Dr. Joe Assini is a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon and the newest visiting physician at St. Vincent Health. He specializes in hip and knee replacement and reconstruction, and rapid-recovery total joint arthroplasty, at OrthoONE at Swedish Medical Center in the Denver metro area. He brings his surgical and orthopedic expertise and services to Leadville and Lake County starting in December 2020.
“The ability to dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life is what I enjoy most about orthopedic surgery and particularly joint replacement,” says Dr. Assini. He uses advanced techniques including minimally invasive and computer-assisted surgery to lessen tissue trauma, along with alternative pain treatments. His overarching goal is to minimize downtime and shorten recovery time for orthopedic patients.
Dr. Assini completed a clinical and research fellowship at the highly regarded Weill-Cornell Medical College and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, learning from top reconstruction and joint replacement physicians and scientists with some of the most complex and difficult orthopedic cases in the world. Prior to fellowship, he completed residency in his hometown of London, Ontario at Western University. Dr. Assini attended medical school at the University of Sydney in Australia, graduating with honors. He earned his undergraduate degree from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
“I believe that each patient’s presentation is unique and requires an individual treatment plan—including both surgery and surgical alternatives— that we decide on together,” says Dr. Assini. “My fellowship training taught me the most current, as well as classic treatment options, in adult joint reconstruction and joint replacement.”
Conditions treated and procedures offered by Dr. Assini at St. Vincent Health include:
- General Orthopedics with a specialty in Hip and Knee Replacement and Revision
- Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
- Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty
- Computer-Assisted Joint Replacement
- Minimally Invasive/Computer-Assisted Surgery
- Anterior Hip Approach
- Minimally Invasive Joint Replacement
- Unicompartmental Knee Replacement
- Fracture Treatment
As a Canadian native, the Colorado climate and outdoor lifestyle are a natural fit for Dr. Assini and his wife. The couple has two daughters, and the family enjoys skiing and mountain biking in their leisure time.
Dr. Assini will begin seeing patients at St. Vincent Health on Friday, December 18. St. Vincent’s new surgical suite will open in early 2021, where Dr. Assini will perform orthopedic surgery on-site in Leadville.
Learn more about Dr. Assini’s qualifications and patient care philosophy here.