SDSI Board of Directors

A seven member Board of Directors oversees all operational and financial aspects of SDSI.  All board members are reputable world-renowned orthopaedic physicians with a broad background in orthopaedic education and training.


SDSI-Esch-212Dr. James C. Esch

James C. Esch, M.D. founded the course in 1983. His passion for education and drive for excellence is contagious. He has inspired generations of orthopaedic surgeons to provide innovative and technically advanced care. Each year, he builds on the attributes of the previous year to construct an improved annual program.



Vice President

SDSI-Burkhart2-212Dr. Stephen Burkhart

Dr. Burkhart is an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in arthroscopic surgery and reconstructive procedures of the shoulder. He has pioneered a number of arthroscopic shoulder and knee procedures, and is a frequent speaker at national and international medical symposia on these procedures. He is board certified in orthopaedic surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Burkhart is a member of the Executive Committee of The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group, and a member of San Diego Shoulder Institute’s Board of Directors.

Dr. Burkhart was named in SA Scene’s list of SA Doctors: Best of 2013 and named one of the Best Doctors in America® 2013, a peer nominated list featured in San Antonio Magazine. He has also been listed in Super Doctors® for the past 6 consecutive years.


SDSI-alberton-212Dr. Gregory Alberton

Dr. Gregory Alberton is a California native who grew up under the influence of Dr. James Esch.  Following the steps of his mentor, Dr. Alberton pursued a career in orthopaedics.  He is known as a hand specialist, and also maintains expertise in shoulder and elbow surgery.

Members at Large

SDSI-Provencher-212Dr. Matthew Provencher

Matthew Provencher, M.D. Matthew Provencher, M.D. is a member of the San Diego Shoulder Institute Board of Directors. He specializes in complex shoulder instability, reconstruction of the shoulder, rehabilitation, and sports medicine injuries. Dr. Provencher’s attributes include development of specialized treatment programs for patients using cutting edge joint resurfacing. His recent work with Navy Seals makes him a leading expert in rehabilitative shoulder programs.

SDSI-Felix-Savoie-212Dr. Felix “Buddy” Savoie III

Dr. Felix “Buddy” Savoie is a Louisiana native and a graduate of the Louisiana State University School of Medicine. He completed his Orthopaedic surgery residency in 1987 at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Savoie completed three fellowships; an arthroscopy fellowship in Richmond, Virginia, an A-O International fellowship in Basel, Switzerland, and a hand and microvascular fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Mayo Clinic. He is known throughout the United Sates and overseas as an accomplished author and teacher. Dr. Savoie has special interests in shoulder, elbow, and wrist surgery. He currently serves as Professor of Clinical Orthopaedics, Tulane University School of Medicine, Department of Orthopedics, Section of Orthopedic Surgery; Chief of Sports Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine, Section of Sports Medicine.

SDSI-snyder-212Dr. Stephen Snyder

Dr. Snyder has been instrumental in the development of many new techniques for shoulder arthroscopy and has invented numerous surgical instruments and materials which are used routinely in modern shoulder surgery. He has also been instrumental in many research protocols evaluating various surgical techniques for the shoulder, including rotator cuff repairs, surgery for dislocating shoulders and rotator cuff injuries, and imaging techniques of the shoulder such as ultrasound and magnetic resonance imaging studies.

Dr. Snyder founded the International Shoulder Arthroscopy Study Group, is on the Board of Directors of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and is a member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Association. He travels throughout the world demonstrating surgical techniques and teaching shoulder arthroscopy and reconstructive surgery.