Volunteer Work

Sports Medicine Specialist and Orthopedic and Arthroscopic Surgeon Dr. William Stetson’s Volunteer Work Dr. Stetson is very active in volunteer work in many areas. Follow the links below to read more about specific projects:

  • Operation Arthroscopy

Operation Arthroscopy was created by Bill and Erica Stetson as a result of the work started by Dr. John Feagin in Cuba. It is a small, grassroots, non-profit organization that is a 501(c) 3 corporation and was inspired by their love and compassion for humanity. In pursuit of these objectives, Operation Arthroscopy provide a platform for collecting and delivering donated medical supplies, provide hands-on training, as well as performing arthroscopic surgery with the local surgeons. To learn more, go to www.operationarthroscopy.com. In addition to humanitarian trips to Cuba, Haiti, Vietnam and Peru, Dr. Stetson and his team of volunteers also do “Volunteer Saturday” where they perform a day of surgery free of charge for those in need in the local community.

  • USA Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Team

Dr. Stetson donates his time and helps with the USA Men’s  and Women’s National and Olympic volleyball teams, serving as one of the team physicians. He has traveled with the team to Japan, Poland, Spain and most recently at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. More information can be found about our USA Men’s and Women’s Volleyball programs at www.usavolleyball.org.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Dr. Stetson is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and served as Chairman of the International Committee from 2012 – 2016. The purpose of this committee is to globalize orthopaedic surgical education.  The committee is in charge of 9 – 12 education programs per year in countries such as Iraq, Argentina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Japan, China, Thailand and others. The committee is also in charge of The Academy’s International Surgical Skills and Emerging Leaders Program which administers 10 – 12 scholarships per year to international surgeons to come to the U.S. Dr. Stetson has traveled to Romania and Beijing, China on behalf of the AAOS and led the delegation conducting symposiums on shoulder injuries and treatments. More information can be found at www.aaos.org

  • Wells For Life

Dr. Stetson and his wife, Erica, are proud to sponsor “Wells for Life” and the unbelievable work of Mike Viser, who works unselfishly to bring safe drinking water to rural villages in southern India. Read More >>

  • Sports Medicine Program for Local High Schools

In 1998, Dr. Stetson started a sports medicine program for local high schools in conjunction with Glendale Adventist Medical Center (GAMC). Read More >>

  • Associate Clinical Professor, University of Southern California Department of Orthopaedic Surgery:

Dr. Stetson graduated from Los Angeles County-USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery in 1994. He continues to return to his Alma Mater to teach the orthopaedic residents of USC arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder and knee. Dr. Stetson donates his time once every 6 weeks to spend an entire day in surgery at LAC-USC Medical Center where he enjoys teaching the residents arthroscopic surgery. He believes in “giving back” and teaching these skills to other doctors in their residency training. For those of you not familiar with orthopaedic surgery residency, this is where doctors learn their specialty, training for five years how to do surgery. Dr. Stetson feels fortunate that he learned advanced arthroscopic skills during his fellowship and is eager to share these skills with the residents of USC.For his efforts, Dr. Stetson was voted “Voluntary Faculty Person of the Year,” in 2001 and is currently an Associate Clinical Professor in Orthopaedic Surgery for the USC Keck School of Medicine.

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)

Dr. Stetson has been a member of AANA since 1995 and has served on numerous committees including the Learning Center Committee, the Ethics and Standards Committee, the Education Committee, the International Committee, and recently stepped down as the Chairman of the Membership Committee. He currently is a master instructor, teaching a course on shoulder arthroscopy at the Orthopaedic Learning Center in Rosemont, Illinois since 2001. Dr. Stetson also volunteers his time to teach and lecture on arthroscopy during the Fall AANA course each year and also the Annual AANA Spring courses. He has served as co-chairman of the Fall AANA shoulder laboratory courses and has lectured and given presentations to his colleagues at these annual meetings. These courses attract orthopaedic surgeons from all over the United States, Europe, Asia, and South and Central America who want to improve their shoulder arthroscopy skills practicing on cadavers and listening to lectures. More information can be found at www.aana.org

  • Shoulder Arthroscopy in Vietnam

Dr. Anh Nguyen Dr. Stetson from Vietnam in order to observe his techniques and receive some training. Dr. Stetson donated arthroscopy equipment to Dr. Anh to take back to Vietnam. Read More & View Photos >>

  • Rocky Mountain Trauma Society

Dr. Stetson completed his term in 2009 as president of the Rocky Mountain Trauma Society. The organization has been meeting for the last 50 years in Aspen, Colorado and Dr. Stetson was honored to serve as the president for its 50 year anniversary. He gave a presidential speech entitled, “Moving Beyond Success to Significance: The Beauty of Volunteerism.” More information can be found at http://www.allabouttrauma.com/.