Phuc Vo, MD, an Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist with Watson Clinic, LLP

Get to know Orthopaedic Surgeon & Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Phuc Vo, who serves patients in Lakeland, Florida.

Dr. Vo is a thriving orthopaedic surgeon & sports medicine specialist who joined Watson Clinic, LLP in Lakeland, Florida on August 9th of 1994. His areas of expertise include: arthroscopic surgery, minimally invasive surgery, computer navigation surgery, partial joint resurfacing, total joint replacement, ligament reconstruction, cartilage/meniscus repair and resection, fracture care, rotator cuff repair, as well as surgical and non-surgical treatment of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, especially of the knees, shoulders, hips, elbows, and ankles.

The mission of Watson Clinic, LLP is to provide comprehensive medical services of the highest quality, in the most cost effective manner, while constantly improving excellence in the best interest of patient care. Since 1941, the practice has worked to create a healthcare experience that is completely centered around patients – offering the area’s largest team of experts across a diverse range of specialties that serve all physical, emotional, and behavioral care needs.

With a broad educational background, Dr. Vo obtained his medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1986. Upon graduation, he went on to complete his internship in surgery, his residency in orthopaedic surgery, and his fellowship in joint reconstructive surgery at the same educational venue. He also completed an additional fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the University of Pennsylvania Sports Medicine Center.

Holding himself to a high level of excellence, he is board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for orthopaedic residents and surgeons as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of orthopaedic surgeons.

Directly affiliated with his industry, Dr. Vo is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society. He also serves as an Associate Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of South Florida, and as the Chief of Orthopaedics at Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center.

Orthopaedic surgery is the branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopaedic surgeons use both surgical and non-surgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, spine diseases, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.

Sports medicine is a branch of medicine that deals with physical fitness and the treatment and prevention of injuries related to sports and exercise. A sports medicine specialist is a physician with significant specialized training in both the treatment and prevention of illness and injury.

Achieving excellence in his career, Dr. Vo is currently the only orthopaedic surgeon in Polk County to be named a Top Doctor by U.S. News & World Reports, a comprehensive directory of the most distinguished medical providers in the country as nominated and voted upon by their peers. He was voted by Money Magazine as a ‘Top Orthopaedic Surgeon’ in 2003 and 2013, and as one of Connolly’s ‘Best Physicians in Florida’ guide in 2000. Likewise, the Consumers’ Research Council voted him one of “America’s Top Orthopaedists” in 2009. 

On a more personal note, he is fluent in both English and Vietnamese.

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