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Meet Julie A. Switzer, MD
I've had a love of science since I was a child. I grew up believing I would someday be a physician and that belief never wavered. I became an orthopaedic surgeon because I love the focus of surgery and find it especially gratifying to be able to restore function and comfort to my patients.
My special focus is fracture treatment of the elderly. I am the Director of Geriatric Trauma at Regions Hospital and have developed a Master's Program designed to provide both operative and non-operative treatment. The program is designed to help patients improve their bone health and balance to prevent falls and additional fractures. Our Mobile Outreach program provides on-site orthopaedic and musculoskeletal care at nursing facilities. Geriatric nurse practitioners, utilizing mobile x-ray technology, treat orthopaedic concerns where these patients live. This has been an important program as it's often a hardship for elderly patients in community living to travel to a clinic.
In addition to geriatric trauma and caring for the frail elderly, my special interests include shoulder injuries, arthritis, and general trauma at any age. I enjoy working with patients of all ages and would like them to know that I will treat them the way I'd like one of my family members to be treated. I take my time when meeting with patients and their families, and I do my best to clearly explain things and listen to their concerns.
I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and daughter. We like to run, cook, read and walk our dogs.
I am board certified in orthopaedic surgery. I serve on the board of the International Geriatric Fracture Society (IGFS) and am one of their founding members. In addition, I am a member of the following professional associations:
* Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Society (RJOS)
* Minnesota Orthopaedic Society (MOS)
* National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF)
* The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR)
* American Orthopaedic Association (AOA)
* Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA)
* Fragility Fracture Network (FFN)
My background and qualifications
Stanford University 1994
TrainingInternship in Surgery
University of Washington 1995
Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
University of Washington 1999
Fellowship in Sports Medicine
Vail Valley Medical Center 2000
CertificationsAm Bd of Orthopaedic Surgery
Where Julie A. Switzer, MD practices
Specialty Orthopedic Surgery
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