Orthopedic Surgeon Definition

An orthopedic surgeon is either a Medical Doctor or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine who has completed a five-year residency focused on the surgical treatment of musculoskeletal conditions.

An orthopedic surgeon is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of spinal disorders, arthritis, sports injuries, trauma, and fractures. An orthopedic surgeon may complete additional training with a Spine Fellowship and specialize in spine surgery.