Desert Orthopedic Specialists

Richard K. Peairs, M.D.
Richard K. Peairs, M.D.

Richard K. Peairs, M.D.

“I take pride in the fact that I will take your history, perform the physical exam, discuss your treatment options with you, and help coordinate care with your other physicians and healthcare providers.  Through conversations with my patients I find out more about their day to day activities.  It is important to know what they would like to be doing and to understand the frustration of not being able to do so.  Working together helps to maximize function given whatever  limitation an injury has brought about.”
- Richard K. Peairs, MD

Finally, a physician that sees you as a person, not as an injury!

For over three decades, Dr. Peairs has been a leader in orthopedic medicine in Arizona. Find out why three generations of active Arizonans trust Dr. Richard Peairs with their orthopedic healthcare.

Richard Peairs MD has completed fellowship training in the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation, of sports-related injuries.
Since 1987, the focus of his practice, Arizona Arthroscopy Sports Medicine, has been the appropriate treatment of these injuries, as well as similar injuries that may occur around the home or in the workplace.

Dr. Peairs combines his extensive medical training with good, old-fashioned personal attention so that you have the information you need to make well-informed health decisions.

Richard K. Peairs MD provides diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation for all these crucial parts of your body.

As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Peairs is trained in the surgical management of orthopedic injuries. Through his fellowship, additional specialty training in arthroscopy and sports medicine, and extensive experience, Dr. Peairs is uniquely qualified to treat injuries to the knee, shoulder, ankle, hip, and elbow in a minimally invasive arthroscopic manner.
Whether you sustain an injury due to sports, overuse, a workplace accident, or simply as a result of aging, Dr. Peairs provides expert medical care for injuries to:

  • Knees
  • Shoulders
  • Ankles
  • Elbows
  • Feet and ankles
  • Hips

Dr. Peairs has one goal: to help you recover as quickly as possible so that you can stay active—whether that means sports activities, work, or favorite hobbies.

Don’t see your injury on this list? Dr. Peairs has a network of colleagues—if he cannot treat you, he will refer to an appropriate healthcare provider to ensure that you always receive quality medical care.

Still wondering if Dr. Peairs is the right choice for your orthopedic injury? See what our patients have to say!

Dr. Peairs consistently ranks high on the Healthgrades and RateMds.

“My patients are primarily active adults who are looking to continue or return to their lifestyle as quickly and safely as possible.

After a thorough history, physical, and review of imaging studies, I will discuss the available treatment options and make recommendations based on each individual’s needs and goals.

I try to get my patients beyond the activities they have to do on a daily basis to the activities they want to be doing”
- Richard K. Peairs, MD


Dr. Peairs is board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
(Certified 1988, re-certified 1998, 2008)


Assistant Professor in Clinical Medicine, Midwestern University’s Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine.


Washington University, St Louis, St Louis, MO BA, Biology 1972-76

Medical School
The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, OH MD 1976-79

Washington University Affiliated Hospitals, St. Louis, MO
Orthopedic Surgery 1979-84

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas
Arthroscopy & Sports Medicine 1984-85

Achievements and community activities

  • Attending physician for U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California 1998
  • Board of Trustees Maricopa Foundation for Health Care, 2008-present
  • Board of Directors Arizona State Physicians Association, 2005-present, Vice-President 2007-present
  • President, Arizona State Physicians Association, 2010-2016
  • Team Physician for Southwestern College 1998-2003
  • Team Physician for Deer Valley High School, 1985-1998
  • Orthopedic Advisor for Goldwater High School, 1990-2001
  • Board of Directors, St. Joseph’s Center for Sports Medicine, 1994-1998, Chairman 1996-1998

Professional society memberships

  • Arizona Medical Association
  • Arizona Orthopaedic Society
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Maricopa County Medical Society



  • Honor Health Osborn
  • Abrazo Scottsdale Campus

Surgery Centers

  • Honor Health Greenbaum
  • Surgery Center at Pima Crossings
Hip Knee Surgery
Foot & Ankle
Services Hip, Knee, Ankle, Shoulder and Elbow

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