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William I. Sterett, M.D.
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Joint Replacement, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

What's it like being one of the busiest ACL surgeons in the country in a place like Vail? Let's just say there's no such thing as office hours for Dr. William Sterett. Friday nights for the past 14 years have been spent volunteering thousands of hours of free medical services on the sidelines of Eagle County high school games.

Dr. Sterett was a Partner and Managing Partner at The Steadman Clinic in Vail for 18 years and has been Head Team Physician for the US Women's Ski Team since 1997. As you might expect, Dr. Sterett is on call every winter weekend, never mind middle of the night emergency phone calls from overseas. Just ask Lindsay Vonn and her teammates. He also has a long history of returning athletes to the NFL, NHL, Major League Baseball, European Soccer Leagues and virtually every recreational sport known.

Dr. Sterett will tell you that he has the best job in the world and is genuinely having fun. What could be better than fixing things, especially when those “things” are the people you've shared your life with for the past 18 years? The only down side might be that it's hard to get through the grocery store when you find a couple enthusiastic patients in every aisle. But truly, Dr. Sterett wouldn't have it any other way.

Landing in Vail was no mistake. And no, it wasn't because of his lifelong passion for skiing. His motivation was purely about getting the best sports medicine training available. As one of the top applicants in the country, Dr. Sterett turned down fellowship training in some of the best institutions in the country to train at Vail's Steadman-Hawkins Clinic back in 1993.

After his fellowship training, he decided to seek a second fellowship in orthopaedic trauma, studying in Switzerland and Germany. Why two fellowships? Dr. Sterett wanted the ability to treat the entire injury to the knee and shoulder, and not just the soft tissues.

Soon thereafter, his mentors Dr. Richard Steadman and Dr. Richard Hawkins offered him an opportunity to grow the two-person Steadman-Hawkins Clinic to its current size and world-renown stature. By 2011, Dr. Sterett had been a managing partner at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic for 12 years and was among the busiest ACL and complex knee surgeons in the country.

True to his love for this mountain community, Dr. Sterett turned down some of the best known sports medicine centers in the country to join Vail-Summit Orthopaedics. He saw in VSO the same passion for community that has defined his career from day one. He recognized that his new colleagues at VSO are some of the best-trained orthopaedic surgeons in the world, and that they shared his devotion to putting the needs of patients above all else. Dr. Sterett admired the team environment at VSO, and knew that his experience with team sports (both playing on teams and serving teams with medical expertise) would make for a unique fit.

If Dr. Sterett would have you understand one thing about his areas of expertise, it would be that research, technology and technique are rapidly changing. What was held for true two years ago, may no longer be the case. Being innovative and creative with the next generation of Activity Preservation techniques is what has kept Dr.Sterett on the forefront of orthoapedic sports medicine in this country.

Dr. Sterett is celebrating 20 years as Head Team Physician for the US Women’s Alpine Ski Team. Dr. Sterett has been one of twelve United States Olympic Committee doctors for the past four Winter Olympic Games.

Learn more about Dr. Sterett by visiting his website.

Stay up to date with Dr. Sterett and his team by following his sports medicine blog.

Understanding the unique anatomy of the female knee, Dr. Sterett offers resources and articles on ACL injury prevention for the female athlete.

The Female ACL

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Education & Training

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Biology, Biochemistry Emphasis: University of California, San Diego, San Diego, CA
  • Doctor of Medicine: UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento, CA
  • General Surgery Internship: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, CA
  • Sports Medicine Knee and Shoulder Fellowship: The Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, CO
  • AO Trauma and Joint Preservation Fellowship: Bern, Switzerland, and Hannover, Germany


  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • AO Alumni Association
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Hawkins Shoulder Society

Team Affiliations

  • US Women’s Alpine Ski Team, Head Team Physician
  • United States Olympic Committee Team Physician

Hospital Affiliations

  • Vail Valley Medical Center
  • Vail Valley Surgery Center
  • Summit Medical Center


  • 31 Peer Review Research Articles
  • 15 Orthopaedic Book Chapters
  • 14 Surgical Technique Videos for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


  • Head Team Physician for the United States Women’s Alpine Ski Team
  • Chief of Surgery and Medical Director, Vail Valley Surgery Center, 2001-2009
  • Chief of Surgery, Vail Valley Medical Center, 2001-2009
  • Chief of Staff, Vail Valley Medical Center, 1999-2001
  • Athletic Training Fellowship Director and Founder, The Steadman Clinic, Vail
  • US Olympic Committee Team Physician: 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics
  • Medical Director, Eagle County School District, 1997-2011 
  • Ski Club Vail Leadership Council

Successful Surgery for Lindsey Vonn

VAIL, CO (Feb. 10) – Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn (Vail, CO) underwent successful surgery Sunday and is resting comfortably. According to U.S....

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Dr. Bill Sterett operates on Olympic Champion Lindsey Vonn

Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn underwent successful surgery Sunday and is resting comfortably. According to U.S. Women’s Alpine Ski Team Head...

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Vail-Summit Orthopaedics’ Doctors Featured on Becker’

All of our doctors were recently featured in Becker’s “Orthopedic Specialist to Know” section. 

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COMMUNITY TALK: Women and Sports Injuries

Vail Valley Medical Center presents a talk on Women & Sports Injuries.

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VSO in the News

To remove or not to remove the hardware after othopaedic surgery? Summit Daily News reporter Phil Lindeman talks with Dr. Bill Sterett and Dr....

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Dr. Sterett patient featured on CNN

Dr. Bill Sterett recently performed a meniscectomy and chondroplasty for joint preservation on former Navy Seal Larry Metzler, who is now an...

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“I was treated very well, they advised me of the options for my treatment. They explained my surgery and what to expect after. From the time of my first apt. I felt the positivity of the staff and Dr. and assistants. All questions were answered until I understood. I have never felt rushed or like a question I asked was stupid. Thank you.”
– Candace B.
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