I’ve been very active in sports my entire life. From basketball to softball to triathlons plus I still enjoy cycling and skiing very much. I like that as an orthopedic surgeon, my JOB is to help keep other people active and doing what they like. I am dedicated to giving the best patient care. I try to get to know all of my patients on a personal level. I replaced a shoulder for a patient who lived in Michigan. She followed me to Arizona to have her other shoulder and her knee replaced. She said she couldn’t find this level of care in Michigan.

I am committed to taking care of all of my patients – from the person who is just looking to run their errands without pain to the high performance athlete looking to compete again. I enjoy that spectrum and appreciate each of you as individuals. I’m also proud of my work in becoming trained in the developing field of hip arthroscopy as well as our new relationship with the Arizona Derby Dames – our office has become the team doctors for this fast growing league of fearless women.


Medical Degree
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
East Lansing, MI

Post-graduate studies
Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI

Bachelor of Science in Biology
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI


  • Graduate with Outstanding Designation: Michigan State College of Human Medicine – 1998
  • Association for Academic Surgery 1998 Surgical Student Research Award – 1998
  • American Medical Women’s Association’s Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation – 1998
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society: Fall 1997
  • Clerkship Honors: Surgery, Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Obstetrics/Gynecology – 1996-1998
  • Basic Science Honors: Histology, Microbiology, Pathology, Anatomy, Clinical Correlations, Pharmacology, and Physiology – 1994-1996
  • Dean’s List: Grand Valley State University – 1993

Post-Doctoral Training

Sports Medicine Fellowship
Institute for Bone and Joint Disorders
Phoenix, AZ – 2003-2004

Orthopaedic Residency 
Henry Ford Hospital
Detroit, MI – 1998-2003

Publications and Presentations

“Disorders of the Rotator Cuff” Munson Hospital Grand Rounds Traverse City, MI – 2005

“MR Evidence of Subclinical Medial Collateral Ligament Injury and Posteromedial Impingement in Professional Baseball Players” 
Participants: C Kooima M.D., K Anderson M.D., J Craig M.D., M Van Holsbeeck M.D.
Podium Presentation: AOSSM 2003 Annual Meeting American Journal of Sports Medicine: 32(7). Pp 1602-6. – 2003

Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research Michigan State University
“The Split-Line Pattern of the Distal Femur: A Consideration in the Orientation of Autologous Cartilage Grafts” Participants: S Below M.D., SP Arnoczky DVM, JA Dodds M.D.,
C Kooima M.D., N Walter M.D.
Arthroscopy: 18(6). pp 613-617. – 2002

iliotibial Band Syndrome E-Medicine.com: On-line orthopaedic review Collaborators: S Karageanas M.D., T Lock M.D., C Kooima M.D – 2001

Laboratory for Comparative Orthopaedic Research Michigan State University
“The Effects of Demineralized Bone Matrix Versus Allograft Bone on the Bony Ingrowth into Porous-Coated Implants” Participants: B. Walter M.D., B. Larsen M.D., MJ Cirelli PhD, L. Dejardin DVM, S.P. Arnoczky DVM, C. Kooima Poster Presentation: 1998 meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Membership Activities and Interests

  • Board Certified:
    • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
    • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
    • Western Orthopedic Society
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