Ian Backlund, MD
Residency: University of Virginia
Ian spent most of his early days in Upstate South Carolina. It took a significant physical injury riding motocross to change his trajectory to peruse a higher education and career in orthopaedic surgery. This came after realizing the parallels in craftsmanship and mechanics from his childhood and their application to the orthopaedic injuries that he sustained.
Following high school, he transitioned to the coast for his higher education, entering as a first-generation college student and graduating cum laude from Coastal Carolina University. He spent several years continuing his home theater installation business and perusing research in Orthopaedics with Steadman Hawkins Clinic of the Carolinas before attending the Medical University of South Carolina with a full merit-based scholarship.
Following medical school, Ian completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Virginia. At UVA he perused research in advancements in the specialty. Some of his projects involved the biomedical engineering students at UVA, resulting in a single-handed knee aspirator and an ACL tibial guide to improve tibial tunnel placement for reconstructions. He assisted in acquiring the department’s first 3D printer and applied projects to orthopaedic surgery patient and resident education. His desire for advancement of orthopaedics drew him to the dynamic and evolving subspecialty of sports medicine. He enjoyed his time as the team physician for the Woodberry Forrest Varsity Football Team all 5 years of his residency. He is honored to complete his training with the world-renowned physicians at The Steadman Clinic and research team at Steadman Philippon Research Institute.
Ian has many hobbies including home renovation, automobile mechanics, performance engine building, woodworking, graphic design, painting, hiking and snowboarding. His wife Jamie, son Ryan and his dog Milla will join him for the year in Vail, and look forward to adventures in such an exciting and beautiful part of the country.