Michael Karch, MD


Orthopedic Surgery

Areas of Interest

Dr. Karch specializes in orthopaedic trauma, AO philosophy. His skillset includes complex peri-articular trauma, joint replacement surgery including anterior total hip replacement, total knee replacement, advanced arthroscopic techniques for the knee, as well as general orthopedics, hand, foot and ankle.

Board Certification

American Board of Medical Specialties of Orthopedic Surgery


Georgetown University School of Medicine, Goergetown, Washington D.C. - M.D. Doctor of Medicine

University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences, Newark Delaware - B.A.

Medical Training

Loma Linda University Community Medical Center, Loma Linda, California - Internship

Georgetown University School of Medicine, Georgetown, Washington D.C. - Residency

Taos Orthopedic Institute. Taos, New Mexico - Fellowship


Michael Karch, MD, FAAOS is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon. He is a Fellow of the Academy of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Karch specializes in mass casualty trauma, anterior hip replacement, total knee replacement, complex revision hip, knee arthroplasty and trauma.

Dr. Karch graduated magna cum laude from the University of Delaware and with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine in 1995. Following a surgical intern year at Loma Linda University Medical Center and additional years of general surgery training, he completed his orthopaedic surgery training at Georgetown. Dr. Karch completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Trauma at the Taos Orthopaedic Institute, in Taos New Mexico, concentrating on advanced arthroscopic techniques, ski and snowboard injuries and complex periarticular trauma. He has trained in Advanced and Masters AO trauma techniques domestically and in Europe.

Dr. Karch is the Founder of the Mammoth Winter Biathlon, Founder of the Mammoth Mass Casualty Seminar, co-founder of Mammoth Medical Missions 501c3, Co-Founder of Smart Medical Device, Inc. and a member of its Scientific Advisory Board. Dr. Karch is an Associate Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics at the University of Nevada, School of Medicine and has been a team physician for the United States Ski and Snowboard Team since 2002.

Dr. Karch was one of the first physicians on site at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001. Building on his experience with 9/11 and his liaison with the US Military, Dr. Karch developed and led the very first civilian Forward Surgical Teams to international disaster zones.

Dr. Karch was a co-recipient of the Adelina Award, the highest honor awarded for humanitarian work in the Philippines, for his work leading the Forward Surgical Team that deployed to Tacloban City in the Philippines just after the super storm Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) made landfall.

Dr. Karch has received two letters of commendation from the President of the United States of America. Internationally, Dr. Karch is recognized for his instruction in mass casualty medicine based upon his real experiences in disaster zones.

Dr. Karch runs a 200 acre family owned beef cattle, meat goat and poultry ranch operation in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.

Dr. Karch is a co-inventor on additional pending patents regarding SMD’s Dual-Force RoboticsTM.

Teaching or Professional Positions

Team Physician

Gold and Silver Medal winning United States Nordic Combined Ski Team; Vancouver, Canada 2010.

Team Physician

Team Running USA Silver and Bronze medals Men's and Women's Marathon Athens, Greece 2004. Team Physician for the United States Ski Team since 2002.

Founder: Mass Casualty/Disaster Preparedness Training

Unique approach to Mass Casualty Training involving the use of human cadavers for the entire Surgical and Emergency Room teams as well as EMS/Fire.

Medical Director: Mammoth Mountain Teams

Coordination and oversight of all snow discipline athletes on Mammoth Mountain, USA; 3rd largest ski area in North America. (Alpine, Downhill, Alpine GS and Slalom, Nordic, Snowboard, Biathlon, Freeride, Ski-cross, Boarder-cross.)

Medical Director: Mammoth Ski Patrol

Coordination, instuction, and oversight of on Mammoth Mountain amd backcountry mountain rescue operations.

Chairman: Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes, California

Founder: Mammoth Winter Biathlon

North America's largest winter Biathlon combining cross country ski racing and marksmanship.

Professional Memberships

Associate Clinical Professor Orthopaedic Surgery – University of Nevada. 2005-present

Mass Casualty Instruction – Director/Instructor – Annual Course

Mass Casualty Advanced Training – AAOS/Society of Military Orthopaedic Surgeons

Mass Casualty On Call – AAOS on Call Domestic/Foreign Disaster Surge Team

AO Co- Director – AO Trauma Fellowship. Mammoth Lakes, CA A

O Faculty – AO Operating Room Personnel Course – San Francisco, CA. 2008

AO Faculty – AO Operating Room Personnel Course. Mammoth Lakes, CA 2003- Present

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society – Georgetown University School of Medicine

Honors and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society – Georgetown University School of Medicine

“String of Pearls” Resident Teaching Award – Georgetown 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

“Mother of Pearl” Resident Teaching Award - Georgetown 1999, 2000, 2001

Hugh Huffy Surgical Resident Teaching Award - Georgetown 1997

Bridget Foster MacNamara Graduating Senior Award in Anesthesia - Georgetown 1995

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