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Gareth Hammond, MD

Board Certified Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

Dr. Gareth Hammond is a Board-Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with fellowship training in sports medicine, shoulder, and knee surgery. In addition to being board certified in orthopedic surgery, he is also sub-specialty board-certified in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He specializes in athletic injuries and arthritis, with a particular interest in Shoulder, Knee, Hip, and Elbow injuries and diseases. He is trained in both arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery techniques.

His areas of expertise includes:

  • Specialist in the minimally Invasive, arthroscopic treatments of injuries to the shoulder, knee, elbow, and hip
  • Specialist in shoulder surgery including complex shoulder instability, complex rotator cuff injuries, and shoulder replacement/resurfacing surgery
  • Specialist in MAKO ROBOTIC assisted as well as computer assisted reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder
  • Specialist in cartilage preservation, offering surgical and non-surgical options

Dr. Hammond received his medical degree from the Georgia Health Sciences University in Augusta, Georgia and completed his five year orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California, Irvine. After residency, he was selected to perform an additional year of sports medicine surgical training as a fellow at the University of Southern California. Here, he served as team physician working closely with other physicians, athletic trainers, and surgeons caring for the University of Southern California Trojans. He also provided care for other collegiate events such as the the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament and NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Prior to joining Animas Orthopedic Associates, Dr. Hammond was in private practice serving the Long Beach, Los Alamitos, and Seal Beach communities in southern California for four years. He enjoyed caring for athletes in southern California as team physician for the California State University Long Beach Athletic Department and the Long Beach Armada Baseball Team.

Having a mechanical engineering background, I was drawn to orthopedic surgery while in medical school. I had been impressed with 3-D computer modeling and robotics while studying engineering and am pleased to see its current application in the operating room to improve surgical techniques. Helping usher the latest technology into the area with my partners and Animas Surgical Hospital has been very rewarding and I look forward to continuing to provide quality, advanced care to our patients. Making the move to the four corners has been a welcome change. My wife and I were drawn to the area for its natural beauty, four season outdoor activities, and the sense of community within Durango. I am thankful that our family has been able to call Durango home. ”

Since joining Animas Orthopedic Associates in 2012, he has served as chief medical officer of Animas Surgical Hospital, and currently is a member of the board of directors for Animas Surgical Hospital. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife and three boys.

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Professional Work History

  • Animas Orthopedic Associates and Sports Medicine Private Practice, January 2012 to present | Durango Colorado
  • Greater Long Beach Orthopaedic Medical and Surgical Group Private Practice, September 2007 to December 2011 | Long Beach & Los Alamitos California


  • Sports Medicine and Upper Extremity
    Reconstruction Fellowship

    University of Southern California
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Los Angeles, California

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

    University of California, Irvine
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    Orange, California

  • MedicalSchool

    Georgia Health Sciences University
    Augusta, Georgia

  • Graduate Education

    Georgia Institute of Technology
    Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Highest Honors
    Minors in German and Bioengineering
    Atlanta, Georgia

  • Licensure

    Colorado Medical License
    California Medical License
    DEA Registration Number
    California X-Ray & Fluoroscopy
    Qualified Medical Examiner, California 2010

  • Certification

    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Subspecialty in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, 2016
    Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2011 American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diplomate 2009
    National Board of Medical Examiners, Diplomate 2001

Honors and Awards

  • California Orthopaedic Association OREF Resident Award, 2005
  • Long Beach Veteran’s Administration Medical Center, Best Surgical Intern, 2002
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Carlson Memorial Award, 1996
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Robot Design Contest, 1995
  • Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, 1994
  • Pi Tau Sigma National Mechanical Engineering Honor Society, 1994
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Dean’s Scholarship, 1992 - 1996
  • Georgia Governor’s Scholarship, 1992 - 1996

Past Work Experience

  • Georgia Institute of Technology Center for Human Movement Studies,
    Research Assistant, Atlanta, Georgia, 1995-1997
  • American Medical Response, Emergency Medical Technician-Intermediate
    Atlanta, Georgia, 1996-1997
  • Custom Composite Materials Incorporated, Materials Engineering Internship
    Kennesaw, Georgia, 1995
  • Georgia Institute of Technology Satellite Ground Station Restoration, Mechanic
    Woodbury, Georgia, 1995-1996

Academic and Community Activities

  • Board member Animas Surgical Hospital 2018 - present
  • Associate Team Physician Durango High School, Durango CO 2016
  • Chief Medical Officer Animas Surgical Hospital 2014
  • Team Physician St. Anthony High School, Long Beach 2010 to 2012
  • Team Physician California State University, Long Beach 2008 to 2012
  • Team Physician Long Beach Armada Baseball Team, 2008-2009
  • Team Physician University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 2006-2007
  • Team Physician East Los Angeles Community College, Los Angeles, 2006-2007
  • AOA Resident Leadership Forum, 2005
  • On-Field Physician, Orange County High School Football, 2004
  • Anatomy Laboratory Tutor, UCI School of Medicine, 2004
  • Reviewer, Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery & Journal of Biomechanics, 2003
  • Research Committee, UCI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2003
  • Pre-participation Physical Exams, UCI Collegiate Sports, 2003
  • Clinical Mentor, Medical College of Georgia, 1999 - 2000
  • Neonatal ICU Research Volunteer, Univ. of Miami School of Medicine, 1998
  • Surgery Unit Volunteer, Mario C. Rivas Hospital, Honduras, 1998
  • Elementary School Tutorial Program, Atlanta Techwood Housing Project, 1994 - 1995

Society Memberships


  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Fellow, 2001 - present
  • California Orthopaedic Association Member, 2001 - present
  • Western Orthopaedic Association Member, 2001 - present
  • Biomedical Engineering Society Member, 1994 - 1998
  • American Society of Mechanical Engineers Member, 1994 - 1997
  • Georgia Tech Chapter President, 1995 - 1996

Professional and Community Presentations

  • Shoulder Pain: Arthroscopy to Arthroplasty
    Sept 2016| Durango, CO
  • Diagnosis and Management of Common Shoulder Problems
    March 2015| Durango, CO
  • Advances in Total Hip, Knee, and Shoulder Replacement
    Saint Mary Medical Center, May 2011| Long Beach, CA
  • Synthes Orthopedic Bioskills Workshop, Invited Lecturer
    Saint Mary Medical Center, Oct 2010 | Long Beach, CA
  • Arthritis Foundation Presentation: Modern Joint Reconstruction
    July 2010 | Los Alamitos, CA
  • Premier Lunch and Learn: Advances in Knee and Hip Replacement
    May 2010 | Los Alamitos, CA
  • Advances in Orthopedic Technology for Primary Care Physicians
    November 2009 | Los Alamitos, CA
  • Arthrosurface Technical Skills Cadaver Lab, Invited Instructor
    November 2007 | Vista, CA

Scientific Presentations

  • Comparison of Humeral Head Resurfacing and Hemiarthroplasty for Functional Glenohumeral Positions
    Hammond GW, Lee TQ
    AAOS Annual Meeting Poster Presentation, 2009 | Las Vegas, NV
  • Biomechanical Comparison of Anatomic Humeral Head Resurfacing versus Hemiarthroplasty for Functional Glenohumeral Positions
    Hammond GW, Lee TQ
    54th Orthopedic Research Society Poster Presentation, 2008 | San Francisco, CA
  • Sphere fitting algorithm: Accuracy, repeatability, and its application to human shoulder
    Bong JJ, Hammond GW
    BMES Annual Meeting, 2007 | Los Angeles, CA
  • Indications and Technique for Humeral Resurfacing
    Tibone JE, Hammond GW
    San Diego Shoulder Meeting, 2007 | La Jolla, CA
  • Transfusion in Primary Hip Arthroplasty With Perioperative Cell Salvage and Autologous Donation
    Skinner HB, Hammond GW
    38th Annual Closed Meeting of The Hip Society, 2007 | Iowa City, IA
  • Transfusion in Primary Hip Arthroplasty With Perioperative Cell Salvage and Autologous Donation
    Hammond, GW; Skinner HB
    28th Annual Graduate Research Forum, 2006 | Orange, California
  • Hybrid Fixation Improves Structural Properties of a Soft Tissue Graft Construct Used For ACL Reconstruction
    Hammond, GW; Armstrong KL
    OREF Award, California Orthopaedic Association, 2005 | Indian Wells, CA
  • Recurrent Dislocation in Total Hip Arthroplasty
    Hammond, GW
    26th Annual Graduate Research Forum, 2004 | Orange, California
  • Distal Upper Extremity Ischemia: Clinical Outcome after Digit Amputation
    Hammond, GW; Wray, RC
    Medical College of Georgia, 2001 | Augusta, Georgia

Peer Reviewed Articles

    • Hammond, G.W.; Tibone J.E.; McGarry M.H.; Jun B.J.; Lee T.Q., Biomechanical Comparison of Anatomic Humeral Head Resurfacing versus Hemiarthroplasty for Functional Glenohumeral Positions. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 2012 94: p. 68-76
    • Hammond, G.W., Gu, M., Tehranzadeh, J., Hoang, B.H., Periprosthetic soft tissue recurrence of chondroblastoma after attempted en bloc excision from the proximal humerus. Skeletal Radiology, 2006 35(1): p. 53-57.
    • Hammond, G.W.; Armstrong, K.L.; McGarry, M.H.; Lee, T.Q., Hybrid Fixation Improves Structural Properties of a Free Tendon Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Arthroscopy, 2006 22(7): p. 781-6.

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  • Animas Orthopedic Associates
  • Animas Surgical Hospital
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons