Scott Hofer, D.O.
Board-certified in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Hofer performs arthroscopic treatment of shoulders, elbows, knees, hips and ankles. He also specializes in minimally invasive treatments of sports injuries.
“Good medicine means getting your patients involved in their care,” Dr. Hofer said. “Part of my job is to help educate patients about their orthopedic issues so they can be informed consumers and can become active participants in their rehabilitation.”
Dr. Hofer grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. He was active throughout his youth in various sports, as well as academically. In his teens and undergrad years, he volunteered for the national ski patrol. After earning an undergraduate degree in microbiology from Arizona State University, he worked in Utah as a professional ski patroller before starting medical school in southern California. He was active in skiing, volleyball, cycling and mountain bike racing. He moved to Louisiana, where he completed his internship at Tulane University Medical Center.
Having received an Army scholarship for medical school, he was called to active duty after his internship and served as a flight surgeon in South Korea. Dr. Hofer next served as a brigade surgeon at Ft. Carson, Colo. — service that included a deployment to Kuwait in support of Operation Intrinsic Action. He was then offered an Army orthopedic residency at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. He completed his training and was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate of his class.
Dr. Hofer’s first orthopedic assignment was at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., followed by a deployment to Baghdad, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom as the chief of orthopedics. His next orthopedic assignment was at Evans Army Community Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colo. After 12 years on active duty, he resigned his commission as a lieutenant colonel and practiced in Grants Pass, Ore., and Lake Charles, La. He joined Lake Regional in 2012.
Throughout his career, Dr. Hofer has actively participated in skiing, competitive volleyball and competitive cycling. He co-sponsored and raced with Rhino racing. He also has obtained certification by the Serotta International Cycling Institute in Personalized Bike Fitting.
Dr. Hofer’s relationship with his patients is not only as a board certified orthopedic sports medicine physician, but also as a fellow athlete.
“As an athlete, I know the competitive drive to get back out there when you’re injured,” Dr. Hofer says. “It’s satisfying to help other athletes get back to the level of function they had before the injury.”
Learn more about orthopedic care and sports medicine at Lake Regional.
Bone Graft Substitutes A Multidisciplinary Perspective pp. 68 - 95 , Jul 2003
|Facilities||Lake Regional Orthopedics - Osage Beach|
|Medical School||Western University of Health Sciences, Doctor of Osteopathy, Pomona, California|
|Internship||Orthopedics, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, Louisiana|
|Residency||Orthopedic Surgery, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Texas Tech University, El Paso, Texas|
Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons