Dustin T. Briggs, MD

Orthopedic Surgery, Adult Lower Extremity Reconstruction

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  • Undergraduate: Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • Medical School: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  • Residency: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM
  • Fellowship: Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Scripps Clinic, La Jolla, CA
  • Previous employment: University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.
  • Assistant Professor, Chief of Adult Reconstruction Division, 2014-2018

Dr. Briggs is a board certified (ABOS) Orthopedic surgeon, specializing in the treatment of hip and knee arthritis. This includes first line strategies such as medications, injections, bracing, and weight loss. If surgery is indicated, the spectrum of his practice includes minimally invasive partial knee replacements (patellofemoral and unicompartmental arthroplasty), total hip and knee replacements, complex revisions of hip and knee replacements, and periprosthetic fractures. In young patients who suffer from knee arthritis, Dr. Briggs also specializes in joint preservation including osteotomies (bone re-alignment) and cartilage restoration.

Dr. Briggs earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa and completed his Orthopedic surgery residency at the University of New Mexico (“corn raised, chile blazed”). He completed fellowship in Lower Extremity Reconstruction at Scripps Clinic, in La Jolla, California.

His research interests include the use of osteochondral allograft transplant for joint preservation of the knee, mechanical alignment and soft tissue balancing strategies during total knee arthroplasty, the use of computer (navigation) and robotic assistance for reconstruction procedures (knee and hip replacements), and the theory of low-carbohydrate diets for weight loss. He is a member of the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons.

Dr. Briggs was in practice for nearly four years at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. He was an assistant professor and Chief of the Adult Reconstruction Division. His wife was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and they are excited and fortunate to relocate back to the area.