Thomas Fishler, MD

Surgeon
Dr. Fishler’s clinical interests in trauma include the polytraumatized patient, pelvic/acetabular fractures, complex foot injuries, periarticular fractures, and soft tissue injuries.

Dr. Thomas Fishler was born and raised in Riverside, California, where he grew to love the desert from a very young age. After a back injury prevented him from continuing to play football, he devoted his athletic energy to weight training. From this he developed a fascination with musculoskeletal anatomy, which was the foundation of his interest in orthopedic surgery.

After graduating summa cum laude from the University of California-Riverside, he moved onto medical training at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where his interest in orthopedics deepened. While a medical student, he was accepted into the prestigious Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program, in which he devoted 2 years to productive laboratory research involving a genetically altered mouse model of cancer. In his time as an HHMI-NIH Research Scholar, he was also selected to attend the International Achievement Summit, a gathering that brings together highly accomplished individuals in the arts, sciences, politics, and business with highly promising participants in the most renowned graduate fellowships, including Kennedy and Rhodes scholars.

After an orthopedics-focused final year of medical school, he elected to pursue residency training at Yale-New Haven Hospital. At Yale, which boasted a busy Level 1 trauma center, he immediately fell in love with orthopedic trauma, the complexity of the injuries, and the equally thoughtful approaches to treat them. He found an enduring mentorship under Dr. Michael Baumgaertner, President of AO North America, who taught him the rigor and attention to detail needed to manage the severely injured patient. He also found a role model in Dr. Kristaps Keggi, a pioneer of anterior total hip arthroplasty with decades of experience in that procedure. His early interest in musculoskeletal anatomy blossomed as he secured prizes, including the top prize as a chief resident, in the resident anatomy exam in three of the five years of residency.

Ultimately, Dr. Fishler chose to pursue fellowship training in orthopedic trauma at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington. The birthplace of the orthopedic trauma subspecialty and the only Level 1 trauma center for 5 states in the Northwest, Harborview provided Dr. Fishler with an unparalleled experience in treating the most high energy and challenging injuries to the musculoskeletal system, all under the tutelage of some of the most meticulous and exacting surgeons in the world. Dr. Fishler augmented his experience there with additional time devoted exclusively to pelvic and acetabular fractures with Dr. Chip Routt of Houston, Texas.

Dr. Fishler’s clinical interests in trauma include the polytraumatized patient, pelvic/acetabular fractures, complex foot injuries, periarticular fractures, and soft tissue injuries. On an elective basis, his interests include complications arising from trauma and its treatment, including nonunion, malunion, and arthritis, as well as anterior total hip arthoplasty. 

In his spare time Dr. Fishler enjoys fitness, music, style, fine cuisine and wine, and spending time with his beautiful daughter.

Jared Grinney

Physician Assistant

Jared has served as a physician assistant to Dr. Thomas Fishler since the beginning of 2015. He was in the inaugural class of Northern Arizona University (NAU) Physician Assistant Studies where he studied under some of the best faculty in Arizona. Upon graduating, Jared interned with Dr. Michael Steingart of Steingart Orthopedics in Phoenix, AZ where he continued to expand on his orthopedic knowledge. Jared has always been interested in sports, including the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. His passion for orthopedic trauma extends from his love of athletics and getting people back on their feet after an injury, whether it helps people get back to their job, hobby, extreme sports, or regular activities of daily living. Jared is an Arizona native, growing up in Tucson, where he also graduated from the University of Arizona. He is married to his wife, Alison, who is also a U of A graduate.
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Jared Grinney

Physician Assistant

Jared has served as a physician assistant to Dr. Thomas Fishler since the beginning of 2015. He was in the inaugural class of Northern Arizona University (NAU) Physician Assistant Studies where he studied under some of the best faculty in Arizona. Upon graduating, Jared interned with Dr. Michael Steingart of Steingart Orthopedics in Phoenix, AZ where he continued to expand on his orthopedic knowledge. Jared has always been interested in sports, including the mechanics of the musculoskeletal system. His passion for orthopedic trauma extends from his love of athletics and getting people back on their feet after an injury, whether it helps people get back to their job, hobby, extreme sports, or regular activities of daily living. Jared is an Arizona native, growing up in Tucson, where he also graduated from the University of Arizona. He is married to his wife, Alison, who is also a U of A graduate.
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Education

2008 M.D. David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

2003 B.S., summa cum laude, Biomedical Sciences with Mathematics Minor, University of California-Riverside

Training

2008-present Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Honors and Awards

2006 Academy of Achievement Student Honoree

2005-2007 HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program

2003 UCR Alumni Association Award for Outstanding Biomedical Sciences Student

2003 Student Marshal, Inauguration of Chancellor France A. Córdova

2003 Letter of Distinction, Physiology

1999-2003 University of California Regents Scholar

1999-2003 Dean’s and Chancellor’s Lists

1999-2003 Undergraduate Honors for Maintaining a GPA above 3.9

Licensure and Certification 

June 2004 USMLE Step 1, Passed

December 2007 USMLE Step 2, Passed

October 2008 USMLE Step 3, Passed

Teaching and Professional Activities

2006-2007 Chair, HHMI-NIH Research Scholars Program Informal Science Presentations

2004 Master Study Program Leader, Gross Anatomy

2003-2004 Academic Coordinator, UCR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences Class of 2006

2003 Teaching Assistant, Embryology

Research

2005-2007 National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Principal Investigator: Chuxia Deng, Ph.D. (Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health Research Scholars Program) – described and analyzed a new murine breast cancer model with mammary tissue-specific knockout of Checkpoint Kinase-1 and p53

2003 Mayo Clinic Motion Analysis Laboratory – Principal Investigtors: Richard A. Berger, M.D., Ph.D. and Kenton Kaufman, Ph.D. – created a computer program using the MATLAB software to analyze data collected as part of Mechanoreceptors of the Wrist, NIH Grant #AR 47806

2001-2002 UCR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences Peer Mentor

Professional Organizations 

2002- American Medical Political Action Committee

2002- California Medical Association

2002- Riverside County Medical Association

2008- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

2010- Arbeitsgemeinschaft fur Osteosynthesefragen

Committees 

2002-2004UCR/UCLA Program in Biomedical Sciences Course Coordinator Committee 

 

Foreign Languages

American Sign Language (fluent) 

 

Outside Interests

fitness, nutrition, racquetball, hiking, cooking, wine

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