Former rodeoer fixes bones after breaking his own

Dr. Michael Sisk joins staff at The Memorial Hospital in Craig after extensive emergency room career

A northwest Colorado native, local rodeo cowboy and orthopedic surgeon Michael Sisk found an interest in fixing bones, because he constantly broke his own.

Dr. Sisk, who recently joined the staff at The Memorial Hospital, decided upon his profession after spending many summer days in a surgeon's office.

"In college, I used to rodeo all summer long. I was always in a cast or a sling, and I met a lot of orthopedic surgeons," he said. "That's when I decided I'd like to be one myself."

Sisk grew up in Rifle, where his father was a doctor.

He completed his undergraduate and medical studies at the University of Colorado, and also completed his residency at CU Health Sciences Center.

He set up practice in Northwest Colorado, because he likes the life that goes with the area.

"I love to hunt, fish and ski. Steamboat and Craig have maintained cowboy atmospheres," he said. "I know the way of life here, and I'm honored to have the opportunity to work in the valley. I couldn't be happier."

Because the area has so many avid skiers and snowmobilers, an orthopedic surgeon keeps busy in Northwest Colorado.

"I see a lot of snow machine related injuries," he said. "A lot of inexperienced people are getting on these sleds that are now built a lot faster and are hurting themselves."

Sisk rotates with Dr. Andreas M. Sauerbrey coming to Craig from Steamboat Springs four days a week.

In addition to bringing in two new orthopedic surgeons, TMH recently purchased a new piece of equipment for the two to use in their work.

The new device, a Mini C-arm, is a miniature x-ray machine that will be used to take pictures of extremities such as hands and feet.

Prior to the purchase of the Mini C-arm, the hospital's x-ray machine was used by staff to take the pictures, but the C-arm is considerably smaller than an x-ray machine.

Sisk is at TMH on Mondays and Wednesdays, while Sauerbrey is in Craig on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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