dr-randy-violaRandy W. Viola MD of Edwards Colorado, is a hand, wrist and elbow specialist with The Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO. With a special interest in disorders of the hand, wrist and elbow, as well as a specialization in acute trauma, degenerative, and sports-related injuries, Dr. Viola is considered an expert in the area of arthroscopic surgery and sports medicine of the lower arm extremities. Dr. Viola joined The Steadman Clinic in 1999 following two successful Fellowships—the first for Sports Medicine with The Steadman Clinic, and the second for hand surgery with the Indiana Hand Clinic in Indianapolis.

Using a precise skill and an innovative approach, Dr. Viola treats a variety of conditions and injuries of the hand, wrist and elbow, including the treatment for traumatic injuries to the tendons, nerves, bones, and joints associated with this region of the body. He is an expert in arthroscopic surgery, as well as microsurgery for acute and complex cases. Other specialties include fracture fixation, soft tissue repair, reconstruction cases involving tendon transfers, nerve compression, vascular repairs, and the treatment and management of degenerative conditions of the hand, wrist and elbow such as arthritis and osteoarthritis.

Dr. Viola graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University in 1988 and completed his medical education four years later at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. After completing his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, as well as his two fellowships for sports medicine and hand surgery, he started his private practice as an orthopedic hand, wrist and elbow surgeon with The Steadman Clinic where he has been for the past 12 years.

During his career, Dr. Viola has been invited to lecture on many topics associated with sports medicine and orthopedic surgery, and his research has been published in a variety of medical publications and scientific journals. Most recently, his research interests include distal radius fractures and disorders of the distal radioulnar joint. These topics, and many others, have been published in publications such as the Journal of Orthopaedic Research, the Journal of Hand Surgery, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics, and the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

Dr. Viola treats many high profile collegiate and professional athletes for injuries sustained in sports competition and he serves as an upper extremity consultant to the United States Ski Team, Colorado Rockies, and Denver Broncos. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and is active in numerous professional societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and the Hand Society. Dr. Viola and his wife live in Vail. He enjoys alpine skiing, biking, and running.

Specialty & Clinical Interests

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pain Management
  • Sports Medicine

Education & Medical Training

University of Washington
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1992–1997

Steadman Hawkins Clinic
Fellowship, Sports Medicine, 1997–1998

Indiana University School of Medicine
Fellowship, Hand Surgery, 1998–1999

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
Class of 1992

Board Status:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified 13 years in Orthopaedic Surgery

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certified 9 years in Hand Surgery

CO State Medical License
Active through 2015

Publications & Presentations

  • Can the impingement test predict outcome after arthroscopic subacromial decompression?
  • Comparison of tibial rotation strength in patients' status after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction with hamstring versus patellar tendon autografts.