6567 E. Carondelet Drive,
Suite 415
Tucson, AZ 85710
P: (520) 885-6701
F: (520) 885-9037

About Us

SAO is widely recognized as the regional leader in comprehensive orthopedic services. The physicians of SAO have received specialized training in orthopedic surgery and in sub-specialty areas within the field of orthopedic medicine and can diagnose and treat even the most complicated orthopedic conditions. A professional staff of Physician Assistants, Clinical Support Staff, X-Ray Technicians, and Administrative Personnel support the Physicians. Our Mission Is Simple – To provide exceptional quality care (Excellence In Orthopedics) in a professional and caring atmosphere.

SAO is one of Tucson’s most established Orthopedic Practices and the Premier Provider of Quality Orthopedic Services. We are a board-certified group of physician specialists that provides care for the musculoskeletal system. The musculoskeletal system is comprised of bones, joints, ligaments, tendons, nerves, muscles and related structures which work together to power the extremities and spine. Our surgeons are leading experts in the conservative and surgical management of injuries and problems affecting the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle and foot.



  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicare Advantage
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield Neighborhood
  • Care 1st ONECare
  • Care More
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Health Net Tricare
  • Health Net Ambetter
  • Humana
  • Humana Medicare “Humana Gold”
  • Mercy Care Plan/ Mercy Care Advantage (Medicare)
  • University Family Care (UFC)/ UFC Advantage (Medicare)
  • United Health Care (UHC)/ Pacificare
  • UHC Military & Veterans (Tricare)
  • UHC Community Care (APIPA)/ APIPA Medicare

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Fracture Management


Scar Revision

Adult Trauma


Pediatric Trauma

Industrial Injuries


Worker’s Compensation

Hand Surgery

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cortisone Injections
  • DeQuervain’s
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Hand Fractures (not elbow or above)
  • Nerve Pain in Elbow
  • Tendon, Ligament and Nerve Repair of Fingers and Wrists
  • Trigger Fingers

Sports Medicine

  • Arthroscopic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization
  • Arthroscopic Elbow Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Ankle Surgery

Joint Replacement Surgery

  • Minimally Invasive Total Joint Reconstruction
  • Computer Assisted Surgery

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Knee Replacement
Knee Arthroscopy
Knee Ligament Repair
Fracture Treatment

Orthopedic Surgery
Joint Replacement Surgery
Total Knee and Hip Replacement
Fracture Care
Arthoscopy Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder and Hip

Orthopedic Surgery
Sports Medicine
Ligament and Cartilage Surgery of the Knee
Shoulder Reconstruction Surgery
Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder and Hip

Hand Surgery
Orthopedic Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Nerve Entrapment Disorders
Fracture Care of Upper Extremities
Hand and Wrist Arthritic and Mass Treatments

Podiatric Foot & Ankle Surgery
Rear Foot & Ankle Surgery
Total Ankle Replacement
Total Ankle Reconstruction


The Very Best, Right Here in Tucson

5 5 1
Dr Dixon is by far the best dr I have had the honor to meet. He sincerely cares for his patients. From start to finish, he figuratively held my hand through two total knee replacements over a 6 month period. I recovered so quickly and am walking with no limp, up and down stairs and with little pain because he made absolutely sure that my physical therapy was a top priority. His perfectionism is so apparent and so appreciated. I am so grateful for him. He has changed my life.

Returned me to the sports I love!

5 5 1
Dr. Kersey successfully treated my patellofemoral arthritis with examinations, MRIs, injections, an arthroscopy, and--eventually--two patellofemoral arthroplasties. Following treatment, my cycling is better than ever! I am reaching my maximum potential as an athlete, and my daily activities are almost always pain free. Dr. Kersey is a meticulous surgeon who is also compassionate and caring. He lives the healthy life he supports others in achieving. I very highly recommend him!

Five Stars

5 5 1
Dr. Rao was amazing. She spent a lot of time with me explaining what each step of the process. She called me the day after my procedure to check on me. She goes above and beyond any physician I have ever had.

Easy ACL Reconstruction

5 5 1
As a 52 year old male, I wasn't sure whether I wanted to go through with the surgery, the pain, and the rehabilitation necessary to reconstruct my ACL. After meeting with Dr. Bradbury, I was certain that I was in the right hands - so to speak - and was determined to proceed with the surgery. I wasn't dissappointed. Immediately after the surgery, I had minimal swelling and virtually no pain. The rehab has proceeded swiftly and uneventfully. Dr. Bradbury exudes a reassuring, calm confidence. He is humble and personable, and spent a sufficient amount of time with me in explanations and answering questions. I would recommend him without reservation.

Strong Recommend

5 5 1
After years of working with an ankle injury from an old accident Dr. Steck completed an ankle replacement this past summer. I spent the last 9 months speaking to physicians at TOI and the University about my injury and the best solutions and plan came from Dr. Steck and his team. I strongly recommend those with ankle issues to have a sit down with Dr. Steck and see if a solution can be found.

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Southern Arizona Orthopedics

6567 E. Carondelet Drive, Suite 415
Tucson, AZ 85710
P: (520) 885-6701
F: (520) 885-9037

Practice Manager

Shana Lewis