Submitted by Washington Orthopaedic Center
Washington Orthopaedic Center has added fellowship trained, sports medicine surgeon Christopher Hawkins, MD to their growing team of medical experts. Dr. Hawkins’ practice is focused on the management of athletic injuries with a strong emphasis on shoulder and knee problems. He will practice at both Washington Orthopaedic Center locations in Centralia and Olympia starting October 19th, 2020.
Dr. Hawkins attended Georgetown University where he obtained an undergraduate degree in biology and then put himself through medical school at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. His success as the salutatorian of his medical school class led to an acceptance into one of the largest and most prestigious orthopaedic residency programs at the Hospital for Joint Diseases and Orthopaedic Institute in New York City.
Following his five years in New York, he and his wife, along with their young daughter, took a large leap to Salt Lake City, where he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the University of Utah with Dr. Robert Burks. He and the family then moved back to the Lehigh Valley area of eastern Pennsylvania in 2001, where he joined a group of six orthopaedic surgeons. With his work and assistance over the last 19 years, this group developed a sports medicine program that grew to include four sports medicine orthopaedic surgeons, three primary care sports medicine specialists, and a total group size of over 25 musculoskeletal physician providers.
Dr. Hawkins has performed tens of thousands of arthroscopic procedures over his career and is particularly focused on both primary and revision ACL reconstruction of the knee, rotator cuff repairs of the shoulder, and complex shoulder labral surgery. He has continued over the years with an active role as a teacher and instructor in these areas for fellow orthopaedic surgeons, athletic trainers, and physician assistants, both in Pennsylvania and nationally.
To learn more about Dr. Hawkins, read his full biography at Washington Orthopaedic Center website.