Remember all those years of snowboarding and water skiing? How about those summers you played hours of pickup basketball? Unfortunately, the pleasant memories we once cherished can be the cause of uncomfortable and painful orthopedic disorders later in life. 


From carpal tunnel syndrome to joint pain in your knees, the orthopedic surgeons at UAB Medical West are here to alleviate your symptoms. Learn more about our award-winning team and how we can have you smiling about physical activity once again.

What Is an Orthopedic Doctor?

An orthopedic doctor diagnoses, manages, and treats conditions related to the musculoskeletal system, which comprises the bones, joints, tendons, ligaments, and muscles. Since this system is vast, many orthopedic doctors choose to specialize in certain areas, like the knees, back, hips, and more. 


Depending on your provider, your orthopedic doctor is an orthopedic specialist but not necessarily an orthopedic surgeon. Orthopedic specialists and doctors can help diagnose, treat, and manage your musculoskeletal issue, but as their name suggests, only surgeons can perform surgical treatment. Orthopedic surgeons can evaluate and treat just as orthopedic doctors can, but with the added benefit of performing surgery for treatment if needed. 


Some common reasons you may see an orthopedic doctor include the following:

- Hip pain 

- Hamstring tightness

- Arthritis

- Arm or hand pain

- Plantar fasciitis

- Knee pain

- Hip pain


Whether you’ve sprained your ankle, torn a ligament, or need help managing your arthritis, an orthopedic doctor can help. Learn more about orthopedics at UAB Medical West, including our primary providers, and how we can help you find relief from your pain. 

UAB Medical West Orthopedics

When you choose UAB Medical West, you can expect world-class care. Our orthopedic experts implement a team approach, collaborating with nurses, physical and occupational therapists, and other professionals to ensure you’re receiving comprehensive care. 


This functional collaboration and our years of experience make UAB Medical West Birmingham’s premier choice for orthopedic care. Keep on reading to meet our top-tier orthopedic team. 

Scott Siebert, M.D.

Dr. Scott Seibert completed his undergraduate degree from Cornell University and his medical degree from the University of California Irvine School of Medicine. Afterward, he honed his skills as an orthopedic doctor during his residency with the San Francisco Orthopaedic Residency Program. After becoming board-certified in orthopedic surgery, Dr. Seibert joined UAB Medical West in 2022. 


Since then, Dr. Seibert has become a renowned orthopedic surgeon, specializing in general orthopedic surgery, arthroplasty of the knee and hip, treatment of complex musculoskeletal trauma and damage control orthopedics, arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder & knee, treatment of hand, and pediatric and foot/ankle pathology.

J. Dory Curtis, M.D.

Dr. Curtis studied at Birmingham Southern College, where he received his undergraduate degree. From there, he completed medical school at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Curtis further perfected his skills and techniques at Oregon Health Sciences University and now specializes in total joint replacement and fracture management. 


As a member of the American Medical Association and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dr. Curtis values education and continued learning. At UAB Medical West, Dr. Curtis performs total joint replacements, such as full knee replacements, and helps patients with broken bones heal and recover. 

Erika Issis Vasha, PA-C 

Our latest addition to the orthopedic team is Erika Issis Vasha, PA-C. After graduating from The University of Alabama with an undergraduate degree in Biology, she studied at The University of Alabama at Birmingham to obtain her Master of Science in Biotechnology and Physician Assistant. 


As a board-certified physician assistant specializing in orthopedic care, Vasha is a valuable member of our team. In her role at UAB Medical West, she assists Dr. Curtis and Dr. Seibert with orthopedic care in Birmingham, AL.

Treating Back Pain, Knee Pain, & More

This summer, find healing from achy backs, pesky knee pain, and more at UAB Medical West. Dr. Scott Seibert, Dr. J. Dory Curtis, and Erika Issis Vasha, PA-C, are ready to help you get back to living your life to the fullest. Once you schedule your appointment, our team will work to find a diagnosis of your pain through various tests, such as X-rays and MRIs (magnetic resonance imaging), and then provide solutions to manage and treat your discomfort.


If you’re living with pain, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. Our orthopedic team wants to help you get back to living life to the fullest! 

Need Treatment for Orthopedic Pain? Call Us Today!

Proudly serving Birmingham, AL, and surrounding areas, UAB Medical West can help you get back to living your life to the fullest. With years of experience and evidence-based techniques, our team of orthopedic specialists and surgeons can find a solution that’s right for you. Call us at (205) 481-8570 to schedule an orthopedic appointment today!