Faculty

The Division of Sports Medicine, within the Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation, includes five sports-medicine trained orthopedic surgeons, five primary care sports medicine specialists and four physician assistants. In addition, a PT-PhD and two ATC-PhD researchers, a sports medicine biostatistician and a dedicated study coordinator provide expertise in clinical and translational research within our division.
 
 
Geoffrey S. Baer, MD, PhD
Geoffrey S. Baer, MD, PhD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Geoffrey S. Baer, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is the director of the Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He is a graduate of Vanderbilt University Medical School and completed residency training at the University of Virginia Health Center and a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He is the co-head team physician for all of UW Athletics and is team physician for Badger Football, Men’s Soccer, Wrestling and the Spirit Squad. His special interests include sports medicine surgical procedures involving the knee and shoulder, including multi-ligament knee reconstruction and cartilage preservation.
John F. Orwin, MD,
John F. Orwin, MD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
John F. Orwin, MD, Professor, is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. He is the associate director of the Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School, completed residency training at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and a sports medicine fellowship at the Southern California Orthopedics Institute in Los Angeles. He is team for Badger Men’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Volleyball and both Men’s and Women’s Track, Cross Country, Swimming/Diving Crew, Tennis and Golf. He specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopic reconstructive surgery of the shoulder.
Tamara A. Scerpella, MD
Tamara A. Scerpella, MD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Tamara A. Scerpella, MD, Professor and Sports Medicine Division Chief, is board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in sports medicine. She graduated from the University of Iowa College of Medicine, completed residency training at the University of Wisconsin, and a Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery fellowship at Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore, MD. She specializes in arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery. She is team physician for Badger Women’s Ice Hockey and Softball. She holds the Ballantyne Endowed Professorship for Orthopedic Research and supervises a large research program predominantly focused on exercise and bone health. She is a long-standing research mentor for students and residents with a focus on bone research and sports medicine clinical outcomes.
Andrea M. Spiker, MD
Andrea M. Spiker, MD, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Andrea M. Spiker, MD, Assistant Professor, is dual fellowship trained in orthopaedic sports medicine and hip preservation. She graduated from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., and completed orthopaedic surgery residency at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She then completed two fellowships at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY – the first in Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery and the second in Hip Preservation, during which time she was a Fellow Team Physician for the New York Mets (MLB), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty (WNBA) and St. Johns University Women’s Soccer (Division 1). She is team physician for the UW Badger Women’s Basketball, Men’s and Women’s Soccer teams. Her clinical interests are in the non-operative and operative treatment of all sports and athletic injuries of the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee and ankle, with additional expertise in hip arthroscopy, surgical hip dislocation and periacetabular osteotomy.
Brian E. Walczak, DO
Brian E. Walczak, DO, Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
Brian E. Walczak, DO, Clinical Instructor, is fellowship trained in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and musculoskeletal oncology. He is a graduate of Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, completed residency training with McLaren-Macomb in Detroit, MI, completed a fellowship in orthopedic oncology with advanced reconstruction at the Mayo Clinic, and a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is team physician for UW Badger Men’s Hockey. His clinical focus is hip preservation, knee and shoulder arthroscopy, and cartilage restoration. He is an active laboratory researcher investigating biologic methods to treat osteoarthritis and optimizing stem cells for use in tissue regeneration.
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