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Dr. Brian Gruber, MD, MBA Dr. Brian Gruber, MD, MBA
Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon | Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Surgery | Knee & Shoulder Surgery
As a kid, Dr. Brian Gruber loved playing baseball. Naturally, like lots of kids, he thought he’d be a pro baseball player. However, a baseball pitching injury when he was 12-years-old brought him into an orthopedic surgeon’s office and from that day on, he had a new life goal and became focused on becoming an orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Gruber spent many years on the path to pursuing his goal, beginning with an undergraduate degree from Newman University in Kansas where he was also an academic All-American in Baseball. He then went on to graduate with honors and Alpha Omega Alpha recognition from the University of Illinois Chicago. Dr. Gruber completed an orthopedic surgery residency at the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and then completed his orthopedic and sports medicine training at Washington University. He is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and has specific training in orthopedic Sports Medicine.

When Dr. Gruber founded Integrated Orthopedics, after over a decade of practicing as an orthopedic surgeon, he had one goal:

• To build an orthopedic practice that puts patients first and provides the highest quality patient experience.

Each day we are pleased to receive feedback from patients in the office and online through social media that lets us know we are meeting our goal. Our teams works hard each day to get even better.

Just like the orthopedic surgeon who fixed Dr. Gruber’s elbow when he was 12, which allowed him to continue playing baseball, including at the collegiate level, he likes watching people get better. And it’s what drives him in his work each day.

Because of Dr. Gruber’s expertise in sports medicine, he has remained highly involved as the team physician for a number of sports teams. He has been involved with University of Michigan team sports including Wolverine Football. While in St. Louis he was an integral part of the medical team for the St. Louis Blues Hockey Club and the St. Louis Rams Football Organization. He was also involved with the March Madness Basketball Tournament and Team USA Development Hockey.

Dr. Gruber has expertise in arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. His specific interests are rotator cuff disease and anterior cruciate ligament injury to the knee. Research has always been a passion for Dr. Gruber, and he has been published in the premier orthopedic journals Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery.

We invite you to learn more about our practice by looking around the website and checking out our orthopedics blog. If you ever have a need for orthopedic care, we hope you will consider Integrated Orthopedics for that care.

Jacob R. Adams, MDJacob R. Adams, MD
Fellowship-Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
Doctor Adams is a fellowship trained Orthopedic Surgeon specializing in Adult Reconstructive and Joint Replacement Surgery. His orthopedic expertise and clinical interests are broad and include joint reconstruction and replacement, fracture care of the upper and lower extremities as well as treatment of sports-related injuries. He received his medical degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine and completed his orthopedic surgery residency at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) here in Portland, OR. He completed his fellowship in Adult Reconstruction / Joint Replacement at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.

Doctor Adams specializes in minimally invasive and muscle sparing techniques, anterior hip replacement surgery, partial knee replacement and complex revision joint replacement surgery. He is also experienced in robotic assisted partial and total knee replacement. He believes in the importance of working closely with patients to better understand their unique needs and goals and offers personalized treatment plans allowing them to return to their desired activities as quickly as possible.

Nilin M. Rao, DPMNilin M. Rao, DPM, Ph.D., AACFAS
Fellowship-Trained Foot & Ankle Surgeon
Dr. Rao is a fellowship-trained, board qualified podiatrist/foot & ankle surgeon. Dr. Rao’s comprehensive training included diagnosis and treatment of all disorders in the lower extremities. His specialty interests include podiatric orthopedics, advanced foot and ankle reconstruction, advanced arthroscopic techniques, stem cell and injection therapy, cartilage repair, deformity correction, minimally invasive surgery, bunion correction, sports injuries, and trauma. He puts his patients first, centering treatment around both patient education and the most up-to-date evidence-based research. Dr. Rao treats his patients like family and takes the time to get to know and understand them. This patient-focused care allows him to work with patients to achieve their specific goals and tailor treatment to each individual’s needs and lifestyle.

Dr. Rao is a Cleveland, OH native, who attended Miami University (Ohio) for his undergraduate studies, where he received a Bachelors in Psychology/Neuroscience. He then pursued simultaneous doctoral degrees from Kent State University, completing his DPM as well as a PhD, in exercise physiology. During this time, Dr. Rao served as student body president and president of the Pi Delta National Honor Society, graduated both degrees Summa Cum Laude, and received several prestigious distinctions including the ABFAS-Michael L. Stone Leadership Award and APMSA- National Student of the Year. He then completed a three-year Podiatric Medical and Surgical Residency, with the added credential of Reconstructive Rearfoot and Ankle Surgery, at the Highlands Presbyterian/ St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver, Colorado, where he served as Chief Resident during his final year and trained under several podiatric and orthopedic leaders in the profession. This was followed by an additional one-year fellowship in advanced reconstruction, sports medicine and trauma at the prestigious Silicon Valley Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Fellowship with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation-Sutter Health in Mountain View, California.

Dr. Rao is passionate about healing his patients and believes in the constant pursuit of excellence. He has authored several publications in both scientific journals and textbooks. He is the recipient of several awards and distinctions, and speaks regularly at local, state and national meetings and conferences. He is board certified by the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and board qualified by the American Board of Foot & Ankle Surgery. In his free-time, Dr. Rao and his wife enjoy traveling, relaxing and spending time with their new son, family and friends. Dr. Rao and the team at Integrated Orthopedics of Arizona look forward to helping you step by step so that you can put your best foot forward.

Arlene Lazaro, DOArlene Lazaro, DO
Board Certified Interventional Pain Physician
Dr. Arlene Lazaro is a fellowship trained, board certified interventional pain physician. She received her medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed residency training in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Following residency, she completed an ACGME accredited pain medicine fellowship at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. During her training she served on the board of several national organizations including the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Society of Regional Pain and Anesthesia, and the Philippine American Physiatrist Association.

Dr. Lazaro is double board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pain Medicine by the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She has extensive training in interventional pain medicine, musculoskeletal and sports medicine. She offers various cutting-edge treatments such as non-surgical spine interventions, radiofrequency ablation, spinal cord stimulation, and image guided joint injections.

Dr. Lazaro believes in providing compassionate, individualized, and comprehensive pain management utilizing a multimodal approach. Dr. Lazaro’s goal is not only to reduce pain but help restore and maintain a patient’s independence and function.

Doctor Gruber expertly repaired all of my injuries and recommended a physical therapist that specializes in athletes.

Nancy Best
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