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Brandon Tauberg, MD, Joins South Hills Orthopedic Surgery Associates

By Nancy Kennedy

Brandon Tauberg, MDWhen Brandon Tauberg was a four-year old boy growing up in Squirrel Hill, he fell and broke his arm one day. Fortunately, his grandfather, Herbert R. Tauberg, MD, was an orthopedic surgeon and happened to be nearby. He splinted his grandson’s arm on the spot, using a butter knife. Decades later, Brandon Tauberg is now Brandon Tauberg, MD, an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who recently joined South Hills Orthopedic Surgery Associates (SHOSA). Like his grandfather, he repairs injured muscles, bones and joints, using techniques and technologies that his grandfather probably could not have imagined.

Choosing sports medicine and orthopedic surgery as his area of specialization was perhaps inevitable for Dr. Tauberg. He remembers his grandfather taking him to visit his colleague Charles “Chip” Burke, MD, who was the team physician for the Pittsburgh Penguins for many years. Dr. Burke gave young Brandon a private tour of the Penguins locker room – an experience Dr. Tauberg calls “unforgettable and motivating.” Brandon Tauberg also found inspiration in his parents, both of whom were health care professionals: his father is James Tauberg, DMD, and his mother, Cindy Tauberg, was a dental hygienist. “Both of my parents are caring people,” he says. “They will drop what they are doing to help someone. They’re fantastic people.”

Dr. Tauberg graduated from Fox Chapel Area High School and went on to Penn State, where he majored in Health Policy and Administration. He was accepted into the College of Medicine at Drexel University, and after earning his Medical Doctorate degree there in 2014, he completed an internship in general surgery at Temple University Hospital. That was followed by a five-year residency in orthopedic surgery at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. A fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery took him to the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston.

 SHOSA recruited Dr. Tauberg as a sports medicine specialist, with exceptional expertise in ACL reconstruction, meniscus repair, rotator cuff surgery, shoulder reconstruction and more. As an avid fan of collegiate and professional sports and an athlete himself who enjoys golf, racquetball, soccer and hiking, he understands the athlete’s passion and motivation. “Getting someone with a sports-related injury back to their playing level is extremely satisfying,” he explains. “The goal is not simply to make the person feel better but to enable them to keep doing the activity. They are highly motivated people.”

The enormous appeal of sports medicine for Dr. Tauberg is centered in teamwork, he says. “I am a team player and I love working with teams – athletic teams plus multidisciplinary health care teams. In both cases, it takes a group approach to get the best results. I have worked as a team physician for more than five years, for more than a dozen high school, college and professional teams, including the Houston Astros. I love working with the trainers, therapists and primary care doctors and with athletes of all ages.”

Whether his patients are athletes or not, Dr. Tauberg approaches their care with compassion, empathy and great respect. He is concerned with their entire care experience and recovery: “To assure the best possible patient experience, care must be tailored specifically to the individual patient. A cookie-cutter approach doesn’t meet their unique needs or goals. I’m a partner with my patients and their families and I’m with them the entire way.”

Dr. Tauberg embraced this humane and inclusive philosophy after an eye-opening experience he had with the UPMC Innovation Center as a student. Assigned to “shadow” patients and families as they navigated the healthcare system, he learned firsthand that it takes an enormous complex of elements and people to deliver the best care experience.

A self-proclaimed “Pittsburgh guy,” Dr. Tauberg is warm, affable and unpretentious – classic Pittsburgh traits. He is delighted to have returned to his hometown, where he and his wife Lauren, a critical care clinical nurse specialist who grew up in Mt. Lebanon, and their infant daughter are enjoying time with their families.

“I love it,” he says. “I’m pleased to be part of the SHOSA team and to care for the great people of this community. It’s a privilege to be here.”

To make an appointment with Dr. Tauberg, call South Hills Orthopedic Surgery Associates at (412) 283-0270. The office is located at 2000 Oxford Drive, Suite 211, near South Hills Village. The web site is www.southhillsortho.com



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