Dr. Thomas Hackett
Fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopaedic surgeon
A leader in complex knee, shoulder, and elbow surgeries, Dr. Hackett provides world-class care to his patients. Dr. Hackett gets patients returning to their activities efficiently and safely from recreational athletes to Olympic gold medalists. As both a surgeon and research scientist, he is constantly utilizing his resources to push the boundaries of medicine, figuring out newer and better ways to treat injuries and conditions to get his patients to a similar pre-injury performance level. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Hackett
History of academic excellence
Dr. Hackett is a former collegiate athlete who received a degree in anthropology from The Colorado College and has worked locally and internationally as an archaeologist, mountaineer, guide, and ski patrolman. After developing extensive, hands-on experience in wilderness medicine and rescue, he formally studied medicine, initially at the University of Wyoming and subsequently at Creighton University, where he received his medical degree.
- Practice Emphasis: Complex shoulder, knee and elbow surgery; Sports medicine, trauma
- Clinic Locations: Vail, Frisco, Aspen
- Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine, Omaha, NE
- Residency: New England Medical Center at Tufts University, Boston, MA – Orthopaedic Surgery
- Fellowship: Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, Los Angeles, CA – Sport Medicine
- Board Certification: American Board Orthopaedic Surgery
Doctor to olympians and professional athletes
Dr. Hackett then completed 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, specializing in surgery of the shoulder and elbow. While in Los Angeles, Dr. Hackett 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 professional athletes participating in the MLB, NHL, NFL, and PGA tours 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 shoulder, elbow, and knee surgery 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.