis diagnosis and treatment, patellofemoral reconstruction and joint replacement.


Our experience in Taos was outstanding. My husband and I fell in love with New Mexico, the town of Taos, the food and the people. This year was a great testament to Taos Orthopedic as well as the skills of Drs Lubowitz, Guttmann and Reid. This year helped me to become skilled in negotiating a busy private sports medicine practice as well as the field of Sports Medicine and arthroscopy. There was just enough primary call responsibility to keep you skills sharp and learn how you wanted to run your OR without fatigue becoming an issue. Our time in the OR was spent learning the nuances of arthroscopy and sports medicine.  I gained a great friend and colleague in the other fellow, Dr. Catherine Petty (now Cunnigan). I felt a true sense of family and collegiality at Taos Orthopedic, and still keep in touch. In addition to all the great times spent working together, we also spent a lot of time catching some turns at Taos Ski Valley! 





2008-2009

Catherine Petty, MD

now

Catherine Ann Cunagin, MD

St Lukes Health System

190 E Bannock St, Boise, ID 83712

Mailing address: PO Box 12901, Jackson, WY 83002


Professional Bio:  Dr. Cunagin is board certified in orthopaedic surgery. She earned her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She completed her residency through the Harvard Orthopaedics Combined Residency Program and Massachusetts General Hospital, where she served as administrative chief resident. She performed her orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship at Taos Orthopaedic Institute in Taos, New Mexico and AO extended trauma fellowship at Maine Medical Center in Portland.


I grew up in South Carolina and have since had the opportunity to live and travel around the country and the world.  I currently work for St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, ID as an orthopedic hospitalist with a trauma practice.  My practice allows me a flexible and rewarding lifestyle.  





2007-2008

Richard Meredick, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon, Northern Inyo Hospital

Board Member, NIH Foundation

Address: 152-A Pioneer Lane, Bishop, CA 93514

Phone: (760) 873-2605

Fax: (760) 873-2769


Born and raised in Pennsylvania, I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Scranton with a degree in Biophysics. I received my medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. I went onto to complete my residency in Orthopedic Surgery at Akron General Medical Center/NEOUCOM. Finally, Taos called me to complete my subspecialty training in Arthroscopy/Sports Medicine with the Taos Orthopaedic Institute. I took my first job with the Albuquerque Health Partners where I focused on Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, joint reconstruction/preservation, Shoulder/Knee Arthroplasty, and Extremity Trauma. After 5 years of practice in NM, I moved my practice to Bishop, CA where I am now developing a new sports medicine/joint preservation program as well as continuing to perform shoulder and knee replacement along with treatment of extremity trauma.


A word about Taos...there are Fellowship Programs that provide great training and development of surgical skills and expertise. But there are few that truly provide the 'fellowship' gained by completing a year at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute. I could not have imagine going anywhere else. The education provided by Jim Lubowitz, Dan Guttmann, and Jeb Reid creates the ideal training environment to develop and hone one skills...not just in the operating room but also in the practice of orthopedics, including the non-operative of patients and the 'business' of medicine. We all work and study hard to become experts in our field. TOI is truly a place where we, as fellows, are allowed to explore and apply that knowledge...with instruction, guidance, and freedom.


Then there is Taos the place...two words, epic majesty. There is no other way to describe it. The best place on this good earth. A place where I am thankful to have a home to which I can always return. It's great to go back for the fellowship reunion as it is always a phenomenal educational experience as well as a good time to catch up with good friends. What more can be asked of a fellowship...commitment to camaraderie and education. Best year of my life!!





2007-2008

Hiroshi Ohuchi MD

Kameda Medical Center

Director, Department of Sports Medicine

sportsmedicine321@gmail.com


Japan Swim Team Physician

Japan Swimming Federation Anti-doping Committee

Japanese Olympic Committee training staff (Medicine)

All Japan Winter Sports College Physician

ORCA Kamogawa Football Club Team Physician

Chiba Lotte Marines Baseball Team Autumn Camp Physician


"I was an international fellow in Taos in 2008 for 6 months, and during this time, I learned all the newest surgical techniques on knee and shoulder arthroscopy. Drs.Lubowitz, Guttmann, and Reid were the greatest teachers, and I enjoyed my time in the OR and clinic, as well as our time off of work.

All the TOI fellows are excellent arthroscopists, and I always try to keep up to date and learn the cutting edge techniques from them by visiting the fellow reunion which is held once every year."





2007-2008

Kennan Vance, DO

Western orthopedics and sports medicine

2373 G Road Suite 100

Grand Junction, CO  81505


My experience at the Taos Orthopedic Institute was the greatest year of my medical training and one of the best years for my family. First of all, I thought the training I received was among the best available in shoulder and knee arthroscopy. The physicians and staff there were very interested in my development as a sports medicine physician. This was the first time during my educational experience that I actually felt like the focus was on my education and not just me helping the physicians do their job more efficiently. They were genuinely interested in my opinion in regards to treatment options and wanted to know how I would approach certain cases. They treated me more like a colleague. Even though we had clinic responsibilities, when there were interesting cases in the OR that became priority for us to be there. I always felt that our education was their priority. They spent a lot of time educating us on the business aspects of running a practice and we became involved in discussions with relationship to industry and hospitals, which was also very informative.

Other than the educational experience, my family and I loved every moment of our Taos experience. We met some wonderful people and really had a great year as a family in Taos. I almost always made it home for dinner and had my weekends free from any game coverage responsibility. I did share in call coverage, which helped me prepare for being on my own as well as earn some extra cash.  We always look back to the year we spent there as a rich experience that we continuously draw upon. We enjoy going back there every year for the annual Taos Fellowship Reunion to remember the great year we had there as a family.





2006-2007

Amit Sahasrabudhe MD

Arizona Sports Medicine Center

8630 E Via de Ventura, Ste 201

Scottsdale AZ 85258

480-543-0024



Board-Certified Orthopedic Surgeon

Arizona Sports Medicine Center

Team Physician: Arizona Cardinals, Phoenix Coyotes, Colorado Rockies, Chicago Cubs & San Francisco Giants


I applied to the fellowship in Taos at the suggestion of Dr. Fu, my chairman in residency. He thought it would be a great opportunity for me to learn / train at a (then) up and coming fellowship program while learning a lot of medical business from Dr. Lubowitz. He knew how much I also enjoyed the outdoors…no better place than Taos…

My wife and I had a phenomenal experience in Taos, both personally and professionally. I learned a ton from Drs. Lubowitz, Guttmann, & Reid. Wouldn’t trade that year for anything….it’s led to so many amazing opportunities for us. We love coming back to Taos and do our best to make it back every year for the fellow reunion. You can’t go wrong doing a Sport fellowship at Taos Orthopedic Institute.





2006-2007

Khemarin Seng, MD

Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics

975 North Street

Suite 201

Boulder CO 80304

www.mapletonhill.com

303-440-7941


My extra year of training with Taos Orthopaedic Institute (TOI)  far exceeded my expectations.  The breadth and depth of the training ensured that I was well prepared for private practice.  It is impossible to expose and teach every nuance of surgical sports medicine and the business of sports medicine in one year, but TOI came very close.  


A few highlights from my time in Taos:  perfect shoulder portal placements,  meticulous back table preparations for ACL reconstructions,  effective interactions with surgical staff,  surgical ski trauma,  business and marketing,  slashing powder turns off Kachina peak,  hiking up Kachina (sadly,  there in now a chairlift), stopping for cold beer at Cold Beer on the way to Raton,  meetings in Naples with Arthrex,  roasting green chiles, visiting professor weekend,  Spaetzle at the Bavarian,  Orlandos,  Polaroid still picture of Amit and I in front of OR 2  video camera so that we could get further along in the case before Lubowitz showed up,  stray australian cattle dog Star, summiting Williams peak with Star.


TOI is a freight train picking up speed.  Run don't walk to this fellowship.  Get on it before it passes you by. 





2005-2006

Joe Centeno, MD

BayArea Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

707-645-7210

baosurgery.com


Dr. Joseph Centeno is a board certified, fellowship trained, orthopedic surgeon with additional subspecialty certification in sports medicine. The focus of his practice is the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic disorders. From simple arthroscopy to total joint replacement, he utilizes minimally invasive techniques and a sports medicine philosophy of returning patients to normal activity as quickly as possible. Dr. Centeno is trained in the latest techniques involving arthroscopy, ligament and tendon repair, joint replacement (including reverse shoulder replacement) and cartilage resurfacin

Originally from Walnut Creek, CA., Dr. Centeno received his undergraduate degree from the U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Psi Chi honor society. He earned his medical degree from U.C.L.A. and completed orthopedic and surgery residency at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics. From there he went on to further train at the Taos Orthopedic Institute, completing a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine. 

Dr. Centeno is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, California Medical Association, Marin Medical Society, and Arthroscopy Association of North America.





2005-2006

Shane K. Woolf, MD

Chief, Sports Medicine Service

Associate Professor of Orthopaedics

Medical University of South Carolina

171 Ashley Avenue, CSB 708

Charleston, SC 29425

woolfsk@musc.edu 

Administrative Assistant: 

 Kristen Curran

 843.792.1081  (office)

 843.792.3674 (fax)


After a fantastic year at TOI from 2005 to 2006, I returned to Charleston, SC to join the faculty in the Department of Orthopaedics at the Medical University of South Carolina. My practice focused largely on shoulders including reconstruction, instability, rotator cuff and just about everything else. I have also developed a hip arthroscopy practice in addition to multi ligamentous knee reconstruction and patellofemoral disorders. In 2013, I was appointed Chief of the Sports Medicine Service and am also now Medical Director of Sports Medicine at MUSC. Along with other members of the MUSC Sports Medicine team, I provide medical coverage and support as team physician to the Charleston Battery professional soccer team, as well as the Women's Tennis Association Family Circle Cup, numerous high schools and sports organizations in the Lowcountry.  Thanks to my TOI ties, I have also served in the medical pool for the United States Ski and Snowboard team. Our department has grown a lot recently and my practice has changed over all to be a bit less shoulder and more hip and knee. We are still in a growing phase and it will be interesting to see how things develop in the coming years.


I was married in 2012 and now have a beautiful daughter named Kelby Anne with my wife Jennifer. We also have another daughter on the way. We have two dogs at home who really are our firstborn kids, though. I look forward to bringing our growing family back to Taos for years to come to see old friends and spend time in such a wonderful part of the country. The year that I spent in fellowship was an important part of my training as well as personal experience. I'm grateful for that opportunity.




2004-2005

Ian M. Thompson MD

Springfield Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

Springfield, OH 45504

Phone (937) 398-1066


Dr. Ian Thompson founded the Springfield Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Institute in 2005.  Since then the practice has grown and has added 3 Orthopedic surgeons.

Dr. Thompson grew up in Grosse Pointe park, Michigan and went to Miami University in Oxford, OH where he was a division I collegiate swimmer.  He completed a Masters degree and obtained his medical degree from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency in Grand Rapids Michigan through Michigan State University.  His finished a Sport Medicine Fellowship in 2005 in Taos, New Mexico.  He has served as team doctor for the Urbana University and Springfield High School, and currently serves as team doctor to Northeastern and Kenton Ridge High Schools.   He is the current medical director for Ohio valley Sports Medicine Program.  In 2011 he was awarded the Team Physician of the Year for the state of Ohio by the Ohio Athletic Training Association.  Dr. Thompson is Board Certified in Orthopaedic Surgery through the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.  He is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopic Association of North America, the Ohio State Medical Association and the Clark County Medical Society.  Dr. Thompson's expertise is in conditions of the knee and shoulder, sports medicine 

 

My year in Taos was everything I had hoped for both on a personal and professional side.  When searching for a fellowship I wanted a program that was strong in knee and shoulder and was more of a "hands on" not "hands watch" program.  The fellowship allowed me to sharpen the skills I already possessed while developing and enhancing advanced skills I needed to learn to be fast, efficient and appropriate.  There was a lot of surgical exposure and independence that Jim & Dan trusted in us.  Going into the fellowship I knew I was going into a private practice setting.  The program was well balanced with a main focus on sports medicine/arthroscopy but also had exposure to some trauma, joint reconstruction and general orthopaedics.  I truly appreciate the attention that was placed on the business side of medicine.  Jim and Dan were great mentors and friends.  We shared a lot of good times and valuable surgical lessons.  Jim and Dan treated me more like a junior partner as opposed to just another fellow.  Dan and Jim were very busy, but they were always open to new ideas and approaches and always made you feel as if you were part of the care plan.  On the personal side, Taos was a great time to spend a year with the family.  We moved from Michigan and the year we had as a family in Taos was precious.  We had 3 kids at the time and they still have fond memories.  We enjoyed skiing, hiking, camping, and weekend getaways in New Mexico and Colorado.

 

I felt my year in Taos was more a "victory lap" after residency as opposed to another "year in the minors".  I have tremendous respect for Jim and Dan I would recommend the fellowship without reservation.





2004-2005

Brad J Bernardini MD, FAAOS

Reconstructive Orthopedics

994 West Sherman Avenue

Vineland, NJ 08360

856-696-0900

www.reconstructiveortho.com

www.reconsportsmedicine.com


Dr Brad Bernardini is the Executive Director and Founder of the USAT Certified Performance Center in Washington Township, NJ; the only center of its kind in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  He serves as the Medical Director of the Challenge Atlantic City Triathlon, and Chairman of the Annual Challenge Endurance Sports Symposium.  As a double board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, he is uniquely positioned to assess musculoskeletal movement patterns and their relationship to injury.  A special area of interest and research is gait assessment and neuromuscular training in triathletes.  

Professionally, Dr Bernardini is the medical director of ReconSports; the sports medicine subsidiary of Reconstructive Orthopedics; NJ’s largest Orthopedic group with over 40 providers.  He specializes in Arthroscopic Shoulder & Knee surgery with an emphasis on joint preservation, ligament reconstruction, and cartilage restoration.

Athletically, Dr Brad is a former Division I Track & Field Team captain and sprint champion at Bucknell University.  He maintains his passion for athletics as a competitive triathlete, USAT Age Group Nationals Qualifier, and Ironman All World Athlete.  He is the co-founder of the Jersey Devils Multisport Club, and has achieved certification as a USAT Level I Coach.



"The Taos fellowship was the perfect balance of academics, private practice, and hands on experience!  This balance has been extremely valuable in my professional development as a leader and partner in one of the largest private orthopaedic groups in the northeast.  My relationship with Drs Lubowitz and Guttmann was founded on professional respect and has since developed into true friendship.  I recommend this program without reservation to anyone with aspirations of excellence in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine!"





2003-2004

John B. Reid III, MD

Director of Sports Medicine

Taos Orthopaedic Institute

1219A Gusdorf Rd.

Taos, NM 87571

Office: (575) 758-0009

Fax: (575) 758-8736

www.taosortho.com


John B. Reid III, M.D., is Director of Sports Medicine at Taos Orthopaedic Institute.  Dr. Reid is a member of the Physician Pool for the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team, as well as Head Team Physician for New Mexico Highlands University, Taos High School, and provides orthopaedic care to athletes from 15 regional High School Athletic Departments.  Dr. Reid received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Delaware in 1987, and his Doctor of Medicine from Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) in 1998 graduating Cum Laude and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.  He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at OHSU between 1998 and 2002, serving as Chief Resident in 2003.  While in residency Dr. Reid received multiple research awards including Gerlinger Research Award, Frank B. Smith Memorial Resident Research Award, Rodney K. Beals Resident Research Award, and American Society of Biomechanics Microstrain Research Award.  Following Residency Dr. Reid completed the Sports Medicine Fellowship at Taos Orthopaedic Institute in 2004.  He returned to Taos to rejoin Taos Orthopaedic Institute in 2005.


At the end of our Fellowship year my wife and I looked at each other and said, “That was the best year of our lives!”  During the Fellowship year, in addition to an amazing clinical, operative, and research experience, we were able to spend quality family time together and explore the Southwest.  The family was able to enjoy northern New Mexico and the surrounding area through hiking, camping, biking, skiing and peeling green chili.  The community welcomed us with open arms and we made friendships that remain today.  Our children were both introduced to ski racing, and our 4 year-old son took the Silver Medal at Nationals ending up on the Warren Miller movie Impact.  Since returning to Taos as Fellowship Faculty it has been a goal of mine to make sure the current fellows have an experience similar to mine, and leave saying that it was the best year of their lives.





2003-2004

Darby Webb, MD

703 S Americana Ste 120

Boise, ID 83702

Webbda@slhs.org

208 323 2600


I attended Clemson University for undergrad.  Then, I went to the Medical University of South Carolina for med school and residency.  My orthopedic trauma fellowship was in New Orleans at Tulane University.  Then, I spent an amazing year learning Sports Medicine in Taos.  I have been practicing in Boise, ID since 2004.  My practice includes knee, hip, and shoulder arthroscopy, fracture care, and hip and knee arthroplasty.  When I'm not working, I enjoy skiing, rafting, mountain biking, & hiking with my pups in the foothills.  


My year in Taos was a great one.  I feel I learned to be proficient in shoulder and knee arthroscopy.  In addition, I was able to see how a successful private practice was run.  Taos was also a very unique place to live for a year.  It was great to experience the culture as well as the various outdoor activities.  Taos will always be remembered fondly.  





2002-2003

Michael M. Karch, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Clinical Professor University of Nevada School of Medicine

Team Physician United States Ski Team 

CEO/Co-Founder: Mammoth Medical Missions  501c3

Founder: Mammoth Winter Biathlon

Founder: Mammoth Mass Casualty Seminar

Co-Inventor: Smart Drill Technology

President: Sweet Meadow Farms LLC


Sierra Park Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine

Co-Founder, Mammoth Orthopedic Institute

Mammoth Hospital

85 Sierra Park Rd, PO Box 660

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546

(760) 924-4084


Michael Karch, M.D. specializes in orthopedic trauma, anterior hip replacement, total knee replacement, complex revision hip, knee arthroplasty, and knee arthroscopy.  He graduated from the University of Delaware and with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995.  Following three years of general surgery training, he completed his orthopedic surgery training at Georgetown.  Dr. Karch completed a fellowship in sports medicine and trauma at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute, in Taos New Mexico, concentrating on advanced arthroscopic techniques, ski and snowboard injuries, and complex peri-articular trauma.  He has further trained in advanced and masters AO trauma techniques.  Dr. Karch is the founder of the Mammoth Winter Biathlon, founder of the Mammoth Mass Casualty Seminar and Mammoth Medical Missions 501C3.  He is the co-inventor of Smart Drill, an innovative drilling technology for orthopedic surgery.  Dr. Karch is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopedics at the University of Nevada School of Medicine, and has been a Team Physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team since 2002.  Dr. Karch was one of the first physicians on site at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 and is recognized internationally for his instruction in mass casualty medicine.





2002-2003

Robert D. Graham II, MD

Orthopaedic Associates of Central Texas

12309 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 150

Austin, Texas  78758

www.robertgrahammd.com


Dr. Graham is a board-certified and fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon practicing in Austin, Texas.  He received his undergraduate education from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and received his medical degree from Duke University School of Medicine.

Dr. Graham completed his Orthopaedic Residency at Duke University Medical Center and then performed a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Taos Orthopaedic Institute.  In 2010, Dr. Graham was invited to join the faculty at Taos Orthopaedic Institute as an associate for complex shoulder reconstruction.  As a member of the faculty, Dr. Graham travels to Taos every quarter and instructs the fellows on techniques in complex open shoulder reconstruction.

He is a member of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a Fellow of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Texas Medical Association and Texas Orthopaedic Association. He has served as a team Physician for Texas State University, Duke University basketball and football teams, North Carolina Central University and New Mexico Highlands University.  Dr. Graham has been the Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and a member of the Medical Executive Committee at North Austin Surgery Center since 2006.

Dr. Graham is nationally recognized in shoulder surgery for both arthroscopic and open reconstruction including total shoulder replacement.   He has served as a faculty instructor for Tornier Masters courses in shoulder arthroplasty and for Arthrex Masters shoulder courses for arthroscopic surgery.  In addition, utilizing his MIT mechanical engineering degree, Dr. Graham is a designer for new shoulder replacement implants for Tornier.

Dr. Graham has practiced in the Austin area since completing his training in 2003.  He enjoys living in Austin, Texas with his wife, Caroline, and their three children.  They are active members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Regarding his fellowship experience in Taos, Dr. Graham states, “In reflecting on my fellowship year at Taos Orthopaedic Institute, several strengths come to mind.  The year provided me the opportunity to enhance and hone my arthroscopic and open surgical skills in both shoulder and knee.  This allowed me to be instantly competitive in my local community when I started practice.  The skills gained from the year established a nice groundwork to grow my career into what is now a 100% elective shoulder practice.  I have enjoyed joining the faculty as an associate and adding to the total shoulder reconstruction experience for the fellowship.  Furthermore, the cultural experience of Taos, which my wife and I enjoyed during my fellowship year, has become an important part of our lives and now our children’s lives.”





2001-2002

Michael J. Rossi, MD

Director of Sports Medicine

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Confluence Health/Wenatchee Valley Medical Center

820 North Chelan Avenue

Wenatchee, WA 98801

509-663-8711

www.wvmedical.com


Michael J. Rossi, MD is a Board Certified Orthopeadic Surgeon with subspecialization in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Davis.  After attending Medical School at the University of California, Irvine, he completed his Residency Training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Stanford University Medical Center.  Subsequently, he completed the Fellowship Training at TOI.

Dr. Rossi specializes in knee and shoulder arthroscopy and reconstruction at Confluence Health and Wenatchee Valley Medical Center located in Central Washington along the Columbia River. He is the Deputy Editor of The Arthroscopy Journal, the Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Research.  He serves as an Active Member US Ski and Snowboarding Association Physician Pool and as Team Physician to Wenatchee Valley College, Wenatchee High School, and Mission Ridge Ski Team.  He also functions as a Ski Patrol Physician for Mission Ridge Ski Area.


The Taos Orthopaedic Institute experience was priceless; the surgical experience was unparalleled and the mentorship long-lasting.  The year spent in Taos complimented and highlighted my previous experiences academically but also provided a wonderful cultural experience in addition to the countless outdoor endeavors including skiing, hiking, climbing, and exploring.  Moreover, the Southwest culinary flavor was outstanding. My wife and I often recall the wonderful year spent in Taos and return with fond memories…




2000-2001

Bradley S. Baker, MD

Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center

Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada

http://www.nevadaorthopedic.com/our_physicians/bio13.php


Bradley S. Baker, M.D. joined Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center in 2010. Dr. Baker is uniquely double board certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and in the subspecialty of Orthopedic Sports Medicine. Dr. Baker specializes in the care of competitive and recreational athletes and non-athletes with a special focus on shoulder or knee problems. Dr. Baker has acted as team physician and medical supervisor for many collegiate and professional athletic organizations including the U.S. Ski and Snow Board Teams.


Bradley S. Baker, M.D. is originally from Fargo, ND. He holds a Bachelor of Art in Biology and Chemistry from Concordia College. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine. After completing his Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of Kansas - Wichita, Dr. Baker pursued an additional year of specialized fellowship training in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Taos Orthopedic Institute where he worked with the United States Ski and Snowboard Team medical staff.

Following the completion of his medical training, Dr. Baker practiced as an Orthopedic Surgeon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He specialized in the treatment of knee, shoulder, sports injuries and fractures while serving as team physician for several professional, collegiate and high school sports teams and organizations. While practicing in Sioux Falls, Dr. Baker served as a clinical professor at the medical school, provided orthopedic care for the level-2 trauma center hospital and was an integral part of building the respected sports medicine program. He then spent a few years in a small, specialized practice in Arizona before joining the respected Nevada Orthopedic and Spine Center.







Current Fellows 2016-2017


Emily Harnden, MD

Timothy Lin, MD

Adam Wilson, MD