Dr. Tom Hackett is an Orthopaedic Surgeon whose practice focuses on the surgical and non-surgical treatment of knee, shoulder and elbow 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 in overhead athletes. Dr. Hackett also has completed additional training in the management of musculoskeletal trauma and fracture management at Harbourview hospital in Seattle.
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 a MD.
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 knee, 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.
Currently he serves as the head team physician for the US Snowboard Team as well as a team physician for the US Ski Team. He is an assistant physician to the Colorado Rockies Major league baseball team and is the medical director for the American Mountain Guides Association.
Dr. Hackett is a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthoapedic Surgeons. He is an active member of the American Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the Wilderness Medical Society.
He has conducted research in surgery of the shoulder, elbow and knee and has published articles in peer reviewed medical journals, written several book chapters and
continues to present his research at national and international meetings.