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Rhorer Lecture in Austria 5.jpgDr. Rhorer grew up in Chandler, Arizona. After graduating in the top five percent of his class at Corona del Sol high school in Tempe, he attended The University of Arizona in Tucson. He majored in molecular and cellular biology, and he was actively involved in several on campus organizations as a leader among his peers. He received several awards as an undergraduate, graduated magna cum laude and was accepted to several of the nation’s best medical schools. Dr. Rhorer chose Duke University School of Medicine for its storied tradition of training the best surgeons in the country.

Dr. Rhorer trained with some of the world’s leading physicians and professors as a Duke medical student, and he was so impressed upon by the Duke tradition that he chose to stay there to train in the internationally renowned Duke orthopaedic surgery program. As a resident orthopaedic surgeon at Duke, Dr. Rhorer received awards for both research and teaching. He was the first Duke resident to travel to Kurgan, Russia to spend two months as a fellow at the Russian Ilizarov Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics. During his training, Dr. Rhorer developed a passion for complex problems and trauma. Consequently, he was accepted to a one year trauma fellowship at Tampa General Hospital/Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Dr. Rhorer takes a distinctive approach to creating innovative solutions, and his credentials extend further than his impressive list of experiences with the world's leading orthopaedic trauma surgeons. Phoenix area patients tell the real story behind what some people call this surgeon's calling. 


During his fellowship, Dr. Rhorer trained with five orthopaedic trauma surgeons who are highly recognized for their contributions to complex fracture work. He participated in nearly 1,000 surgeries in twelve months. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Rhorer returned to Arizona and founded Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons in Scottsdale, AZ.  In the years that followed, Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons grew to 7 fellowship trained trauma surgeons, a trauma fellow, seven physician assistants and coverage of four of the five level one trauma centers in the valley of the sun.  He also serves as the medical director of orthopaedic trauma for Scottsdale Healthcare. As the director of orthopaedic trauma, Dr. Rhorer and his team were instrumental in achieving Scottsdale Healthcare’s American College of Surgeons Level I trauma center status.

Dr. Rhorer has published in the orthopaedic trauma literature and he is widely known for his speaking and teaching abilities. He has been an invited lecturer in forty states, five countries and four continents outside of North America. His primary interests are management of complex fractures of the lower extremity, pelvis and acetabulum. He has a special interest in treatment of nonunion of fractures and he has extensive experience with limb salvage, deformity correction and limb length discrepancy. He is proficient in the use of the methods of Ilizarov and the Taylor spatial frame for segmental bone defects, post-traumatic osteomyelitis and nonunion. 

Dr. Rhorer has several interests outside of clinical orthopaedics. He is the liaison to the Arizona State Trauma Advisory Board representing orthopaedic trauma, he runs two limited liability corporations, works as a legal consultant, has consulted for television and is actively involved as a consultant in medical device development including design, market research and feasibility. An Eagle Scout, he is an avid lover of the outdoors. His wife, three daughters and son live in Scottsdale where they ride horses and play volleyball often.

Dr. Rhorer has endeavored to create a world class institution for complex fracture management and post traumatic reconstruction in Arizona. He is proud of the men and women of Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, and he is thankful for the privilege of treating victims of complex orthopaedic trauma.

Note:  To view Hospital affiliations and Primary Areas of Interest click the Curriculum Vitae button below.


Curriculum Vitae


Director, Orthopaedic Trauma, Scottsdale Healthcare Founder, SOTS


Orthopaedic Traumatology

Post-traumatic reconstruction/Nonunion and deformity correction

Complex peri-articular fracture management, pelvic and acetabular trauma


Florida Orthopaedic Institute/Tampa General Hospital, Tampa, FL Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery, Fellowship Director Roy Sanders, M.D. August 2004-July 2005

Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC Resident of Orthopaedic Surgery; June 1999-June 2004

Russian Ilizarov Science Center for Restorative Traumatology and Orthopaedics, Kurgan, Russian Federation, Mini Ilizarov fellowship October-November 2002

Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC Doctor of Medicine; August 1995-May 1999

The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona Bachelor of Science, Magna cum Laude, Major: Molecular and Cellular Biology; Minor Chemistry, Math and Physics; August 1991-May 1995


North Carolina: 200201400

Florida: ME89685

Arizona: 33453

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Board Certified 2007

Hospital Affiliations

Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn Level I trauma

Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Banner Good Samaritan Level I trauma

John C. Lincoln Level I trauma

Maricopa County Medical Center Level I trauma


Orthopaedic Trauma Liaison Arizona State Trauma Advisory Board

Medical Director Orthopaedic Trauma, Scottsdale Healthcare

Faculty AO North America

Scottsdale Healthcare surgery committee

Consultant Surgeon, Smith and Nephew Orthopaedics: external fixation, limb lengthening, intramedullary nailing design team, product evaluation and development, med-ed 

Founder, Owner and Manager, Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, P.L.L.C. 


AO North America Howard Rosen Table Instructor Award, AO Advanced Principles, June 2008

Duke Orthopaedics John M. Harrelson Chief Resident Teaching Award, elected by co-residents May 2004

Duke Orthopaedics Annual Award for Excellence in Research, May 2004

Piedmont Orthopaedic Society Piedmont Pitcher Award May 2004

2002 Fellow of the Russian Ilizarov Science Center, Kurgan, Russia

Resident Editor, The Orthopaedic Medical Legal Advisor

Research Associate, Risk Management for Orthopaedic Surgeons, a lecture series on orthopaedic malpractice

Course Instructor, Anatomy of the Spine and Extremities, Anatomy of the Lower Extremity, Duke University Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy, 2002

Recipient of JBJS/OREF Resident’s Journal Club Grant, 2002, 2003

Duke University Faculty Wives Endowment Scholarship 1995-99

Selected to Sophos Sophomore Honorary and Phi Eta Sigma Honorary

The University of Arizona Honors Center Member 1991-95

Recognized for outstanding academic achievement in German at The University of Arizona

ASUA Parent’s Association Scholarship, 1994

Duncan-Dietrich Scholarship, 1992

Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout, 1991 


AO Faculty, AO North America

Orthopaedic Trauma Association

Piedmont Orthopaedic Society

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons


AO Basic Fracture Course 2003

Baltimore Limb Deformity Course 2002

Taylor Spatial Frame 2002 and 2005

Letournel Principles of Pelvis and Acetabular Surgery 2004

Orthopaedic Trauma Association Meeting 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009

American College of Surgeons Advanced Trauma Life Support




Selected Lectures/Faculty

Faculty Master’s Fracture Forum, Huntington Beach, CA May 2011 

Faculty Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma, Fort Lauderdale, FL November 2010

Visiting Guest Lecturer Queensland and New South Wales trauma centers, Cairns, Newcastle, Sydney, Brisbane, Ipswitch, Gold Coast and Towoomba, Australia May, 2010

Visiting International Facutly AO Basic Fracture Course, Chengdu, China and Beijing, China, June 2010

Faculty Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma, Phoenix, AZ December 2008, Orlando Florida, November 2010

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lectures: Tips and Tricks for Tibial Nailing, Ring Fixation for Pilon Fractures, March 2010, February 2011

Course Chairman, AO North America Advanced OR personnel course, January 2010

Trauma Moderator, Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons, Honolulu, HI December 2009

Faculty, Smith and Nephew Residents Cadaver Sugical Training Course, Memphis, TN 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 (SNN SAIF course)

Faculty AO/OTA Resident’s basic fracture course, San Diego, CA October 2009

Australian Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting Invited International Faculty, Brisbane, Australia, August 2009

Faculty OTA/AAOS Residents Basic Fracture Course, October 2009

Western Orthopaedic Society invited lecturer, June, 2009

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Instructional Course Lecture, Tips and Tricks for Tibial Nailing, February 2009

Baylor College of Medicine Grand Rounds, December 2008

Faculty AO Advanced Principles of Fractures course, Sun Valley Idaho, March 2009

Faculty OTA/AAOS Advanced Trauma Course, St. Petersburg, FL April 2009 

Faculty Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma, Phoenix, Arizona December 2009

Faculty Master’s Fracture Forum, Dana Point, CA, April 2008

Faculty Orthopaedic Trauma Association Practical Fixation Techniques for ORIF of distal tibia fractures, Denver, CO, October 17, 2008

Faculty OTA/AAOS comprehensive fracture course, Denver, CO October, 2008

Faculty Smith and Nephew Principles of External Fixation, New York City November, 2006, Colorado January 2007, Washington D.C. May 2007, Dana Point, CA Novemer 2007. Keystone, Colorado January 2008, Phoenix, AZ January 2009, Orlando, CA October 2009

Grand Rounds, Phoenix Good Samaritan Orthopaedic Residency January 2008

Visiting Lecturer, Baylor College of Medicine Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, November 2007

Faculty 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 Southwest Orthopaedic Trauma Alliance

Faculty AO resident’s basic fracture course Hollywood, CA March 2008

Faculty AO Advanced Principles fracture course Marco Island, FL, May 2008 

Infuse rHBMP surgeon education lecture given in Chicago, IL, Costa Mesa, CA, Portland, OR, Riverside, CA, Oakland, CA, Houston, TX, Loma Linda, CA, Lincoln, Nebraska, Boise, Idaho, Spokane, WA, Billings, MT, Las Vegas, NV

Faculty Southeast Orthopaedic Trauma Symposium July 2007, Sandestin, Florida

Lecturer/Table Instructor AO North America OR Personnel course, October 2006

Table Instructor, Polyaxial plating symposium, Orthopaedic Trauma Association, October 2006

Table Instructor, Annual Napa Valley Trauma Symposium, September, 2006

Table Instructor, Synthes Treatment Options for Difficult Fractures, April 2005

Faculty Smith and Nephew Perilock Course, November 2005, St. Petersburg, FL

Principles of External Fixation, Duke University Medical Center Grand Rounds

Distraction Osteogenesis, Duke University Grand Rounds

Management of Nonunions with the Method of Ilizarov, Duke University Grand Rounds 


Rhorer, Anthony, Nunley, James A. Problematic Stress Fractures in the Foot. Foot and Ankle in Sport. Baxter, Ed., 3rd Edition.


Olson, SA, Rhorer, AS. Orthopaedic trauma for the general orthopaedist: avoiding problems and pitfalls in treatment. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Apr;(433):30-7.

Rhorer, AS. Percutaneous/Minimally Invasive Techniques in Treatment of Femoral Shaft Fractures with and Intramedullary Nail. J Orthop Trauma; Apr (24 supp).


Rhorer AS, Lallemand R, Qi WN, Qi Z, Scully SP. Bcl-2 and bax gene expression in chondrosarcoma and soft tissue sarcoma. Abstracts of the 1999 Orthopaedic Research Society.

Lallemand RL, Rhorer AS, Scully SP. The evaluation of synovial extracellular matrix metalloproteinase expression in osteoarthritis by semiquantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. Abstracts of the 1998 Surgical Forum.

Rhorer AS, Ulreich JB, Spofford CM, Guerrero-Tucker G, Brendel K, Goldberg SJ, Haveman TM, Le T. Dynamic organ culture to assess the toxicity of chromium/halogenated hydrocarbon mixtures. 1995 Sixth Annual Undergraduate Biology Research Conference, The University of Arizona. 

Jamie Coracides Large.jpgJamie Coracides

Physician Assistant

Jamie Coracides graduated from the University of Arizona in 2004 with a  Bachelor’s of Science in Microbiology.  She received a Master's Degree in  Physician Assistant Studies in 2009.  Since that time she has been an  integral part of Dr. Rhorer's team. Her goal is to be an extension of Dr.  Rhorer and to assist him in providing exemplary patient care. She  understands the importance of continuing education as a mentor for  students and as an Allied Health Member of the Orthopaedic Trauma  Association. Currently, Jamie is a preceptor for Midwestern Physician  Assistant program and has lectured for the Northern Arizona PA program.  She is passionate about orthopaedics and the specialized work that Dr.  Rhorer does. Her enthusiasm, compassion and patience lend to the  development of close relationships with her patients. 








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