Dr. Sanders attended medical school at the NYU School of Medicine and performed his residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Institute, in New York City. He received fellowship training in musculoskeletal trauma at Vanderbilt University Medical School, and then went on to obtain the AO/ASIF Jack McDaniels Memorial Trauma Fellowship, which he completed under the tutelage of Thomas Ruedi, M.D., in Chur, Switzerland. Upon his return, he spent several months with Sigvard T. Hansen, Jr., M.D., as a foot and ankle fellow at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.
Dr. Sanders is highly respected both nationally and internationally for his work in orthopaedic trauma and foot and ankle surgery. He was on the Agility® Total Ankle design team with Drs. Alvine and Hansen and has been performing total ankle surgery since 1995. He has performed hundreds of total ankle replacements, specializes in revision total ankle replacements, and has developed both instruments and surgical techniques to improve the outcomes of total ankle surgery.
With respect to fracture work, Dr. Sanders has developed a well-known classification for fractures of the calcaneus (heel bone), as well as designed a plate for these fractures (Synthes). In addition, he has designed a comprehensive plating system for articular fractures of the upper and lower extremities (A.L.P.S.©, Zimmer-Biomet), as well as developing a complete intramedullary nailing system for long bones (Trigen and InterTAN, Smith & Nephew), an external fixation system (Jet-X, Smith & Nephew), and a fibula nailing system (Acumed).
Academically, Dr. Sanders is the current Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of South Florida. He is a Past President of the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (2004-2005). He is currently the Service Line Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics at Tampa General Hospital and Director of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. He has trained over 120 fellows.
Dr. Sanders has authored over 150 articles and abstracts on orthopaedic trauma, and foot and ankle surgery, published several textbooks on orthopaedic trauma, and is presently the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, the leading international journal in the field. He has served as faculty for over 200 courses, has given over 300 lectures, and served as course Chairman for 40 courses to train other orthopaedic surgeons, including originating the AO/ASIF Course in Foot and Ankle Trauma with Sigvard Hansen, and the Current Solutions in Orthopaedic Trauma Course, now in its 15th year.
Dr. Sanders serves as President of Florida Orthopaedic Institute, the largest independent orthopaedic surgical practice in Florida. His special area of expertise is reconstructive surgery of the lower extremity including complex tibial, ankle and foot fractures, mal/nonunions, deformity correction of the foot and ankle, arthritis of the ankle and foot, and total ankle replacement surgery both primary and revision procedures.
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