Courtesy of RRMC
Edgar Holmes III, M.D.
RUTLAND — Dr. Edgar Holmes III, M.D. orthopaedic surgeon and principal founder of the Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic, was recently inducted into the Vermont Ski and Snowboard Museum Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame honors athletes, pioneers of Vermont skiing and special contributors who promoted and or contributed to the sport of skiing in Vermont. Dr. Holmes was inducted as someone who “exemplifies the best of what a person can do in ski-related sports medicine and in being a support person to elite skiers and skiers of all levels,” according to a press release, Dec. 3.
Dr. Holmes, a life-long competitive athlete, pioneered new techniques in managing ski specific injuries, including ACL reconstruction from open to arthroscopic technique, progressive ski specific rehabilitation, and performance training in early post-op period after ACL surgery in athletes, as well as total joint replacement for ski athletes that allowed athletes to return to their sport.
“For more than 40 years, Dr. Holmes demonstrated his commitment to orthopaedic surgery,” said Tom Huebner, President and CEO of Rutland Regional Medical Center. “As an excellent clinician, educator, and athlete, Dr. Holmes embodies the qualities associated with this honor and is most-deserving to receive this award in recognition of his dedication to winter sport athletes.”
From 1976 to 2007, Dr. Holmes travelled with the U.S. Ski Team internationally and provided medical care and emotional support. In 1980, Dr. Holmes served as the U.S. Olympic Team doctor in Lake Placid. He also served as team physician for Killington Mountain School, Burke Mountain Academy, Stratton Mountain School, and Green Mountain Valley School. Dr. Holmes founded the Killington Medical Clinic Sports Medicine Fellowship Program in ski medicine to teach Sports Medicine Fellows how to treat ski injuries most effectively.
In 2001, Dr. Holmes collaborated in forming the iSport Training Center at Killington Medical, a world class physical therapy center that serves local athletes as well as professional athletes from all over the world.