Dr. Gombera grew up in Houston. After injuring his knee playing high school football, Dr. Gombera became avidly interested in orthopedic surgery. He graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with High Honors, and went on to earn his Doctor of Medicine (MD) from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.He moved to the Midwest to complete his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, where his research in the treatment of sports-related injuries resulted in peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and presentations at national orthopedic meetings. During his residency, Dr. Gombera provided sports coverage to a variety of Division I teams including the Michigan basketball, hockey, and football teams.He then came to Chicago to complete his fellowship in sports medicine at Northwestern University. His experience focused on the modern treatment of sports-related injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, and knee, as well as shoulder arthroplasty. In addition, he worked as the assistant team physician to the Northwestern football team, the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Blackhawks. During his fellowship, Dr. Gombera instructed orthopedic surgery residents during lectures, in the operating room, and was invited as a faculty instructor to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Shoulder and Knee Residents' Arthroscopy course. He continues to instruct trainees and practicing surgeons at the AAOS Residents' Arthroscopy course, and the American Shoulder and Elbow Society (ASES) Open and Arthroscopic Techniques in Shoulder Surgery Course.Dr. Gombera continues to contribute to the medical literature on the treatments of injuries to the shoulder, hip, and knee. He is currently a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine.
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