The Best Care

The best care comes from marrying excellence in surgery, training, and innovation. Whether we are talking about acute or chronic conditions, our team is about providing unsurpassed care. We are the most respected team for training surgeons in Arizona, and our innovations group has far advanced orthopaedic care. We aim to transform the science of orthopedics, and deliver at the leading edge of medicine, education and research. No case is too simple or too complex for us. We love what we do.  

Patient Care Education Research

Dr. John C. Elfar

A Message from the Department Chair

Orthopedics is about hope. We give patients hope for a better world, and that same hope inspires us to deliver the best care. We are committed to leading the most advanced research and to teaching the most skilled, thoughtful, innovative and empathetic orthopedic physicians for the future. Our goal is to restore ability from pain and injury and to help people live their best possible lives.

John Elfar, MD


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Patient Care

As the only orthopedic team in Tucson whose doctors are also leading researchers and educators, we offer the most thoughtful, advanced, evidence-based non-surgical and surgical orthopedic care in Southern Arizona. 

Our patients range from everyday adults and kids to competitive athletes, including pro, college and high school sports teams.

Residents in the University of Arizona Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Residency Program

Established in 1973, the UArizona Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program today has 100+ alumni.

Our 5-year program accepts 4 applicants per year and is built on rotations of 2 - 3 months, giving residents continuity of patient care and time to build meaningful relationships with their physician mentors.

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Building on the pioneering work of Robert Volz, Donald Speer and John Szivek, our research today encompasses biomaterials, biomechanics, hand and wrist, sports medicine, foot and ankle and anatomic studies. 

Our Department maintains 4 research labs, and much of our work is done in partnership with the University of Arizona Arthritis Center.

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Let's get you back in the game.

Our athletic trainers and sports medicine doctors and PA's are specially trained in care for athletes of any level, from weekend rollerbladers to pro competitors. With 3 convenient clinics and cutting-edge treatments like platelet-rich plasma (PRP) therapy for faster healing, make us your first call when pain or limited range of motion are getting in your way.

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