Orthopedic Surgery Residency, Naval Medical Center in San Diego
Orthopedic Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Fellowship, Cincinnati Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center.
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Member American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
Member Arthroscopy Association of North America
Head Team Physician for Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Baseball
Dr. Etienne A. Mejia is a board certified orthopedic surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in arthroscopy, athletic injuries, sports medicine and rehabilitation. He also has wide interests in general orthopedic surgery. He is a native of San Juan, Puerto Rico. He attended Tulane University (B.S., Cum Laude with Honors, 1984) and Tulane School of Medicine (M.D., 1988) in New Orleans. He completed his orthopedic surgery residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.
During Dr. Mejia’s medical career, he spent 10 years in the United States Navy after medical school. He was trained as an aerospace medicine specialist and served as a naval flight surgeon with the U.S. Marines in California. During that time, he was deployed to the Gulf War during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. His accomplishments during this and other deployments earned him the prestigious Flight Surgeon of the Year Award for Fleet Marine Forces Pacific. As an orthopedic surgeon, he headed the Department of Orthopedics at the U.S. Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico. His many medals and awards include two Navy Commendation medals and a Navy Achievement medal. He left the Navy in 1998 as a Lieutenant Commander.
After his naval service, Dr. Mejia dedicated a year of additional subspecialty orthopedic training in sports medicine and rehabilitation. He obtained his fellowship at the internationally recognized Cincinnati Sportsmedicine and Orthopaedic Center, one of the first and most renowned sports medicine programs in the country. During his fellowship, his exposure ranged from the Olympic and professional athlete to the weekend recreational athlete. In addition, he served as team physician for several high schools. While in Cincinnati, he teamed up with engineers at University of Cincinnati to study the posterior cruciate ligament of the knee. His research has been published and presented at national meetings.
Dr. Mejia has acquired extensive experience with athletic injuries and rehabilitation, including complex knee and shoulder problems. His training encompasses the most advanced arthroscopic techniques of the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle. He has special interest in joint and ligament reconstructions, repair and transplantation of cartilage and meniscus in the knee, and shoulder surgery for instability and rotator cuff problems. From his extensive rehabilitation experience, Dr. Mejia finds that most extremity problems are successfully treated without surgery. In addition, he utilizes his principles of sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and rehabilitation for the everyday nonathlete and worker with great success.
Dr. Mejia is a member of the medical staff for the Milwaukee Brewers baseball organization. He is the head team physician of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a minor league affiliate for the Brewers. He is a medical consultant for the Brewers Latin America program in Dominican Republic. Given his expertise in baseball, he dedicates a significant portion of his practice to youth, local, collegiate and professional baseball player injuries His passion for baseball also carries into the community as a baseball coach and sponsor for many years.
Outside of his practice, he is an avid waterfowl and bird hunter. He is a fitness enthusiast. He loves boating, snow skiing, sporting clay shooting, music, and spending time with his wife and two sons. He is also a Boy Scout leader for Troop 73 and Bay-Lakes Council.
Our office offers an ambulatory surgery center and arthroscope facility. This surgery center was designed to provide safe and cost effective out-patient care for patients desiring surgical procedures. This will contribute to more effective patient care and greater satisfaction for our patients.
Dr. Mejia welcomes new patients and referrals. He is fully bilingual in Spanish and English. His practice philosophy centers around educating patients about their musculoskeletal problem and making them active participants in their care. He is dedicated to achieving patient’s satisfaction and providing the best orthopedic and medical care available.