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James Christensen, MD
June 20, 2017

Thomas Christensen, MD

Specialties: Shoulder, Elbow, & Hand Disorders, Injuries, Reconstruction, & Microvascular Surgery

Fellowships: Hand & Microvascular Surgery, Open & Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Residency: University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Medical School: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine

Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery & the American Board of Hand Surgery

Dr. Christensen received his medical degree from the University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine, where he graduated number one in his class. His orthopedic residency was completed at the University of Utah, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. After residency, Dr. Christensen completed a fellowship in Hand and Microvascular Surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, as well as a fellowship in Open and Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery with Dr. Laurent Lafosse at the Alps Surgery Institute in Annecy, France.

Dr. Christensen is the only surgeon at the Reno Orthopaedic Clinic Board Certified by both the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery and the American Board of Hand Surgery. He is also a volunteer at the University of California, Davis where he visits monthly as a visiting clinical professor to the assist in the teaching of resident orthopaedic surgeons. Dr. Thomas Christensen is currently the Vice President of the Nevada Orthopaedic Society.

Dr. Christensen specializes in shoulder, elbow and hand disorders, injuries, reconstruction, and microvascular surgery.

He began practicing at the Reno Orthopedic Clinic in 2013.

Patient Testimonials

You guys are AWESOME

What a GREAT team you have at the ROC. The staff was great, I’d like to send a SPECIAL SHOUT OUT to Becca, Kim Wilson and of course Dr. Tom Christensen for getting me in so promptly and taking care of my needs. You guys are AWESOME and you make a GREAT TEAM. THANK YOU to EVERYONE at the ROC the whole experience was excellent and I would highly recommend you!!

Elbow Replacement Success

“I couldn’t ask for a nicer surgeon and staff at ROC as a whole. I have and will recommend Dr. Christensen to friends and family. My elbow replacement has been the best thing since sliced bread, with great pain relief! My function is drastically improved, as I couldn’t straighten my arm all the way beforehand.” – Susan

Thank you Dr. Christensen

I would enthusiastically recommend Dr. Christensen to anyone who needed surgery.  He is a very skilled surgeon, but more importantly he makes non-surgical options available and clearly explains the risks of all options.  Three years following my surgery I am still 100% satisfied with the outcome.  I would definitely opt for the same surgery option if presented with that situation today.

While it takes some physical therapy to gain full range of motion, it comes with some discomfort.  However, I am 100% pain free and my range of motion is as close to 100% as one could have hoped for.  I am able play golf, to fish for 100# plus halibut in Alaska and to fly fish for many species all without pain or discomfort.

The procedure greatly improved on my pre-op function.  Prior to the surgery I had difficulty getting my wallet out of my right rear pocket and I had begun to carry the wallet in my left rear pocket.  Following surgery and a couple months of physical therapy I have regained full function in my right hand / wrist.  The function is significantly better than he had been for many years.  I have no pain and am able to use my right hand in every normal way.

Reflecting on the entire process of living with limited function in my right hand and some level of pain everyday for many years I was somewhat surprised by the diagnosis 3 years ago.  Considering all options available to relieve the pain and to gain better functionality I opted for the total wrist replacement procedure.  I would, without question, opt for the same surgical option if given the option all over again.  I am otherwise a normal, healthy 69 year old man who is able to enjoy the benefit of retirement that would have been limited without this surgery.  Thank you Dr. Christensen and your entire team, including the folks at the ROC physical therapy division, they are all professional, kind and very skilled.

Phenomenal Physician

Dr. Christensen is a phenomenal physician. His care, attention to detail, and straightforward advice is what patients need. I’m very happy with my care thus far.

5 stars

Everyone I met that day treated me with the utmost kindness, care and respect! Dr. Christensen took as much time as necessary to explain my surgery and the details of all the preparation and follow-up care entailed. He and his whole staff get 5 stars.

View Dr. Thomas Christensen's Publications

Textbook Publications

 

2015    Christensen TJ, Bishop A, Spinner R, Shin, A. Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries AAOS Orthoinfo: http://www.orthoinfo.org/topic.cfm?topic=A00678

2014    Christensen TJ, Kubiak EN. Epidemiology, Clinical Evaluation, Imaging and Classification of Scapular Fractures. Disorders of the Shoulder: Diagnosis and Management. Third Edition, Iannotti, Williams Jr., LWW. Chapter 11: 153-166.

2014    Christensen TJ, Kubiak EN. Non-operative management of Scapular Fractures: Indications, Techniques, and Outcomes. Disorders of the Shoulder: Diagnosis and Management. Third Edition, Iannotti, Williams Jr., LWW. Chapter 11: 167-175.

2014    Christensen TJ, Elhassan B. Tendon transfers for Shoulder Winging. AAOS Orthopaedic Knowledge Online 2014: http://orthoportal.aaos.org/oko/article.aspx?article=OKO_SHO053#article

2014    Christensen TJ, Bishop, A, Spinner R, Shin A. AAOS Comprehensive Orthopaedic Review 2, chapter 96: Adult Traumatic Brachial Plexus Injuries. 2015.

2012    Christensen TJ, Bishop AT, Spinner RJ, Shin AY: Traumatic injuries of the adult brachial plexus. AAOS: Orthopaedic Knowledge Online 2012; http://orthoportal.aaos.org/oko/article.aspx?article=OKO_HAN035.

 

Podium Presentations

2016    Christensen TJ. Distal Radius Fractures: A Radiographic Analysis. Lake Tahoe, CA

2016    Christensen TJ. Ulnar Shortening Osteotomy: Indications & Techn. Lake Tahoe, CA

2015    Christensen TJ. Total Elbow Arthroplasty—Current Indications, Trends, and Controversies. Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, July 2015

2014    Christensen TJ. The Influence of Microsurgical Training on the Practice of Hand Surgeons. Podium Presentation ASSH Annual Meeting, September 2014.

2013    Christensen TJ. Management of Chronic DRUJ Instability. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, February, 2013.

2013    Christensen TJ. Management of Swan Neck Deformity. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, February, 2013.

2012    Christensen TJ, Shin AY, Bishop AT. Free Vascularized Bone Grafting for Segmental Defects. Mayo Clinic, Grand Rounds, December 2012.

2012    Christensen TJ, Horwitz D, Higgins T, Kubiak E. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. Podium presentation AAOS Annual Meeting, February 2012

2011    Christensen TJ, Thorum T, Kubiak K. Lidocaine Analgesia for Removal of Wound Vacuum-Assisted Closure Dressings: a Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial. Podium presentation, AAOS Annual Meeting, February, 2011

2011    Christensen TJ. Tendon Transfers about the Shoulder. University of Utah, Grand Rounds. September 2011.

2010    Christensen TJ. Corticosteroid Injections for Musculoskeletal Disorders. University of Utah, Grand Rounds. December 2010.

 

Poster Presentations

2016    Christensen TJ, Vo A, Lafosse L. The V-shaped Subscapularis Tenotomy for Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. AAOS Annual Meeting, March 2016.

2014     Rice C, Christensen TJ, Fitzpatrick D, Kubiak EN. Excellent Results with Treatment of Bicondylar Tibia Plateau (41C) Fractures using Far Cortical Locking (FCL) Implants. AAOS Annual Meeting, March 2014.

2013    Christensen TJ, Horwitz D, Kubiak EN. Prospective Comparison Of Percutaneous Versus Open Technique For The Treatment Of Clavicle Fracture Yields Decreased Anterior Chest Wall Numbness.  OTA Annual Meeting, September 2013

2012    Christensen TJ, Horwitz D, Higgins T, Kubiak E. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. ASSH Annual Meeting, September 2012

2012    Christensen TJ, Horwitz D, Higgins T, Kubiak E. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. AAOS Annual Meeting, February 2012

Manuscript Publications

 

2019    Mullett P, Willems J, Christensen TJ. Total Distal Radioulnar Joint Arthroplasty for Paget’s Disease of Bone. J Wrist Surg 2019; DOI: 10.1055/s-0039-3400509

2017    Christensen TJ, Samant SA, Shin AY. Making Sense of Metal Allergy and Hypersensitivity to Metallic Implants in Relation to Hand Surgery. J Hand Surg Am 2017; 42: 737-746.

2016    Christensen TJ, Sarfani S, Shin AY, Kakar S. Long-term Outcomes of Primary Repair of Chronic Thumb Ulnar Collateral Ligament Injuries. Hand 2016; 11: 303-309.

2016    Rice C, Christensen TJ, Bottlang M, Fitzpatrick D, Kubiak E. Treating Tibia Fractures with Far Cortical Locking Implants. Am J Orthop 2016; 45: 143-147.

2015    Christensen TJ, Anding W, Shin AY, Bishop AT, Moran SL. The Influence of Microsurgical Training on the Practice of Hand Surgeons. J Reconstr Microsurg 2015; 31: 442-449.

2014    Wagner E, Christensen TJ, Elhassan B. Feasibility of Latissimus and Teres Major Transfer to Reconstruct Irreparable Subscapularis Tendon Tear: An Anatomic Study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2014; 23: 492-499.

2014    Christensen TJ, Horwitz D, Kubiak EN. Natural History of Anterior Chest Wall Numbness after Plating of Clavicle Fractures: Educating Patients. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2014; 28(11): 642-647.

2014    Christensen TJ, Hohl J, Patel A. Neuroforaminal Chondrocyte Metaplasia and Clustering Associated with Recombinant Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Usage in Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Spine J 2014; 14: e23-e28.

2013    Christensen TJ, Thorum T, Kubiak EN. Lidocaine Analgesia for Removal of Wound Vacuum-Assisted Closure Dressings: a Randomized Double Blinded Placebo Controlled Trial. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 2013; 27: 107-112.

2009    Zalavras CG, Christensen TJ, Patzakis MJ, et al. Infections Following Operative Management of Ankle Fractures. Clin Ortho Rel Res 2009; 467: 1715-1720.

2005    Christensen TJ, Selby R, Sher L, et al. Iatrogenic Pseudoaneurysms of the Extrahepatic Arterial Vasculature:  Management and Outcome. Journal of the International Hepatobiliary Association (IHPB) 2006; 8: 458-464.

The Center for Hand & Upper Extremity

During your time with us, we trust you will experience the orthopedic difference of excellence in hand & upper extremity care.

The Reno Orthopedic Clinic has been caring for patients and treating injuries for nearly 50 years. Our specialists help facilitate care with any local physician. Every ROC on-call physician participates in continuing education in order to provide our patients with the most accurate and up to date treatment.