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Teaching elite surgeons

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brian Duggan came to South Lake Tahoe to join the Lake Tahoe Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

After completing his residency at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Dr. Duggan decided Tahoe was the right place for him to not only continue his research and handle complicated surgeries, but also to learn from some of the most advanced orthopedic surgeons in the nation.

“I chose this place for the wide variety of exposure to sports injuries,” Dr. Duggan said. “There is a large quantity of shoulder and knee injuries – it’s a good fit for complicated sports trauma,”



Dr. Duggan arrived in summer 2010 so he could take advantage of the outdoors before starting the program.

“I’m a big outdoors person – camping, hiking – and I’ve learned to kayak and mountain bike,” he said.



Dr. Cecilia Pascual Garrido also was chosen to participate in the orthopedic fellowship program. Pascual Garrido and Duggan were chosen out of more than 20 applicants. In addition to faculty member Dr. Rupp, doctors Keith Swanson, Steve Bannar, Jeffrey Cummings, Roger Rogalski, Kyle Swanson and Daniel Robertson all donate time as faculty to teach the fellows on a daily basis.

“The clinical component of the fellowship includes approximately 10 to 15 surgical cases a week and two days of clinical examination, diagnosis and treatment in the office setting,” said Dr. Swanson, director of the fellowship program.

Dr. Duggan said he is here to take care of patients with more complicated fractures from outdoor sports such as skiing, climbing and even high school sports injuries.

“The sports trauma aspect is something you won’t get in most places,” Dr. Duggan said.

While participating in surgeries, the fellows also participate in research, conferences, lectures and several cadaver labs.

“We focus on knee and shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder and knee ligament reconstruction, and operative and non-operative treatment of extremity trauma,” Dr. Swanson said.

Thanks to Smith and Nephew Endoscopy, the fellows were able to receive hands-on practice of a nerve decompression procedure on a cadaver shoulder. Dr. Swanson also commented on the great qualities the fellows bring to Tahoe.

“With resumes a mile long, including extensive education, volunteer work, publications, research and surgical expertise, these fellows are considered elite,” he said.

For more information on Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, visit www.

laketahoesportsmed.com.


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