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Meet Dr. Erik Dorf

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

Dr. Dorf is a Vail Local and participates in many of the same activities as his patients

Born and raised in the Vail Valley, Dr. Erik Dorf is thrilled to be serving our mountain community as one of Vail & Summit County's top orthopaedic surgeons. As an avid skier, hockey player, and cyclist himself, Dr. Dorf takes pride in collaborating with like-minded patients eager to get back to their activities.


A U.S. Ski Team Physician



As a team physician for the US Ski Team, Dr. Dorf understands how important your care and treatment plan are in helping you safely and quickly return to sports.


Whether you are a competitive or recreational athlete, enjoy summer or winter sports, reside here in Colorado or outside the state or country, Dr. Erik Dorf and his team look forward to offering you the best in evidence-based care to achieve your optimal outcome.


Supporting National and Local Athletes


Dr. Dorf is a U.S. Ski Team Physician and volunteers his time with local clubs like Team Summit and Team Breck.


Dr. Dorf is a team physician for the US Ski Team, he volunteers as the Medical Director for Team Summit Colorado, serves on the Board for the Vail Summit Foundation, and is an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia. He has a passion for education, and mentors students pursuing careers in the medical field.


Fun fact about Dr. Dorf: Between 1992 and 1995, he constructed schools in Nepal, Brazil and Malawi, Africa after founding the nonprofit Building With Books.


Dr. Dorf completed undergraduate studies at Middlebury College, and during this time, founded and directed Building with Books, a non-profit organization dedicated to constructing schools in underserved areas of the world.


He attended medical school at the University of Colorado and did his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Virginia. He then completed a hand and upper extremity fellowship at Wake Forest University. During his fellowship, he performed over 1,000 shoulder, elbow and hand procedures. 


Dr. Dorf enjoys spending free time with his wife and two children, traveling with the US Ski Team, and training for mountain bike and ski competitions.

Dr. Dorf joined Vail-Summit Orthopedics in 2008, and has since performed over 10,000 operative procedures.

We feel lucky to have Dr. Erik Dorf on the Vail-Summit Orthopaedics team. If you need world-class treatment, contact Team Dorf today.


Team Dorf is ready to get you back in the game