History of honor
Dr. Travis Liddell is a board-certified, general orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports injuries, joint replacement surgery, hip/knee/shoulder arthroscopy, and trauma. His initial medical training was completed at Loyola University in Chicago, followed by his orthopedic residency training at Tripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Dr. Liddell was first inspired to become a physician and join the Army by his late Grandfather, an Army veteran who served aboard an Army medical ship, USS Merigold, during World War II.
“I was very close to my grandfather while growing up, and many of his stories of his days in the Army shaped my decision to go into medicine and to serve in the military,” Dr. Liddell says.
Mission to serve
After his residency training, Dr. Liddell served our country at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, N.C., home of our 82nd Airborne and Special Forces, where he served as a staff orthopedic surgeon to our country’s active duty soldiers, veterans, retirees, and their families. In addition, he was asked to serve as the designated staff Orthopedic Surgeon and Sports Physician for an elite special forces unit for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. Having the opportunity to serve this unique group of professional soldiers and athletes allowed him to expand his experience in sports medicine, arthroscopy, and trauma.
In 2010, Dr. Liddell was deployed to Iraq to serve at the 28th Combat Support Hospital during Operation Iraqi Freedom. While providing acute trauma care to our soldiers, many of whom lost not only one limb but multiple, Dr. Liddell was both humbled and honored to be given the opportunity to care for our nation’s heroes. It was here when he was awarded the bronze star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“The opportunity to care for the men and women in our military, especially during a time of war, has been one of the greatest privileges of my life,” Dr. Liddell says.
Legacy of excellence with the focus on choice
In 2013, Dr. Liddell and his family moved to Sioux Falls, S.D. to join an independent group of physicians at CORE Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. After nine years of active duty service to his country, Dr. Liddell’s focus today is on excellence. He also wants patients to have a choice.
“I don’t want patients to come to our clinic because they have to, but because they want to,” Dr. Liddell says. “I want our excellence to be the reason they chose us. My goal is to restore each and every one of my patient’s quality of life to it’s very best possible. It’s what drives me to come in and help people every day.”
Every patient as family
Dr. Liddell’s heart as a family man fuels his passion for helping others. To him, caring for patients is no different than caring for members of his own family.
“In each patient encounter, I try to be aware of how I would want my own family member treated, and if I pass that test, then I know I am making the responsible and ethical decision that is best for my patient,” Dr. Liddell says.
Dr. Liddell is married to the love of his life, Angela. In their spare time, they love to travel. Although most of their traveling has been abroad, these days, their travel is mainly state-side, with three small children in tow! Someday, they hope to take their kids further abroad, back to some of their favorite places around the world. In 2011, they were able to pursue their goal of traveling to Kenya on a Volunteer Medical Mission Trip to provide care for the underserved African community. While in Kenya, Dr. Liddell’s experience was strengthened by caring for a variety of patients with challenging traumatic injuries. This experience as well as his deployment to Iraq helped shape Dr. Liddell’s dedication to a life of serving others.
“I think that I am incredibly blessed to work in a position where my job is to try to make people feel better and improve their lives,” Dr. Liddell says.
Dr. Liddell is board certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, and is also an active member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America as well as the Society of Military Orthopedic Surgeons. He has received multiple awards for his research work in orthopedic surgery as well as several other awards for his military service as an orthopedic surgeon.