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Sample orthopedic surgeon job description

At [Hospital X], our team of medical professionals is part of a network of care that’s been serving the community for more than 75 years. The team currently has 25 orthopedic physicians, fully supported by nurses and advanced practitioners, specializing in surgeries of the shoulder, knee, hip, ankle, hand, wrist, and spine. We’re seeking a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon to join this team. The ideal candidate has the required credentials and skills, along with proven ability to engage successfully with colleagues and patients while providing exceptional care and outcomes. The surgeon will improve the lives of patients and contribute to pioneering work that’s helping to shape the practice of orthopedic surgery.

Objectives of this role

  • Examine, diagnose, treat, and perform surgery on patients who have disorders, malformations, diseases, and injuries of the musculoskeletal system
  • Plan and execute disease-prevention and health-promotion programs
  • Pursue medical research on diseases
  • Conduct, supervise, and participate in training of personnel needed to sustain a robust and readily available medical system
  • Maintain accurate records of patient profiles, treatments, and progress
  • Make referrals to physical therapists or other specialists, as needed


  • Interview patients to gather information on medical history, allergies, and lifestyle
  • Diagnose patients using specialized equipment for identifying bone fractures or defects
  • Perform surgical procedures to realign fractured bones and torn ligaments or to replace joints such as the knee and hip
  • Prescribe medications and supplements, as needed, and make diet, hygiene, lifestyle, and exercise recommendations to boost healing process
  • Provide surgical assistance and consultation to medical doctors and general practitioners
  • Delegate tasks and coordinate activities of nurses and other medical staff

Required skills and qualifications

  • Doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) or doctor of medicine (MD) degree, or equivalent, and successful five-year residency in orthopedic surgery
  • Board certification for practice of orthopedic surgery 
  • Current licensure in good standing
  • Proven success with relevant surgical procedures and nonsurgical treatments
  • Analytical mindset, medical dexterity, and patient-centered focus
  • Ability to communicate information sensitively to patients and their families

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience as an orthopedic surgeon
  • Availability for 1:4 call schedule
  • Ability to communicate in more than one language