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Timothy O’Brien, MD

Timothy O’Brien, MD moved to Bozeman in 2003 after completing a fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Clinic in Vail, Colorado. During his fellowship, Dr. O’Brien learned advanced techniques in knee surgery including ACL reconstruction, multi-ligament repair and reconstruction, cartilage restoration procedures, meniscal surgery and high tibial osteotomy under the tutelage of Dr. Richard Steadman, a pioneer and world renowned orthopaedic surgeon and Dr. William Sterett, head physician for US Women’s Ski Team. He also studied and performed advanced shoulder techniques with Dr. Richard Hawkins, an internationally known shoulder surgeon and founder of the Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas. During his fellowship, Dr. O’Brien worked with athletes from high school to professional sports, including providing medical services for the Denver Broncos, Colorado Rockies and US Ski Teams.

Dr. O’Brien brought many of these techniques to Southwestern Montana. He and his partner, Mark Deibert, MD brought innovative ideas such as hamstring and cadaver ACL reconstruction to the area, offering less post-operative pain and easier rehabilitation for patients. He was the first in Bozeman to perform single and double row arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, arthroscopic shoulder procedures for shoulder instability and to prevent dislocation and reverse total shoulder replacement for rotator cuff arthropathy, a condition with previously few good surgical treatments. He continues to keep up to date with the latest treatments and techniques in orthopaedic surgery through his professional affiliations and travel with national and international societies and organizations.


Very professional! Dr. O’Brien took the time and explained all of the options available for the treatment of my knee. All of the staff was super-attentive to my needs and took extra time to evaluate my condition.” Jeff N.

Dr. O’Brien lives in Bozeman with his wife, Kristen, and four children, Jack, Maeve, Rose and Finn.

Timothy O’Brien

More about Dr. O’Brien


Steadman-Hawkins Sports Medicine Fellowship – Vail, CO
July 2002 – August 2003
Advanced Fellowship training in reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery and sports medicine. Team coverage for NFL Denver Broncos, MLB Colorado Rockies, United States Ski Team.
University of California at San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency July, 1998 – July, 2002
General Surgery Internship June, 1997- July, 1998
Brown University School of Medicine – Providence, RI
M.D. May, 1997. Achieved Brown’s highest academic rating as Outstanding Devlin Scholarship Award for Medical Students 1995-96, 1996-97
Affinity Group Fellow 1995-96, 1996-97
Harvard University – Cambridge, MA
A.B. Cum Laude in Government, June 1988
Honors Thesis – A Comparison of Executives: Roosevelt’s versus Churchill’s Use of the Media
Harvard College Dean’s List 1984-1988
President of Harvard Boxing Club
Bryn Mawr College – Bryn Mawr, PA
Post-Baccalaureate in Pre-Medical Studies, May 1993.

Professional Societies

Fellow of American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
Represent State of Montana for the Council of Delegates
Arthroscopy Association of North America
International Society of Knee Surgery and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Rocky Mountain Shoulder & Elbow Society
Hawkins Shoulder Society, Hilton Head, SC
United States Ski Team Assistant Physician
Inman-Abbott Medical Society – UCSF Alumni
Montana Medical Licensure

Orthopaedic Research Experience

Independent Study at Rhode Island Hospital Department of Orthopaedics/Biomechanics
Researched with sports-medicine service on meniscal injuries/repair. Surgical introduction of meniscal tear in rabbit model and immunohistochemical staining of harvested frozen specimens. 1995-96, (Preceptor: M.J. Hulstyn)
Department of Orthopaedics Rhode Island Hospital /Brown Medical School
Full-time summer and part-time school-year research including application of Ilizarov external fixation frames to canines, immunohistochemical staining for growth factors, gel electrophoresis, frozen section histology of bone and cartilage, biological specimen harvest and dissection. 1994-95. (Preceptor: M.G. Ehrlich)

Bozeman Orthopedic Services

Since 1997, the physicians of Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine have helped thousands of patients with orthopedic injuries and problems, from broken bones to torn ligaments and everything in between, so they can better enjoy life, recreational opportunities, and sporting activities in Bozeman and the surrounding areas of southwest Montana. Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic surgeons or physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists today.

The Orthopedic Surgical Center of Montana

The Orthopedic Surgical Center of Montana is an outpatient, same-day, orthopedic surgical center in Bozeman, Montana serving the patients of Alpine Orthopedics. The Orthopedic Surgical Center of Montana is an independently owned surgical center, allowing better control over costs, billing, and patient access. Co-located with Alpine Orthopedics, our physicians can literally walk between the facilities, allowing them to be there when you are.

Alpine Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

536 Cottonwood Rd., #100
Bozeman, MT 59718
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