It’s been said that orthopedic surgeons like to fix things. That’s
certainly true for new orthopedic surgeon
Dr. Stanford Israelsen. As a youngster one of his favorite things was to help his father fix
‘stuff’, from cars to air conditioners.
“It’s very gratifying to take something that’s broken
and make it functional again,” he said.
Dr. Israelsen combined his passion for fixing things with community service
during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. He spent weekends camping
out in church parking lots with his LDS group, tearing homes down to the
2 x 4’s to clean up mud, debris and downed timber.
“We did a lot of work with chainsaws,” said Dr. Israelsen,
with a grin.
He attended medical school at the
Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas and completed an internship in General Surgery at the
Mayo Clinic and his residency in Orthopedic Surgery at
Marshall University in Huntington, WV.
He’s no stranger to Wyoming, having spent summer vacations camping
in the Wind River range with his family for more than 20 years. Dr. Israelsen
looked at many opportunities in Montana, Colorado and Utah before choosing
to practice with
Powder River Orthopedics and Spine, (PROS).
“Gillette was hands down the favorite,” said Dr. Israelsen.
“Everyone we met was excited for us to come here. Both the hospital
and the job were ideal.”
Dr. Israelsen will be seeing patients for general orthopedic surgery, including
joint replacement, orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and hand, foot and
ankle procedures—in other words, just about everything except spine surgery.
When asked about his philosophy of caring for patients, he emphasized the
importance of taking the time to listen, understand, and answer questions.
“I want to help my patients heal and regain function in the least
invasive way possible, whether that choice is surgery or non-operative
care,” he said.
Dr. Isrealsen and his wife Denae have four children, ages four months to
ten years, and the family is looking forward to enjoying camping, hiking,
biking and other outdoor activities.
“It’s one of the reasons we’re excited to be in Wyoming,” he said.
Expert Orthopedic & Spine Care In Gillette, Wyoming
The Board-certified physicians at PROS take an innovative and comprehensive
approach to the treatment of acute and chronic orthopedic pain. Have your
procedure in our
modern operating rooms at Campbell County Memorial Hospital or
Powder River Surgery Center.
See the PROS for:
- Foot and ankle surgery
- General orthopedic surgery
- Joint replacement surgery, hip and knee
- Shoulder, elbow and hand surgery
- Spine surgery, including minimally invasive procedures
- Sports Medicine
For a consultation, call 307.686.1413 or visit