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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 has 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 with 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.

I have sent a new patient to Great Basin, Dr. Christopher Dolan, which operated on me. I am very confident in his care. The staff is excellent at Great Basin.
Dr. Dolan is an absolute all-star. He treated our son for a fracture and his staff was just as awesome as he is. I will be coming back I'm sure, as I have two sons who think they're invincible. If you need an orthopedic surgeon, then Dr. Dolan is your guy. Thanks Dr. Dolan for your great knowledge and dedication and thanks to your staff for their kind and welcoming environment.
Nate I.
This is the best orthopaedic clinic I have ever been in. Dr. Dolan and his staff are all stars! Dr. Dolan has the type of personality that makes it easy for his patients to understand their individual medical issue. His expertise is top notch. This practice has a staff that is professional, respectful, courteous and considerate. The doctors at Great Basin participate as professionals for our UNR teams. There are other orthopedic doctors in Reno, but, in my opinion, none as great as the doctors with the GBO team.
Kathy A.
I landed on my shoulder and broke my clavicle and humerus. I initially went to another orthopedic practice and was very unhappy. After my first surgery and physical therapy, I wasn't healing and was in a lot of pain, so I had my records transferred [to GBO] and met with Dr. Dolan. I wish I would have gone there first! He had a lovely bedside manner. He would sit with me and show me my x-rays and explain what was going on, something my first surgeon at the other place never did. After two surgeries with Dr. Dolan, I'm happy to say I'm active again and feeling much better than before. I would recommend Great Basin Orthopaedics to anyone. The staff treated me very well. Every time I walked in, everyone knew my name and I wasn't just a number like at the other place.
Christine Prince
I felt really comfortable in this practice. From the very start, things were run efficiently. Was extremely worried and Dr. Dolan' nurse (Sam) had a great smile and manner; Dr. Dolan was FANTASTIC.
I recommend Dr. Dolan whenever I hear of someone with knee pain. He has been helping me with a cartilage problem in my knee for the last three years. I know I'll need surgery eventually, but he's been great about helping me manage it in the meantime.
Jenny Likes
My overall experience at Great Basin Orthopaedics was great. I can't say enough good things about Dr. Dolan. The guy seemed to understand the pain I was going through, and he wanted to get to the root of the problem. After surgery and some physical therapy, I feel like I'm ready to jump back on my stand-up jetski.
Chuck Evans
Dr. Dolan and his assistant Sam are exceptional. I have seen Dr. Dolan multiple times for multiple injuries and each time I came away better, including a very successful knee surgery. He is incredibly knowledgeable and professional and Sam is nothing short of amazing and accommodating. All-in-all A+ service.
Kelly D.
Great Basin Orthopaedics and Dr. Dolan are outstanding. Had issue diagnosed quickly putting my mind at ease and treatment was set up for my care. Pain was substantially reduced after initial visit.
Jerry Pae
It was a honor to have a Doctor who works on professional athletes take the time to work on me. With my shoulder always popping out of socket with ease, Dr Dolan made sure to get me in his tight schedule as soon as possible. He's an amazing person who also went out of his way to drive and perform the surgery at the place my insurance would only cover. His staff and assistant Samantha are just as impressive.
Brandon D
A few different doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with me. Then I literally walked in to Dr. Dolan's office, he looked at my MRI results, and he diagnosed me right then and there with bone spurs. He was so honest and supportive, totally up front about the fact that I needed surgery, but so reassuring and told me this was definitely fixable.
Connie Wray
Although knee replacement surgery will probably be necessary in the future, Dr. Dolan has agreed that there are options to try first. He gave me a shot in my knee, which was completely painless and has worked very well to ease the pain I had in walking on it.
Dr. Dolan was very thorough in his evaluation and took the time to explain the anatomy. I had surgery to fix my bucket handle tear on March 4. Going in, Dr. Dolan made me feel very confident. My goal was to get back to what I love doing–skiing, biking and playing soccer–in six weeks. I accomplished my goal. And I didn't completely miss this epic ski season.
Don Butterfield
Dr. Dolan & Sam are great!!! Excellent bedside manner. I really appreciate their care & your office getting in quickly! Thank you!
Dr. Dolan acknowledged my fears and needs and desire to get back to my life. He made me feel like I wasn’t a nuisance or a complainer. Dr. Dolan’s consideration of my needs, to make sure I wasn’t in pain, was incredible. It is such a blessing I ended up having my surgery with Dr. Dolan.
Romy Arguello
Great Basin Orthopaedics and Dr. Dolan are outstanding. Had issue diagnosed quickly putting my mind at ease and treatment was set up for my care. Pain was substantially reduced after initial visit.
Jerry Pete
I can walk-up stairs without any pain. It's just great. Dr. Dolan did a really great job and it's getting better every day.
Frank Boitano
When I hit the ground, I knew something was wrong. [X-rays] showed a meniscus tear, ACL and PCL. Reno Diagnostic referred me to Great Basin Orthopaedics, where I met Dr. Dolan. He explained to me what had happened and recommended arthroscopic surgery, letting me know what was happening all along the way. He performed the surgery about a year ago, which was followed by about five months of physical therapy and recovery time. I'm good as new now.
Matt Montoya
[Dr. Dolan] made me feel extremely comfortable in a stress filled situation the minute he first spoke to me. I immediately completely trusted him and he did everything during our doctor/patient relationship to affirm that feeling. I will be forever grateful for having met him.
Faye Lewis
I understand it will take at least a week for this treatment to have full effect. I also would add that after seeing Dr. Dolan last year for my knee, I'm ecstatic about the results. My last doctor wanted to do surgery, but Dr. Dolan wanted to try to avoid that if possible. Not only is my knee doing great, I didn't have to have the surgery or deal with the recovery and physical therapy that goes along with it! You guys are the best
Dr. Dolan is a great surgeon, very thorough and a nice guy. My pain was so minimal, I was off the pain pills in three days and sleeping in my bed which is not always possible after shoulder surgery.
Andrew Martonyi
Great Basin Orthopaedics (GBO) is the best, most well-run office I’ve ever been to. Dr. Dolan was so professional and explained everything clearly. He’s a very smart man and has a great bedside manner. The entire office is efficient, polite and friendly. The office management should be commended for their insight in running a professional and friendly environment for their patients and families. I highly recommend Dr. Dolan and Great Basin Orthopaedics for anyone needing orthopedic care.
Anna Vitteriti
I really liked working with Dr. Dolan because we did explore all the options before opting for surgery and that was really important to me. We tried everything else first.
Christina Works
I was experiencing a lot of pain in my right knee last fall so I went to see Dr. Dolan. We tried a cortisone shot at first, but then ended up doing surgery. Everything from pre- to post surgery went extremely well. After six weeks of physical therapy, I'm hiking, swimming twice a week, riding horses and fishing with my husband. I just love Dr. Dolan. His socks always match his tie and he's so personable. His bedside manner is beyond the point of being wonderful. He'll answer all your questions, one at a time, very honestly. I already referred my sister-in-law to him and she's had a great experience as well!
Karen Hawkins