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J. Terrell Joseph, M.D.
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Elbow, Hand, Knee, Orthopaedic Trauma, Wrist

Dr. Joseph believes that our limited time here on Earth is a gift. Part of this gift is the ability to appreciate and enjoy the day-to-dayness of your life. When an injury interrupts this, it is easy to see the importance of timely and professional care to heal from your injury. Dr. Joseph wants to provide this and is well trained to do so.

After graduating from Vanderbilt and LSU Medical School, Dr. Joseph continued his training at the somewhat infamous Charity Hospital in New Orleans. Pre-Katrina Charity Hospital was a unique place according to Dr. Joseph. The sheer volume and inner-city nature of the injuries provided an exceptional training ground for high level orthopaedic trauma. “Like sipping from a fire hydrant, the volume of bad injuries trained us as orthopaedic surgeons to be comfortable with all types of complex injuries, especially when the bullet hits the bone.”

After his five years at Charity Hospital, Dr. Joseph traveled to New Zealand to do specialty fellowship training in arthroscopic knee surgery and sports medicine. This proved to be an invaluable life experience, in addition to learning new techniques while treating international rugby players. Dr Joseph found his year in New Zealand taught him to appreciate how the rest of the world sees the United States, something that is easy for Americans to forget.

Following his year in New Zealand, Dr. Joseph went on to complete a second year-long fellowship in upper extremity and hand surgery in Albuquerque, New Mexico. This gave him additional training in elbow, wrist, and hand surgery in a busy university teaching hospital. The combination of specialty fellowships and a background in the ‘knife and gun’ club of New Orleans, Dr. Joseph has solid training.

His passion for orthopaedics began here in Vail. As a 22-year-old emergency room technician in Vail, he was introduced to the many flavors of orthopaedic injuries common in the mountains. In the summers, his work as a whitewater river guide reaffirmed the importance of an active mountain lifestyle to people of all ages. This experience inspired his dream to return to Colorado as an orthopaedic surgeon in 2006.

Dr. Joseph fully appreciates that patients here are often highly motivated and driven to heal. With the right care and direction, these patients are most likely to experience a full recovery, something that is rewarding both to Dr. Joseph, and most importantly, his patients.

Dr Joseph’s orthopaedic interests include ski and snowboard trauma, including tendon and ligament injuires. He also has expertise in treating tendonitis, carpal tunnel, and hand and wrist problems.

Lastly, Dr. Joseph and his wife Natalie enjoy raising their two small children in the mountain lifestyle. They also enjoy paddling whitewater, making stained glass, as well as breeding and training Labrador Retrievers.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biology: Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN
  • University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO
  • Doctor of Medicine: LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine, Shreveport, LA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: LSU Health New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
  • Sports Orthopaedic Fellowship: Eastwood Orthopaedic Clinic, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Upper Extremity Orthopaedic Fellowship: Auckland Bone and Joint Surgery, Auckland, New Zealand
  • Hand Surgery Fellowship: The University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America


  • Complications of scoliosis surgery in patients with intretheal baclofen pump
  • Patterns of orthopedic injury: snowboarding versus skiing 
  • Arthroscopic Correlation of TFCC tears and MRI findings

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“Dr. Joseph is a caring and competent physician. He always takes the time necessary to meet with me and answer all of my numerous questions. I have had 3 surgeries with Dr. Joseph and all of them have been very successful. ”
– Jan W.
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