Brian Gilmer, MD

Care Team:

Physician Assistant-
Karly Dawson, PA-C


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Knee Surgery

Areas of Interest

Dr. Gilmer’s focus is on arthroscopic and open surgery of the knee. He is an expert in knee preservation and non-arthroplasty (joint replacement) treatments for knee tendons ligaments and bones.

He works with academic institutions, industry, and peers to generate cutting edge research, develop new techniques, and to teach students and surgeons to advance the field of knee surgery.

Other Languages Spoken


Board Certification

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
Subspecialty Certificate in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America


Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas - B.A. English, Minor Spanish. University Honors, Magna Cum Laude

University of Texas, Galveston, Texas - M.D. Doctor of Medicine, Summa Cum Laude.
Class Speaker.
President, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.
President, Theta Kappa Psi Medical Fraternity.

Medical Training

University of Washington / Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA - Orthopedic Surgery Residency
Chief Orthopedic Resident Teaching Award

Taos Orthopaedic Institute, Taos, NM - Orthopedic Sports Medicine Fellowship


Dr. Gilmer was born and raised in the Houston Texas area. He spent much of his childhood and early years around the Texas Medical Center with his mother who was a nurse at the University of Houston Health Science Center and later a nurse anesthetist at the renowned Texas Orthopedic Hospital. There he was exposed to great mentors in the field of Orthopedics who fostered his interest in medicine and clinical research.

His childhood was spent largely outdoors hunting and fishing. He held a series of jobs from welding shops, to ambulance services, to guiding wilderness backpacking and whitewater trips in Alaska. He moved to Seattle for residency training and found passion in the outdoors. During his residency in Taos, New Mexico where he specialized in ski and snowboard injuries he was recruited by the Mammoth Orthopedic team.

Honors and Awards

Distinguished Arthroscopic Leader (DAL) – Arthroscopy Association of North America

Eagle Scout Award, Boy Scouts of America

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • William Todd Midget Award - For fraternity, scholarship, humility, and humanity
  • Global Health Scholars Award
  • Excellence in Student Teaching Award
  • John P. Mcgovern Award in Oslerian Medicine
  • University of Washington Chief Resident Teaching Award

Professional Memberships

Dr. Gilmer is a diplomate of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He is also an active member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM). He was designated as a distinguished arthroscopic leader (DAL) by the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA).

Teaching and Professional Positions

Dr. Gilmer also serves as a consultant for Arthrex, Inc, an orthopedic device and implant manufacturer based in Naples, Florida. In this role he teaches other surgeons about novel techniques and devices in arthroscopic surgery. He feels strongly that in order to push the frontier of orthopedic and arthroscopic surgery forward, surgeons must partner with device companies to help them perfect their products. This improves outcomes for patients. Dr. Gilmer receives no royalties or payments of any kind for using Arthrex’s (or any other company’s) devices in his own patients, and also receives no payments if other physicians use (or don’t use) those devices. He is only reimbursed for his time spent teaching, or for consulting on improving certain procedures or devices. In deciding which devices to use for a particular patient’s surgery, Dr. Gilmer chooses the best available products for that patient’s particular problem. He has no conflict of interest, as he gains nothing from using (or not using) any company’s products.

Dr. Gilmer is a team physician for the US Ski and Snowboard Teams (USSA) and works in particular with the athletes of the US Freeski team. He has provided team coverage for the Dew Tour, X Games, and Mammoth Grand Prix. He provides support to the Mammoth Ski and Snowboard teams and is medical director for the Mammoth Hospital Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation.

He has performed medical mission work in Mexico, Nicaragua, Belize, and Indonesia and has taught English as a second language (ESL) classes to Spanish speakers.

Dr. Gilmer takes an active role in teaching by holding a clinical faculty position through the University of Nevada, Reno and by teaching arthroscopy to orthopedic surgery residents.

He co-founded the Mammoth Orthopedic Institute to expand clinical research on sports related injuries in the Eastern Sierra and established the Mammoth Sports Course as a venue for local, regional, and national providers to discuss controversial topics in sports medicine.

Brian B. Gilmer, MD

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