Chase joins Gifford’s Orthopedic Team

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Thu, 12/21/2017 - 11:42am -- Denise Sortor

Dr Derek Chase has accepted a permanent position in Gifford’s Orthopedic Department. He has been a locum orthopedic provider at Gifford since January 2017, and previously worked at Northwestern Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in St Albans, VT. He recently returned from Lake Tahoe where he completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and traveled abroad as a physician for the US Ski Team. 

Dr Chase is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic knee and shoulder surgery, knee and muscle-sparing anterior hip replacement, upper extremity surgery, and fracture care. He emphasizes individualized treatment through patient education, informed patient choice, and always encourages starting with non-operative treatment whenever an option.

He received a BA in Economics from University of Colorado, a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Vermont College of Medicine, and completed his Surgical Internship and Orthopedic Surgery Residency at the University of California, San Diego.

A native Vermonter, he grew up in Calais and attended U-32, where he played hockey, captained the soccer and lacrosse teams, and was named an All American athlete.

“I returned to Vermont because I love treating Vermonters and understand our lifestyle,” he said. “I enjoy helping people return to their favorite sport - whether that be skiing, stacking wood, or corralling grandchildren.”

Dr Chase is now seeing patients in Randolph and at the Gifford Health Center in Berlin-Specialty Care. To schedule an appointment call 728-2430.

Gifford is a community hospital in Randolph, Vt, with family health centers in Berlin, Bethel, Chelsea, Randolph, Rochester, and White River Junction; and specialty services throughout central Vermont. A Federally Qualified Health Center and a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in the country, Gifford is a full-service hospital with a 24-hour emergency department and inpatient unit; many surgical services; a day care; two adult day programs; and the 30-bed Menig Nursing Home, which was named by US News and World Report as one of the best 39 nursing homes in the country in 2012. The Birthing Center, established in 1977, was the first in Vermont to offer an alternative to traditional hospital-based deliveries, and continues to be a leader in midwifery and family-centered care. The hospital’s mission is to improve individuals’ and community health by providing and assuring access to affordable, high-quality health care in Gifford’s service area.