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Thomas Christensen, MD

Specialties: Shoulder, Elbow, Hand Disorders, Injuries, Reconstruction, & Microvascular Surgery

Fellowship: Hand & Microvascular Surgery, Open & Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Residency: University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Dr. Christensen received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where he was number one in his class. His orthopedic residency was completed at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. After residency, Dr. Christensen completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as a fellowship in Open and Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery with Dr. Laurent Lafosse at the Alps Surgery Institute in Annecy, France.

Dr. Christensen specializes in shoulder, elbow and hand disorders, injuries, reconstruction, and microvascular surgery. Dr. Christensen is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

He began practicing at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2013.

View Dr. Thomas Christensen's Publications

Manuscript Publications

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., Higgins, T., & Kubiak, E.N. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. Submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, January 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Higgins, T., & Kubiak, E.N. The Anterior Pelvic Internal-External Fixator: Supplemental Fixation in the Setting of Implant Failure for Pelvic Ring Injuries. Submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, January 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., & Kubiak, E.N. Prospective Comparison of Percutaneous Versus Open Technique for the Treatment of Clavicle Fracture Yields Decreased Anterior Chest Wall Numbness. Submitted to Journal of Shoulder and Elbow, 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Hohl, J., & Patel, A. Neuroforaminal Chondrocyte Metaplasia and Clustering Associated with Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein – Usage in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Accepted to The Spine Journal, 2013.

 

Wagner, E., Christensen, T.J., & Elhassan, B. Feasibility of Latissimus and/or Teres Major Transfer to Reconstruct Irreparable Subscapularis Tendon Tear: An Anatomic Study. Accepted to Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Thorum, T., & Kubiak, E.N. Lidocaine Analgesia for Removal of Wound Vacuum-Assisted Closure Dressings: a Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2013; 27: 107-112.

 

Zalavras, C.G., Christensen, T.J., Patzakis, M.J., et al. Infections Following Operative Management of Ankle Fractures. Clin Ortho Rel Res 2009; 467: 1715-1720.

 

Christensen, T.J., Selby, R., Sher, L., et al. Iatrogenic Pseudoaneurysms of the Extrahepatic Arterial Vasculature: Management and Outcome. Journal of the International Hepatobiliary Association (IHPB) 2006; 8: 458-464.

 

Textbook Publications

 

Christensen, T.J., Bishop, A., Spinner, R., & Shin, A. AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review: Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries.Accepted for Publication 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., Bishop, A., Spinner, R., & Shin, A. AAOS Orthoinfo Shoulder & Elbow: Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries. Accepted for Publication 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., Bishop, A.T., Spinner, R.J., & Shin, A.Y. Traumatic injuries of the adult brachial plexus. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Web Site: Orthopaedic Knowledge Online 2012:10(7):

 

Christensen, T.J., & Kubiak, E.N. Epidemiology, Clinical Evaluation, Imaging, and Classification of Scapular Fractures. Disorders of the Shoulder:Diagnosis and Management. Third Edition, Joseph Iannotti, Gerald Williams Jr., LWW. Pending 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., & Kubiak, E.N. Non-operative management of Scapular Fractures: Indications, Techniques, and Outcomes. Disorders of the Shoulder: Diagnosis and Management. Third Edition, Joseph Iannotti, Gerald Williams Jr., LWW. Pending. 2012.

 

Podium Presentations
Christensen, T.J. Management of Chronic DRUJ Instability. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, February, 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J. Management of Swan Neck Deformity. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, February, 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Shin, A.Y., & Bishop, A.T. Free Vascularized Bone Grafting for Segmental Defects. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, December, 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., Higgins, T., & Kubiak, E. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Education Patients. Podium presentation AAOS Annual Meeting, February 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., Thorum, T., & Kubiak, K. Lidocaine Analgesia for Removal of Wound Vacuum-Assisted Closure Dressings: a Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial. Podium presentation, AAOS Annual Meeting, February 2011.

 

Christensen, T.J. Tendon Transfers about the Shoulder. University of Utah, Grand Rounds. September 2011.

 

Christensen, T.J. Corticosteroid Injections for Musculoskeletal Disorders. University of Utah, Grand Rounds. December 2010.

 

Poster Presentations

 

Rice, C., Christensen, T.J., Fitzpatrick, D., & Kubiak, E.N. Excellent Results with Treatment of Bicondylar Tibia Plateau (41C) Fractures using Far Cortical Locking (FCL) Implants. AAOS Annual Meeting, March 2014.

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., & Kubiak, E.N. Prospective Comparison of Percutaneous Versus Open Technique for the Treatment of Clavicle Fracture Yields Decreased Anterior Chest Wall Numbness. OTA Annual Meeting, September 2013.

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., Higgins, T., & Kubiak, E.N. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. Poster presentation; ASSH Annual Meeting, September 2012.

 

Christensen, T.J., Horwitz, D., Higgins, T., & Kubiak, E. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. Poster presentation; AAOS Annual Meeting, February 2012.

 

Ongoing Research

 

Subscapularis tenotomy versus subscapularis preserving approach for total shoulder arthroplasty (France) 2014.

 

Microsurgical Practice in relation to Microsurgical Fellowship Training (Mayo) 2013.

 

Outcomes after Early Surgical Management of Clinodactyly (Mayo) 2013.

 

Long term outcomes after surgical reconstruction of skier’s thumb injuries (Mayo) 2013.

 

Anatomic evaluation of novel tendon transfers about the shoulder (Mayo) 2013.

The Center for Hand & Upper Extremity

During your time with us, we trust you will experience the orthopedic difference of excellence in fracture and trauma care.

The Reno Orthopedic Clinic has been caring for trauma patients and treating fractures for nearly 50 years. There has been a long tradition of well-known fracture surgeons affiliated with the ROC participating in clinical research, producing reviews, and peer reviewed scientific articles. Our specialists help facilitate care with any local physician. Every ROC on-call physician participates in continuing fracture education in order to provide our patients with the most accurate and up to date fracture treatment.