Meet Sports Physician Dr. Tom Hackett

Orignal Post by: The Ski Channel on March 2, 2011

If you play sports or have an athletic nature, chances are you’ve had problems with a shoulder, knee or elbow.   These injuries are never any fun and require immediate attention.  I would like to introduce to you one of the best physicians in the business.  He has performed his magic on world class athletes, Olympians, served professional sports organizations and even works with our beloved US Ski and Snowboard teams.

Dr. Tom Hackett is an orthopaedic surgeon whose practice focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of elbow, shoulder and knee disorders. He is a specialist in the arthroscopic treatment of sports injuries and trained directly under Dr. Frank Jobe, the founder of the “Tommy John” procedure and one of the pioneers in shoulder and elbow surgery for “overhead” athletes. Dr. Hackett also has completed additional training in the management of fractures and musculoskeletal trauma at Harbourview hospital in Seattle.

Recently, Dr. Hackett successfully operated on  X Games Gold medalist Nick Baumgartner’s broken collarbone just 10 days before the event.  He had to have help removing his jersey but was incredibly able to compete in the Snowboardcross event and win!

He also performed successful surgery on World Cup and X Games superstar skier cross racer Chris Del Bosco.  After surgery last May to repair a partially torn patella tendon, he felt far better than he thought he would to start this years World Cup circuit.  With no swelling and inflammation this season he has been able to win a World Cup race and take the silver medal in Skier X.

Dr. Hackett is a former collegiate athlete who received a degree in anthropology from The Colorado College and has worked both locally and internationally as an archaeologist, mountaineer, guide, and ski patrolman. After developing extensive, hands-on experience in wilderness medicine and rescue he went on to formally study medicine; initially at the University of Wyoming and subsequently at Creighton University, where he received his medical degree.

Dr. Hackett then went on to complete a general surgery internship and orthopaedic surgery residency at Boston’s prestigious New England Medical Center at Tufts University. He completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles, where he specialized in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. While in Los Angeles he served as an assistant team physician to the LA Lakers, Sparks, Dodgers, Kings, Ducks and Galaxy professional sports teams. He continues to assist with the medical management of the LA Dodgers, the Colorado Rockies, and is a team physician for the US Snowboard Team. Dr. Hackett is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Dr. Hackett has conducted research in surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee, and has published articles in peer reviewed medical journals. He is the author of several book chapters and has presented his research at national and international meetings.

Here are some of his noteworthy appointments:

Physician/Surgeon – Steadman Clinic, Vail, Colorado
Head Team Physician United States Snowboard Team
US Ski Team Physician – 2010/Vancouver
US Olympic Ski and Snowboard Team Physician 2010/Vancouver
Assistant Team Physician Colorado Rockies
Head Team Physician United States Snowboard Team
Medical Director American Mountain Guides Association
Team Physician United States Rafting Team
Medical Director Boulder Outdoor Survival School
Medical Advisor Mountain Dew Tour
Clinical Instructor in Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine