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Christopher Dolan, MD

Christopher Dolan, MD


Specialty:Sports Medicine; Arthroscopy of the knee, shoulder and elbow
Board Certified:American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Fellowship:Stanford University Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine Fellowship, Palo Alto, CA – Fellow
Internship/Residency:Grand Rapids Orthopaedic Residency Program/Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI
Medical School:University of California, Davis School of Medicine, Davis, CA – MD
Undergraduate Degree:University of California, Davis, Davis, CA – BA in History and BS in Physiology
Professional Associations:American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Washoe County Medical Society


Dr. Dolan is one of the region's only sports medicine specialists with experience providing care for professional athletes. While completing a year of sub-specialty training in a sports medicine fellowship at Stanford University, he served as the team physician on the field and in the locker room for the San Francisco 49ers. The care he provided for Stanford's athletes included many professional athletes and Olympic athletes as well.

Dr. Dolan was born and raised in Reno, Nevada and is a proud graduate of Wooster High School. He completed his undergraduate training and medical school at UC Davis and then his orthopaedic residency at Michigan State University School of Medicine. Dr. Dolan returned to his beloved hometown to establish his practice after a year of specialty training at Stanford University.

Dr. Dolan is an orthopaedic surgeon with a special interest in the prevention, treatment, and rehabilitation of sports related injuries, and arthroscopy of the shoulder and knee. He has been performing complex shoulder and knee surgeries for over a decade and has advanced training in treating traumatic and degenerative disease of the shoulder, including the procedures of anatomic and reverse total shoulder replacements. He also performs cutting edge minimally invasive arthroscopic shoulder stabilization, rotator cuff repairs, and superior capsule reconstructions along. A specialist in knee pain and injury, he also performs ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration procedures of the knee. With broad experience in treating traumatic injuries and fractures, Dr. Dolan also holds a position on the Renown orthopaedic trauma panel.

Dr. Dolan provides on-field care for many of our local athletes and is committed to education. He serves as the team orthopaedist for the University of Nevada Division I athletes, and provides on-field care for Galena and Wooster High School, along with other local teams. He has significant experience caring for the throwing athlete and provided care for the Western Nevada Wildcats during their successful run in junior college baseball. He continues to volunteer time educating medical students, residents, and fellows as a faculty member for the University of Nevada School of Medicine.

Patient education is essential to Dr. Dolan's practice and he believes in evidence-based medicine and a multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, treatment, and recovery of each patient. His goal is to individualize care and work towards a shared goal with his patients to maintain an active, productive, and enjoyable lifestyle. He also believes in the importance of nutrition to maintaining a healthy active lifestyle. He and his family follow a Paleo-inspired whole food diet. He is blessed to share his delivery of exceptional care with his wife Carolyn who has a doctorate in physical therapy and masters in holistic nutrition. Together they have developed a program to help maximize recovery. The Dolans have three healthy wonderful children that bring joy to their lives every day in new and exciting ways.

Dr. Dolan knows that choosing a doctor is an important and personal decision, and he is honored and privileged that you would consider him for your orthopaedic care. If you are looking for a sports medicine doctor near you, call Great Basin Orthopaedics at 775.786.1600 for a consultation.