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Emeritus Physicians

Having worked intensely with athletic related injuries for over 30 years, our Emeritus physicians possess a wealth of knowledge and count as some of the world’s most experienced physicians in the field of sports medicine and orthopaedic surgery.


As trusted advisors, mentors and friends, our Emeritus Doctors continue to enrich our mountain communities. We take this opportunity to thank them for their service and honor their achievements.

Meet Our Emeritus Physicians

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Dr. Peter Janes

After years of dedicated service as one of the original founders of VSO, Dr. Janes retired in July of 2019. We will always strive to uphold the patient-focused values that Dr. Janes imbued our organization with.

The following message from Dr. Janes sums up the values which were the foundation for his incredible career:


"My primary responsibility is to my patients, whom I cared for with kindness, understanding, dignity, and respect, no matter if they were men, women, or children, of whatever race, creed, color, or financial circumstance.

Medical ethics and professionalism are my responsibility, not my obligation. These ideals are something that I wish to nurture and maintain, not to which I am compelled to obey the law or peer pressure. Ethical principles of practice will demand a higher standard than by law, which requires only the minimum. I will not let medical ethics and my own professionalism become abstractions."

We will miss you, Dr. Janes!

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Dr. Paul Abbott

As one of the original “Fab Four” at Vail Summit Orthopaedics, Dr Abbott officially retired in May 2015.  Looking forward to spending more time with his wife Jan and their grown children, Dr. Abbot lead in the orthopedics field specializing in shoulders for over 30 years of which  22 years were with Vail Summit Orthopaedics.

We would like to recognize and thank Dr. Paul Abbott for his years of dedication and service to the practice. Dr. Abbott has specialized in Sports Medicine since 1986, joining Vail-Summit Orthopaedics in 1993.


Dr. Abbott was the only physician in Summit and Eagle counties who devoted his elective practice exclusively to the treatment of shoulder problems. He was often able to prevent surgery with judicious use of medicines, physical therapy, and alternative medicine. In fact, only 10% of Dr. Abbott’s patients required surgery. 

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Dr. John E. Gottlieb

After 32 years of serving one of the most active sports populations in the country, Dr. Gottlieb retired in 2011 with the goal of beating his personal best golf score of 73 and his 8 handicap. He also enjoys hiking and trekking in the backwoods.

You would be hard pressed to find an orthopedic surgeon in sports medicine with more experience in knee injuries than Dr. John Gottlieb. He was the first orthopedic surgeon in Vail and Summit County when he founded the Vail office of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics in 1979.

His reputation as one of the most active and innovative knee surgeons in the country remains intact. He has performed more ACL reconstructions than most orthopedic surgeons in the world.


Nonetheless, Dr. Gottlieb's approach was anything but routine. His practice was guided by the belief that each patient is unique, and would spend ample time reviewing the patient's case history before every exam and procedure.

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Dr. Lonnie Chipman

After 28 years with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Dr. Lonnie Chipman retired in 2009. He joined the practice in 1981, soon after it was founded by his partner, Dr. John Gottlieb.


Dr. Chipman specialized in all types of trauma cases with an emphasis on knee, foot and ankle, but he especially enjoyed the challenge of addressing more complex injuries.

Dr. Chipman completed his residency in 1978 at Temple University Hospital before receiving both his medical degree and undergraduate degree from the University of Utah.  

He is an avid cyclist and is enjoying retirement with his wife and Rhodesian Ridgeback dog named Copper.

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