Nels Sampatacos MD, received his MD degree from the University of Arizona, College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center. After his final year as chief resident, Dr. Sampatacos completed a fellowship in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and reconstructive surgery at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI), Van Nuys, California. In his spare time, Dr. Sampatacos enjoys teaching and learning photography, cycling, weight lifting, skiing, traveling, spontaneous day trips throughout the Pacific Northwest, and spending time with his daughter.
I believe there is just as much wisdom, if not more, in understanding when not to operate as there is in knowing when to proceed with surgery. My philosophy involves listening to patients and engaging them in conversation, not only for the purpose of identifying their injury or ailment, but more importantly, to understand the functional implications their condition has on their overall quality of life. Then, after clearly explaining the pros and cons of various treatment options and providing my best recommendations, I believe in arriving at an individualized treatment plan together with the patient. From the professional athlete to the weekend warrior, one of my greatest pleasures is successfully returning an injured athlete to a high-level of competition. My goal is to restore form and function in a caring and compassionate environment, allowing my patients to quickly return to an active and healthy lifestyle.