• Skilled Spine Team

  • Mercy Spine Center of Excellence Physicians

  • Dr. Amir AbtahiDr. Amir M. Abtahi is a board eligible spine surgeon, specializing in cervical, thoracic and lumbar degenerative diseases, scoliosis, spine trauma, tumors and infections of the spine. Dr. Abtahi is also trained in minimally invasive spine surgery, motion preservation surgery and spinal deformity surgery.
    Douglas-Orndorff-140x170Dr. Douglas Orndorff is a fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon, specializing in motion preservation surgery, cervical and lumbar degenerative and trauma conditions, spinal deformity and the treatment of spinal tumors.
    Jim-Youssef-140x170-1Dr. Jim A. Youssef is a fellowship-trained and board-certified spine surgeon, specializing in minimally invasive spine surgery, fracture care, complex spinal disorders and alternatives to bony fusion in spine surgery.

  • Orthopedic Physicians

  • Kane-AndersonKane Anderson, MD, is a fellowship-trained board certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the treatment of shoulder, elbow, wrist, and hand conditions. He is also trained in general orthopedic surgery. Dr. Anderson is the only surgeon in the Four Corners region that is a member of American Society for Surgery of the Hand and is committed to dedicated expertise and additional training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He was mentored by both orthopedic and plastic surgeons during his training, including two of the past presidents of their respective surgical societies.

    Dr. Anderson specializes in minimally invasive procedures for many conditions, including the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome and Dupuytren’s contracture. He performs over 100 endoscopic carpal tunnel surgeries per year. He also performs minimally invasive Dupuytren's release known as percutaneous needle aponeurotomy, often in the office for the patient's convenience.

    Additional surgical interests include treatment of wrist arthritis with motion-sparing procedures, scaphoid fractures and non-unions, tendon transfers, and micro surgery including nerve repair.

    Dr. Anderson pursued his general orthopedic surgery residency training at Dartmouth Medical Center in Hanover, New Hampshire. In addition to his surgical training, he completed a master’s degree at the Dartmouth Institute, focusing on the quality improvement of health care. There, he authored several scientific articles and participated in the creation of a multi-disciplinary care pathway for patients with osteoporotic fractures and hand injuries. In addition, he received the Alma Hass Milham Award for ethical and humane patient care, the OREF Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery grant for fostering critical analysis of orthopedic literature, a National Institute for Health grant to support his master’s degree training, and was a nominee for the Dartmouth resident teaching award.

    Before moving to Durango, Dr. Anderson completed specialized training in hand, upper extremity and microvascular surgery at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. Harborview is the only Level 1 Trauma referral center for a five state region, where he performed over 800 upper extremity and microvascular procedures.

    Dr. Anderson is a member of the American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons and has been selected to be a member of the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Forum. He is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, having acquired special additional certification (Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand).

    Dr. Anderson and his wife, Dr. Mareca Pallister, an obstetrician/gynecologist, live in Durango and enjoy spending time with their children in the outdoors, hiking, biking, skiing and fishing.

    Kim-FurryKim Furry, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Orthopedic Associates. Dr. Furry received her undergraduate degree and medical degree from the University of Colorado, where she also completed her internship in general surgery and orthopedic training. Dr. Furry is a member of the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Colorado Medical Society. Her particular orthopedic interests include trauma, sports medicine and total joint replacement.

    Dr. Furry is married and is a native of Durango. Her father was one of the founding members of the former Durango Orthopedic Associates. Her hobbies include photography, skiing, martial arts, woodworking and reading.

    Richard-Lawton1Richard Lawton, MD, PhD, is a board-certified fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Orthopedics, who also received training at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Lawton specializes in the treatment of knee, hip and elbow problems who addresses most problems with non-operative treatments, but for those patients requiring surgery, he utilizes arthroscopic or minimally invasive techniques. He has special interest in sports related injuries, arthritis and elbow problems.

    Dr. Lawton completed his undergraduate degree at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. Dr. Lawton is also an accomplished athlete himself, which provides him with special insight into the challenges of competitive sports and the specialty of sports medicine. For example, during college, he played football and earned six Varsity letters — four in football and two in baseball.

    After college, he went on to earn a graduate degree from DePaul University in Chicago. At DePaul, he was a Schmitt Academic Scholar, the baseball team captain and studied on a full assistantship. Dr. Lawton earned his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he was on academic scholarship and served as class president for three years.

    Dr. Lawton completed his residency in orthopedic surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He received the E.W. Johnson Award and the Mark B. Coventry Awards for Excellence in Clinical Research and was a nominee for the Charles Neer Award for Excellence in Clinical Research. 

    Dr. Lawton completed a fellowship at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado, where he specialized in shoulder and knee reconstruction and sports medicine. He is one of only three doctors in the world who has trained at both the Mayo Clinic and Steadman-Hawkins. The Steadman-Hawkins Clinic is regarded as one of the world’s top sports medicine clinics, treating World Cup soccer players and athletes from the NFL, NBA, U.S. Ski Team and Major League Baseball. During his time at this world-renowned clinic, Dr. Lawton was the assistant team physician for the Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos' and Colorado Rockies.

    Dr. Lawton has been an instructor at the Mayo Clinic since 2001, teaching surgery techniques in the elbow and shoulder to other surgeons. He is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Sports Medical Foundation, a founding member of the Rocky Mountain Shoulder and Elbow Society. He also served as the Chief of Surgery at Mercy Regional Medical Center from 2004-2005, 2007-2008 and served as the President of Medical Staff at Mercy Regional Medical Center in 2006. He has been published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgeries, the Clinical Orthopedics Related Research, the American Journal of Sports Medicine, the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery and the Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics.

    Dr. Doug LucasDouglas E. Lucas, DO, is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in disorders of the foot and ankle. He is trained in general orthopedics and advanced arthroscopic and minimally invasive techniques used in treating many common foot and ankle problems.  His other areas of expertise include limb deformity correction, joint and cartilage preservation, and total ankle replacement.  Additional clinical interests include trauma, sports injuries, and pediatric disorders. Dr. Lucas focuses on providing outstanding patient care to the Four Corners region and performs outcome based research to help shape the field of foot and ankle surgery.

    Dr. Lucas earned his medical degree from the Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Blacksburg, Virginia and received his general orthopedic training from Ohio University in Columbus, Ohio. He completed his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery at Stanford University, known as a referral center for complex foot and ankle problems. As a result, Dr. Lucas performed over four hundred procedures including limb deformity correction, Charcot reconstruction and total ankle replacement during his year there. He also worked with both Stanford varsity and professional athletes in the bay area.

    Dr. Lucas is an active member of the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society and currently holds a seat on the society’s research committee helping to encourage meaningful research. He also participates in the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics, among others.
    During training, Dr. Lucas developed a passion for outcomes based clinical research. He has been published in peer reviewed scientific journals including Foot and Ankle International, The Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, and Foot and Ankle Specialist. He has written book chapters for several orthopedic texts on topics such as plantar plate injury, peroneal tendon injury and hallux rigidus. He also won numerous research awards and prizes for his work and has presented at both local and national meetings.

    Dr. Lucas moved to Durango with his wife Ashley Lucas, PhD, RD, and their two children. They are avid outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy nearly all activities that the area has to offer. He is particularly interested in mountain and road cycling, hiking, camping, skiing, snowboarding and cross country skiing. He and his wife look forward to settling into the community and raising their children in this wonderful environment.

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