John P. Hammerstein, M.D. earned a football scholarship to play for Bill Mallory at Indiana University. While there he was a three year starter and was a two time Academic All American. In addition he was voted Captain of the football team and award the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor. He would finish a five year orthopaedic residency at Michigan State University. Following the residency program, Dr. Hammerstein traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona where he spent a one year fellowship under the tutelage of renowned spine surgeon Dr. Edward Dohring at The Spine Institute of Arizona. During the year in Scottsdale, he spent time working with both neurosurgeons and orthopaedic spine surgeons. The focus of his fellowship was on reconstruction of the degenerative conditions of the neck and back (i.e. sciatica, scoliosis, and herniated discs), the handling of occupational injuries related to the spine, and learning how to establish a multi-disciplinary center for the treatment of spine disorders. Dr. Hammerstein is certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a member of the North American Spine Society. He has two daughters: Lila 6 and Hazel 8. He and his wife Jeanette enjoy anything outdoors, making Missoula an ideal location to practice.

Affiliations: Community Medical Center

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Dr. John Hammerstein