Surgeon brings love of sports, outdoor life to Grass Valley |

Surgeon brings love of sports, outdoor life to Grass Valley

Lauren Hansen, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon with a passion for sports and outdoor activities, joined Summit Orthopedic Specialists in September. Hansen, who is fellowship-trained in sports medicine, provides general orthopedic care to pediatric and adult patients in Summit’s Grass Valley office. Her services there include sports medicine and care for the athlete, as well as care for fractures and total joint replacement.

Hansen’s interest in medicine began during high school and college when she worked with sport horses, helping with general veterinary care, gait analysis, and non-operative and post-operative rehabilitation. Her training for her chosen profession took Dr. Hansen across the country, from earning a medical degree at Albany Medical College in New York to completing an orthopedic surgery residency at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, to serving her sports medicine fellowship at Tahoe Orthopedics and Sports Medicine here in California.

Outside of work, Hansen pursues an active lifestyle. She enjoys time spent outdoors, including horseback riding and competition, skiing, hiking, backpacking, rock climbing, diving, hunting and fishing.

“I am excited to be in this area, having grown up in a small town, and look forward to becoming an active member of the community I care for,” said Hansen. “As someone who loves to spend time outdoors, I also look forward to exploring the many recreational opportunities the area has to offer.”

In addition to her full-time position at Summit, Hansen is a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team, supporting the team at training camps and competitions. She also has an interest in wilderness medicine and served as co-founder and race director of the Medical Wilderness Adventure Race Northeast during medical school. Hansen is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Hansen is passionate about helping her patients pursue their passions. The physicians and staff of Summit Orthopedic Specialists are committed to “saving lifestyles” — a philosophy in which patients are given individualized, high-quality care designed to restore their health and function.

Hansen says this mirrors her own philosophy of care.

“As an orthopedic surgeon, I enjoy working closely with each patient to provide individualized care best suited to his or her lifestyle and goals for returning to activity,” she said.

Hansen joins six other physicians at Summit Orthopedics who care for patients using the latest non-surgical treatments and minimally invasive surgical techniques for both children and adults.

“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Hansen to Summit’s Grass Valley office. Summit has been providing state-of-the-art care to patients with musculoskeletal problems for nearly 30 years in our Carmichael office and now offer that same level of care here,” said Dr. Paul Sasaura, M.D., president of Summit Orthopedic Specialists. “Dr. Hansen will fill a growing need for orthopedic and sports medicine care here in the area where she’ll care for everyone from pediatric patients to seniors.”

Summit Orthopedic Specialists physicians, physician assistants and other providers work with patients from diagnosis through treatment and recovery to ensure the fastest and most complete recovery possible. Summit prides itself on bringing the latest advances to their patients. Summit physicians were among the first in the area to perform computer-assisted total joint replacement. They also have the area’s only orthopedic surgeon who is fellowship trained in hip arthroscopy, a specialized minimally invasive technique for diagnosing and treating a variety of causes of hip pain.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hansen or any Summit Orthopedic provider, call 916-965-4000. For a complete list of health plans accepted, call Summit Orthopedic Specialists at 916-965-4000 or visit

All physicians providing care for patients at SNMH are members of the medical staff and are independent practitioners, not employees of the hospital.

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