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Peter J Howard, MD

Peter J Howard, MD

Dr. Peter Howard is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. Dr. Howard obtained his undergraduate degree from Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. After his undergraduate education, Dr. Howard completed his medical degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. He then trained in orthopedics at the Western Michigan University Homer Stryker School of Medicine. During his final year, he served as chief resident at Bronson Methodist Hospital and Borgess Medical Center. Seeking additional sub-specialization; he trained in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Houston Methodist Hospital. During his time there he worked with and cared for the Houston Astros, Texans, Dynamo, Rockets, the Rice University Owls, and many high school teams.

Dr. Howard’s areas of interest include the shoulder, elbow, hip, knee, and biologic therapies. Dr. Howard focuses on helping athletes and weekend warriors get back to full activity.

Shoulder problems: Rotator cuff repair, revision rotator cuff repair, PRP ( platelet rich plasma ) injections, shoulder dislocations, labral tears, Latarjet surgery, throwing injuries, baseball injuries, tennis injuries, bicep pain, golf injuries, pitcher’s shoulder, clavicle fracture, collarbone fracture, shoulder separation, shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement.

Elbow problems: Tommy John surgery ( ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction ), elbow arthroscopy, radial head replacement, fractures of the elbow, osteochondritis dissecans, distal bicep repair, tricep repair, and many more procedures.

Hip Problems: Femoroacetabular impingement, hip arthroscopy, torn labrum, labrum tear, cam lesion, pincer lesion, cam and pincer lesion, hip muscle tear, abductor tear, hamstring tear, hamstring pain, hip ligament damage, hip labral reconstruction, groin impingement.

Knee problems: Anterior cruciate ligament tears ( ACL ), medial collateral ligament tears ( MCL ), posterior cruciate ligament tears ( PCL ), lateral collateral ligament tears ( LCL ), meniscus surgery, meniscus tears, football knee injuries, soccer knee injuries, volleyball knee injuries, revision ACL surgery, ACL reconstruction, ACL replacement, cartilage transplants, meniscus transplant, and many more procedures.

Joint Replacement: Dr. Howard specializes in Shoulder, Knee, and Hip replacements.

Biologic Treatments: Dr. Howard also received advanced training in Platelet Rich Plasma treatments, Bone Marrow Concentrate Aspirate Injections, and Stem Cell Injections. Dr. Howard is also FDA certified for MACI cartilage transplants.

Dr. Howard’s treatment philosophy is to try to exhaust all non-surgical options before considering surgery. He works with his patients to educate and explain their condition so that they can fully understand their treatment options. If surgery is a choice made by the patient, he believes in being with the patient through their full course of surgery and recovery. He also believes working closely with the physical and occupational therapists that care for his patients. Dr. Howard stays up to date on the newest treatment options so that he can provide the latest treatments to his patients.

Dr. Howard is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

In his time off Dr. Howard enjoys fishing, boating, going to the beach, biking, and spending time with his wife and daughters.

If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Howard please contact the office today at 727-787-5577 for the Palm Harbor office or 727-848-4249 for the New Port Richey office.

Dzi-Viet Nguyen D.O.

Dzi-Viet Nguyen D.O.

Dr. Nguyen earned medical degree in Osteopathic Medicine from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida.  He then completed his orthopedic surgery internship and residency at Grandview Hospital and Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

He is fellowship trained in Hand and Microsurgery at Foundation for Orthopedic Research and Education in Tampa, FL.

Memberships:

  • American Osteopathic Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association

Mark D. Torke, M.D.

Mark D. Torke, M.D.

Specializes in general orthopaedics including fracture care, arthroscopy, pediatric orthopaedics and joint replacements (partial and total).

EDUCATION:

Dr. Torke graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry. He completed medical school (M.D.) at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. He completed a general surgery internship and orthopaedic residency at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Dr. Torke also completed a pediatric orthopaedic residency at the Alfred I. Dupont Institute.

CERTIFICATIONS:

Dr. Torke is Board Certified through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS).

ASSOCIATIONS & APPOINTMENTS:

Dr. Torke is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He holds a teaching appointment with the University of South Florida/ Morton Plant Mease Family Residency Program and Barry University Physician Assistant Program.

Dr. Torke is a consultant for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball and the Dunedin Blue Jays minor league baseball team.

HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:

Dr. Torke is on-staff at Mease Countryside and Mease Dunedin Hospitals (BayCare Health System), Mease Ambulatory Surgery Center and HCA Countryside Surgery Center.

David P. Thompson, M.D.

David P. Thompson, M.D.

He graduated from the University of Tampa with his Bachelor of Science, Tampa, FL and his Master of Science at the University of California at the Salk Institute in San Diego, California. David P. Thompson, M.D. earned his Medical Degree at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, Fl.

David P. Thompson, M.D. did his residency in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the  Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester, Minnesota. He then completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Florida Orthopaedic Institute under Drs. David Leffers and Seth Gasser.

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • NBME American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Medical Association
  • Florida Medical Association

John M. McClure, M.D.

John M. McClure, M.D.

He graduated with his Bachelor of Science Cum Laude and his Medical Degree AOA Medical Honor Society from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA. John M. McClure, M.D. did his internship in General Surgery Department and his residency in the General Surgery  and Orthopaedic Surgery at the  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

John M. McClure, M.D. also served in the US Naval Hospital at Subic Bay in the Philippines.

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Florida Medical Association
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society
  • American Medical Association
  • Pinellas County Medical Association
  • Pinellas County Orthopaedic Society

Andrew J. Cooper, M.D.

Andrew J. Cooper, M.D.

He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Biology and Economics, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a minor in Health Care Management from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Andrew J. Cooper, M.D. received his Medical Degree as part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

He completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Miami from the Jackson Memorial Hospital he was the Administrative Chief Resident in Miami, FL. Andrew J. Cooper, M.D. did his fellowship in Adult Reconstruction at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, MA.

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Kurt C. Hirshorn, M.D.

Kurt C. Hirshorn, M.D.

Dr. Hirshorn went to medical school and public health school at USF College of Medicine in Tampa, Florida. He completed his Orthopaedic training at Atlanta Medical Center. Dr. Hirshorn also completed additional specialty fellowship training in minimally-invasive hip and knee replacement surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

Dr. Hirshorn has worked with the leaders in the field of joint replacement surgery, minimally-invasive surgery, implant design and testing. He has also worked as an assistant team physician for the Atlanta Falcons and Thrashers.

Dr. Hirshorn grew up in Tampa, Florida.

Matthew J. Swick, M.D.

Matthew J. Swick, M.D.

His Doctorate of Medicine degree was earned from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. He completed his internship and residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Atlanta Medical Center in Georgia.

He has a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroplasty from Triangle Orthopaedic Associates in Durham, NC and in Foot and Ankle Surgery from Middlemore Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

Robert L. Swiggett, Jr., M.D.

Robert L. Swiggett, Jr., M.D.

He earned his Doctorate of Medicine degree at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, NH. Dr. Swiggett completed his internship in Orthopaedic and General Surgery at Tufts New England Medical Center and his residency at New England Baptist Hospital, both in Boston, MA.

He has served as Chief of Surgery at St. Anthony’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL and has held the position of Chief of Surgery at Exeter Hospital in Exeter, NH and Edward White Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL.

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society

George H. Canizares, M.D.

George H. Canizares, M.D.

He received his Doctorate of Medicine degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. Dr. Canizares served his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, MI.

He completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at South Florida Orthopaedic Institute in Coral Gables, FL.

He was selected to the NFL Neutral Physician Examiners Panel and served as the team doctor for the Miami Heat and Miami Sol. Dr. Canizares was instrumental in the development of the sports medicine program at All Florida Orthopaedic Associates and several Pinellas County high schools and colleges. He has also traveled with several professional sports teams as the team physician.

Certifications and Memberships

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Florida Orthopaedic Society
  • Police Athletic League

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