Dr. Erik Dorf

Shoulder, Hand, Elbow, Wrist, Knee & Orthopaedic Trauma

Shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands represent some of the body's most difficult surgical environments. Packed with tiny nerves, blood vessels, and complicated anatomy, upper extremity surgeons have to be comfortable working with delicate tissues that most orthopaedists would rather avoid. But Dr. Dorf has never shied away from a challenge.

MEET DR. ERIK DORF

Shoulders, elbows, wrists, and hands represent some of the body's most difficult surgical environments. Packed with tiny nerves, blood vessels, and complicated anatomy, upper extremity surgeons have to be comfortable working with delicate tissues that most orthopaedists would rather avoid. But Dr. Dorf has never shied away from a challenge.

 

After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia, Dr. Dorf completed his hand and upper extremity fellowship with the renowned president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, Dr. Andrew Koman, at Wake Forest University, Baptist Medical Center. During this single year of additional training, Dr. Dorf performed over 1,000 upper extremity surgical procedures.

 

Being able to relate well with people from all walks of life is an important skill for surgeons, but for Dr. Dorf, it has been a driving force. He places a high priority on getting to know his patients as people, how they live, what's important to them, and what support systems will be available to them during rehabilitation. Dr. Dorf credits his extensive fellowship training with his ability to remain calm and be creative even in the most stressful situations.

 

In addition to being team physician for Summit High School and Team Summit, Dr. Dorf is also an active member of the US Ski & Snowboard Physician Pool, and enjoys the challenges associated with the care of high level athletes. "From my perspective, every one of my patients deserves the highest level of care. We all live here because we enjoy our hobbies, athletics, and outdoor activities. My goal is to get my patients back to the level of performance they achieved before their injury."

 

Dr. Dorf is board-certified with the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. Born and raised in Eagle County, Dr. Dorf has 5 years of post graduate experience with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics since completing his residency in 2008. Dr. Dorf was a cyclist, skier, and hockey player before becoming an orthopaedic surgeon and he still enjoys these activities, in addition to spending time with his wife and two children. 

 

 

Education

  •  Bachelor of Arts in Sociology: Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT

  •  Pre-Medical Education: University of Colorado Boulder, Boulder, CO

  •  Doctor of Medicine: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, CO

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA

  • Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery Fellowship: Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC

Certification

  • Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

  • Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Surgery of the Hand

Professional Affiliations

  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

  • Hawkins Shoulder Society

  • AO Alumni Association

Team Affiliations

  • ​​US Ski Team

  • Team Summit: Medical Director

Journal Publications

​​• Schoderbek RJ, Battaglia TC, Dorf ER, Kahler DM. Traumatic hemipelvectomy: case report and literature review. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2005 Jun; 125(5): 358-62.

•  Dorf E, Belzile E, Foster W. Chondrosarcoma Adjacent to Total Knee Arthroplasty Presenting as Osteolysis. The Journal of Arthroplasty. Accepted, in revision.

•Dorf E, Kuntz A, Kelsey J, Holstege CP. Lidocaine-induced altered mental status and seizure following hematoma block. J Emerg Me. J Emerg Med. 2006 Oct; 31(3): 251-3.

• Pannunzio M, MD , Dorf E MD, Chhabra AB, MD, Multiple Ganglion Cyst Formation on a Flexor Tendon After Surgical Release of a Trigger Finger: A Case Report. Am J Orthop. 2006 May; 35(5): 237-9.

• Dorf E MD, Chhabra AB MD A, McGinty J MD, Golish R MD, PhD, Pannunzio M MD, The Effect of Elbow Position on Grip Strength in the Evaluation of Lateral Epicondylitis. Journal of Hand Surg 2007; 32A: 882--886.

•University of Virginia, Department of Orthpaedics Intern Core Curriculum: An introduction to basic orthopedic principles through a selective literature review. Conceived and edited by Dorf E MD. Approved by faculty and incorporated into resident educational curriculum June 

Recognition

​​• 2015: Highest Patient Satisfaction Score, Summit Medical Center

•2015: 2nd Place Age 40-50 Leadvill e 100 Mountain Bike Race

•2014: Subspecialty Certificate for Surgery of the Hand

•2013: 4th Place Age 40-50 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race

• 2013: 1st Place Grand Fondo Division Mount Evans Hill Climb Bike Race

•2004-2008: Numerous Journal Publications, Book Chapters and Invited Articles

•2005: 4th Annual AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Award

•2004: UVA Award for Highest Orthopedic In-Training Exam Score

•2003: Junior Resident of the Year, University of Virginia, Department of Orthopedics

•2000: Award for Academic Excellence during second year medical school

•1998: First Place: World Alpine Synchro Ski Championships

• 1994: Community Service Award for work with Building With 

Appointments

  • Team Physician, US Ski Team

  • Medical Advisory Committee, Peak One Surgery Center

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Western University   

  • Visiting Assistant Professor, University of Virginia     

  • Peer Review Committee, Summit Medical Center