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Richard Michelin, DO Fellowship Trained orthopaedic surgeon

Shoulder & Elbow Specialist

From his blue-collar roots in Las Vegas – a dad with 30 years at The Mirage as a Casino Supervisor, and his mom a teacher at the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts – Dr. Richard M. Michelin is proud to be native born in Las Vegas. This is where he wanted to return as an experienced Orthopaedic Surgeon. And by a unique set of circumstances, he is thrilled to have returned and be working with Crovetti Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine.

Dr. Michelin’s practice not only assists those with general orthopaedic ailments, but also patients who require extraordinary expertise when it comes to shoulders and elbows, including, arthroscopy, reconstruction, preservation, joint replacement, sports medicine, fractures, and revision surgery.

Following his graduation from Sierra Vista High School in Las Vegas, Dr. Michelin played collegiate baseball and earned his Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at California Lutheran University. He then embarked on his medical journey, successfully obtaining his medical degree from Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine. His orthopaedic surgery residency took place at Riverside University Health System – a respected Level 1 Trauma Center and County Facility in California. During this time, he served as a team physician for multiple sports at the University of California Riverside and Cal Baptist University.

Further enriching his expertise, Dr. Michelin completed a Fellowship in Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstruction at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute in Los Angeles. During this time he also helped provide team coverage for the Los Angeles Angels. He will now be one of only three orthopedic surgeons in town who has completed an American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons accredited fellowship. As shoulder arthroplasty continues to be one of the fastest growing orthopedic procedures in the country, Dr. Michelin hopes to bring a new element of highly subspecialized care to the Las Vegas Valley.

Guided by his mentor, Dr. John Itamura, during fellowship Dr. Michelin acquired a unique perspective from treating many complex shoulder and elbow conditions that he has adopted into his own practice, approaching each patient as if they have lost their trust in medicine from prior experiences. He knows that patients seeking help to resolve pain can struggle both physically and emotionally when turned away by other doctors without finding a resolution. That is why he is firm in his professional commitment that he is not going to be the doctor who fails them.

With that compassion firmly entrenched, it’s not surprising that Dr. Michelin has also shown a natural ability for leadership, demonstrated by his deep commitment to all undertakings. Whether it’s medicine, research, academics, athletics, or giving back to his community, it’s clear that he is ‘all in,’ all the time.

It’s no wonder then that his commitment to patient care and innovation is driven by that dedication. His work has been featured in leading medical publications, and he continues to be an active participant and presenter at medical conferences across the nation, sharing insights and advancements.

As an active member of esteemed medical organizations, including the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Dr. Michelin’s influence is well established. He was honored as the 2021 Osteopathic Orthopedic Surgery Resident of the Year by the American Osteopathic Foundation and with the 2022 Young Investigator Award for medical research by the Western Orthopaedic Association. Additionally, he actively engages in mentorship programs, guiding aspiring alumni in their professional journeys.

On his own time, Dr. Michelin enjoys hobbies such as pickleball, working out, cycling, baseball, and playing the drums. His favorite time though, is spent with his wife, Holly (a mom, Marketing Director, and property manager) and their three-year-old son, Logan. Oh, and enjoying the anticipation of their small family growing by one more toward the end of the year.

EDUCATION

2022-2023
Cedars Sinai - Kerlan Jobe Orthopaedic Institute
Adult Shoulder and Elbow Reconstructive Fellowship
Los Angeles, CA
2017-2022
Riverside University Health System (RUHS)
Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Riverside, CA
2013 – 2017
Midwestern University, Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine (AZCOM)
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine
Graduated with honors, Glendale, AZ
2007 – 2011
California Lutheran University (CLU)
Bachelor of Science: Exercise Science & Sports Medicine
Cum Laude, Thousand Oaks, CA

HONORS AND AWARDS

2022
Western Orthopaedic Association’s Young Investigator Award
2021
American Osteopathic Foundation Orthopaedic Surgery Resident of the Year, AOF/AOAO
2021
Resident of the Month, June, RUHS
2020
Resident of the Month, August, RUHS
2014 – 2017
Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society Inductee
2015
TOUCH Community Service Award-Silver, AZCOM
  • Awarded to students with 55+ service hours for the year, logged 88 hours total
2014
Student Government Association Lobby Scholarship, AZCOM
  • Awarded to students who express interest in lobbying for the medical profession
2014
Kenneth A. Suarez Summer Research Fellowship, AZCOM
  • Awarded to 30 students dedicated to advancing research at AZCOM
2011
Academic All-District VIII Athlete, College Sports Information Directors of America
  • Awarded to 9 senior athletes in the western region who exhibited excellence on the
    field and in the classroom during their collegiate career
2011
Scholar Athlete of the Year Nominee, CLU
  • 1 of 4 finalists demonstrating dedication to their team, sport, school, and community
2007 – 2011
Scholar Athlete Society Inductee, CLU

RESEARCH/PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

Publications

2023
Malige, A; Manuputy, I; Boyd, A; Michelin, RM; Itamura, JM. The Incidence of Subclinical Infection in Patients Undergoing Revision Shoulder Stabilization Surgery: A Retrospective Chart Review. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. 2023 Aug 23:S1058-2746(23)00610-9. PMID: 37625695
2023
Malige, A; Boyd, A; Manuputy, I; Michelin, RM; Itamura, JM. A High Rate of Bacteriologic Culture-Positive Findings is Seen After Revision Rotator Cuff Surgery. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2023 Sep 8;5(5):100792. PMID: 37711161
2022
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Adolescent Athletes Achieve High Levels of Athletic and Daily Function After Arthroscopic Marrow Stimulation for Elbow Capitellar Osteochondritis Dissecans. Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, and Rehabilitation. 2022 Dec;4(6):e1985-e1992. PMID: 36579032
2021
Robles, E; Michelin, RM; Schlechter, JA. Use of an Accessory Anteromedial Portal to Facilitate Repair of Mid-Body Radial Tears of the Lateral Meniscus in Children and Adolescents. Arthroscopy Techniques. 2021 Nov9;10(12):e2675-2681. PMID: 35004148
2021
Michelin, RM. Compartment Syndrome. AAOS Medical Student Roadmap. Online presentation. 2021. https://www.aaos.org/membership/become-an-aaos- member/information-for-medical-students/roadmap-to-orthopaedic- residency/orthopaedic-resources-for-medical-students/
2021
Michelin, RM. Fracture Healing and Fixation Techniques. AAOS Medical Student Roadmap. Online presentation. 2021. https://www.aaos.org/membership/become-an-aaos- member/information-for-medical-students/roadmap-to-orthopaedic- residency/orthopaedic-resources-for-medical-students/
2021
Michelin, RM; Ahdoot, E; Zakhary, BL; McDowell, M; French, MH. Choosing the Optimal Wound Dressing for Post Operative Bathing after Total Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2021 Mar;36(3):970-977. PMID: 33046327
2020
Michelin RM, Misaghi A. Pediatric Lower Limb Deformity. Pediatric Orthopaedia. 2020. https://orthopaedia.com/page/Pediatric-Lower-Limb-Deformity
2020
Fan, J; Michelin, RM; Jenkins, R; Hwang, M; French, M. A Novel Technique for Successful Closed Reduction of a Bosworth Fracture-Dislocation of the Ankle: A Case Report. Cureus. 2020 Jan 12;12(1):e6632. PMID: 31966945
2019
Schlechter, JA; Michelin, RM. Pediatric Patellar Instability: Imaging. Patellofemoral Online Education, 2019. https://www.patellofemoral.org/pfoe/index.html.
2016
Michelin, RM; Plochocki, JH; Al-Nakkash, L; Broderick, TL. Genistein Treatment Increases Bone Mass in Obese, Hyperglycemic Mice. Diabetes, Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity: Targets and Therapy. 2016 Mar 15;9:63-70. PMID: 27042131

Peer Reviewed Presentations

2023
Michelin, RM; Manuputy, I; Rangarajan, R; Lee, BK; Schultzel, M; Itamura, JM. Primary and revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty using a patient-matched glenoid implant for severe glenoid bone deficiency. Podium Presentation. American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon Annual Meeting, October 2023.
2023
Michelin, RM; Manuputy, I; Rangarajan, R; Lee, BK; Itamura, JM. Primary and revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty using a patient-matched glenoid implant for severe glenoid bone deficiency. Poster presentation. 40th Annual San Diego Shoulder Course, June 2023.
2023
Malige, A; Boyd, A; Manuputy, I; Michelin, RM; Itamura, JM. The Incidence of SubClinical Infection in Patients Undergoing Revision Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery: A Retrospective Chart Review. Podium presentation. Adventist Health Research Symposium, May 2023.
2023
Michelin, RM; Manuputy, I; Rangarajan, R; Lee, BK; Itamura, JM. Primary and revision reverse total shoulder arthroplasty using a patient-matched glenoid implant for severe glenoid bone deficiency. Podium presentation. Adventist Health Research Symposium, May 2023.
2022
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Arthroscopic Labral Repair of Adolescent Athlete Shoulder Instability with Knotted versus Knotless Suture Anchors. Podium presentation. Western Orthopaedic Association, Aug 2022.
2022
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Arthroscopic Labral Repair of Adolescent Athlete Shoulder Instability with Knotted versus Knotless Suture Anchors. Podium presentation. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, July 2022.
2022
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Arthroscopic Labral Repair of Adolescent Athlete Shoulder Instability with Knotted versus Knotless Suture Anchors. Poster presentation. Pediatric American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, March 2022.
2022
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Arthroscopic Labral Repair of Adolescent Athlete Shoulder Instability with Knotted versus Knotless Suture Anchors. Poster presentation. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society annual meeting, Jan 2022.
2021
Michelin, RM; Ahdoot, E; Zakhary, BL; McDowell, M; French, MH. Choosing the Optimal Wound Dressing for Post Operative Bathing. Poster presentation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Aug 2021.
2021
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Clinical Outcomes of Operative Management of Capitellar Osteochondritis Dissecans in Adolescent Athletes. Virtual poster. Pediatric Research in Sports Medicine Society annual meeting, Jan 2021.
2020
Michelin, RM; Ahdoot, E; Zakhary, BL; McDowell, M; French, MH. Choosing the Optimal Wound Dressing for Post Operative Bathing. Virtual poster. American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics annual meeting, Oct 2020.
2020
Bouz, TS; Michelin, RM; Bouz, J; Robinson, MD. Does the predetermined angle of a cephalomedullary nail affect final reduction or tip-to-apex distance? Virtual poster. American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics annual meeting, Oct 2020.
2020
Michelin, RM; Ahdoot, E; Zakhary, BL; McDowell, M; French, MH. Choosing the Optimal Wound Dressing for Post Operative Bathing. Virtual presentation. Western Orthopaedic Association annual meeting, July 2020.
2019
Michelin, RM; Ahdoot, E; Zakhary, BL; McDowell, M; French, MH. Choosing the Optimal Wound Dressing for Post Operative Bathing. Poster presentation. Riverside University Health Systems Research Symposium, Moreno Valley, CA, April 2020.
2019
Fan, J; Michelin, RM; French, M; Hwang, M. A Novel Technique for Successful Closed Reduction of a Bosworth Fracture-Dislocation of the Ankle: A Case Report. Poster presentation. Riverside University Health Systems Research Symposium, Moreno Valley, CA, May 2019.
2018
Tsang, H; Michelin, RM; Brethouwer, D; Kwan, K; Caputo, R. Functional Bracing versus Coaptation Splint for Initial Treatment of Pediatric Humerus Fractures in the Emergency Department: A Case Report and Review of the Literature. Poster presentation. Riverside University Health Systems Research Symposium, Moreno Valley, CA, April 2018.
2015
Michelin, RM; Plochocki, JH; Al-Nakkash, L; Broderick, TL. Genistein Treatment Increases Bone Mass in Obese Diabetic Mice. Poster presentation. Experimental Biology Convention, Boston, MA, March, 2015.
2015
Michelin, RM; Plochocki, JH; Al-Nakkash, L; Broderick, TL. Genistein Treatment Increases Bone Mass in Obese Diabetic Mice. Poster presentation. Kenneth A. Suarez Midwestern University Research Day, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, May, 2015.
2015
Michelin, RM. ACL Reconstruction: Hamstring Tendon Graft. Poster presentation. AZCOM Advanced Dissection Poster Symposium, Midwestern University, Glendale, AZ, May 2015
2011
Michelin, RM. The Effect of a 4-Week Cool-Down Eccentric Intervention on Decreasing Hamstring Strain Risk in Soccer Players. Poster presentation. California Lutheran University Festival of Scholars, Thousand Oaks, CA, May 2011.

Other Research Projects

2020
Michelin, RM; Gornick, BR; Schlechter, JA. Arthroscopic labral repair of adolescent athlete shoulder instability with knotted vs knotless suture anchors. Children’s Hospital of Orange County. Submitted to OJSM.

Research Experience

2014 – 2016
Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine Research Fellow - Glendale, AZ

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP POSITIONS/ACTIVITIES/LECTURES

2023
Course Faculty. DJO/Enovis 2023 Upper Extremity Fellows Switchover Program. Lecturer and lab instructor
2022
Guest Award Candidate Reviewer. American Osteopathic Foundation’s Scholarships, Grants, and Programs Committee.
2021
Guest Lecturer. Western University. Introduction to Orthopedics.
2020
AOAO Annual Fall Meeting Student Research Poster Symposium Judge
2020 - 2022
AAOS Resident Delegate
2020 - 2022
Chief Resident of Education/Academics
2019 – 2022
UCR/CBU Sports Medicine Coordinator

PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP & ACTIVITIES

2022 - present
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
2020 - present
Western Orthopaedic Association
2017 – present
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
2017 – present
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
2014 – 2017
Arizona Osteopathic Medical Association
Legislative Affairs Student Representative 2014-2015
2014 – 2017
Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honor Society
Secretary 2015-2016, Rho Chapter
2013 – 2017
Student American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics
President 2014-2015, AZCOM Chapter
Liaison 2013-2014, AZCOM Chapter
2013 – 2017
Student Osteopathic Surgical Association
2013 – 2017
American College of Osteopathic Emergency Physicians
2013 – 2017
Health Outreach Through Medical Education (HOME)
  • AZCOM funded organization that provides healthcare to the underprivileged
2013 – 2017
Student American Academy of Osteopathy
2013 – 2017
Student Osteopathic Medical Association
2009 – 2017
American Medical Student Association
2014 – 2015
Student Ambassador, AZCOM
  • Selected by the College to serve as an interview day mentor to applicants on campus

PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCES/MEETINGS

2023
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting – Scottsdale, AZ
2023
DJO/Enovis 2023 Upper Extremity Fellows Switchover Program – Irvine, CA
2023
40th Annual San Diego Shoulder Course – San Diego, CA
2023
DJO/Enovis 11th Annual Fellows Course in Shoulder Arthroplasty – Tampa, FL
2023
Shoulder Innovations 2nd Annual Shoulder Innovation Symposium – Nashville, TN
2023
Shoulder IEP Fellows and Young Surgeons’ Course – Austin, TX
2023
DJO/Enovis Total Elbow Arthroplasty Fellows Course – Chicago, IL
2023
Skeletal Dynamics Las Vegas Surgeons Summit – Las Vegas, NV
2022
DJO/Enovis Residents and Fellows Shoulder Arthroplasty Course – Irvine, CA
2022
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Annual Meeting – Atlanta, GA
2022
DJO/Enovis Revision Arthroplasty Course – Tampa, FL
2022
Western Orthopaedic Association’s Annual Meeting – Maui, HI
2022
DJO Shoulder Arthroplasty Switchover Program – Seattle, WA
2022
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Spring Meeting – San Diego, CA
2021
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Fall Meeting – Louisville, KY
2021
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting – San Diego, CA
2021
William F. Enneking Musculoskeletal Pathology Seminar - Virtual
2020
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Fall Meeting - Virtual
2020
American Shoulder and Elbow Society Annual Meeting – Virtual
2020
Western Orthopaedic Association’s Annual Meeting - Virtual
2019
American Shoulder and Elbow Society Residents and Fellows Course – Chicago, IL
2019
Southern California Residents and Fellows Lower Extremity Trauma Course – Irvine,CA
2018
Fundamentals of Hip and Knee Arthroplasty for Orthopaedic Residents presented by AAOS/AAHKS/The Hip Society/The Knee Society – Long Beach, CA
2018
AO Trauma: Basic Principles of Fracture Management – Chicago, IL
2015
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Fall Meeting - Colorado Springs, CO
2015
Experimental Biology Convention - Boston, MA
2015
DO Day at the Legislature – Phoenix, AZ
2014
American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics Fall Meeting - Ranchos Palos Verdes, CA
2014
DO Day on the Hill - Washington, D.C
2013
Student Osteopathic Surgical Association Fall Convention - Las Vegas, NV
2008
American College of Sports Medicine Research Exposition - San Diego, CA

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