Past Fellow Contact Information and Comments

Class of 2022
Chase Dukes
Ben Meyer
David Richardson

Class of 2021
Cody Tipton, MD
Stephen O’Neil, DO
Harrison Lakehomer, DO

Class of 2020
Daniel Jones, MD
Donald Franklin, MD
Peter Neff, MD

Class of 2019
Bo Nasmyth Loy, MD
Jeremy Korsh , MD
Matthew Owen, MD

Class of 2018
Aaron Black, MD
Calvin Schlepp, MD
Matt Zapf , MD

Class of 2017
Adam Wilson, MD
Emily Harnden, MD
Timothy Lin, MD

Class of 2016
Austin Chen, MD
Christopher Anderson, MD
Jamie Rister, MD

Class of 2015
Carl Schillhammer
Sean Marvil
Sunil Jani

Class of 2014
Brett Robin
Brian B. Gilmer
Bryce Wolf

Class of 2013
Benjamin Ward
Bryan McCullough
Trenton Wilson

Class of 2012
Cory J. Lamblin
Scott “Nick” Crawford
Timothy “Ryan” Pflugner

Class of 2011
Jason Piefer
Michael Hwang
Tim Crall

Class of 2010
James Worthen
Robert Rice
Soren Olson

Class of 2009
Arianna Demers
Catherine Petty

Class of 2008
Hiroshi Ohuchi MD
Kennan Vance
Richard Meredick

Class of 2007
Khemarin Seng
Sahasrabudhe Amit

Class of 2006
Joe Centeno
Shane Woolf

Class of 2005
Brad Bernardini
Ian Thompson

Class of 2004
Darby Webb
John B. “Jeb” Reid

Class of 2003
Mike Karch
Robert Graham

Class of 2002
Mike Rossi

Class of 2001
Brad Baker

Class of 2022

Chase Dukes

Chase Dukes hails from a lifelong background of athletics and love for outdoor recreation.  He grew up in the Pacific Northwest in the small community of Eglon, WA where he spent a substantial amount of time enjoying the water, mountains, and the playing field. He obtained his trifecta of degrees from the University of Colorado. During that time, he also received the Prentice Gautt Scholar Athlete Award, was an Academic All-American, and a member of the winning Big 12 Track and Field Championship Team in 2008. He attended residency at Madigan Army Medical Center, and has since been in independent practice for the past 4 years while serving his time on active duty. In 2019, he deployed to combat in Afghanistan with the 2nd FRST. He is married to an incredible wife, JoVanna, and they have two vibrant kids, Kingston and Scarlett.  They are truly looking forward to getting back to the Mountain West, experiencing all that Taos has to offer, and starting the next chapter of their lives.  Their kids are already dreaming about skiing! After fellowship, he will be joining former TOI fellow Calvin Schlepp at the Helena Orthopedic Clinic.

Ben Meyer

Ben Meyer grew up in the Four Corners region of New Mexico. He took full advantage of close proximity to the San Juan Mountains of Southwest Colorado and began skiing, snowboarding, and mountain biking at a young age. He was very active in soccer, basketball, and baseball until deciding to focus on competitive freestyle snowboarding full time. He won national championships in snowboard halfpipe and slopestyle with the University of Colorado Snowboard Team. After suffering a season ending ankle fracture, he transferred to New Mexico State University to focus on academics. He attended medical school at A.T. Still University of Health Sciences in Mesa, Arizona, and then returned to Las Cruces, New Mexico to complete his orthopedic surgery residency. Dr. Meyer is excited to return to Northern New Mexico to give back to a community that he loves. He will be joined by his favorite person on earth, his daughter Ellie, and looks forward to sharing the mountains with her and teaching her to ski this winter.

David Richardson

David was born in neighboring Arizona and grew up in the Phoenix suburbs. He attended Arizona State University where he studied Kinesiology and graduated Summa Cum Laude. He then moved to New York to attend medical school at Albany Medical College. Upon graduating medical school, he remained in NY and completed his orthopedic surgery residency training at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY. He is excited to be back in the Southwest and to further his training at Taos Orthopedic Institute. His orthopedic interests include arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, shoulder arthroplasty, and sports-related trauma. Outside of orthopedics he enjoys hanging out with his many siblings, spending time outdoors, working out, and all things DIY. Additionally, he enjoys seeking out new experiences when given the opportunity. He enjoys exploring new restaurants, traveling to new cities and countries, meeting new people, and making new adjustments to his golf swing that will, certainly, not improve his game.

Class of 2020

Peter Neff, MD
6118 Parkway Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78414

Peter Neff was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas “the sparkling city by the sea”, He grew up on the beach and the baseball diamond. For undergrad, he went to Texas A&M University where he graduated summa cum laude in Biomedical science. Next he attended UT Houston medical school where his passion for orthopedics sparked. Venturing out of Texas for the first time, Peter then completed his residency in Long Island, NY at Stony Brook University hospital. Peter is excited to now be in Taos, NM to complete his fellowship year in sports orthopaedic surgery. In his spare time, Pete enjoys sports, working out, hiking, playing guitar, collecting vinyl, cooking and trying new hobbies. He plans to go back home to practice in Corpus Christi, TX after fellowship.

Dr. Neff covered the US Ski Team Shiffrin Training in Solden, Austria.

Class of 2020

Daniel Jones, MD
1335 Northfield Rd. #200
Cedar City, UT 84721
(435) 586-1003

Daniel Jones, was born and raised in Fremont, MI.  He completed his undergraduate education at Harvard College, majoring in organismic and evolutionary biology.  While at Harvard, Dan was a four-year member of the varsity swim team.  He completed his Doctorate of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons.  During medical school, Dan competed in the 2014 Collegiate Triathlon National Championships.  After medical school, Dan completed his residency training in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, UT.  In his spare time, he enjoys trail running, cycling, backpacking, and hiking with his dogs and wife, Sara.

Dr. Jones covered the US Ski Team Men’s Speed team in La Parva, Chile.

Donald Franklin, MD
#3 Medical Plaza
Mountain Home, AK 72653

Dr. Don Franklin III was born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee. From there he moved on to Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama to compete on a college golf scholarship. It was there he decided to pursue his passions for science and humanities, which landed him in the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He elected to stay in Memphis following medical school to complete an Orthopaedic Surgery residency at the prestigious Campbell Clinic Orthopedics.

Dr. Franklin spends the majority of his free time fly fishing and playing golf. He is ecstatic about new opportunities during his year in Taos, from hiking and camping during warm months, to skiing throughout the Winter. He is joined her by his 9-year-old yellow Labrador retriever, Cooper. Next year they will move on to Mountain Home, Arkansas where Dr. Franklin will join a private group and spend his days off with friends on the White River.

Dr. Franklin covered the WC Tech Women US Ski team in Ushuala, Argentina.

Class of 2019

Bo Nasmyth Loy, MD
Northern Inyo Associates Orthopedics
152 Pioneer Lane, Suite A
Bishop, CA 93514

The Taos Fellowship tees you up for success. It’s as simple as that. The autonomy in the OR, the practice management skills you pick up from Drs Reid, Guttmann and Marvil, and staying up to date on your trauma… it’s perfect.  Taos prepares you to practice orthopaedic surgery on your own.  The skiing, hiking and fishing are top notch, as expected.  What I didn’t realize is how good the food scene was in Taos.  Be prepared to have some amazing meals.  Working with the US Ski Team for a week in Chamonix, France was incredible, and I made some life long friends on the US Ski Team. The fellowship, the town, the mountain, working with the Ski Team… Taos is great if not downright spectacular.  Enjoy your year!

Class of 2019

Matthew Owen, MD
SportsMED Orthopaedic Surgery and Spine Center
4715 Whitesburg Dr SE
Huntsville, AL 35802
(256) 881-5151

My family’s year in Taos was amazing. As a guy from small town Mississippi/Alabama, the opportunity to live in Taos was a once in a lifetime experience. Our family home was situated with snow capped, 13,000 ft mountains on one side and seemingly endless desert on the other. This place is the definition of picturesque. Friends and family visited throughout the year. If I wasn’t working, we were traveling the Southwest and taking in the beauty. There isn’t enough time in a single year to see all of the landmarks within driving distance. I logged numerous days at the Taos Ski Valley, and grew as a skier without limitations on terrain. In addition, I downhill mountain biked, hiked, white-water rafted, fished, and even managed to operate.

Taos Orthopaedic Institute carries a reputation throughout New Mexico, and there is a large catchment radius. The pathology is vast and covered the full gamete of sports medicine. There are numerous athletes ranging from from high school and collegiate athletes, runners, cyclist and elite skiers, among others. One of the treasures of the TOI fellowship is the camaraderie amongst fellows and the attendings. Drs. Guttmann, Reid and Marvil are mentors, but most importantly, they’re friends. They’re still invaluable in my practice and alway open to comment on a difficult or interesting case. Another unique advantage of TOI is the US Ski/Snowboard team affiliation. During my year, I traveled to Switzerland with the team and skied on the Swiss Alps. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity. While in practice, my case variety has been vast, and I always feel confident in my techniques due to my hands on training and autonomy at TOI. I would recommend Taos to any potential candidate that want to grow as a surgeon and for an adventure.

Class of 2018

Calvin Schlepp, MD
Helena Orthopedic Clinic
2442 Winne
Helena, MT 59601

Taos/TOI: The year was a immersion into a unique, diverse, and welcoming community. My wife and had innumerable experience in Northern New Mexico that we will remember our whole lives. We developed great relationship with Dr. Reid, Guttmann, and Marvil as well as the network of TOI fellows. The TOI training experience set me up to transition very easily into my private practice from both a technical ability standpoint and practice management standpoint.

Class of 2017

Adam Wilson
Steamboat Orthopaedic and Spine Institute
940 Central Park Dr, Ste 280
Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

My year in Taos was absolutely amazing! My class – including Timothy Lin and Emily Harnden – was a great class. We had an amazing year both going through the fellowship and exploring Taos and all it has to offer. I had an excellent clinical experience under Jim, Jeb, Dan, and Sean. Learning the ins and outs of sports medicine as well as getting a great amount of autonomy through taking call truly helped me to develop as a surgeon and build confidence prior to going out on my own. Additionally, exploring Taos and the surrounding area with my cofellows was an unbelievable experience. From mountain biking, to peeling green chiles with Jeb, to the amazing skiing, to fly fishing with Sean – it was the best possible fellowship year that I could have imagined. You won’t be disappointed by the Taos year.

Emily Harnden, MD
Alpine Orthopedics
536 S. Cottonwood Road
Bozeman, MT 59715

The fellowship year in TOI couldn’t have been better preparation to transition from training into practice. I don’t think one can find a program to match the depth of training a fellow gets in one year in Taos. The operative and learning experience was outstanding and the exposure to and skills gained in practice management were invaluable in preparing me to start in practice. The personal and professional relationships my husband and I made will be life-long. One of the bests part, however, was spending a year in Taos and having the time to explore the surrounding area on bikes, skis, and foot. I must also mention I had one of the best ski seasons in memory my fellowship year.

Tim Lin, M.D.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
1 Medical Center Drive
Lebanon, NH 03756

As Jeb predicted, Taos and TOI quickly became cemented in memory as one of the best years of my life.  Taos, with its natural beauty on par with the most beautiful places in America, charms from the start.  The light is a photographer’s dream.  The access to world-class skiing, mountain-biking, hiking, fishing, etc makes it possible to have an adventure with every weekend, day off, or even the random pockets of time that you have off.

Taos Orthopaedic Institute is truly a family.  What the office staff lacks in height, they make up for in camaraderie and hard work.  The staff at Holy Cross Hospital really value the fellows, and treat them with great respect and accommodation.  Drs. Reid, Guttmann, and Marvil work hard to make the year a great one, and place high value on education, operative experience, and refining surgical techniques.  I couldn’t have asked for a better year.

Class of 2016

Austin Chen M.D.
Boulder Centre for Orthopedics
4740 Pearl Pkwy, Suite 200
Boulder, CO 80301
P (303) 449 – 2730
F (720) 550 – 6403

As many other past fellows have attested, my year in Taos was one of the best (if not the best) year of my life. I felt very prepared and clinically and surgically after 1 year but could have easily spent another year (or more) in Taos just hanging out with the TOI guys. From an orthopaedic surgery training perspective and a quality of life/social perspective, it is the best of both worlds. The small town of Taos does not represent the case volume. Taos has incredible reputation and draws from the entire the entire state of NM as well as “4 Corners” region. I was exposed to basic and complex sports medicine as well as the “bread and butter” general orthopaedics of a mountain town. I felt very confident in my diagnostic surgical ability leaving Taos and still utilize the surgical techniques I learned in Taos in practice today. The opportunity to provide medical coverage to the U.S. Ski Team and the extensive alumni network are additional unique perks of the fellowship. I continue to travel with the U.S. Ski Team annually was able to secure a job in competitive Boulder, CO through alumni connections.

From a lifestyle standpoint Taos was perfect. Free time can be spent skiing, hiking, mountain biking, fishing, etc. And the TOI guys will be more than happy to share the enthusiasm for cars, motorcycles, hunting, food, golf, music, etc. My wife is originally from Los Angeles, CA and was worried about living in Taos for a year but ended up loving every minute of it and was sad to say goodbye at the end of the year. If I had to re-rank my Sports Medicine Fellowship list, Taos would be #1 every time.

Chris Anderson, M.D.
Northwest Orthopedic Specialists
12410 E. Scinto. suite 201
Spokane Valley WA, 99216

Bringing my family to Taos for the sports medicine fellowship was a life changing experience for all of us. We all were able to experience and develop a great appreciation for the unique and diverse culture and natural wonder that exists in New Mexico and the greater Southwest. Professionally, I was able to learn from outstanding faculty and apply that knowledge to a broad group of patients with varying pathology. Both the didactic and clinical experience we were exposed to were very comprehensive and well-suited to the fellowship experience. I think what really sets the Taos fellowship apart from other possible experiences are the personal relationships, the close-knit, and truly genuine group of people associated with the organization. Some of the finest people I have ever come across have been in Taos, New Mexico, And for that I am truly grateful for the experience.

Class of 2015

Carl Schillhammer, M.D.
Community Hospital of Anaconda
305 W. Pennsylvania
Anaconda, MT 59711
Office: (406) 563 8571
Fax: (406) 563 8523

You come to Taos to be part of a place instead of a scene. You come to TOI to be part of the family, instead of the machine.

Sean Marvil, M.D.
Taos Orthopaedic Institute
1219A Gusdorf Rd.
Taos, New Mexico 87571

My year in Taos was the most productive and happiest of all of my medical training. Northern New Mexico and its diverse population are incredible. Working with and providing care to ranchers, skiers, cowboys, scientist in los Alamos and all variety of athletes allowed for a huge array of orthopaedic conditions. Sports was always the focus of our training, but general orthopedics and caring for our community were a top priority also. Invaluable experience for me as general ortho with a very strong sports focus was what I was seeking. Having minimal sports orthopaedic training in residency, TOI not only provided the training for me to become a sports attending, but also helped me to fine-tuned so many other basic orthopaedic concepts and skills. Can’t reiterate enough, my year in Taos and training at Taos Orthopaedic were the best year of my medical training.

Class of 2014

Brian B. Gilmer D
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.

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.

Brett N. Robin, MD
Orthopedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
2401 S. 31st Street
Temple, TX 76508
Tel: 254-724-2421
Fax: 254-724-1866

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.

Class of 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

Ben Ward, MD
Northwest Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
350 Heritage Way
Suite 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.

Trent J. Wilson, MD
The Orthopaedic Clinic
Auburn/Opelika, AL

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.

Class of 2012

Cory Lamblin, MD
Fremont Orthopaedic Associates
815 E. Main St.
Lander, WY 82520
Phone: (307) 332-9720
Fax: (307) 332-8206

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!

S. Nicholas Crawford, MD
Straub Bone and Joint Center
888 South King St.
Honolulu HI 96813

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.

T. Ryan Pflugner, MD
Askins and Miller Orthopedics
4937 Clark Rd
Sarasota, FL 34233

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.”

Class of 2011

Jason Piefer, MD

Michael Hwang, MD
The Portland Clinic
Portland, OR
(503) 293-0161 x4083

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!

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.

Class of 2010

Soren Olson, MD
Northwest Orthopedic Specialists
601 W 5th Ave. STE 400
Spokane WA 99204
(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.

James V. Worthen, MD
St. Vincent’s Bldg 2
2700 10th Avenue S.
Suite 200
Birmingham, AL 35205
(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.

Robert S. Rice, MD
Tanner Clinic
Orthopedic Department Chair
Sport Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery
2121 North 1700 West
Layton, UT 84041

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.

Class of 2009

Ariana DeMers D.O.
Sierra Orthopedic Institute
680 Guzzi Lane Ste 105
Sonora, CA 95370

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!

Catherine Petty, MD
Catherine Ann Cunagi, 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.

Class of 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!!

Hiroshi Ohuchi MD
Kameda Medical Center
Director, Department of Sports Medicine

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.”

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.

Class of 2007

Amit Sahasrabudhe MD
Arizona Sports Medicine Center
8630 E Via de Ventura, Ste 201
Scottsdale AZ 85258

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.

Khemarin Seng, MD
Mapleton Hill Orthopaedics
975 North Street. Suite 201
Boulder CO 80304

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.

Class of 2006

Joe Centeno, MD
BayArea Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine

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.

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

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.

Class of 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.

Brad J Bernardini MD, FAAOS
Reconstructive Orthopedics
994 West Sherman Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08360

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!”

Class of 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

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.

Darby Webb, MD
703 S Americana Ste 120
Boise, ID 83702

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.

Class of 2003

Michael M. Karch, MD
Mammoth Hospital
85 Sierra Park Rd, PO Box 660
Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 924-4084

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

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.

Robert D. Graham II, MD
Orthopaedic Associates of Central Texas
12309 North Mopac Expressway, Suite 150
Austin, Texas  78758

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.”

Class of 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

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…

Class of 2001

Bradley S. Baker, MD
Nevada Orthopedic & Spine Center
Henderson/Las Vegas, Nevada

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.