Real Victories

Through his progressive, evidenced-based surgical techniques and his commitment to partnering with his patients to share decision-making and responsibility when it comes to those procedures, Dr. Clark has helped many patients achieve individual victories over orthopedic impediments. We call these “Real Victories”, and the stories of some of these patients, as well as other professionals who work closely with Dr. Clark to achieve these patient victories, are featured below.


Taylor Gilson

In May 2017, Wartburg College’s Taylor Gilson, 2017 IIAC Pitcher of the Year, pitched a complete-game shutout to clinch the Iowa Conference championship for the Knights, but broke his collarbone in the post-game celebration. Fearful that his senior season was over, Gilson consulted Dr. Clark and underwent surgery to repair his collarbone. Eleven days later, Gilson pitched seven scoreless innings to lead the Knights to a win in the NCAA Division III regionals. As with Taylor’s surgery, Dr. Clark focuses on minimizing the invasiveness, pain, and recovery time patients experience after undergoing orthopedic surgical procedures. Click on the video to hear Taylor’s story.

Jed Smith

As the Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), where Dr. Clark’s clinic is located, Jed Smith works directly with Dr. Clark in treating college athletes who face orthopedic injuries and conditions. Dr. Clark brings his extensive experience as a college team physician since 2000 and as an attending sideline physician for more than 500 college football and basketball games to overseeing the orthopedic health of UNI and other college athletes. He is also knowledgeable in, and adapts his treatment techniques based on, the latest orthopedic surgical methods. To discover how Dr. Clark makes a difference for college athletes, click on Jed’s video.

Tom Peterson

After suffering with significant hip pain that caused him to limp and sleep in a recliner at night, Tom Peterson consulted with Dr. Clark concerning his condition. Total replacement of Tom’s hip through the direct anterior surgical approach was recommended, which is a less-invasive technique that preserves surrounding tissue, reduces the risk of dislocation, and minimizes patient pain and post-surgical rehabilitation. Within weeks of the surgery, Tom was no longer experiencing pain or physical limitations. To learn more, click on his video.


Steve Ruter, Kanawha, Iowa

Treatment: Left Anterior Total Hip Replacement

Update: Post-op 6 months+, Iowa high school basketball referee: 110+ games since having surgery.

“It’s really pretty amazing. I missed six days of work and within three months I was back refereeing basketball games. I have refereed over 110 games since surgery. I never regret doing it.”