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Marc J. Philippon, M.D.

Dr. Marc J. Philippon is a partner at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic and is one of the world’s leading orthopaedic hip surgeons. Dr. Philippon joined Steadman Hawkins in 2005 after a successful time period at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he served as Director of sports related hip disorders and was also Director of the UPMC Golf Medicine Program. Previously, he was chief of orthopaedic surgery at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Dr. Philippon is internationally known for performing joint preservation techniques utilizing arthroscopic hip surgery to treat painful joint injury in high-level athletes who constantly use powerful hip rotation, such as golfers, NFL players and NHL players, making themselves prone to acute and chronic injuries of the hip joint. He has published numerous scientific articles in sports medicine and orthopaedic journals and is a frequently invited presenter at international sports medicine and orthopaedic meetings.

Dr. Philippon earned his medical degree with an academic scholarship from McMaster University Medical School in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada in 1990, and completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in 1995.

Dr. Philippon is a consultant to NHL, NFL, NBA, and MLB professional teams and has treated numerous PGA golfers. He is also a consultant to the NHL Players Association. Some of the professional athletes he has treated include golfers Greg Norman and Peter Jacobsen, hockey player Mario Lemieux, professional football player Priest Holmes, and baseball player Louis Castillo.

Dr. Philippon is an Active Member with the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He is also a Fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Master Instructor with the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Masters Experience Hip Course, and a Member of the Herodicus Society.

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Dr. Philippon brings pioneering procedure to Vail’s Steadman-Hawkins Clinic

Leslie (Les) Matthews, M.D.

Dr. Matthews is Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Union Memorial Hospital and Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins. He specializes in arthroscopic surgery, reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. Dr. Matthews is board certified in orthopedic surgery. He is also a past president of the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

A graduate of The Johns Hopkins University and Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Matthews completed his residencies in general surgery and orthopaedic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital and his sports medicine fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. He has been in practice for over 27 years.

An All-American Lacrosse player at Johns Hopkins, Dr. Matthews is a member of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame and was chief physician to Team America, the U.S. national lacrosse team for 20 years before resigning from the position. He is part of the official medical team of the Baltimore Ravens.

Sanford Kunkel, M.D.

Dr. Kunkel graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University in 1978. He graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine in 1982.

Dr. Kunkel completed a categorical year in orthopaedic surgery at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1983. He completed his residency at Blodgett Memorial Medical Center in Grand Rapids in 1987. He completed fellowships in Sports Medicine at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1987 and Shoulder Surgery at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario in 1988.

Dr. Kunkel is a consultant for DePauw University Athletic Department and Brebeuf Preparatory School. He has made many presentations to professional groups and published numerous articles in medical journals.

Dr. Kunkel is Clinical Lecturer at Indiana University School of Medicine. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the National Basketball Association Team Physician Society, and other medical organizations. He served as the team physician for the Indiana Pacers from 1988 – 2006 and the Indiana Fever from 2004-2006. Dr. Kunkel also served as the president of the NBA Team Physicians Society.