The Steadman Clinic: 8 things to know for 2020

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Vail, Colo.-based The Steadman Clinic is renowned for treating high-level professional athletes and Olympians. Last year, the practice partnered with a private equity-backed orthopedic practice company to accelerate and bolster its expansion plans.

Here are eight things to know about The Steadman Clinic:

1. Richard Steadman, MD, founded the practice in 1990 as the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, with its research arm labeled the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. In 2010, the practice changed rebranded as The Steadman Clinic and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.

2. In November, The Steadman Clinic affiliated with Orthopedic Care Partners, the holding company for five practices including The Orthopedic Institute in Gainesville, Fla., and is backed by private equity company Varsity Healthcare Partners.

3. The practice operates out of three locations in Vail, Edwards and Frisco in Colorado. Steadman Philippon Research Institute & The Steadman Clinic serves as the U.S. Olympic Committee's designated national medical center.

4. In February 2019, the practice opened its Frisco, Colo., clinic, which features an imaging center with a 3 Tesla MRI machine. The clinic has four orthopedic specialists — Randy Viola, MD, Tom Hackett, MD, Matthew Provencher, MD, and C. Thomas Haytmanek Jr., MD — and plans to expand to biologics.

5. The Steadman Clinic has a team of 16 physicians specializing in various areas of spine, orthopedics and sports medicine, according to its website. Leslie Vidal, MD, joined her husband Armando Vidal, MD, at the practice last August. Jonathan Godin, MD, a former fellow at The Steadman Clinic and SPRI, is the most recent addition to the surgical team after he joined in October.

6. In 2005, Marc Philippon, MD, joined the practice, where he is currently managing partner. Dr. Philippon specializes in joint preservation techniques and has treated almost 1,000 professional and Olympic athletes. In 2012, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons presented him with its Achievement Award for outstanding contributions to the field.

7. The Center for Regenerative Sports Medicine at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute and The Steadman Clinic is spearheaded by Johnny Huard, PhD, who assumed the roles of chairman, director and chief scientific officer in 2015. The Institute is researching platelet-rich plasma and stem cells and how such regenerative medicines can accelerate the healing of injured tendons, ligaments, muscles and joints.

8. Each year The Steadman Clinic enrolls a team of fellows to expand their surgical and research skills in a 12-month program. Fellows focus on the causes, treatment and prevention of injuries and must complete two original research projects suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

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