About Us

In 2013, Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Foundation was established by the physicians of Vail-Summit Orthopaedics, obtaining status as a 501(c)(3) public charity in 2014.  The Foundation is supported financially by each of the Vail-Summit Orthopaedics physicians, in addition to industry partners and grateful patients.


Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Foundation (VSOF) is dedicated primarily to the study of orthopaedic medicine through the development and presentation of outcomes-based research.


Our research activities focus to advance the science of orthopaedic medicine with basic science and clinical outcomes research of orthopaedic and sports medicine.  The results of our investigations culminate in regional, national and international presentations and publication of our original research and reviews. Through these efforts, VSOF aims to expand the base of orthopaedic knowledge, share our findings with colleagues, and provide information that is imperative in determining best outcomes for patients, impacting individual decision-making by physicians and helping to guide health care policy.


VSOF promotes orthopaedic education.  We sponsor educational opportunities for peers through educational conferences, lectures, and anatomy labs, providing the opportunity for health care professionals to obtain credit for continuing medical education.  Additionally, VSOF is directly involved in the education and training of student interns, medical students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians.


The Foundation’s community outreach supports Eagle and Summit Counties (Colorado) with community lectures and the organization of preventative and therapeutic programs for county athletes.


Leadership and Staff


Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors currently consisting of William I. Sterett, MD (President), John Paul Elton, MD (Vice President), Paul J. Abbott, Jr., MD (Secretary), Erik Dorf, MD, and Chip Webb (Treasurer).


The Administrative Director of VSOF is Greta Campanale.  Greta has served in non-profit medical education and development in the Vail Valley for the past fourteen years.  Her previous experience at Roundup River Ranch and the Steadman Philippon Research Institute provides a strong background for building infrastructure and leading efforts at Vail-Summit Orthopaedic Foundation.