The Orthopedic Surgery Program at Valley Hospital

When you think about Las Vegas, the usual images of the adult vacation mecca come to mind: the Las Vegas strip, magnificent hotels, indulgent gambling, and beautiful showgirls.  But what about the image of a successful orthopedic surgery residency program in the heart of the city?  That would not likely be at the top of your list when you think of Vegas. Well, think again.

The Orthopedic Surgery Program at Valley Hospital is a five-year program that was established in July 2012 by a group of dedicated surgeons led by Dr. Randall Yee of Las Vegas. “A few years ago, it became clear to me that graduating orthopedic surgeons needed a program to provide them with an elevated, innovative residency program that would immerse them in the latest technologies in our field while giving them the opportunity to implement those innovations in a practical environment,” said Dr. Yee. “Such a program didn’t exist in Nevada, and I felt it was the responsibility of Nevada practitioners to build a program that would successfully train our future practitioners.”  This founders believed this program would provide an excellent way to provide graduating surgeons with an education that would broaden their knowledge base while learning side by side with the valley’s best medical providers.

Working closely with the administration at Valley Hospital in Las Vegas, and under Dr. Lee’s leadership, a stringent, yet diverse orthopedic residency program that provides the necessary scope and volume of didactic and clinical experiences was developed. Once opened for applications, the program was blessed with an excellent pool of talented candidates hoping to train with the program. The first two residents were accepted in 2012, with two more added in 2013. Two more residents are accepted every year, for a total of ten residents at a time during each program year.

The program founders have worked diligently to put the program at the forefront of the latest medical advances; providing a rich, technologically advanced learning environment for the development of orthopedic specialists.

One excellent example was providing our residents with a unique opportunity to observe a landmark case of placing an osteointegrat ed implant for a femoral prosthesis in a transfemoral amputation, performed at Centennial Hills Hospital by orthopedic oncologist Ronald Hillock, MD . In addition, orthopedic surgery resident Steven Nishiyama won the first place poster award at the 77th annual Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe, CA this year.

For more information on the Orthopedic Surgery Program at Valley Hospital, please contact Contact is Sandy Yarter (