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.
Dr. Mejia spent 10 years of active duty service 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. 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 on the largest naval base in the world. His many medals and awards include two Navy Commendation medals and a Navy Achievement medal. He left the Navy in1998 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 Sports medicine and Orthopedic 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 a 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 non-athlete and worker with great success.
Outside of his profession, Dr. Mejia’s passion is baseball. His greatest joy is serving as the head team physician for the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers minor league baseball team since 1999. He serves on the medical staff for the Milwaukee Brewers since 2009, and formerly with the Seattle Mariners. He has extensive experience in caring for baseball players and is a consultant to many baseball organizations for management and prevention of injuries. Dr. Mejia is a featured speaker and instructor in surgical techniques for baseball-related shoulder and elbow injuries, including Tommy John ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction and shoulder labral injuries. He also has extensive coaching experience from youth to high school baseball.
Dr. Mejia 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. Dr. Mejia dedicates much of his time to his church, as well as involvement in the community as a Boy Scout leader and Eagle Scout. Dr. Mejia’s hobbies include hunting, sporting clays, music, boating, and spending time with his family.