RESEARCH. EDUCATION. INNOVATION.
Dr. Rhorer knows that the foundation of good medicine is a triad of research, education and innovation. He endeavors to advance the science of reconstructive orthopaedics by conducting ongoing clinical research in Scottsdale in conjunction with surgeons around the world.
Dr. Tony Rhorer is a board certified fellowship trained orthopaedic trauma surgeon with a special interest in post traumatic reconstruction, limb lengthening and deformity correction. Advanced orthopaedic reconstruction of mangled extremities has become a life long passion beginning with his own injuries as a child in Arizona. Dr. Rhorer has endeavored to seek the most elite medical and surgical training possible, and he continues to learn and educate on a global scale. Thousands of hours in the fast paced world of trauma surgery sets him apart as an experienced, decisive surgeon who stops at nothing to achieve exceptional results. Dr. Rhorer grew up in the Phoenix metropolitan area of Arizona where he was an avid outdoorsman and high achieving student. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout and was an outstanding student leader. At the University of Arizona he studied molecular and cellular biology, graduating magna cum laude. With a litany of achievements in research and leadership along with his strong academic record, Dr. Rhorer was accepted to all 12 medical schools he applied to, including Duke University School of Medicine where he chose to spend the following nine years of his education. Dr. Rhorer excelled at Duke Medical School and was offered a position after graduating in 1999 in the Duke Orthopaedic residency program. Dr. Rhorer completed the Duke Orthopaedic program prior to the enactment of the 80 work week rules that are now in place. Consequently, he is one of the last residents to have a full five year training program that did not restrict the number of hours and cases one could do. This is an important fact. In surgery, experiences matters. During his residency, Dr. Rhorer traveled to Kurgan, Russia where he spent two months working at the Russian Ilizarov Science Center for Restorative Orthopaedics and Traumatology. This is the birth place of the method of Ilizarov, and an international mecca for post traumatic reconstruction and deformity correction. After his residency, Dr. Rhorer was privileged to be an orthopaedic trauma fellow at the renowned Florida Orthopaedic Institute/Tampa General Hospital. In the space of one year, he performed one thousand trauma and post traumatic reconstructive surgeries. This experience was the spring board which he used to start his own orthopaedic trauma program in Scottsdale, Arizona. Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, PLLC was founded by Dr. Rhorer in 2005. His objective was to create a world class institution for musculoskeletal trauma surgery. Today, SOTS has seven board certified orthopaedic trauma surgeons and a one year trauma fellowship. For the last ten years Dr. Rhorer has lead the orthopaedic trauma program in Scottsdale while helping to develop programs at other level one trauma centers in the city. During his tenure as a trauma surgeon, Dr. Rhorer has been invited all over the world to lecture on many aspects of orthopaedic trauma, post traumatic reconstruction, clavicle fractures and nonunion surgery. He has also written book chapters, scientific articles and commentaries in the field of orthopaedic trauma. PASSIONATE ABOUT DIFFICULT AND SEEMINGLY INSOLUBLE PROBLEMS. Dr. Rhorer uses a multi disciplinary approach employing the most revolutionary techniques in orthopedic surgery, infectious disease, hyperbaric oxygen, nutrition and internal medicine. Dr. Rhorer has several interests outside of orthopaedic trauma including international business development, medical device manufacturing, design and implementation, creative writing and television series consulting, global travel, auto enthusiasm and tactical firearms training. Dr. Rhorer wears many hats in his daily life. . . but first and foremost he is a decisive orthopaedic trauma surgeon with a passion for difficult problems and lifetime of dedication to solve them.