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Photo: Michael Miao, M.D.
Specialties: 
Ankle, Elbow, Knee, Shoulder, Sports Medicine

Dr. Miao graduated from Harvard University and the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. He completed his orthopaedic training at the University of Pittsburgh and received advanced fellowship training in knee and shoulder arthroscopic and reconstructive techniques as well as in sports medicine.

He is board-certified and subspecialty-certified in orthopaedic sports medicine. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) and is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Western Orthopaedic Association, Nevada Orthopaedic Society, Nevada State Medical Association, and Clark County Medical Society.

Dr. Miao is the director of sports medicine in the division of orthopaedic surgery at the UNLV School of Medicine. He holds faculty appointments in both the surgery and family medicine departments. He continues to serve the community by teaching physician assistant students, medical students, orthopaedic residents, family medicine residents, internal medicine residents, and UNLV sports medicine fellows.

He is the lead orthopaedic surgeon for UNLV Athletics and is a consultant orthopaedic surgeon for Cirque du Soleil. As well, he was the medical director and chief orthopaedic surgeon for the AFL Las Vegas Outlaws football team, ECHL Las Vegas Wranglers hockey team (2010–2014), and UFL Las Vegas Locomotives football team (2010–2012) during it's two championship seasons and its last season's second place finish.

He is a USA Swimming National Team physician and has served USA Water Polo and the USOC (USA Women's Hockey). Over the years, Dr. Miao has been the event physician for the PGA, LPGA, ATP World Tour, WCC, WAC, and PAC-12 Basketball Championship Tournaments, LFL Super Bowl, and USA Rugby 7's. He has also helped take care of the PASL Las Vegas Legends soccer team, the LFL's Las Vegas Sin football team, and served as a contact physician for a number of local high schools in our underserved neighborhoods.

Emphasizing a careful and thoughtful approach to medical decision-making, Dr. Miao encourages his patients to be educated and active participants in their own medical care.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • Doctor of Medicine: Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
  • General Surgery Internship: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Residency: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Knee and Sports Medicine Fellowship: Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, CA

Professional Associations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America

Team Affiliations

  • Cirque du Soleil
  • PAC-112 Basketball Championship Tournament
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • USA Swimming
  • WAC Basketball Championship Tournament

Hospital Affiliations

  • Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican, Siena Campus
  • Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center

Dr. Michael Miao served as the team physician for the USA Swimming National Select Camp for Open Water Swimming at Fort Myers, Florida. This camp identifies elite long distance swimmers that may transition to competitive open water swimming. In the Olympics...

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Congratulations to Hugh Bassewitz, M.D., Michael Miao, M.D., and Troy Watson, M.D., for making the Vegas Seven Top Docs of 2016....

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Dr. Michael Miao was awarded the Community Preceptor of the Year Award by the University of Southern Nevada School of Medicine's Department of Family and Community Medicine in June 2015. This is the second time Dr. Miao has been voted by the interns, residents, and fellows of the department for...

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“Dr. Miao is awesome! He did a fabulous job on my recent shoulder surgery. Dr. Miao's "bedside manner" is second to none. He spent the time with me to explain my shoulder issue, what his plan was to correct the problem, and even called me himself the day following surgery to see how I was doing. You don't find that in many doctors these days, if any. So glad I had Dr. Miao!”
– Richard R.