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Russell 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.