Sean Fitzpatrick, MD

Training Highlights
  • Specialty
    Sports Medicine
  • Fellowship
    Ohio State University - Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • Residency
    Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Medical School
    Marshall University School of Medicine, Huntington, WV – Doctor of Medicine
  • Undergraduate Degrees
    Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA – M.S. Biomedical Science
    University of California, Berkeley – B.S. Chemistry
  • Professional Associations
    American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
    American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
    Arthroscopy Association of North America
Bio

Sean Fitzpatrick has always loved math and science, which led him to study chemistry in college. While he enjoyed working in a lab after graduation, he realized he wanted more of a personal connection with those around him and knew that healthcare would be a great fit. Around the same time, he sustained an ankle injury that would eventually require surgery. Being a lifelong fitness enthusiast, this injury made him acutely aware of just how important mobility was. That’s when he knew he would dedicate himself to a career in orthopaedics helping his patients regain their own stride. 

Now, as a specialist in sports medicine, he enjoys helping athletes, weekend warriors and active individuals get back to the activities they love: whether that’s competitive sports, recreational activities or something as simple as being able to walk around the neighborhood without pain. During his career, he has been team physician and taken care of many athletes including the Pittsburgh Pirates, Ohio State University, Olympic athletes, and many others. Since he knows first-hand the agony of having his own mobility taken away, he takes a great deal of pride in helping athletes and patients get back to doing the activities they love.

Dr. Fitzpatrick takes an individualized approach to each patient and problem, working with his patients to understand their goals and help them return to their highest level of function. He prefers a non-operative approach when possible but does realize that sometimes surgery is the best option. His advice to patients on how to maintain healthy joints and bones is simple: a healthy diet, being physically active and maintaining a healthy body weight.

Dr. Fitzpatrick and his wife are excited to raise their growing family in Reno. He discovered Northern Nevada while attending the University of California, Berkeley, when he and his friends would take weekend trips to the Biggest Little City to play. In addition to 300 days of sun and abundant outdoor activities, he appreciates how friendly the community is. While he enjoys many different opportunities to get outside, he’s especially excited about mountain biking and snowboarding, now that he’s in such close proximity to the mountains. The Fitzpatrick family also enjoys hiking, bike rides and trips to the beach. 

As much as he appreciates the outdoors, Dr. Fitzpatrick is equally passionate about giving back. During medical school, he traveled to Honduras with the Global Medical Brigade, where they provided basic medical care for several thousand people, and helped the community build small homes, bathrooms and community kitchens. He says that trip helped him better appreciate how fortunate he is and reinforced his need to give back. Dr. Fitzpatrick is looking forward to volunteering time with local high school and college teams in the area.