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Tanner Clinic,

Robert S. Rice, MD.

Sports Surgeon Utah


Robert S. Rice, M.D.

Layton / Roy

Orthopedics / Sports Medicine

Focus of Practice

  • Orthopedics
  • Sports medicine
  • Specializing in sports-related injuries to the knee and shoulder, arthroscopic surgery

Training and Education

  • B.S., University of Utah, majoring in Spanish with a minor in chemistry
  • M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans
  • Residency, Mayo Clinic,Rochester, MN
  • Fellowship in Sports Medicine -Taos Orthopedic Institute,Taos, NM

Professional History

  • With Tanner Clinic since 2010

Specialized Procedures

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder
  • Arthroscopic surgery of the knee
  • ACL reconstruction, 
  • Multi-ligament knee reconstruction
  • Stabilization of dislocated patella
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Shoulder decompression and Mumford procedure
  • Shoulder stabilization procedures
  • Treatment of fractures

Notable Mentions

  • Mayo Clinic Trauma Resident of the Year, 2009
  • Board certification and delegate to the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Affiliations

  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • Mid-America Orthopedic Association

Selected research

  • "Allograft Versus Autograft Decision for Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: An Expected-value Decision Analysis Evaluating Hypothetical Patients," co-author of article in The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, April 2012
  • "Unicompartment Knee Arthroplasty," chapter in 2011 textbook Joint Replacement Arthroplasty, 4th Edition, edited by Mayo Clinic specialists Bernard F. Morrey, John W. Sperling and Kai-Nan An.
  • "Retrospective Review of First 215 Total Shoulder Arthroplasties Performed with Modular Prosthesis," co-author of podium presentation at the Mid-America Orthopedic Society, 2008
  • "Augmented Glenoid Component for Bone Deficiency in Shoulder Arthroplasty,"in the publication Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research in April 2008

Other Information

  • Married with three children
  • Named a member of the official medical team for the U.S. Ski Team, December 2013
  • Physician for the Ogden Raptors minor league baseball team
  • Fluent in Spanish
  • Served as team physician for New Mexico Highlands University
  • Served as team physician for high school football teams, including Taos (N.M.) High School and schools in Davis County School District, Utah
  • Eagle scout
  • First Team Utah All-state in football and baseball
  • Served an LDS mission to Argentina, and has lived in Mexico and Costa Rica
  • Enjoys spending time with family, fly fishing, golf, tennis, biking, skiing, hunting, hiking, camping and horseback riding

Make a New Friend

  • Visit Dr. Rice's Facebook page to learn more about the orthopedic surgeon and his love for sports.

Some tips for marathon eve

Dr. Ed Laskowski, co-director of the Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Center in Rochester, Minn., offers these following tips for marathon runners just prior to the big race:

  • The day before the marathon, consume extra calories, especially high-carbohydrate foods such as bread, cereal, rice, pasta, and/or potatoes
  • To enable fluid absorption, start drinking fluids at least four hours before exercise.
  • Most marathoners find they perform better if they consume carbohydrates during the race. Sports drinks, bars and gels are good options
  • To avoid runners' diarrhea, at least one day before running, limit or avoid sweeteners called sugar alcohols - most often found in sugar-free candies, gum and ice cream. For three to six hours before running, limit or avoid caffeine and high-fat foods
  • After-marathon food should include protein, preferably peanut butter or string cheese, which you should eat within two hours after stepping off the course
  • Source: Mayo Clinic

Professional profile of Dr. Rice

An expert at diagnosing and treating sports injuries, Dr. Robert S. Rice brings to Tanner Clinic a wide range of skills and training, including a five-year residency at the Mayo Clinic, which has ranked near the top of the U.S. News & World Report list of "Best Hospitals" for more than 20 years

Dr. Rice earned his M.D. from Tulane University in New Orleans, then completed a Mayo Clinic residency in orthopedic surgery, where he was named the Trauma Resident of the Year in 2009. He continued his training with a fellowship in sports medicine at Taos Orthopedic Institute in Taos, N.M. He's earned board certification from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. Rice treats a wide spectrum of orthopedic conditions, specializing in arthroscopic surgery and sports-related injuries to the knee and

A native of Northern Utah and a graduate of the University of Utah, Dr. Rice returned to Utah to join Tanner Clinic's staff because of proximity to family and his interests in such physical activities as fly fishing, skiing, hunting, golfing, camping and horseback riding

Athletics-minded ortho doctor understands the sports psyche

A s a youngster, Dr. Robert Rice learned all about the orthopedic specialty - from the exam table. Now, as a physician and surgeon, his years as a prep athlete give him an insight in treating the many players of all ages who have been sidelined.

'I'm able to understand the mindset of the athlete," he explains. "I'm able to understand the demands of the athlete and what they have to go through in order to perform."

Dr. Robert Rice, a surgeon with Tanner Clinic's Orthopedic Center, is pictured with the new portable x-ray machine. Dr. Rice, an athlete himself, specializes in sports medicine

A lifelong competitor in all types of sports, Dr. Rice focused on baseball and football in high school, earning First Team Utah All-State in both sports. These days, you'll find him on the East Bench trails mountain biking, or on the lake water-skiing - helping him identify with that other large group of injured patients he sees: the recreational contenders. That group isn't limited to hikers and golfers. He adds, "We've got 65-year-olds playing in the Huntsman Games," referring to the annual worldwide competition of senior athletes in Southern Utah.

Through it all, he remembers the regard of his younger self. "The help they provided me, allowing me to return to do the things I wanted to do - that meant a lot to me when I was on the receiving end of that care," he says. "And I thought that doing something like that would be rewarding as a provider as well."

Inactivity enemy of physical fitness

Dr. Rice's specialty is arthroscopic surgery, which he define as the "utilization of a magnifying camera during surgery so you can do smaller incisions." The small camera allows him to fine-tune the surgical procedure, he says, and "allows us to treat patients so that the pain after surgery is reduced."

Arthroscopic surgery is most commonly used in surgeries of the knee to treat internal damage. But Dr. Rice said the specialty procedure is well utilized in shoulder surgeries, as well as for treatment of chronic conditions.

For all his patient population - basically, all of us who walk - the top-most preventative measure he recommends is to maintain their physical fitness

Dr. Rice's jobs as a young man

  • Bill collector
  • Swim instructor and lifeguard
  • Landscaping laborer

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The enemy of physical fitness is inactivity, he says. "A lot of the injuries we see are caused by a lack of muscle strength or lack of coordination," he says. "You can get people who aren,t overweight and who may be at their ideal body weight, but who have very weak muscles. If their muscles aren't functioning the way they should, they're predisposing themselves to injury"

Portable x-ray technology

One of the most recent technologies at Tanner Clinic is especially useful for athletes, advanced and amateur alike. The compact, portable x-ray machine is stationed right in the Tanner Clinic Orthopedic Center, allowing the orthopedic specialists to roll the x-ray machine right up to the patient and forgoing that long, painful walk to another department.

The new x-ray machine "allows us to take quicker x-ray pictures with less radiation exposure than normal x-rays," he says. "And we can actually turn the machine (not the injured patient) to get the exact views we want."

Dr. Rice says he understands the learning curve required of orthopedic patients, and the hard decisions they have to make. In fact, the most common question he hears is: “If this was your mother, what would you do?" (Yes, his answer is always truthful

And, each day, he says, he seeks the satisfaction of helping people, whether it's through surgery, injections or even directing them to physical therapy. The most gratifying result, he says, is "seeing patients improve, hearing of their successes, hearing of their pain relief - and having them return to do the things they want to do."

Family time with Dr. Robb Rice

What patients are saying about Dr. Rice/h1>

"Ijust had knee surgery today by Dr. Rice. Dr. Rice is the best ortho doctor. Thank you, Dr. Rice." - Patty on Facebook, Feb. 13, 2014

"Ican always count on Dr. Rice, Bryant Salmon and Dr. Todd Flitton to put me back together after a summer of races." - Melody on Facebook, Feb. 10, 2014

"Dr. Rice is the best. He did my shoulder arthroscopy and I feel like a new person. What a wonderful and knowledgeable orthopedic surgeon!" - Peggy on Facebook, July 28, 2013

"Dr. Rice is our family orthopedic surgeon. All my children have all been treated by him. He is awesome!" - Debra on Facebook, July 24, 2013