Dr. Walter Stephen Choate, MD

Dr. Walter Stephen Choate, MD

Sports Medicine  ·  
Male  ·  
37 y/o

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Dr. Walter Stephen Choate, MD is a sports medicine specialist in New Orleans, LA and has been practicing for 6 years. He specializes in sports medicine.Read his story

Ochsner Health Center - Elmwood

1221 S Clearview Pkwy Bldg B

New Orleans, LA 70121
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Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna
  • American Lifecare
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Network
  • Coventry Health Care of Louisiana
  • Employers Health Network
  • Evolutions Healthcare Systems
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Galaxy Health Network
  • Health Payors Organization

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Dr. Choate's Experience

Dr. Choate's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found

Dr. Choate's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Choate "Dr. Choate is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His practice focuses on arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He is currently head team physician for Dillard University, Delgado College, and several high schools in the New Orleans area. Dr. Choate graduated with Cum Laude from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was an academic all-conference pitcher for the baseball team. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2007. He then completed his internship and residency at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Following residency, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was Chief of the Orthopedic Department and Medical Director of Surgical Services for the 56th Medical Group. Under his leadership, the medical group twice earned the Air Education and Training Command award for “Best Clinic in the Air Force”, as well as the “Patient Safety” award. Dr. Choate’s clinical experience includes overseas deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, earning him the Air Force Commendation medal for meritorious service. While in Phoenix, Dr. Choate also served on staff for the Abrazo Medical Group and provided orthopaedic trauma care at West Valley Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center. Following military service, Dr. Choate completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at the renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, under the direction of Drs. John Tokish and Richard Hawkins.Dr. Choate has a specific interest in the advancement of sports medicine through research and has published multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles. His research has been presented at several national and international orthopedic conferences. Professional society memberships include the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and The Hawkins Society. Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, he is married with two children."
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1  Specialties

  • Sports Medicine

1  Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

45  Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Fracture
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Rib Fracture
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
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17  Procedures

  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment

Background Check

Malpractice Claims not available

Healthgrades does not collect malpractice information for Louisiana.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


    Medical School | Graduated 2007
  • Ochsner Foundation Hospital
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2012

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

Dr. Choate has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Choate's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Choate to family and friends
50 total reviews (40 have comments)

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Dr. Choate's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (40)

Dr. Choate is very patient and takes the time to explain what problem is and the options available to correct it. He also is very concerned about your satisfaction with the surgery performed. Emily and the rest of his staff are all eager to help in any way they can. I have recommended him to...more
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He repaired my seperated shoulder and torn labrum in january. 6 months later i have no pain and full motion with my repaired shoulder. Great job, very straightforward and helpful with the decision making process and did a great job with the surgery
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Dr. Choate, Nurse Emily and the rest of the team are simply terrific. They helped me through a scoping and follow on treatment with great care and expertise. I can’t imagine getting more compassionate or effective treatment regime delivered by personnel with a real commitment to me. I highly...more
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It was all around an amazing experience! Well besides having a broken clavicle in the first place; that wasn’t so great! Lol. Dr. Choate is AMAZING! I felt comfortable around him and he answered any questions I had, and he made sure I understood the answer. I thought I may have a scar to brag about...more
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It is rare to find a surgeon that combines exceptional surgical skills with compassion and caring. Dr. Choate is one of the rare few. He takes his time to explain everything and is always available and willing to talk if you have any questions. He does his job well and if you do what he and his...more
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