Our Member of the Week blog introduces you to our fellow level members, showcasing their unique work and commitment to IOF. We feature different fellows who have made extraordinary contributions to the field of Interventional Orthopedics.
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Meet Dr. Kirk Whetstone
Dr. Kirk Whetstone is a dual board-certified physician specializing in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation with a subspecialty in Interventional Pain Management and a clinical focus on spine and joint care. He is the founder and medical director of PNW Spine and Joint Physicians in Portland, Oregon. Dr. Whetstone completed his medical degree at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio where he graduated with honors including election to Alpha Omega Alpha national medical honor society. He completed residency and fellowship at The University of Washington in Seattle.
Since 2014, Dr. Whetstone has practiced in the field of spine and joint care, both in private practice and for a large health care system. He was inspired to start PNW Spine and Joint Physicians to provide a level of service and individualized treatment that is less common in traditional medical care today. He places a large emphasis on communication and providing the highest level of expertise available. The ultimate goal of his practice is a focus on improving patient function and quality of life. Dr. Whetstone is a member of national organizations including Spine Intervention Society (SIS) and Interventional Orthobiologics Foundation (IOF). Dr. Whetstone is a regular invited guest lecturer on spine and joint topics but is also a lifelong learner who pursues ongoing dialogue and training with other leaders in the field to stay on the forefront of his specialty.
Dr. Whetstone was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio and is a “Buckeye” at heart but fell in love with the culture and landscape of the Pacific Northwest. He lives in Portland with his husband and dog. He spends free time cooking, trying new restaurants, hiking, camping, playing tennis, traveling, and playing in recreational sports leagues.
Q&A with Dr. Whetstone
IOF: How has IOF impacted you the most?
Dr. Whetstone: IOF has given me a place to hone my practice and skills in the field of orthobiologics. It has also provided a “one stop shop” for organized training, up-to-date information and networking in the orthobiologic community.
What do you like the best about the IOF conference?
The annual conference is a great time to obtain a focused review of all the new insights and progress made in the past year. The conference has historically drawn both speakers and attendees from around the world which has been exciting.
Which IOF course was your favorite and why?
I attended a “Super Course” in early 2021 and it was great to cover multiple body areas in one concentrated course.