Vail-Summit Orthopaedics hires new spine surgeon
Ryan Summerlin August 18, 2014
Dr. James Perry’s wrestling career almost ended with a torn meniscus.
After a successful surgery, the high school athlete recovered and competed in Division 1 college wrestling. The experience and his love of sports attracted him to orthopaedic medicine.
Perry, 34, recently joined the now nine-member team of physicians at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, with locations in Frisco, Vail and Edwards. A fellowship-trained orthopaedic spine surgeon, Perry will begin work officially on Monday, Aug. 25.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. Perry join our team,” said Chip Webb, CEO of the practice, in a news release. “We found his expertise working on complicated spine cases and firsthand knowledge of advanced spine care techniques extremely attractive.”
Perry is replacing Dr. Greg Poulter, who left the practice in June.
Perry grew up and attended medical school in Pennsylvania and completed his fellowship training at the University of Colorado. During his medical training, he was chosen as chief resident and he earned the prestigious Bob Green Award for obtaining the highest score on the orthopaedic certification examination in the nation in 2013.
Perry said his training included all kinds of spinal care — from trauma to pediatrics to tumors — and most of his experience lies in adult degenerative and deformity cases.
He is excited by new developments in spine care over the last five to 10 years, he said, including advancements in implant and imaging technology and improvements in the navigation of surgical spine techniques.
On the practice’s website, Perry says his philosophy is to always consider conservative care first and to treat patients as if they’re a member of his own family. He said his decision to join Vail-Summit Orthopaedics was influenced by his similar attitude toward the other partners in the practice.
“You know, partnerships are like a marriage. You spend so much time together, it’s important to feel like you are working with people who are good human beings,” he says in his bio. “This was what impressed me most about VSO. Their reputation and their culture.”
Perry, who married his high school sweetheart, is an avid outdoorsman and athlete.
“I’m very happy, and I feel very lucky,” he said, to be able to practice in a beautiful area with an interesting mix of people who enjoy being active. “Hopefully we can become a staple part of the community.”
For more information about Perry and Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, visit vsortho.com.