Vail Valley Surgery Centers are now open. In an effort to protect our patients, community and staff, we have updated our visitor policy. For surgical procedures, patients' designated ride/care provider will now only be allowed to enter the building when the patient is ready to be sent home. Only one adult per patient will be allowed. For minor procedures, including pain injections and GI endoscopy, no visitors will be allowed to enter (patient drop off and pick up only). We appreciate your understanding and cooperation.

Peter Millett M.D.


Specialty: Orthopaedics

Contact Phone: (970) 476-1100

Languages: English

Education: Dartmouth Medical School

Residency: Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City

Board Certification: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Fellowship: Steadman-Hawkins Clinic

  • Biography
Selected as one of the "Top Doctors in America" by U.S. News and World Report - a list which is comprised of less than just 1% of physicians in the entire U.S. - Dr. Peter J. Millett is an orthopaedic surgeon and partner at the internationally renowned Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado, specializing in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow, in addition to sports-related injuries.

Known for his expertise and skill as a shoulder expert, Dr. Millett uses advanced open and arthroscopic surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones, with a focus on advanced shoulder arthroscopy, arthroscopic stabilization surgery and the treatment of athletes with shoulder injuries. He also has expertise in complex and revision shoulder surgery and total joint replacement.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Millett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He studied as a research scholar at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was awarded a master's degree in science (M.Sc.) for his work in skeletal biology.

Dr. Millett performed his orthopaedic residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, part of Cornell University's Medical School, which is recognized as the oldest and most prestigious orthopaedic residency program in the country. While there, he twice received the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for excellence in orthopaedic research as well as the American Orthopaedic Association - Zimmer Travel Award, a national award for orthopaedic research.

Dr. Millett held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and was formerly Co-Director of the Harvard Shoulder Service and the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship. During his time in Boston, he founded and directed the Musculoskeletal Proteomics Research Group at Harvard, where his team discovered and patented the protein profile for osteoarthritis.

After arriving in Vail, Colorado, Dr. Millett earned additional subspecialty fellowship training in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery with Drs. Richard Steadman and Richard Hawkins.

In addition to his work at The Steadman Clinic, Dr. Millett also serves as a shoulder and sports medicine consultant to the country of Bermuda and has treated elite athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, and X-Games as well as Olympic athletes. Dr. Millett is affiliated with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has served as a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team. He was recently named as a consultant to the NHLPA (National Hockey League Players' Association). In this role, Dr. Millett provides medical consultation to players within the league for injuries sustained during practice or competition.

Board certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Millett is a member of numerous prestigious academic societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dr. Millett was selected to serve on the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sports Medicine (AJSM). The AJSM is the premiere journal in sports medicine and offers the highest impact for medical professionals, and those associated in the field of orthopaedics, seeking information on the latest techniques and trends in the area of sports medicine. He was named to the "Best Doctors For Executives List" in the ColoradoBiz online magazine, which is comprised of 121 physicians throughout Colorado. Dr. Millett is also listed among the "top 28 shoulder surgeons" in the U.S. according to Orthopedics This Week.

Recognized as an international thought leader in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Millett has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed, scientific articles and studies on the shoulder, knee, and elbows, in addition to numerous book chapters. He has co-authored two books, one being the Evaluation and Management of Common Upper Extremity Disorders: A Practical Handbook (2011). His academic work has been recognized with awards from several international societies, including the 2010 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for his contributions to the field.

Dr. Millett is the founder of the Vail International Shoulder/Sports Medicine Visiting Research Scholars Program and is presently the Director of Shoulder Surgery at Vail Valley Medical Center. He is sought after to serve as a medical consultant and/or advisor to numerous groups and editorial boards around the U.S.

Dr. Millett and his wife have four children. A passionate outdoorsman, Dr. Millett enjoys skiing the powder of Vail's back bowls, snowcat skiing in Colorado's backcountry, road cycling the mountain passes, and golfing in the high country. When not working or spending time with his children, Dr. Millett enjoys traveling the world pursuing his other lifelong passion, fly fishing.