Board certified orthopaedist Dr. Michael D. Rooks provides general orthopaedic surgery with a clinical focus on the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of hand injuries. He has specialized training in providing both surgical and nonsurgical treatment for injuries that are specific to the hand, including carpal tunnel syndrome, cuts and blunt force injuries, tennis elbow, wrist pain, and sports injuries to the hand.

Work Experience:
Orthopaedic Surgeon- Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates, Inc., 2000 – present
Peachtree Orthopaedics, 1998 – 2000
Associate Professor of Orthopaedics- Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University, 1984 – 1998

University of Alabama
Hand and Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery, 1983 – 1984

Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals
Surgical Resident, 1978 – 1979
Orthopaedic Surgery, 1979 – 1983

Emory University and Affiliated Hospitals
Noncategorical Surgical Internship, 1977 – 1978
Medical School

University of Alabama in Birmingham, School of Medicine
M.D., Graduated 1977

Samford University
Graduated Magna Cum Laude, B.S., 1983

Board Certification:
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, July 26, 1986
Surgery of the Hand, General Orthopaedic Recertification and CAQ Hand Recertification, December, 2006
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, January 30, 1989
Recertification in Hand and Orthopaedic Surgery, 2006 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Georgia Orthopaedic Society
Kelly Alumni Orthopaedic Association
Medical Association of Georgia
Southern Orthopaedic Association 

Honors, Academic Appointments and Affiliations:
Director, Microsurgical Training Laboratory
Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA, 1984 – 1998

Director, Orthopaedic Education
Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University, 1994 – 1998

Clinical Associate Professor of Orthopaedics
Department of Orthopaedics, Emory University, 1998 – 2000

Director, Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Unit
Crawford W. Long Memorial Hospital of Emory University, 1991 – 1998

“Best Teacher Award” Presented by Chief residents to Orthopaedic Staff, 1988, 1998

R. L. Petzolt First Place Prize for Innovations in Hand Therapy, September, 1994
Washington D.C.; Annual Meeting American Society of Hand Therapists
Assessment of Attrition Rate Deficit during Sustained Grip Strength Test; Co-authored with Bobbi Jo McIntosh, OTR/L and Cindy Ensor,OTR/L,CHT.

Award Paper – Annual Kelly Memorial Alumni Meeting, 1983
The Accuracy of Subchondral Placement of Knowles Pins in the Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses.

Senior Resident Award, October 1983
Second Annual Eastern Orthopaedic Association
The Accuracy of Subchondral Placement of Knowles Pins in the Treatment of Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphyses.

Hospital Affiliations & Active Staff Privileges:
St. Mary’s Hospital & Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado
Grand Valley Surgical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado
Veterans Administration Hospital & Medical Center, Grand Junction, Colorado

Clinics and Appointment Scheduling:

As a specialist in Orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Rooks spends significant time in the OR and making rounds on his patients in the hospital. Because of this he is only available in clinic approximately two days per week. As a surgeon on active staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Medical Center, he is also required to take trauma call. We ask your patience and understanding if your appointment has to be rescheduled or is delayed due to an emergency.

Dr. Rooks is fabulous.
K. P.

Dr. Rooks and his entire staff are top notch. Thank you for the excellent care and attentiveness to all of the details.
J. B.

Dr. Rooks and his staff were wonderful!
D. K.