Stephen Choate, MD

Dr. Choate is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist at the Ochsner Sports Medicine Institute. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. His practice focuses on arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He is currently head team physician for Dillard University, Delgado College, and several high schools in the New Orleans area.

Dr. Choate graduated with Cum Laude from Davidson College in North Carolina, where he was an academic all-conference pitcher for the baseball team. He received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in 2007. He then completed his internship and residency at the Ochsner Clinic Foundation. Following residency, he served four years in the U.S. Air Force at Luke Air Force Base in Phoenix, Arizona, where he was Chief of the Orthopedic Department and Medical Director of Surgical Services for the 56th Medical Group. Under his leadership, the medical group twice earned the Air Education and Training Command award for “Best Clinic in the Air Force”, as well as the “Patient Safety” award. Dr. Choate’s clinical experience includes overseas deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, earning him the Air Force Commendation medal for meritorious service. While in Phoenix, Dr. Choate also served on staff for the Abrazo Medical Group and provided orthopaedic trauma care at West Valley Hospital’s Level 1 trauma center.

Following military service, Dr. Choate completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder reconstruction at the renowned Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, under the direction of Drs. John Tokish and Richard Hawkins.

Dr. Choate has a specific interest in the advancement of sports medicine through research and has published multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed scientific articles. His research has been presented at several national and international orthopedic conferences. Dr. Choate has received national attention for his treatment of Army and Air Force patients in a research study titled "Military surgeons report 'alarming frequency' of bench press injuries."

Professional society memberships include the Arthroscopy Association of North America, Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons, American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine, and The Hawkins Society.

Originally from Nashville, Tennessee, he is married with two children.

Medical School

University of Tennessee College of Medicine

Internship

Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Residency

Ochsner Clinic Foundation, Orthopedic Surgery

Fellowship

Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Reconstruction

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