Desert Orthopaedic Center - Central Office

Roger Fontes, MD
Current Appointment

Orthopedic Surgeon at Desert Orthopaedic Center

Medical School

Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis


Ankle, Elbow, Foot, Hip, Joint Replacement & Revision, Knee, Pediatric Orthopaedics, Shoulder, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Wrist

Dr. Fontes completed medical school with highest honors at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (the third-ranked medical school in the U.S. in 2009). He then completed an orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco.

Following residency, he traveled to Europe to study with some of the world leaders in trauma and shoulder surgery. An additional fellowship in Italy with Dr. Maurizio Catagni, a recognized pioneer in Ilizarov surgery, added significant experience with this powerful technique.

After his fellowship, Dr. Fontes returned to UCSF as an assistant professor for three years. While there, he co-managed the foot and ankle service at the university, developing quite an expertise in complex reconstructions of the foot and ankle. He also directed the shoulder service at San Francisco General Hospital and is particularly interested in arthroscopy of the shoulder.

Dr. Fontes specializes in diseases of the shoulder, knee, and hip as well as problem fractures such as nonunion and malunions. Dr. Fontes is the first surgeon in Las Vegas/Henderson to perform direct anterior hip replacement and was one of the first to perform arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Furthermore, he is actively involved in the development and production of several orthopaedic instruments and technologies and has been a guest speaker and instructor for several companies.

Languages: Spanish

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