Dr. Emerson has a distinguished career in orthopedics and sports medicine. He is a decorated combat Air Force flight surgeon accruing several air medals during his tour in Vietnam. During his first year of practice in 1978, he established the much-acclaimed high school student-athlete comprehensive sports physicals. For seventeen years, he served as the orthopedic surgeon and team physician for the Phoenix Suns, The Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers.

He has authored award-winning publications and research, and has served as the President of the National Sports Medicine Academies. Dr. Emerson is also a founding member of the Arizona Chapter of College Football Hall of Fame. He is a board member of the Arizona Football Coaches Association and serves as Chairman of the annual, “Care of the Athlete” seminars. In 2005, Phoenix Magazine named him as, a “Top Doc” in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Emerson was founder and President of the American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Sports Medicine. He is also the only physician to be named an honorary staff member of John C. Lincoln Hospital.

Our Patients love Dr. Emerson!

Amazed at the service I received from you!! I had an appointment with “another” orthopedic practice set for 9 days and they called me the DAY before to tell me they now didn’t take my insurance (info I could have used EIGHT DAYS AGO!!) I endured the pain for 8 days! Then I called your practice and had an appointment in two hours!..here’s how it went…

I went to TOCA at 2222 E. Highland at 2pm … filled out paperwork and they said they’d get me right in..less than 5 minutes later I’m in the room..less than 3 minutes later Dr. is in..he say X-ray will be right in.. less than 30 seconds later I’m off to X’ray..10 minutes later I’m back in the room…3 minutes later & the Dr. is back in the room and explains no rips or tears just arthritis that I can help heal with anti-inflammatories and excercise…say they will be right in to drain my knee and give me a cortisone shot..less than 1 minute later the tech is there and less than 3 minutes later procedure is done and I have instructions…I ask if it’s OK to see the X-rays and the doctor says “Sure!” and explains everything and give me a quick biology lesson to boot! By MILES the most efficient Doctor visit I have had EVER! Amazing … I’m inviting them to St. Croix! THIS is how to run a practice!!!

Dr. Emerson in the News

Dr. Emerson has a distinguished career in orthopedics and sports medicine. He is a decorated combat Air Force flight surgeon accruing several air medals during his tour in Vietnam.

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