Steven M. Traina, MD, FAAOS, is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with a straightforward, patient-centered approach to medicine. With more than 40 years of experience, Dr. Traina is proud to serve orthopaedic patients at Western Orthopaedics, P.C., which has offices in Denver, Colorado.
Dr. Traina received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Central College (IA). He then obtained his medical degree from the University of Illinois. His surgical internship and orthopaedic training were completed through the University of Illinois/Cook County Hospital Program in Chicago. The training consisted of rotations at Cook County Hospital, Illinois Research Hospital, Children’s Hospital, and the University of Chicago. He then pursued a fellowship in adult reconstructive surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Dr. Traina has been the chief team physician/surgeon for the Denver Nuggets from 1986 - 2017. Dr. Traina is also on the executive committee for the NBA Team Physician Society for 2012 and 2013. In the past, he has been an assistant team physician for the Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Crush, Denver Zephyrs, and Denver Broncos. Dr. Traina was chosen as the Head Team Physician for the World Basketball Games (FIBA) in 2010.
Since 2000, he has served as one of the Boxing Commissioners for the State of Colorado. He has been chosen multiple times by 5280 Magazine as one of Denver’s “Top Docs” in the category of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. His academic appointment includes Clinical Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In the past, he was Co-director of the Sports Medicine Program at the University of Colorado. Dr. Traina is active in teaching other surgeons complex knee and shoulder surgery and has published numerous scientific articles in multiple orthopaedic journals. He has been invited to speak nationally and internationally on orthopaedic surgery topics. Dr. Traina has been honored to be asked to be an editorial reviewer of orthopaedic journals.
A partial listing of professional organizations to which Dr. Traina is a member includes The NBA Physician Society (served as past President), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America, International Society of Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine, Karl Meyer Surgical Society, and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
His special interests include treatment of sports injuries of the shoulder and knee, as well as total knee replacement surgery. Dr. Traina's new interest and expertise is the exciting world of regenerative medicine in conjunction with the practice of orthopedic surgery. Dr. Traina is board-certified since 1988 and is a fellow with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.
I believe in a straightforward, patient cenetered approach to medicine. It is important each patient feel they are getting my full attention and best possible care. This is achieved through a strong history and physical examination, diagnostic testing, and patient education. Whenever possible, I try to avoid surgical intervention, but will provide excellent care if surgery is determined to be the best option. I feel it is important to recognize each patient’s individuality, and work together with the patient to attain the best possible outcome. My goal is to give each patient the best chance to return to those activities they love doing. I believe my team - consisting of myself, my physician assistant, and my medical assistant - is able to provide the most complete care to our patients.