M.D. M.S. FAAOS
Fellowship-Trained Hand, Wrist, Elbow, Shoulder & Microsurgeon Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon
With nearly two decades of experience as an orthopedic surgeon, and 12 years specializing in hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder surgery serving the Four Corners area in Durango, Colorado I am dedicated to constantly developing and advancing my medical skills and techniques. I offer several services and specialized procedures that may help you. Get in touch to learn more about the ways in which I can help.
Specializing in the full range of injuries from the collarbone to the fingertips Dr. Anderson is located in Durango, Colorado and is the only double board certified surgeon (both Hand Surgery as well as Orthopedic Surgery) in the Four Corners area. Dr. Anderson believes that patients are more than their X-rays and MRIs.
The Dartmouth-trained surgeon specializes in care of upper extremity problems. He knows from nearly two decades of experience that carefully considering all the information by listening to the patient and assessing the studies is the way to identify the best course of action.
Dr. Anderson has the training, expertise, and skill to handle the full scope of hand, wrist, wlbow, shoulder and nerve disorders: from acute and chronic issues like fractures and sports injuries to nerve and tendon disorders, as well as arthritis pain. This includes innovative minimally invasive surgery for carpal tunnel and in-office latest techniques for trigger finger and Dupuytren’s contracture.
After medical school, Dr. Anderson was accepted into the highly regarded orthopaedic surgery program at Dartmouth Medical School. Under the guidance of world-renowned surgeons and educators, Dr. Anderson completed his orthopaedic surgery training. Dr. Anderson then chose to gain additional technical training in hand, upper extremity and microsurgery and was awarded a highly competitive surgery fellowship with internationally recognized orthopaedic and plastic surgeons at Harborview Hospital and the University of Washington in Seattle. These facilities serve as the major referral center for the most complicated hand and upper extremity surgeries for a five-state region. While there he completed over 800 trauma and reconstructive procedures. After moving to Durango over a decade ago, he went on to become board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons and additionally pursued and obtained a second board certification in Hand Surgery. Since that time, he has been inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
2021-Present: Surgeon and Founder of Elevate Orthopedics
2019-2021: Centura Health Physicians Group Orthopedic Department Site Lead
2019-2021: Member of Regional Physicians Operation Council
2017 to 2019: Founding Member of Physician Leadership Council
2017 Centura Health Physician dyad leader for Orthopedic Surgery, Gastroenterology and Urology
2018 Consultant for Centura Health Physicians Group Compensation committee
2015 to 2021: Mercy Regional Medical Center Hand Surgery Medical Director
2015 to 2021: Mercy Orthopedic Associates surgeon
2014 to 2015, President, Durango Orthopedic Associates
2009 to 2015. Durango Orthopedic Associates , Durango, CO
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand and Upper Extremity Specialist
2008-2009. University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellow
2003-2008 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH
2007-2008 Orthopaedic Surgery Resident/Chief Resident
2002-2003 Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Lebanon, NH
General Surgery Internship
Carpal Fractures and Dislocations. Chapter co-author appearing in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy. 2009.
Diagnosis and Arthroscopic Treatment of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Tears. Chapter co-author appearing in Arthroscopy Association of North America textbook, Elsevier 2009.
Reoperation for phalangeal and metacarpal fracture management. Chapter co-author in textbook of Reoperative Hand Surgery, editor Dr. Scott Duncan. Springer 2012. Chap 4, pp 43-66.
Cubital Tunnel Syndrome and Magnetic Resonance Imaging, accuracy of disease detection.
Benign Parosteal Osteochondromatous Proliferation of the hand originally diagnosed as osteochondroma: A report of two cases and review. Chamberlain AM, Anderson KL, Hoch B, Trumble TE, Weisstein JS. Hand (N Y). 2010 Mar;5(1):106-10. doi: 10.1007/s11552-009-9217-4. Epub 2009 Aug 8.
Outcome after Hip Fracture: Is there a “July Effect?” A study comparing mortality and complication rates at teaching versus non-teaching hospitals. American Journal of Orthopaedics, July 2009.
Decision Analysis: Routine chemoprophylaxis for pediatric trauma patients. Abstract submitted for publication, 2005.
Prospective randomized clinical trial of low energy tibia fracture treatment, cast versus intramedullary nailing. 2003.
Long-term outcomes of arthroscopic lateral retinacular release. Medical school thesis. Advisor Dr. David McGuire, 1999.
Co-developed the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hand Center. Using Clinical Microsystems analysis, we analyzed impediments to a patient-centered unified hand care system, initiated planning and primary development phases to accomplish improved quality of care for patients with hand care needs.
Assisted in editing the Handbook of Fractures, 3rd edition. Editor Dr. Kenneth J. Koval, 2005.
AWARDS & GRANTS
Alma Hass Milham Award recipient for ethical and humane patient care, 2007.
AOA Emerging Leaders Forum Award
AOA Resident Leadership Award
Awarded OREF Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery grant. Provides the opportunity for visiting orthopaedic scholars to attend the Dartmouth Department of Orthopaedic Surgery journal club, 2006.
Improving the quality of osteoporosis care following the sentinel event of a fragility fracture. NIH R03 grant applicant, 2005.
NIH T32 grant recipient, award for tuition and salary stipend to support leadership and quality improvement training, 2005.
Nominee “Resident Teaching Award”, 2003.
Bowerman Scholarship. Awarded to top 8 graduating seniors at University of Oregon for outstanding academic achievement, 1997.
As Chief Resident at Dartmouth, he instructed junior surgeons and medical students. As a fellow, he instructed the full range of resident surgeons. In addition, in Durango, he collaborated with the Resources for Medical Education & Collaboration (RMEC) program, a Colorado 501(c)3 non-profit. This was a collaborative effort with intern projects and teaching. RMEC strives to advance evidence-based medicine and improve health care quality by supporting education and collaborative research, locally and globally, through multiple initiatives.