Rita E. Baumgartner, MD
Dr. Rita E. Baumgartner is a fellowship trained orthopedic hand, wrist, and elbow surgeon at Panorama Summit Orthopedics. She is skilled in treating conditions and trauma to the hand and upper extremity including the humerus, elbow. and general orthopedic trauma.
Dr. Baumgartner grew up in Boulder, Colorado. She received her undergraduate degree from Duke University and prior to medical school spent one year working with a small non-governmental organization at a rural health clinic in the Central Plateau of Haiti.
After her time in Haiti, Dr. Baumgartner went on to Medical School at David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles. From there she was able to return to Duke University for her residency program where she received excellent training, diverse research opportunities, and the opportunity to be part of a program where being a “team” was something truly valued and practiced. During her time at Duke, she also had the opportunity to mentor young high school girls on the career paths and opportunities in orthopedic medicine. Her passion and experience in working with young women is something she is working on extending to the high schools in Colorado.
Following her residency program, Dr. Baumgartner completed a specialized fellowship program in hand, wrist, and elbow surgery at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, under the mentorship of Dr. David Netscher.
Dr. Baumgartner has an enthusiasm for creating a strong, supportive team environment with her patients and colleagues. At Panorama Summit Orthopedics, she enjoys being a part of a clinical team focused on efficient and effective patient care. Additionally, being able to return to practice in her home state and serving the active community in Summit County is a privilege.
As an avid hiker, showshoer, and snowboarder, Dr. Baumgartner has made it a point to return to Colorado every vacation she had during her undergraduate studies. She’s thrilled to be returning as a permanent resident and caring for the Summit County community.