UNDERGRADUATE EDUCATION University of California at San Diego, Major - Biochemistry
MEDICAL SCHOOL University of California at Davis
ORTHOPEDIC RESIDENCY University of California at Davis
FELLOWSHIP Knee and Shoulder Sports Medicine, Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colorado  1993-94
AO Trauma and Reconstruction Fellowship, Bern Switzerland and Hannover Germany 1994
PRACTICE Partner, Steadman-Hawkins Clinic | 1994-2011
Vail Summit Orthopaedics | 2011-Present
BOARD CERTIFICATION American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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Dr. Bill Sterett Biography

Dr. Sterett has 20 years of experience taking care of complex athletic injuries, returning athletes to their chosen sport and continuing on the cutting edge of sports medicine as this field evolves.  That now includes the use of growth factors, ultrasounds guided diagnostics and injections.

Dr. Sterett is from Santa Rosa, California, in the Sonoma County Wine Country.  He completed his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at the University of California at San Diego, where he played intercollegiate golf.  He then moved to Lake Tahoe, California.  After two years on the Professional Ski Patrol at Squaw Valley, CA, he entered Medical School at the University of California at Davis, where he attended on a full academic scholarship from the University of California Regents, while staying on as a National Ski Patrolman at Squaw Valley for three more years. Dr. Sterett then completed a five-year Orthopaedic Residency at UC Davis.

Dr Sterett was the first partner added at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado where he functioned as a Managing Partner for many years 

From California, Dr. Sterett was accepted to the prestigious Steadman Hawkins Sports Medicine Fellowship in Vail, Colorado.  At the completion of his training, he was asked to stay on as a partner with Drs. Steadman and Hawkins.  Prior to beginning his Vail practice, he traveled to Europe to train in orthopaedic traumatology, sports medicine and joint preservation, providing him with the opportunity to bring techniques back to this country in a very unique circumstance.  Dr. Sterett stayed at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic for 18 years as Managing Partner, before leaving to join the group at Vail Summit Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine in 2011.

Dr. Sterett’s practice focuses on Knee and Shoulder Sports Medicine and athletic injuries, with particular emphasis on ACL reconstruction, revision ACL reconstruction, and joint preservation through cartilage and reconstruction techniques. His practice is divided into Clinical care, aimed at returning active people to their chosen lifestyle, Research, Education and Community Service.


Dr. Sterett is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, and is one of the few physicians who have earned a Certificate of Added Qualification in Sports Medicine.

Dr. Sterett has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and has lectured regionally, nationally and internationally on hundreds of occasions over the past twenty years.  He currently holds patents on orthopedic devices involved in Joint Preservation and works as a consultant to Arthrex and Biomet sports medicine companies.

Athletic Training Fellowship Program

Dr. Sterett started the Athletic Training Fellowship Program in Vail, Colorado, and served as its Fellowship Director for 15 years.  Additionally, he has served as the Medical Director for the Eagle County School District for 14 years, making daily return-to-play decisions and treating local student athletes.  Currently, he serves as the Medical Director for the Vail Valley Surgery Centers and has for the past 12 years.

Dr Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women's Ski Team

Finally, Dr. Sterett is the Head Team Physician for the US Women’s Alpine Ski Team and has been since 1997, with athletes over the years such as Picabo Street, Kristina Koznick, Caroline LaLive, Lindsey Vonn, Julia Mancuso and Mikaela Shiffrin.  He has served as a US Olympic Committee Team Physician for the past four Winter Olympic Games, with the US Olympic Committee entrusting the care of their athletes to Dr. Sterett in Salt Lake City, Torino, Vancouver and Sochi.

Dr. Sterett is most proud of having raised his two sons, Stefan and William, as a single parent.

Professional Leadership:
  • US Women's Ski Team Head Physcian 
  • Managing Parnter at Steadman-Hawkins Clinic
  • Fellowship Director and founder of the Steadman-Hawkins Athletic Trainer's Program
  • President of the Medical Staff of VVMC
  • Medical Director of our Eagle County School District
  • Chief of Surgery at VVMC
  • One of  the founding Board of Directors of Vail Valley Surgery Centers, currently the Medical Director of Vail Valley Surgery Center
  • Board of Directors and Scientific Advisory Committee of the Steadman-Hawkins Research Foundation until leaving TSC in 2011

Procedures Dr. Sterett Performs

  • ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Surgery
  • Articular Cartilage Repair
  • Elbow Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Hip Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Patella Tendon Repair
  • PRP—Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
  • Quadriceps Tendon Repair
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Fracture & Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injections
  • Ultrasound Guided Injections & Diagnosis
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Conditions Dr. Sterett Treats

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Injuries
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arm Fracture (incl. Elbow and Shoulder)
  • Bursitis
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate Dihydrate Deposition Disease (CPPD)
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Knee Dislocation (incl. Meniscal Tear)
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Lateral & Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis & Golf Elbow)
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) Tear
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Low Back Pain
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprains and Tears
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Tear
  • Meniscus Injuries
  • Meniscus Tear
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Patella Dislocations
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

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