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Michael J.Milne, MD

Orthopaedic Surgeon

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A Leader in Sports Medicine, Knee and Shoulder Surgery, and the Care of Injured Workers

  • Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
  • Best Doctors, St. Louis Magazine 2009-2016
  • Fellowship Trained in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado under J. Richard Steadman, MD and Richard J. Hawkins, MD
  • Former Team Physician, Fellow – Denver Broncos NFL Team, Colorado Rockies MLB Team and the US Ski Team
  • Head Team Physician
    2014-2016, St. Louis Cardinals
    2005-2013, Marquette High School, Chesterfield, MO
    2005-2012, DeSmet Jesuit High School, Creve Coeur, MO
    2006-2012, St. Louis Bandits “Junior A” Hockey Team, Chesterfield, MO
  • Extensive experience in the treatment of industrial injuries of the knee and shoulder


  • Sports Medicine Fellowship: Steadman-Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colorado
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Parkland Memorial Hospital, Dallas, Texas
  • Internship: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Parkland Memorial Hospital,Dallas, Texas
  • Medical School: University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, Texas
  • College: Southern Methodist University, (B.A./B.B.A.) Dallas, Texas, University of Texas at Austin, premedical, Austin, Texas, London School of Economics, Economics/Finance, London, England


  • Diplomate American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS)
  • St. Louis Orthopaedic Society
  • 2004-Present, Board of Directors, St. Louis Sports Commission

Dr. Milne is a native St. Louisan who returned to St. Louis in August 2003 to bring world class training and experience to athletes, workers, and active individuals in the Midwestern United States.

He is board certified and fellowship trained in knee and shoulder surgery and in the treatment of sports related injuries. He has special interest in advanced arthroscopic techniques, the treatment of arthritis and alternatives to joint replacement surgery.

His expertise is in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the shoulder and knee and treatment of athletic injuries.

He was previously affiliated during his fellowship with the Denver Broncos, the Colorado Rockies, and the US Ski Team, and continues to treat professional, college, high school and recreational athletes.

He also has extensive experience in the treatment of industrial injuries of the knee and shoulder and workers’ compensation injuries.

A double major graduate of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Dr. Milne was involved in the Student Senate and the recipient of several prestigious scholarships at SMU. He also studied Economics at the London School of Economics in London, England.

As a medical student at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, Texas, he was elected as American Medical Association Delegate and to the Medical School Admissions committee.

After his general surgery and orthopaedic surgery training at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, Texas, he was awarded the prestigious orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship at the internationally famous Steadman-Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado. There he trained under Dr. Richard Steadman and Dr. Richard Hawkins in knee and shoulder surgery.

Dr. Milne contributed the shoulder chapter to the American College of Sports Medicine “Expert’s Guide to Sports Medicine”. He continues to teach nationally regarding arthroscopic shoulder surgery and is a frequent speaker. He is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the St. Louis Sports Commission.

Dr. Milne wants his patients to know that he and his employees are committed to serving them in their orthopaedic needs by providing the highest quality of treatment and service.

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Drew Vandas PA-C

Drew Vandas, PA-C

Drew was born and raised in St. Louis. After graduating from De Smet Jesuit High School in 2005 he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Truman State University in 2009. He graduated with a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Missouri State University in 2012. After working with an orthopaedic surgeon for two years in Springfield, Missouri, he joined Dr. Milne in 2014.

Drew assists Dr. Milne with all aspects of his practice. He acts as first assist for all surgical procedures and acts in tandem with Dr. Milne during clinic. Drew typically sees all new patients and first post-op patients by himself and runs his own clinic one day per week. His training allows him to evaluate, treat, prescribe medications and perform minor office procedures, such as injections, autonomously.

Wendy Wertel, MA

Wendy Wertel, MA

Wendy is a trained medical assistant with over 20 years experience. She joined Dr. Milne’s practice in 2006. Wendy handles appointment and surgery scheduling, and various administrative functions. She and Nicole are the “go to” people for phone calls and questions, and can be reached directly at 314-991-2013.


Where are you located?

Motion Orthopaedics is located at 633 Emerson Road Suite 100 in Creve Coeur. For directions, please see Office Information.

What are your office hours?

Our office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What days does Dr. Milne see patients?

General orthopaedic patients are seen on Monday afternoons and all day on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Dr. Milne performs surgeries all day on Wednesdays and Fridays, and occasionally on Monday mornings.

What patient information forms need to be completed?

We do everything we can to minimize paperwork at our office. Several forms need to be completed and brought with you to your appointment, including a registration form, health history forms, and consent forms. Click here to download and print these forms so you may expedite your time at our office.

What insurances do you accept?

We accept most major carriers and are out of network providers for nearly all plans with the benefits. It is your responsibility to check your insurance benefits and to confirm whether Dr. Milne is a participating or non-participating provider for your plan. We deal with thousands of carriers and policies and request that the patient confirm this. If you have any questions, our billing staff would be happy to assist you. Please call our office 314.993.7109.

Do you treat out of network patients?

Yes, if our office is not in your insurance network, you are welcome for a consultation and/or surgical care with Dr. Milne. You may be subject to a higher payment obligation according to the terms of your insurance contract. If this creates a financial hardship for you, then you can submit a request for special consideration of your financial obligation. This should be sent through Wendy.

Does Dr. Milne accept Medicare?

Dr. Milne is not a contracted provider for Medicare at this time.

How do I schedule an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call Dr. Milne’s office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 314-991-2013, or fill out our online appointment form and we will contact you by the next business day.

How far in advance should I make an appointment?

You should call to make an appointment as soon as you know you are ready to see Dr. Milne. We work hard to accommodate all of our patients and will give you appointment options as soon as possible.

What should I do if I find it necessary to cancel my appointment?

We ask that if you need to reschedule or cancel your appointment, that you please give us 24 hours notice. This frees up time to see other patients that are waiting for appointments. Please call our office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What is your policy for releasing my medical records?

We can provide you with a written request informing us where you want your information to be sent in full compliance with HIPAA and federal privacy guidelines.

Does Dr. Milne have a specialty?

Dr. Milne’s expertise is in arthroscopic and reconstructive surgery of the knee and shoulder and treatment of athletic injuries. He also has extensive experience in the treatment of industrial injuries of the knee and shoulder and worker’s compensation injuries. He is board certified and fellowship trained in these areas.

Does Dr. Milne treat other areas in addition to knee and shoulder injuries?

Yes, Dr. Milne treats many other orthopaedic and musculoskeletal conditions. Click here for a list of services he provides.

Where does Dr. Milne operate?

Dr. Milne operates most frequently at ambulatory surgery centers. He also has privileges at Missouri Baptist, Des Peres Hospital, and Barnes West County Hospital.

How long has Dr. Milne been in practice?

Dr. Milne finished his residency at Parkland Hospital in Dallas in 2002 and then went on for fellowship training at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic and Sports Medicine Foundation in Vail, Colorado. He moved back to St. Louis in 2003 and has been in private practice since that time.

How much physical therapy will I need after surgery?

This depends on the procedure. Frequently, 2 times a week for 3 weeks to 3 months.

What can I expect after my surgery?

You are encouraged to rest and recuperate in the first couple of days following surgery. Each surgical case is different and post-op instructions should be discussed with Dr. Milne and the surgical staff. All patients go home with written home instructions.

Where does Dr. Milne recommend for therapy?

Dr. Milne will recommend a good physical therapist close to home and convenient for the patient. He gives written instructions to the therapist and monitors your rehab closely.

How are medication renewals handled by the office?

For a medication renewal, you may contact our office and provide us with the name and contact information for your pharmacy. You can also choose to have your pharmacy contact us directly. Refill requests received at night or on weekends will be addressed the following business day.

Does Dr. Milne treat work related injuries?

Yes, Dr. Milne and his team understand the needs of those who are injured on the job. He is an experienced workers’ compensation provider with extensive experience in the treatment of industrial injuries of the knee and shoulder.

What services does Dr. Milne provide for workers’ compensation?

Dr. Milne is available to provide appointments immediately for evaluation and treatment, independent medical evaluations (IME’s), as well as second opinions. Dr. Milne and his staff are dedicated to helping injured workers reach full recovery and getting them back to life and work as quickly and safely as possible.

How can I get Dr. Milne to be a guest speaker at my event?

Dr. Milne is available to speak at community functions on various topics. If you are interested in scheduling him at your event, please contact Christy Harshaw at 314-991-2003 ext 114 or email her at charshaw@motion-ortho.comto check his availability.


ASK THE EXPERT – April 6, 2012


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, I’m 58 years old and have had a sore shoulder for a couple months. My trainer says it may be my rotator cuff. What are the symptoms of a torn rotator cuff? -Steve, 58, Frontenac Answer Dear Steve, There are a number of causes of shoulder pain in an otherwise healthy […]

ASK THE EXPERT – March 2, 2012


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, What is the deal with PRP injections? Jeff, 47, St. Charles Answer Dear Jeff, PRP stands for platelet rich plasma. It is a very hot topic in sports medicine these days. Basically, PRP is the patient’s own blood that is treated to centrifuge the red and white blood cells away from […]

ASK THE EXPERT – February 3, 2012


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, Our 25 year old wrestling coach was demon- starting a move for our high school wrestling team and felt a pop in his left elbow. Now he has pain and bruising in the front of his elbow. What does this mean? Elena, 29, Wildwood Answer He probably ruptured his biceps tendon. […]



Question: Dear Dr. Milne, With the holidays over, I want to start a new fitness routine. My trainer told me to check with my doctor first. What are the issues I should be concerned about? Bob, 45, St. Louis Answer First of all, I think he was talking about your internist or family doctor and […]

ASK THE EXPERT – December 2, 2011


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, I’m 46 years old and I tore my meniscus a few years back. I had an arthroscopic surgery back then “to clean it up”. Now I feel soreness when I jog. Should I be worried? David, 46, Town & Country Answer: As they say, I wish I had a nickel for […]

ASK THE EXPERT – November 4, 2011


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, I ran the Rock and Roll Marathon on Sunday and made it 17 miles before I had a sharp pains on the front/outside of my knee. I kept trying to run but could only walk. What are the possibili- ties? What should I do? Debbie, 48, St. Louis Answer: Anterior knee […]

ASK THE EXPERT – November 4, 2011


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, I ran the Rock and Roll Marathon on Sunday and made it 17 miles before I had a sharp pains on the front/outside of my knee. I kept trying to run but could only walk. What are the possibili- ties? What should I do? Debbie, 48, St. Louis Answer: Anterior knee […]

ASK THE EXPERT – October 7, 2011


Question: Dear Dr. Milne, My daughter is a club soccer player. She is 16 years old. Two girls on her team have torn their ACL this year. What can we do to prevent this? John, 46, Ladue Answer John, Thanks for the question. You have touched on a hot button issue in youth sports over […]



Question: Over the last several weeks I have had shoulder pain that wakes me from sleep if I roll onto that side. I have not had any injury that I can remember. What can cause this? Steven, 46, Richmond Heights Answer: Thank you for the question, Steven. You have touched on a very common complaint […]



Question: Dear Dr. Milne, My left hip has been hurting for the last 5 months as I have been training for a half marathon. My doctor has diagnosed me with “greater trochanteric bursitis”. What causes this and what are the treatments? Kelly S., 36, Frontenac Answer Greater trochanteric bursitis is an inflammatory condition that affects […]


After the surgery, I did definitely notice a decrease in knee pain and was able to ride my road bike and mountain bike again with no problems at all. I think Dr. Milne does a great job of spending time with patients in the office and explaining the medical issues to them. In addition, I was very impressed with Dr. Milne’s staff who were always quick to respond to questions via phone call and were courteous in the office.

Although I have not fully recovered from what ails me, I don’t think it has anything to do with a lack of care on the part of Dr. Milne or his staff. I would definitely use Dr. Milne for future joint issues and would definitely recommend him to a friend.

– Ben E.

It’s been 11 months since my rotator repair. Flexibility and strength is back 100%. I’m a carpenter, and routinely lift heavy tools and materials. No pain, no problems. My only regret is that I didn’t have this done years ago

– Mark B.

Since being treated, I have been doing great. I run 3 to 4 times a week and completed the St. Louis Rock N Roll Half Marathon in October of 2012. On occasion, I do have tightness in the right knee but simply stretch and use a roller along the ITB area of the leg. I have continued with strength training and plan to complete another half marathon in March of 2013.

– Krista T.

Everybody there was top notch!

– L.H.

Dr. Milne and his team were amazing to work with………After being told that there “wasn’t anything wrong” with my shoulder by a local doctor (but still experiencing extreme pain), I was lucky enough to be referred to Dr. Milne! He listened to my symptoms, ordered the appropriate tests, and eventually scheduled surgery. Even though it will be some time before I”m back to full strength, I so appreciate everything he did for m

– Kerri M.


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