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Vail Summit Orthopedics 108 S Frontage Rd W Ste 206 Vail, CO 81657 Get Directions

Care Philosophy

I believe every patient deserves the best possible outcome. That's why I obtained the highest possible training for my specialty, going over and beyond what is required of a general orthopaedist. Our staff also goes the extra mile so that you spend more time with me, and less time waiting for me. This allows me to customize a treatment plan that fits the way you want to live, work and play. The best medicine is practiced when doctor and patient connect with each other in a meaningful way.

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Biography

Dr. Bill Sterett has 20 years of experience taking care of complex athletic injuries, returning athletes to their chosen sport and continuing on the cutting edge of sports medicine as this field evolves.  That now includes the use of growth factors, ultrasounds guided diagnostics and injections.

Dr. Sterett is from Santa Rosa, California, in the Sonoma County Wine Country.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, where he played intercollegiate golf.  He then moved to Lake Tahoe, California.  After two years on the Professional Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley, CA, he entered Medical School at the University of California at Davis, where he attended on a full academic scholarship from the University of California Regents, while staying on as a National Ski Patrolman at Squaw Valley for three more years. Dr. Sterett then completed a five-year Orthopaedic Residency at UC Davis. 

Dr Sterett was the first partner added at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado where he functioned as a Managing Partner for many years 

From California, Dr. Sterett was accepted to the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Fellowship in Vail, Colorado.  At the completion of his training, he was asked to stay on as a partner with Drs. Steadman and Hawkins.  Prior to beginning his Vail practice, he traveled to Europe to train in orthopaedic traumatology, sports medicine and joint preservation, providing him with the opportunity to bring techniques back to this country in a very unique circumstance.  Dr. Sterett stayed at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic for 18 years as Managing Partner, before leaving to join the group at Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2011.Dr. Sterett's practice focuses on Knee and Shoulder Sports Medicine and athletic injuries, with particular emphasis on ACL reconstruction, revision ACL reconstruction, and joint preservation through cartilage and reconstruction techniques. His practice is divided into Clinical care, aimed at returning active people to their chosen lifestyle, Research, Education and Community Service. 

Qualifications

Dr. Sterett is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and is one of the few physicians who have earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.Dr. Sterett has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on hundreds of occasions over the past twenty years.  He currently holds patents on orthopedic devices involved in Joint Preservation and works as a consultant to Arthrex and Biomet sports medicine companies. 

Athletic Training Fellowship Program

Dr. Sterett started the Athletic Training Fellowship Program in Vail, Colorado, and served as its Fellowship Director for 15 years.  Additionally, he has served as the Medical Director for the Eagle County School District for 14 years, making daily return-to-play decisions and treating local student athletes.  Currently, he serves as the Medical Director for the Vail Valley Surgery Centers and has for the past 12 years. 

Dr Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women's Ski Team

Finally, Dr. Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women's Alpine Ski Team and has been since 1997, with athletes over the years such as Picabo Street, Kristina Koznick, Caroline LaLive, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin.  He has served as a US Olympic Committee Team Physician for the past four Winter Olympic Games, with the US Olympic Committee entrusting the care of their athletes to Dr. Sterett in Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver and Sochi.

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Patient Reviews (6)
in Palisade CO |
Truly the highest level of professionalism!
in Breckenridge, CO |
Having any kind of surgery is quite the undertaking, and finding the right surgeon for your procedure can be exhausting and nerve racking. After learning I had to undergo a complex knee surgery (torn meniscus, ACL, MCL, PCL), I did thorough research and narrowed my options down to 3 surgeons under 3 different companies. After meeting with all three, I can honestly say that Dr. Sterett is not only the best surgeon I could have gone with in the area, but the best surgeon in the country.
in Edwards, CO |
Outstanding. Surgery perfect. Bedside manner top notch. A fun person to be around. He's good, and he cares!
in Lincoln, MA |
The two most impressive things about my experience with Dr. Sterett and the staff at VSO was the turn around time and his experience. I got injured on a Monday, had an MRI on Tuesday, a consult on Wednesday, and surgery on Thursday. That's unheard of back home where scheduling each of those appointments would have taken two or three weeks per appointment. I used the time for recovery instead. It was my first surgery and his expertise gave me confidence that I was going to be fine.
in Edwards, CO |
Great surgeon, great guy. What else can anyone say.
Took immediate care of my knee injury by staying late
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Dr. Bill Sterett has 20 years of experience taking care of complex athletic injuries, returning athletes to their chosen sport and continuing on the cutting edge of sports medicine as this field evolves.  That now includes the use of growth factors, ultrasounds guided diagnostics and injections.

Dr. Sterett is from Santa Rosa, California, in the Sonoma County Wine Country.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, where he played intercollegiate golf.  He then moved to Lake Tahoe, California.  After two years on the Professional Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley, CA, he entered Medical School at the University of California at Davis, where he attended on a full academic scholarship from the University of California Regents, while staying on as a National Ski Patrolman at Squaw Valley for three more years. Dr. Sterett then completed a five-year Orthopaedic Residency at UC Davis. 

Dr Sterett was the first partner added at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado where he functioned as a Managing Partner for many years 

From California, Dr. Sterett was accepted to the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Fellowship in Vail, Colorado.  At the completion of his training, he was asked to stay on as a partner with Drs. Steadman and Hawkins.  Prior to beginning his Vail practice, he traveled to Europe to train in orthopaedic traumatology, sports medicine and joint preservation, providing him with the opportunity to bring techniques back to this country in a very unique circumstance.  Dr. Sterett stayed at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic for 18 years as Managing Partner, before leaving to join the group at Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2011.Dr. Sterett's practice focuses on Knee and Shoulder Sports Medicine and athletic injuries, with particular emphasis on ACL reconstruction, revision ACL reconstruction, and joint preservation through cartilage and reconstruction techniques. His practice is divided into Clinical care, aimed at returning active people to their chosen lifestyle, Research, Education and Community Service. 

Qualifications

Dr. Sterett is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and is one of the few physicians who have earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.Dr. Sterett has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on hundreds of occasions over the past twenty years.  He currently holds patents on orthopedic devices involved in Joint Preservation and works as a consultant to Arthrex and Biomet sports medicine companies. 

Athletic Training Fellowship Program

Dr. Sterett started the Athletic Training Fellowship Program in Vail, Colorado, and served as its Fellowship Director for 15 years.  Additionally, he has served as the Medical Director for the Eagle County School District for 14 years, making daily return-to-play decisions and treating local student athletes.  Currently, he serves as the Medical Director for the Vail Valley Surgery Centers and has for the past 12 years. 

Dr Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women's Ski Team

Finally, Dr. Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women's Alpine Ski Team and has been since 1997, with athletes over the years such as Picabo Street, Kristina Koznick, Caroline LaLive, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin.  He has served as a US Olympic Committee Team Physician for the past four Winter Olympic Games, with the US Olympic Committee entrusting the care of their athletes to Dr. Sterett in Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver and Sochi.

Dr. Sterett's Care Philosophy

I believe every patient deserves the best possible outcome. That's why I obtained the highest possible training for my specialty, going over and beyond what is required of a general orthopaedist. Our staff also goes the extra mile so that you spend more time with me, and less time waiting for me. This allows me to customize a treatment plan that fits the way you want to live, work and play. The best medicine is practiced when doctor and patient connect with each other in a meaningful way.

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  •  Specializes in Sports Medicine
  •  Board certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopedic Surgery
  •  No malpractice claims found
  •  No sanctions found
  •  No board actions found

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  • Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachial Plexus Palsy
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Congenital Dislocation of Patella
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprains and Tears
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Nerve Root Injury and Plexus Disorders (incl. Pinched Nerve)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylitis
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Still's Disease
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Systemic Sclerosis
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture

Education

  • Medical School
    University Of California, Davis, School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 1988

  • Internship Hospital
    University Of California-Davis Medical Center

    Completed in 1988

  • Residency Hospital
    University Of California-Davis Medical Center

    Completed in 1993

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Ao Trauma Fellowship Bern, Switzerland and Hanover, Germany

    Completed in 1994

    Steadman Hawkins Clinic

    Completed in 1994

  • Undergraduate School
    Univeristy Of California, San Diego

    Graduated in 1982

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • ACL Surgery
  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • 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
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Quadriceps Tendon Repair
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
  • Wrist Replacement