A love for sports and building leads to orthopaedic career

Dr. Adam Wilson specializes in sports medicine, knees and shoulders at Steamboat Orthopaedic & Spine Institute

By Lauren Glendenning
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Dr. Wilson is a team physician for the U.S. Snowboard Cross Team.
More about Dr. Adam Wilson

Dr. Wilson was born in Texas and raised in Oklahoma. He completed his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana. Dr. Wilson completed his medical school training at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and his orthopaedic-surgery residency at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2016. From 2016 to 2017, Dr. Wilson completed a sports-medicine fellowship at Taos Orthopaedic Institute in New Mexico. He went on to complete a Complex Shoulder Surgery Fellowship at Institut Universitaire Locomoteur et du Sport in Nice, France, in 2018 under professor Pascal Boileau.

Dr. Wilson has specific interest in knee and shoulder pathology, including ligament reconstruction, cartilage preservation, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder arthroplasty, complex shoulder pathology, and mountain trauma. He is a member of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Physician Pool, working with Olympic athletes and functioning specifically as team physician for the U.S. Snowboard Cross Team.

For more information about Dr. Wilson or to make an appointment, or call 970-879-6663.

The orthopaedic surgeons at Steamboat Orthopaedics and Spine Institute (SOSI) seem to have the same passion that is common among most Steamboat residents: a love for sports and the outdoors.

Dr. Adam Wilson, who joined the SOSI practice in 2018, got a couple of injuries while playing sports in high school, marking the first occasion he ever really spent time around orthopaedic surgeons or, for that matter, any doctors.

“For me, it seemed like the most fun and interesting part of medicine,” Dr. Wilson said. “I always liked building things. Using power tools is kind of a similar thing to orthopaedic medicine — you’re just working on people. It’s kind of like carpentry.”

Kind of like carpentry, that is, with a ton of years of education and training.

Dr. Wilson finished medical school at Georgetown University, his orthopaedic-surgery residency at the University of Virginia, a sports-medicine fellowship in Taos, N.M., and a complex shoulder-surgery fellowship in Nice, France.

Knees and shoulders

Dr. Adam Wilson tries to ski or mountain bike multiple times per week, depending on the season.

Dr. Wilson has honed his experience and expertise on knees and complex shoulder procedures. During his sports-medicine fellowship in Taos, he saw many shoulder and knee injuries since they’re so common in mountain-sports trauma.

“I picked up a different way of doing ACLs compared to what I had previously seen and been trained to do,” Dr. Wilson said. “You hear more about hamstring and patellar tendon grafts for ACLs, but I found I can get a better graft with the quadricep tendon. It’s a little less invasive, so there’s less pain and discomfort.”

Late into his orthopaedic residency, he also met renowned French professor Pascal Boileau at a medical conference, which sealed his fate as a shoulder specialist.

“The French have a different approach and thoughts about treating shoulders,” Dr. Wilson said. “I contacted his secretary to see if I could train with him.”

Initially, Dr. Wilson planned to spend about three months in France after his sports-medicine fellowship ended in Taos. But he ended up training in France for nearly a year.

“I was presented with an opportunity to get paid to live and learn on the French Riviera,” Dr. Wilson said. “And I learned how to enhance how I do shoulder replacements in a way that’s smoother and more consistent.”

Getting patients back in action

Dr. Wilson’s favorite outdoor activities include skiing, mountain biking, fishing, hiking, watersports and camping.

Dr. Wilson’s overall philosophy for patients is to get them moving and back to their desired activities as quickly as possible. In Steamboat, he sees a lot of meniscus tears, ACL tears and cartilage injuries.

“And then there are specific ways people break bones skiing and snowboarding that we see frequently,” he said.

The surgeons at SOSI have developed great techniques, always keeping in mind that active patients want to get back to return to their pre-injury ability levels.

“I want to get my patients back to doing everything they want to do,” Dr. Wilson said.

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