VAIL, Colorado - Dr. William Sterett, who is no longer practicing at The Steadman Clinic, won't be moving his orthopedic surgery practice very far - he plans to start seeing patients in Edwards and Vail again by the middle of the month.
Sterett spent 18 years with The Steadman Clinic and stopped practicing at the clinic as of June 30.
"I felt that I was in a point in my career where I was very established, had made a good name for myself and had a solid patient base," Sterett told the Vail Daily last week via email. "I was exploring my options outside of The Steadman Clinic, both inside and outside of the Vail Valley."
Sterett said he had planned to continue practicing at The Steadman Clinic through August, but the clinic let him go as of June 30.
Lyon Steadman, the clinic's chief executive officer, said in a statement last week that the clinic couldn't comment on personnel matters.
Sterett will continue his orthopedic surgery practice at Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine, which has local offices in Vail and Edwards.
In a June 24 Facebook post, Sterett told his patients and friends that he hopes to begin seeing patients with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics by the middle of July.
"Partnering with Vail-Summit Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine will allow me to provide the same great care I have for you in the past. For many of my patients, this will be much more convenient, as I will have offices in both Vail and Edwards, Colo.," Sterett wrote. "I am hoping my contracts with insurance carriers will begin by (Wednesday), so I will actually be able to start seeing patients in my Edwards office around that date."
Sterett remains the head team physician for the U.S. Women's Alpine Ski Team, a position he's held for 12 years. Sterett also remains as the medical director for the Vail Valley Surgery Center.
The United States Olympic Committee chose Sterett as one of 12 physicians responsible for caring for U.S. athletes at the Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia, his third Olympic honor.
Sterett also represented the United States at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Garmisch, Germany, this year and was honored with the Albert Sossman Award for Lifetime Service by the U.S. Ski Team.
The Eagle County School District nominated Sterett this past year for Physician of the Year for his 14 years as medical director to the district's student athletes.
Mike Gnacinski will be managing Sterett's practice, appointments and questions. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or