- Shoulder Joint Replacement
- Upper Extremity
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH
Residency: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
Medical Education: University of Kansas School of Medicine, Kansas City, KS
Undergraduate Education: Marquette Univeristy, Milwaukee, WI
Professional Memberships and Societies:
- American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- American Society for Surgery of the Hand
- Colorado Orthopedic Society
- Rocky Mountain Shoulder and Elbow Society
- Alpha Omega Alpha
- Milwaukee Orthopedic Society
- American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
- USMLE STEP I, II and III
- Certificate of Added Qualification In Hand Surgery
Dr. Pater joined Front Range Orthopedics & Spine in 2005 after completing a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio. He has received extensive training in reconstructive and arthroscopic techniques for treatment of problems of hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder.
He earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Marquette University and his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. He completed his residency training in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin.
Dr. Pater specializes in surgery and rehabilitation of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. Conditions commonly treated include arthritis related conditions, fractures, repair of both traumatic and sports related injuries, nerve compression and nerve injury, tendonitis and tendon injury, rheumatoid arthritis and other painful conditions of the upper extremity.
He is currently involved with ongoing research and has authored and published manuscripts in peer-reviewed orthopedic journals. He has been a presenter at national and international meetings, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Combined Meeting of the American and Japanese Hand Societies.
Dr. Pater is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons and he is an Active Fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He holds the Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery and is a Member in the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.
Dr. Pater is the team physician for Silver Creek High School athletics.
Articles and Recent Publications by Dr. Pater:
Rich loves working on his cars, but it became difficult when he developed Dupytren’s Disease. Dupytren’s disease, also known as Viking’s disease, is a connective tissue disorder. The disease causes thickening in the palm and can progress to create flexion contractures of the fingers. When contractures progress and create functional difficulty,…Read More Testimonials
Randall White: class act, Vietnam War veteran, husband of 45 years, total shoulder replacement recipient. When Randall’s right shoulder started to become painful four years ago, he chose to ignore the pain and hoped it would magically disappear. “I was the poster child for Aleve and ibuprofen. It was my…Read More Testimonials
Anne Schmitt has been playing the piano since she was a little girl. She also knits, gardens and shows her Australian Shepherds. As pain started developing in her thumbs, she eventually had to give up the things she enjoyed, “I started getting pain in my thumbs all the time ……Read More Testimonials