Ankle Replacement Expert Joins OHSU’s Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Team

09/29/08  Portland, Ore.

John-Paul Veri, M.D., is one of few fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeons in Oregon

One of the few foot and ankle surgeons in Oregon with the expertise to perform ankle replacements joined Oregon Health & Science University this month. John-Paul Veri, M.D., is treating all types of foot and ankle issues, including trauma reconstruction, athletic injuries, arthritic conditions, fractures, bunions, flat feet, and ligament reconstruction in OHSU’s Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation.

Veri comes to OHSU from southern Oregon where he treated patients as orthopaedic medical director at Providence Medford Medical Center and in private practice. He also served as orthopaedic surgery section chief of Providence Medford Medical Center and Rogue Valley Medical Center.

Veri’s interest in treating foot and ankle issues began when he played offensive center for the McGill University football team in Quebec as an undergraduate. “My original plan was to pursue a career in sports medicine,” Veri said. “But being a foot and ankle specialist is much more diverse. I have the opportunity to treat anything below the knee with a wide variety of procedures.”

In Veri’s case, this includes performing ankle joint replacements – a specialty performed by only a few surgeons in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Veri also is assistant professor of orthopaedics and rehabilitation in the OHSU School of Medicine.

Veri’s training includes a clinical fellowship in advanced foot and ankle surgery techniques at the University of British Columbia in 2001-02. He served his orthopaedic surgery residency at the University of British Columbia from 1996 to 2001. Veri earned his Doctor of Medicine and Master of Surgery degrees from McGill University in Quebec in 1996.

Veri is seeing patients at the OHSU Center for Health & Healing. Appointment and referrals can be made by calling 503 494-6400.  

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state’s only health and research university, and Oregon’s only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government), with 12,600 employees. OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.

As a leader in research, OHSU earned $307 million in research funding in fiscal year 2007. OHSU serves as a catalyst for the region's bioscience industry and is an incubator of discovery, averaging one new breakthrough or innovation every three days, with more than 4,100 research projects currently under way. OHSU disclosed 132 inventions in 2007 alone, and OHSU research resulted in 33 new spinoff companies since 2000, most of which are based in Oregon.