Medical Staff



Dr. Stephen R. Steele, DO, FAOASM is the sports medicine physician who covers the major yearly professional sports events in the Coachella Valley. Dr. Steele has been a staff physician for College of The Desert sports teams for fourteen years. He is a former board member and Fellow in the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, past President of the Medical Staff at Eisenhower Medical Center.



Dr. Patrick St. Pierre is Director of Sports Medicine at Desert Orthopedic Center and is committed to the care for athletes of all ages. He currently serves as the team physician for College of the Desert, Palm Desert High School and Palm Springs Power Baseball. He is a nationally recognized shoulder expert and as such, is the only Coachella Valley member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons and one of only 200 nationwide.



Dr. David W. Duffner, FAAOS, is currently the Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Desert Regional Medical Center, where his practice is focused on spine and joint problems. Dr Duffner has over 25 years experience treating athletes of all ages, and has practiced at level 1 Trauma Centers for 15 years. After completing a fellowship in adult reconstructive orthopedics in Basel Switzerland, he practiced in Texas for 30 years which included being a team physician for two high schools and a junior college.

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