President: Russell Nord, M.D.
Dr. Russell Nord is Board Certified in both Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine. He practices in Fremont, CA, where he cares for athletes ranging from high school to collegiate and professional levels, in addition to practicing general orthopaedic surgery. At Washington Hospital, Dr. Nord serves as Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Program and Chair of the Department of Surgery, while also representing the COA as a delegate to the California Medical Association and chairing COA’s Legislative Committee.
Dr. Nord completed his undergraduate work at Duke University, where he graduated summa cum laude with membership in Phi Beta Kappa and received his MD degree from Cornell University, being elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. Dr. Nord stayed in New York City for his Orthopedic Surgery residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, where he was selected to be Executive Chief Resident. He then moved to California for his Sports Medicine fellowship at Stanford University, which provided the opportunity to take care of Stanford’s athletes and serve as a Team Physician for Stanford Football.
Outside of work, Dr. Nord enjoys staying active and traveling with his wife and their 4 young children.
First Vice President: Michael G. Klassen, M.D.
Dr. Michael Klassen earned his medical degree from UCLA in 1989. He continued his training with a surgical internship and one-year general surgical residency at USCF. He then went on to complete his orthopaedic surgery residency at USCF in 1995.
Board certified in Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Klassen has been in practice in California since 1999 and served as team orthopaedic surgeon for local college and high schools. Active in various professional organizations, Dr. Klassen is a member of AANA; Consultant Reviewer for sports medicine for JBJS, Western Orthopaedic Association; and Member of the Board of Directors (2006-2018) with the California Orthopaedic Association and serves on the Board of Councilors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery; Dr. Klassen is an Associate Master Instructor for shoulder and knee arthroscopy at the AANA learning center in Chicago, IL.
His professional interests are in shoulder and knee arthroscopy, sports medicine as well as cartilage transplant and ligament reconstruction. He is an avid golfer.
Second Vice President: Dori J. Neill Cage, M.D.
Dr. Dori Cage is an Orthopedic Surgeon who specializes in the Hand and Upper Extremity. She has fellowship training in Hand and Microvascular Surgery attending medical school and performing her residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed an internship at Northwestern University and a fellowship at UC San Diego. Dr. Cage is president of San Diego Hand Specialists, where her practice includes caring for a wide range of sports injuries, nerve syndromes, and hereditary and arthritic conditions.
Dr. Cage has been active with the COA as a member of the Board of Directors and American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Board of Councilors since 2010. She also served on the Boards of the San Diego Western Orthopedic Association and San Diego Arthritis Foundation. In addition to her regular practice, she has a tradition of helping those in need. She has traveled to Belize, Mexico, and Peru to teach and provide care. She has worked with the San Diego County Medical Society Champions for Health since its early days, providing care for those who would otherwise not receive treatment. She enjoys running, watersports and promoting youth fitness.
Secretary-Treasurer: Raymond Raven, MD, MBA
Dr. Raymond Raven is a board-certified Orthopaedic Surgeon with subspecialty fellowship training in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery. He has a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in both Surgery of the Hand and Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, one of only a few surgeons in California with this distinction.
Dr. Raven is the Managing Partner and CEO of Orthopaedic Surgery Specialists where he has the privilege and challenge of overseeing the quality of health care delivery for more than 60,000 patient-encounters each year in the group`s clinic, rehabilitation center and ambulatory surgical centers. Dr. Raven`s clinical practice focuses on the management of musculoskeletal and neurovascular conditions of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand in children and adults.