Following an injury as a collegiate tennis player, Dr. Vela, a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, developed an interest in overhead injuries and a passion for helping athletes get back to peak performance. He specializes in treating overhead and throwing athletes and has been providing comprehensive shoulder-to-hand treatment to patients in the Corvallis area for more than 12 years.
Dr. Vela cares for athletes of all ages, from high school to semi-pro, throughout the greater Oregon area. He also serves as a team physician for Beaver Athletics at Oregon State University. Dr. Vela has been helping athletes of all sports, dating back to his first season in 2006 with the NCAA College World Series winning baseball team.
As an athlete, Dr. Vela understands the importance of getting you back in the game as quickly as possible.
Dr. Vela prides himself in staying at the forefront of orthopedic surgery. In addition to being an active surgeon and team physician, Dr. Vela also serves as the director of medical education and orthopedic surgery residency program director for Samaritan Health Services. Dr. Vela has served as the program director of the orthopedic residency program since its inception in 2010. This role enables Dr. Vela to stay on top of the ever-evolving field of orthopedic surgery. He is excited to be working to define new techniques and better outcomes for the future of orthopedics.
Dr. Vela received a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, N.C., and a medical degree from Nova-Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine in North Miami Beach, Fla. He completed an internship at Botsford General Hospital in Farmington Hills, Mich., and residency training in orthopedic surgery at Garden City Hospital in Michigan. Dr. Vela completed a fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Tampa General Hospital in Florida, with additional specialty training in shoulder and elbow.
In his free time, Dr. Vela enjoys spending time with his wife, Kerri, and their three young children, Russell, Angelique and Christian. He enjoys whitewater kayaking, hiking and alpine skiing in the Oregon outdoors.