Russel Petrie, MD
Dr. Russell Petrie, was born in Cape Town, South Africa, grew up in Minnesota
and played numerous childhood sports. Predictably cold weather sports
predominated in his early years. An ice hockey player and skier from age
five, he has spent his life in sports. Later, after a move to California,
swimming and waterpolo ultimately lead to a love of surfing in adulthood.
He continues to remain fit with an avid interest in cycling. He attended
University of California at Berkeley where he double majored in biology
and economics. Following that he attended Mayo Medical School in Rochester
Minnesota, during which time he lived in Sweden for 6 months doing research
at the Karolinska Hospital. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency
at the Mayo Clinic and subsequently did an orthopedic knee and shoulder
sports medicine fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, considered
one of the very best programs in the country. He currently holds a position
as a consulting physician to USA Volleyball, and recently traveled with
the team to China. He is the orthopedic team physician for Goldenwest
College and Vanguard University and developed the medical coverage for
the Pacific Shoreline Marathon in 2000, and remains involved today. His
skills have been recognized by his peers as he has been an Instructor
for the Arthroscopy Association of North America. He has a long standing
interest in teaching, for the last 6 years he has been an orthopedic preceptor
for Western University Physician Assistant program. In fact many of Dr.
Petrie’s former students live and work in the Orange County Area,
including Newport Beach. Dr. Petrie for last 9 years has been an instructor
for the Athletic Training program at Vanguard University. Dr. Petrie also
spends time doing education and consulting for Depuy/Mitek one of the
industry leaders in orthopedic sports medicine. A life long athlete that
has learned the rigors of personal injury, surgery and rehab he understands
what it means to be injured and the energy to return to sport. Since 1999
Dr. Petrie has been living and practicing orthopedic surgery in Newport
Beach. His areas of specialty include athletic knee and shoulder injuries.
He takes care of all ages of patients and all skill levels from professional
and olympic to the weekend warrior.
Dr. Petrie is a native of Cape Town in the Republic of South Africa. His
family includes three generations of physicians: his grandfather, both
parents and Dr. Petrie. His family moved to the United States when he
was a toddler and he grew up in Rochester, Minnesota in the shadow of
the Mayo Clinic. As a child he would accompany his father during school
holidays on rounds at the Mayo Clinic, and this early exposure set the
tone for his adult career.
As for his specialty in sports-related knee and shoulder injuries, he says,
“I liked sports and ended up in doctors’ offices because of
them. What is gratifying is to return someone to their life’s passion
by fixing what is wrong. That to me is why I’m here.”
Dr. Petrie lives in Newport Beach. He enjoys cycling, scuba diving and surfing.