Orthopedic Trauma

From Crisis to Confidence—for Life!

Sudden injuries from an accident or other mishap can turn your life upside down. Or at least the pain and fear they bring can make you feel that way. But expert specialist care from an experienced, board-certified and fellowship-trained team of orthopedic trauma specialists can make all the difference in restoring both your function and confidence in your body’s capacity for healing to the greatest possible degree.

SRO Orthopaedic Trauma Center

The Trauma Team at SRO features three fellowship-trained specialists. Drs. Thomas AxelradFrederick Bennett and Michelle Nentwig see patients for a wide variety of musculoskeletal injuries and related complications, for both acute and chronic conditions.

Presenting problems range from single fractures to multi-limb injuries that may threaten not only a patient’s daily function, but also their very lives. Our Trauma Team often serves as a regional resource for other physicians challenged by these complex orthopedic cases, which call on state-of-the-art techniques that optimize the healing of the musculoskeletal system and minimize damage to nerves and blood vessels and help prevent soft tissue loss.

Common Orthopedic Trauma Problems

  • Severe fractures of the upper and lower extremities
  • Open and complex periarticular injuries
  • Spine and spinal cord injuries
  • Femoral and tibial shaft fractures
  • Pelvic and acetabular fractures
  • Complex femoral fractures
  • Foot and ankle injuries
  • Nonunions and malunions
  • Dislocations
  • Soft tissue trauma
  • Infections of the musculoskeletal system
  • Osteomyelitis

In cases involving polytraumatized patients who suffer multiple skeletal and other primary organ system injuries (usually from high-impact traumatic events), our Orthopedic Trauma Team manages the orthopedic portion of the patient’s care in coordination with other subspecialties to help optimize the clinical outcome.

Meet the SRO Orthopaedic Trauma Team

Thomas W. Axelrad, MD, PhD

Thomas W. Axelrad, MD, PhD

Dr. Thomas W. Axelrad is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon who earned both his MD degree and a PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine. He then relocated for his internship in general surgery and residency in orthopedic surgery at Boston University Medical Center, followed by fellowship training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Learn More …

Frederick S. Bennett, M.D.

Frederick S. Bennett, M.D.

Dr. Frederick S. Bennett returned to his home state of California to join Santa Rosa Orthopedics in 1997 as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, with subspecialty expertise and fellowship training in orthopedic trauma care.

After graduating summa cum laude from Occidental College in Los Angeles for his bachelor’s degree… Learn More …

Michelle Nentwig, M.D.

Michelle Nentwig, M.D.

Dr. Michelle Nentwig is the newest addition to the medical staff at Santa Rosa Orthopaedics, having arrived in August, 2022 after completing her orthopedic trauma fellowship training at Pennsylvania State University’s Hershey Medical Center.

After graduating summa cum laude from Wichita State University for her bachelor’s degree, Dr. Nentwig entered the University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she obtained both her M.D. degree and her five-year residency training in orthopedic surgery. Learn More …

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