Posted: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Barton Health welcomes Dr. Jonathan T. Finnoff, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine, (D.O.), to Barton Health. Dr. Finnoff will work along side Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians Drs Keith R. Swanson, Terrence R. Orr, Stephen M. Bannar, Robert E. Rupp, Daniel T. Robertson, Kyle E. Swanson and William Cottrell. His extensive experience in rehabilitation, treatment of tendon disorders, diagnostic and interventional ultrasound, exertional leg pain, fluoroscopic procedures, concussion management, exercise physiology and athletic performance enhancement will be a great asset to the Lake Tahoe region.
“I’m very excited to be moving to Tahoe and joining the exceptional physicians at Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine,” Dr. Finnoff said. “I believe my years of experience in caring for patients and directing multiple programs at the Mayo Clinic’s Sports Medicine Center will serve the community well. I look forward to introducing new ideas and treatments to Tahoe and taking sports medicine in the region to the next level.”
He recently served as a consultant for the Sports Medicine Center in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Mayo Clinic – a world-renowned teaching and research medical facility in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Finnoff is the former director of the Sports Concussion Management Program, Non-contact ACL Injury Prevention and assistant director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Mayo Sports Medicine Center.
“I was extensively involved in sports medicine education and research at the Mayo Clinic,” Dr. Finnoff said. ”This has kept me up-to-date with the latest treatment techniques for sports medicine problems such as treating tendon issues such as tennis elbow … with ultrasound guided needle tenotomies and platelet rich plasma injections.”
Dr. Finnoff knows first-hand the importance of presenting modern medical education to the community and physicians alike. As a former Mayo Clinic Associate Professor, current University of Utah faculty member and international presenter, he has contributed to more than 60 medical publications throughout his career. Like several of Barton’s physicians, he also serves as a United States Ski and Snowboard Team physician. As a practicing physician and medical director of sports medicine and rehabilitation for Barton Health, Dr. Finnoff will collaborate with Barton physicians and staff in the expansion and improvement of Tahoe Center for Orthopedics medical components.
“The orthopedic care in Tahoe is already top notch. What is needed to enhance sports medicine in this region and to become a national and international leader in sports medicine is a coordinated and comprehensive approach,” he said.
With more than 11 years of experience in sports medicine and physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. Finnoff says he is looking forward to creating a regional comprehensive sports concussion management program and tendon injury treatment program, including ultrasound-guided procedures and platelet rich plasma (PRP) injections –a new procedure, based on a once seemingly revolutionary idea: Inject people with their own blood, concentrated so it is mostly platelets, the tiny colorless bodies that release substances that help repair tissues.
“With the assistance of Barton Health and my medical and surgical colleagues, I plan to develop this type of sports medicine program in Tahoe, which will include everything from performance enhancement and injury prevention to the best rehabilitation and surgical treatments for injured athletes. Not only will the sports medicine program emphasize clinical care, but also research and education.”
A former professional mountain biker, avid skier, rock climber and all-around outdoorsman, Dr. Finnoff says this is the perfect destination not only for his practice, his wife and daughter, but also to continue to live a healthful and adventurous life, while making a difference in other’s wellbeing — through medicine.
“As an athlete, I know what it’s like to be injured. I know how frustrating it is to have to “watch” instead of “do,” Dr. Finnoff said. “Sports are part of my identity, not only in medicine, but also in life. I know how important it is to see a healthcare professional that understands what you’re going through and what your expectations are. I want to be that healthcare professional.”
Dr. Finnoff is accepting new patients in South Lake Tahoe and Zephyr Cove. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call (530) 541-3100 for South Lake Tahoe, (775) 588-3636 for Zephyr Cove or visit LakeTahoeSportsMed.com.