Paul J. Abbott Jr. MD - Knee & Shoulder Specialist
Dr. Abbott joined Vail - Summit Orthopaedics in 1993 and has made the Vail Valley his home. Although he is a surgeon, he believes his most important job is to educate his patients about their problem: What it is, how they got it, how to get rid of it, and how to keep it from coming back. He prides himself on how often he can prevent surgery by the use of physical therapy, judicious use of medicines, and alternative medicine. He looks at surgery as a last resort. If surgery is necessary, however, he possesses excellent skills and has pioneered arthroscopy techniques.
Dr. Abbott has expended a tremendous effort over the last seven years collecting information on the practice's ACL patients that emphasize the patient's perception of their function which he feels is the most important indicator of success (patient based outcomes). To do this he has learned computer programming (he writes his own computer code) and is currently working on a Web-based application that will allow surgeons and patients from all over the world to access these survey forms via the Internet.
He loves life in the high country's thin air, but when he has his druthers, he heads to where there's no air at all. He loves the otherworldly depths amid the bug-eyed and slippery sea dwellers, and has dived the Galapagos Islands, swimming with whale sharks! When the winter madness subsides, he can be found on his road bike, but that's only when he isn't with his wife, Jan, or one of his three daughters.
Dr. Abbott is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call:
Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, Frisco Office (970) 668-3633