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191 S. Buena Vista St. - Suite 470   Burbank, CA 91505 - 818.848.3030

Dr. William Stetson

Orthopaedic Surgeon | Shoulder, Knee, Elbow, Ankle Specialist | Expert Witness

Dr. Stetson is an award winning orthopaedic surgeon who is double board certified in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine and is the Olympic Team Doctor for the USA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Volleyball Teams.  He is a sports medicine and arthroscopy specialist with an expertise in the surgical reconstruction of complex shoulder, knee, elbow and ankle injuries. He graduated from the University of Southern California (USC) with honors (Phi Beta Kappa, Student Athlete of the Year and Two Time NCAA All-American Volleyball Player) and also from the USC Keck School of Medicine with honors.  He completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center where he had extensive experience in trauma and reconstructive surgery.  He then did a one year fellowship in sports medicine and arthroscopy where he trained under the leaders in arthroscopic surgery at the Southern California Orthopaedic Institute (SCOI). 


Dr. Stetson has an active clinical, private practice and over 90% of his time is spent seeing patients, doing surgery, teaching and doing clinical research.  He has over 25 years of teaching experience as a volunteer professor of orthopaedic surgery at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center where he teaches the residents orthopaedic surgery and arthroscopy.   He has also served as the medical director and on the management committee of out-patient surgery centers.  He is the author of over 45 peer reviewed publications and has over 100 national and international presentations.  He is a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the state of California and has served as an expert witness for the last 15 years in over 60 cases involving complex personal injury, workers compensation, malpractice and product liability cases.


He has traveled all over the world teaching other surgeons arthroscopic surgery and has been named one of “America’s Top Orthopedists” for 15 straight years by the Consumers’ Research Council of America. He has also just been selected to the 2022 Southern California Super Doctors List. This marks the 11th time in a row he has been selected and he is now part of the Super Doctors Southern California Hall of Fame. 

Dr. Stetson is also the founder of the non-profit Operation Arthroscopy ( whose mission is to “Bring Orthopedic Surgery and Arthroscopy to a World in Need.”

In 2020, Dr. Stetson and Dr. Christopher Lee formed Stetson Lee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine ( with a common purpose:  To provide the best possible orthopaedic care to their patients in a private practice setting.  To learn more about the Mission, Vision and Core Values of Stetson Lee Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, click here

Sports Medicine

Knee Arthroscopy

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Rotator Cuff Repair

ACL Reconstruction

Treatment of Arthritis

Ankle Arthroscopy and Reconstruction

Knee Ligament Reconstruction

Recurrent Shoulder Dislocation

Shoulder Impingement/Bursitis

Meniscus Repair and Meniscectomy

Elbow Arthroscopy

Ankle Arthroscopy

Trauma Injuries and Reconstruction

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Introducing The Aivio, a Giant Step Forward in Content Delivery to Patients

The Aivio

The Aivio is a giant step forward in content delivery to patients, where they can engage with their healthcare providers in a highly visual and conversational fashion. Patients get educated directly by the providers (and not Dr. Google) in a safe and secure environment and without the limitations of in-person visits. All of their questions are answered at their convenience, and they answer the providers’ questions along the way.  Aivio is at the convergence of proprietary technologies featuring C-Me™ virtual assistants, conversational AI that is controlled by content creators, and traditional rich media formats.


Dr. Stetson is on the Medical Advisory Council for HIA ( since 2021 and has been with the company since 2019.  To see and experience this new technology, click here.

SurgTime - A Leap Forward in Arthroscopy and Telemedicine Mentoring

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Dr. Stetson has developed a telesurgery mentoring platform which allows him to connect to other doctors in the operating room in real-time to teach surgical skills. It is called SurgTime.

Dr. Stetson's new start up company, SurgTime, was recently featured in the online magazine "Research Features".  SurgTime is a telesurgery and telementoring platform that enables surgical collaboration in real-time across the world. To read more about it, click here

Dr. Stetson named as one of the top 500 entrepreneurs and influential leaders of 2022 by Brainz Magazine


The annual Brainz 500 Global Awards is a prestigious list of top entrepreneurs and influential leaders who are recognized for their entrepreneurial success, achievements, and dedication to helping others. 


To read more about it, click here

Dr. Stetson Is Team Physician for USA Men’s and Women’s Volleyball Teams


As team physician for USA Men's and Women’s Volleyball teams, Dr. Stetson has traveled with the teams to Japan, Poland, Spain, Brazil, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and many other countries since 2006.  He was the team physician for both USA Men’s and Women’s Indoor Volleyball Teams for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England. 


To learn more, click here

Dr. Stetson voted to Super Doctors of Southern California for the 11th year in a row

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Dr. Stetson was selected by his peers as an outstanding practicing doctor in Southern California for the 11th year in a row.


After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by MSP Communications, the results will be published in Southern California Super Doctors, a separate publication distributed with the January 2022 issue of the Los Angeles Times. This is Dr. Stetson's 11th consecutive year and he is now an Honoree of the Southern California Hall of Fame for Super Doctors.

Dr. Stetson has again been recognized as one of “America’s Top Orthopedists” for 2023

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This is Dr. Stetson's 17th straight year of being selected  by the Consumers’ Research Council of America, an independent research company based in Washington, DC. Since that time, he has also been recognized as one of “America’s Top Physicians” and one of “America’s Top Surgeons" by the same group.


The selection process is based on a point value system that awards points for education, years in practice, and affiliations with professional associations. No fees, sponsorships, donations or advertising are accepted from physicians or healthcare facilities to insure an unbiased selection. For more information, the website is

Dr. Stetson Selected 2024 Castle Connolly Top Doctor

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Dr. Stetson has been selected a 2024 Top Doctor for LA by Castle Connolly.  He will be featured in  the JULY/AUGUST issue of Angeleno magazine.  Castle Connolly Top Doctors represent the top 7% of all U.S. practicing physicians.

Castle Connolly Top Doctors are peer-nominated, and thoroughly vetted by our physician-led research team. These doctors are best-in-class healthcare providers, embodying excellence in clinical care as well as interpersonal skills. 


More information can be found:

Dr. Stetson is pictured here giving his lecture on SLAP Lesions in Overhead Atheletes

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When and How I Repair to the 40th Annual San Diego Shoulder Course. 


The San Diego Shoulder Course is the premiere course for orthopaedic surgeons wanting the most up to date information on treating shoulder injuries. 


Dr. Stetson is also the lab director for the four day course where he oversees doctors from all over the world coming to the course to practice the latest surgical techniques on cadavers. 


More information about course can be found at:

Dr. Stetson invited as speaker at the Romanian XXth SOROT Orthopaedic Meeting



Dr. Stetson again traveled to Romania along with his colleague and friend, Dr. Guido Marra, as invited speakers to the 20th Annual Meeting of SOROT, the Orthopaedic Society of Romania. 


Dr. Stetson and Dr. Marra were given a special award as this was the 10 year anniversary of their program to bring modern orthopaedic shoulder surgical skills to the Romanian doctors.

Dr. Stetson Co-author of the #1 Amazon Bestseller Empowered Aging


Dr. Stetson joins 13 experts in a variety of fields to write an Amazon best seller on how to live a full, vibrant life as we age. Dr. Stetson’s book chapter contributes medical knowledge and advice on caring for your joints and body.


Get a copy of Empowered Aging today, to see how we can all better embrace age and live our lives to the fullest.

Rolling Hills Prep Basketball Team: Go Huskies!

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Dr. Stetson and his family are happy to support the Rolling Hills Preparatory Basketball Team as they prepare the CIF basketball playoffs. 


One of the team’s star players and starting point guard was unable to receive the necessary shoulder surgery that he needed this Fall in order to return to play.  Unfortunately, his insurance did not want to cover his surgery and he had waited over three months but still was not able to get the necessary surgery. 


The team’s coach, Harvey Kitani, reached out to Dr. Stetson and asked if he could help.  At no cost to the young man or his family, within one week, the arthroscopic shoulder SLAP repair surgery was done and after only 8 weeks, this young man was back on the basketball court. 


After the surgery he wrote the following Christmas card note to Dr. Stetson: “Thank you for giving me my senior season of basketball back to me, I will be forever grateful.”  Dr. Stetson and his entire team at his office and at the Alameda Surgery Center was happy to help this fine young man who promised to “pay it forward.” 


If you would like to help young people like this, Dr. Stetson’s non-profit, Operation Arthroscopy ( uses all donations to “help bring orthopaedics and arthroscopy to a world in need.”

Dr. Stetson authors article on SLAP (Superior Labral Anterior to Posterior) Tears

Dr. Stetson discusses the finer details of injuries to the superior labrum of the shoulder, so called SLAP lesions.  This can be found on Dr. Stetson's blog at


Click here for more details


Contact Dr. Stetson at: Stetson Lee Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine 191 South Buena Vista Street, Suite 470 Burbank, CA 91505. (818) 848-3030 Dr. Stetson is a preferred provider with Medicare, Workers Compensation and most PPO plans including Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, Cigna, United Healthcare and many more. The master list of insurances accepted by Dr. Stetson can be found HERE.

Dr. Stetson invited as speaker at the Romanian International Comprehensive Shoulder Course

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Dr. Stetson has again been invited as a guest professor for the 2023 Romanian International Comprehensive Shoulder Course on Rotator Cuff Pathology in Sibiu, Romania February 10th and 11th. 


This is the 9th year that Dr. Stetson and his colleague Dr. Guido Marra of Northwestern University have taken part in this course.  The mission is to bring modern shoulder surgery techniques to their Romanian colleagues.  

Dr. Stetson named as one of the top 500 entrepreneurs and influential leaders of 2022 by Brainz Magazine


The annual Brainz 500 Global Awards is a prestigious list of top entrepreneurs and influential leaders who are recognized for their entrepreneurial success, achievements, and dedication to helping others. 


To read more about it, click here

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