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Simon Gortz, M.D. Joins CORE Institute

Elizabeth Hofheinz, M.P.H., M.Ed. • Tue, January 3rd, 2017

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Simon Görtz, M.D.

Simon Görtz, M.D., an orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, has joined the CORE Institute in Arizona. He specializes in reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, with a focus on cartilage restoration and joint preservation. Dr. Görtz will be leading the academic sports medicine program with The CORE Institute and Banner Health.

Before joining The CORE Institute, says the December 27, 2016 news release, “Dr. Görtz served as a team physician for the Saint Louis Rams, Saint Louis Blues, and Washington University Bears. Prior to that, while in San Diego, he cared for the UCSD Tritons and the San Diego Sea Lions (WPSL), and also provided coverage for LaDainian Tomlinson’s Camp L.T., the Eric Chavez Baseball Academy, and the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation.”

“Dr. Görtz has earned numerous awards and accolades for his work, most recently winning the prestigious AAOS [American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons] Kappa Delta Award in 2015 for his collaboration with Drs. William Bugbee, David Amiel, and Robert Sah. During his orthopedic residency, he served as the Chief Resident in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and was recognized numerous times including the Thornburg Medical Foundation/Scripps Chairman’s Award for Research in Surgery, and the California Orthopedic Association-J. Harold LaBriola Resident Award. In 2008, he was awarded the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) Lars Peterson Traveling Fellowship.”

“Dr. Görtz completed a sports medicine fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Dr. Görtz completed orthopedic surgery residency and post-graduate research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego. Dr. Görtz earned his medical degree from Julius Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany, and obtained his bachelor’s degree from Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany.”

Dr. Görtz told OTW, “The Banner CORE Center for Orthopedics combines the resources of a large academic medical center and the core competence of one of the most progressive, innovative musculoskeletal groups in the country. This synergistic relationship, between The CORE Institute and Banner Health, allows us to deliver transformational, best-in-class orthopedic care and complex sports medicine solutions to a large patient demographic that has significant and increasing demand for these services, and conduct cutting edge translational research in collaboration with the University of Arizona.”

“The big move forward, of course, will be the opening of the new Banner CORE Orthopedic Sports Institute—a comprehensive, state-of-the-art facility on the University Medical Center campus in downtown Phoenix. This will be a one-stop-shop destination providing integrative orthopedic care, rehabilitation services, and advanced imaging capabilities, with a sub-specialty focus on articular cartilage restoration and joint preservation. I am also excited to participate in the education of our orthopedic surgery residents, starting our sports medicine fellowship, and providing sports medicine coverage to our service population in the greater Phoenix area.”

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