Armando F. Vidal
  • Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Knee
  • Vail, Basalt, Frisco, Basalt
  • University of Miami
  • Hospital for Special Surgery, New York
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Armando F. Vidal,


Complex Knee, Shoulder & Sports Medicine Specialist

Armando Vidal, M.D., is one of the top-rated orthopaedic surgeons in Denver and the Rocky Mountain region. Dr. Vidal specializes in knee, shoulder, and sports medicine surgery with a focus on complex knee and ACL reconstruction surgeries. His work involves complex revisions, osteotomies, articular cartilage restoration and multi-ligament knee injuries. His vast experience in sports medicine includes his role as head team physician for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets, a position he started in the spring of 2017. Vidal also served as head team physician for the University of Colorado men’s basketball program and the University of Denver’s NCAA Division I national championship men’s hockey team for 11 seasons. He has perennially been voted a “5280 Top Doc” in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine since 2012. Prior to The Steadman Clinic, Dr. Vidal has range of experience in athletes while in practice in the Denver area for almost 14 years.

Vidal, a board member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), came to Vail from the University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine, where he served as the Executive Vice Chair in the Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Vidal is currently the Chair-Elect of the Board of Specialty Societies for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). In addition to his clinical and team physician accolades, Dr. Vidal has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and has been awarded several prominent research awards including the AOSSM Aircast Award as well the AOSSM O’Donoghue Award and ASES Neer Clinical Science award – both twice – for his involvement in multicenter outcome studies. He is also the Vice President of the Medical Staff of Vail Health Hospital.

Vidal is a native of Miami, Florida. He graduated from high school at age 17 and enrolled at the University of Miami. His accelerated educational track got him admitted to medical school at Miami right out of high school.
“It was essentially a six-year program at Miami,” explained Vidal. “I finished the last year of my undergraduate degree during my first year of medical school, which I started when I was 19.”
After graduating from medical school in 1999, Vidal completed a one-year internship in general surgery through the Cornell University Medical Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Next he completed a four-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at the prestigious Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he worked with Dr. Millett. Upon the completion of his residency, he served his fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he was introduced to Dr. Philippon in 2004.

“I had the pleasure of mentoring and observing Dr. Vidal during my final year at the University of Pittsburgh before moving to The Steadman Clinic,” said Philippon. “It was evident at that time that Armando would become a highly respected orthopaedic surgeon. His passion for helping patients is unquestioned. He is constantly seeking better and more efficient ways to treat, repair and rehabilitate injuries and that is a trait that we all share at The Steadman Clinic.” “Dr. Armando Vidal is a tremendous addition to our staff of world-class orthopaedic surgeons at The Steadman Clinic,” said Drawbaugh. “Dr. Vidal is one of the top physicians in the country when it comes to complex knee surgeries. He is a rising star in our industry and his sports medicine background makes him an ideal fit for our organization.”

Vidal and his wife Leslie are the parents of two sons. Leslie, a Denver area native and an accomplished orthopaedic surgeon in her own right, and an attending surgeon at The Steadman Clinic as well. The two met as residents at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.

Dr. Armando Vidal treats patients in the Vail and Frisco clinics as well as performs surgery out of the Vail Valley Surgery Center in Edwards, CO. His team is available for any questions or concerns patients may have and welcome you to visit Dr. Vidal’s website for further information:
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