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William B. Stetson, MD

  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Southern California Department of Orthopedic Surgery

  • Board Certified in Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine 

  • Fellowship Trained in Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery

  • Dr. Stetson specializes in sports medicine with an expertise in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow.

  • Former chairman, AAOS International Committee

  • CEO and Founder, Operation Arthroscopy 

Dr. Stetson specializes in sports medicine with an expertise in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow. He is recognized throughout the country and internationally for his numerous contributions to both the local and the medical community. Heavily involved in clinical research and academic development, Dr. Stetson has presented his research papers at orthopedic conferences held domestically and internationally. He has appeared on television and radio talk shows and regularly writes sports related articles for publications throughout the country. He is equally well known in Southern California for volunteering his time as a team physician for high school, junior college, and university athletic teams. Dr. Stetson is currently one of the team physicians for the United States Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams and the United States Olympic Committee. He was the team physician for USA Volleyball in the 2012 London Olympics.

Dr. Stetson is passionate about education and teaching orthopedic surgeons the latest techniques of arthroscopic surgery. He is an instructor for the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) where he teaches surgeons from around the world the newest techniques of arthroscopic shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Stetson is also an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of Southern California Department of Orthopaedic Surgery where he instructs orthopedic residents and medical students.

Dr. Stetson has a desire to share his passion for arthroscopic surgery with doctors from around the world. In addition to his local endeavors to educate young doctors, Dr. Stetson has visited Haiti on a medicinal missionary trip and has donated arthroscopy equipment to Dr. Anh Nguyen, who was then able to perform the first shoulder arthroscopy in Vietnam. Dr. Stetson has also traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and lecturing in counties that include Romania, China, Costa Rica, and Cuba. 

He has been traveling to Cuba since 2003 and with the help of Operation Arthroscopy and many of his orthopedic colleagues, three centers of arthroscopy were established in Cuba. The last visit to Cuba was in September 2016 with 26 orthopedic colleagues. With the change in relations between the United States and Cuba, Dr. Stetson and Operation Arthroscopy hope to return sometime in the near future.

For the last seven years, Dr. Stetson has also been traveling to Romania where he has been working with Guido Marra, MD of Northwestern University and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons to bring modern shoulder surgical procedures to the people of Romania. This “train-the-trainer” program focuses on advanced techniques taught by Dr. Stetson and Dr. Marra to the Romanian orthopedic surgery faculty so they may teach their colleagues. This has been highly successful and is a model for future programs in other countries.

Dr. Stetson attended the University of Southern California on an athletic scholarship where he was a two-time NCAA All-American in volleyball, a member of the NCAA National Championship Volleyball Team in 1980, captain of the 1982 team, and graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He was a five-time gold medalist with the US Open National Volleyball Championship Team Nike and played professionally in the United States and Germany. He attended the USC Keck School of Medicine and completed his residency at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. He completed his fellowship in Sports Medicine at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, is board certified and has been in private practice since 1995. 

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