Dr. Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, MD PhD practices as a Consultant in Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN, USA). Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo was born in Madrid, Spain. He graduated as Medical Doctor from Universidad Autonoma de Madrid Medical School (Spain) and obtained the #1 position in the Spanish National Exam for Medical Graduates in 1992.
Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo completed his Residency Program at Hospital Universitario La Paz and his PhD Program at Universidad Autonoma de Madrid. He was then selected for a fellowship position at Mayo Clinic and completed a two year program in adult reconstruction of the lower (hip and knee) and upper (shoulder and elbow) extremities. Currently, Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo practices as Consultant in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic, where he is actively involved in outpatient consultations, surgical procedures, research and teaching activities. Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo is also appointed as full Professor at Mayo College of Medicine. He serves as Program Director for the Mayo Clinic Shoulder and Elbow Fellowship, and ViceChairman for the Division of Adult Reconstruction. He has been presented the Mayo Clinic Teacher of the Year Award on two separate occasions and has received other research recognitions in the past, including the Mark B. Coventry, Melvin Post, MidAmerica Orthopedic Association, Knee Society and AAOS Achievement’s Awards. Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo is member of multiple professional societies, and currently serves as active member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Membership Committee, as well as Associate Editor for the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Arthroplasty, and the Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. He was recently appointed as Board member for American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo has published over 175 articles in the peer-reviewed literature in addition to over 50 book chapters. He is co-editor of the most widely read textbook on elbow surgery, “The Elbow and Its Disorders”.
Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo just published Mayo Clinic Principles of Shoulder Surgery, a book directed to individuals starting their training in the field of shoulder surgery. He is actively involved in the design of implants for joint replacement and fracture fixation. Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo serves as course co-director for the Mayo Clinic Annual Elbow Course “Teach the teachers”, and the Mayo Clinic Course on Shoulder Tendon Transfers and Complex Rotator Cuff Tears. He has presented his research in numerous occasions at national and international meetings. Dr. Sanchez-Sotelo has developed a special interest in complex reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and elbow joints, as well as in basic science research related to the genetic and molecular basis of orthopedic conditions, particularly joint stiffness, as well as the biomechanics of shoulder and elbow injuries and implants.