Physicians

Christopher J. Wahl, MD

Dr. Wahl Headshot

Credentials

Medical School

Yale University

Residency

Yale University

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

AO John Border Traveling Trauma, Germany/Switzerland

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Christopher J. Wahl, MD

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Dr. Wahl is a fellowship-trained Orthopaedic Surgeon, specializing in treating athletes of all ages and problems related to the knee, shoulder, elbow and ankle.

He developed a regional and national reputation in the treatment, innovations, and study of high-energy, complex knee and shoulder injuries. While he enjoys treating all athletic soft tissue and bony injuries, his specific interests include knee ligament reconstruction and revision, cartilage transplantation and repair, osteotomies, partial and total knee replacements and peri-articular fracture management.

From 2004-2012, he served as Associate Professor and team physician at University of Washington in Seattle, where he cared for the UW football, men’s basketball, volleyball, softball, gymnastics and tennis teams.  In 2013, Dr. Wahl was named Head Team Physician for the San Diego Chargers.  He has been listed among the national and regional ‘Top Doctors’ in U.S. News & World Report, Seattle Magazine and Seattle Met Magazine.

Dr. Wahl attended medical school and residency at Yale University. He then completed a sports medicine and shoulder surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, where he assisted in the care of the New York Giants football team. Dr. Wahl then completed the AO John Border Traveling Trauma Fellow in Augsburg, Germany and Zurich, Switzerland. He was the recipient of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Fellowship, teaching and learning at notable sports medicine facilities across South America.

In terms of treatment philosophy, “Every person and injury is unique–it is important to understand the factors that are most important to a person and their goals and then to tailor a comprehensive treatment and rehabilitation approach that is likely to achieve those goals. In sports medicine, we have to excel on three levels: prevention, treatment, and training. Our challenge is not just to bring people back to the same level, but to always strive to improve their performance as well.  The continual advances in research-proven philosophies, techniques, instruments and implants that improve our patients’ outcomes make this a very exciting time.”

Outside of his clinical life, Dr. Wahl enjoys road & gravel cycling, mountain biking, skiing, and all other outdoor mayhem with his wife, kids and Weimaraner’s. 

Specialities & Areas of Focus

Knee

Shoulder

Sports Medicine

Elbow

Ankle

Credentials

Medical School

Yale University

Residency

Yale University

Fellowship

Hospital for Special Surgery, New York

AO John Border Traveling Trauma, Germany/Switzerland

Board Certifications

Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Affiliations

University of Washington Logo

Team Physician, University of Washington

Assistant Team Physician, New York Giants 

Head Team Physician, San Diego Chargers

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

Alpha Omega Alpha

Awards

2010, 2011, 2012, 2021

2011, 2012

2013

2011, 2012

2011

Dr. Wahl was, by far, the most comprehensive and caring orthopedic surgeon I have EVER had. My surgery was incredibly complex and the fact that Dr. Wahl took the time to explain every image and what his thoughts/plans were gave me great confidence in him. I honestly have never felt so cared for, assured by the slow pace at which he made the surgical plan and his bedside manner by him and Suzanne.

Christopher Wahl, MD 
Christopher Wahl, MD

Dr. Wahl is everything a doctor should be. I’d give him 10s all around. His person-to-person skills are as good as it gets, and I trust him implicitly. He is very smart, super complete, communicates with warmth, listens well, and very importantly, is age-blind, so I never felt he was condescending or pre-judging. He’s absolutely wonderful.

Christopher Wahl, MD 
Christopher Wahl, MD

Dr. Wahl was a competent and professional doctor that took a genuine interest in me and my concerns. I felt cared for and important. A course of action was quickly determined and proceeded to a successful outcome. I really appreciate the amount of information given as well as the willingness to address ALL of my concerns.

Christopher Wahl, MD 
Christopher Wahl, MD

“Unbelievable” is the first word that comes to mind. I was blown away by Dr. Wahl and his team. On absolutely every level of this experience, the service and care were top-notch.

Christopher Wahl, MD 
Christopher Wahl, MD

He spent more time with me at my appointment than any doctor ever has. He made me feel like I was getting advice from a friend, not a doctor.

Christopher Wahl, MD 
Christopher Wahl, MD

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