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Orthopedic Knee, Elbow & Shoulder Surgeon

Dr. Peter Millett, Sports Medicine Specialist in Vail, CO

Peter Millett, M.D., M.Sc. is an orthopedic knee, elbow and shoulder specialist.  He is a partner at the internationally renowned Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado and Scientific Advisory Board Member at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute.   Ranked among the top 1% of orthopedic surgeons by U.S. News & World Reports and awarded the distinctions of “Top Doctors” and “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Millett specializes in treating sports-related injuries and disorders of the:

Who Are We?

Dr. Millett’s practice remains focused on advanced arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, as well as complex and revision surgery for challenging cases or failed surgeries.

The CAM (Comprehensive Arthroscopic Management) procedure, pioneered by Dr. Millett, is an advanced arthroscopic shoulder surgery for treating osteoarthritis that has been clinically shown to decrease pain and improve joint function.  It helps young, active patients with arthritis preserve their joints and older patients delay or avoid shoulder replacement surgery.

As an internationally recognized shoulder specialist, Dr. Millett is frequently invited to train other orthopaedic surgeons from around the globe on procedures such as:

He is also well known for treating less common conditions, such as:

What is Our Mission?

Keeping active people active through excellence in clinical care, orthopaedic research, and education is our mission.

From professional athletes to weekend warriors, patients literally come from around the world seeking our cutting-edge orthopaedic surgery techniques.

Dr. Millett previously served on the faculty at Harvard Medical School, where he performed orthopaedic surgery, taught, and conducted medical research.  He continues his research today at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute. With expertise as a knee, elbow, and shoulder surgeon, Dr. Millett is widely recognized for his contributions to the fields of Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine.

How Does Our Research Improve Patient Outcomes?

Athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, PGA, NHL, Formula 1, X-Games, and the Olympics have trusted Dr. Millett and his team to keep them at their peak. Patients from all levels, however, still receive the same world-class orthopaedic treatment, from initial diagnosis through full rehabilitation.

Dr. Millett – knee, elbow and shoulder specialist – brings years of experience, evidence from the latest medical research and the most innovative treatments to each patient encounter. This translates into faster and more complete recoveries for our patients.

Based upon our own patient outcome data collected for more than twenty years, Dr. Millett will recommend the best treatment proven to help you return to your active lifestyle, at the level you desire. Each patient’s personal and athletic goals are always considered in the treatment plan.

When orthopaedic surgery is needed, we provide the latest and cutting-edge surgical techniques and do so in a highly personalized and compassionate way.


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Dr. Millett’s book “Physical Examination of the Shoulder: An Evidence-Based Approach” is now available!

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Latest News

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New Steadman Study: 5-Year Arthroscopic Supraspinatus Repair Outcomes

New research from The Steadman Philippon Research Institute has found that arthroscopic rotator cuff repair can be ideal for patients with symptomatic partial thickness rotator cuff tears. The study, “Five-Year Outcomes After Arthroscopic Repair of [...]

  • Rupture of Long Head Biceps Tendon

Pop-Ow! ‘Popeye’ Deformity Can Be A Painful Armful

Dr. Millett was quoted in a recent NPR article on Popeye deformity, also known as ruptures of the long head of the biceps tendon. "There are many patients that are quite bothered by it. It's [...]

Dr. Millett Patient Centricity Value Winner

Dr. Millett was honored with the Patient Centricity Core Value award by the Core Value Committee at the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) for the week of July 17th- 21st. This is given to an individual [...]

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Five Questions with The Steadman Clinic’s Dr. Peter Millett

The Steadman Clinic’s Dr. Peter Millett has quite the resume; the internationally-renowned shoulder, knee, and elbow specialist, has found himself atop lists of America’s best doctors, and is a a Board Member at the Steadman [...]

  • Takk McKinley

Dr. Millett Operated on Atlanta Falcons 1st Round Draft Pick Takkarist McKinley — 5 Details

Peter Millett, MD, of Vail, Colo.-based The Steadman Clinic performed surgery on current Atlanta Falcons rookie defensive end Takkarist McKinley prior to the NFL draft, according to ESPN. Here are five things to know: 1. [...]

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Peter Millett, MD Recent Patient Reviews

by Nick Spagnolo on Peter Millett, MD

I’m not one of Dr. Millett’s famous patients, but he and his staff made me feel like one. For 8 years—since I was 14—I suffered from chronic scapula pain. Sixteen doctors, countless diagnostic tests and 4 weeks at one of the top chronic pain management clinics in the country failed to diagnose, let alone relieve my pain. So I searched the internet and found Dr. Millett. Like all the other doctors, he did not see any abnormalities on my images; but unlike the other doctors, he did not stop there. He did not make me any promises, but he offered me a surgical plan and, most importantly, hope. By that time, I had forgotten how to hope. I am now a little over 6 weeks post-op and my pain is gone. I feel great and now look forward to resuming a full practice, recording and performance schedule (I’m a professional musician). Dr. Millett and his staff are second to none. If you have a seemingly unsolvable medical problem, I have hope for you; and the reason for my hope are Dr. Millett and his staff. Be well.

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