Bruce Sangeorzan M.D.

 Bruce Sangeorzan M.D.


Dr. Sangeorzan is a UW professor of orthopedics and sports medicine and an internationally recognized expert in diagnosis and treatment of injuries and…

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Patient Care Philosophy

My approach to patient care is to merge the patient's self-assessment into the biomechanics of walking and running to determine what structures or what actions are causing clinical problems.

An orthopedic surgeon can offer two things: an understanding of the problem and non-operative strategies and a reconstructive solution. The former may involve changing training, adding orthotic devices and/or change in shoe wear. The latter usually involves the surgical solution.

Personal Interests

Life and family.

Clinical Interests

Clinical care of injuries sustained from overuse, athletics or trauma. Deformities including flatfoot, cavus (high arch) foot and adult expression of developmental deformities such as clubfoot, bunions, ankle arthritis, sequela of trauma, tendon disorders, misaligned limbs, calcaneus fractures and minimally invasive treatment.

Research Interests


Wayne State University SOMMedical education1981
Univ. of WashingtonFellowship
Wayne State Univ. School of MedicineInternship
Wayne State Univ. School of MedicineResidency


Board Certifications

American Board of Orthopaedic SurgeryOrthopaedic Surgery1989
Dr. Sangeorzan is a UW professor of orthopedics and sports medicine and an internationally recognized expert in diagnosis and treatment of injuries and disorders of the foot and ankle.

Dr. Sangeorzan’s clinical care is focused on injuries of the foot and ankle from sports or major trauma, deformities of the foot and ankle, arthritis and disorders of the ligaments and tendons. He is the only physician funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to study the surgical treatment of ankle arthritis.

He has been recognized as a Best Doctors in America since 1994 --one of less than 1% who have been so recognized for more than a decade--, Seattle’s Best Doctors, selected as Orthopedics' 25 Most Influential Foot and Ankle Surgeons in North America. He has been recognized by peers with the Kappa Delta Awards/OREF Clinical Research Award, the Paul B. Magnuson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Research, the American Military Surgeons of the US Sustaining Membership award, the Mann Award for Foot and Ankle research and the UW Department of Orthopedics Teaching award.  

In addition to patient care, Dr. Sangeorzan is the Director of the VA Center Of Excellence in Limb Loss Prevention and Prosthetic Engineering. The focus of the research center is improved understanding and treatments for injury and illnesses that lead to loss of ability to walk.  

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). He is currently the president of the American Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) and a deputy editor of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. In addition, he is a member of the Orthopedic Research Society (ORS), the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA), the King County Medical Society, the Washington State Orthopedic Association and the American Orthopedic Association (AOA), an invitation-only leadership organization for orthopedics.

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