Derek Axibal, MD, Orthopaedic Surgery, Hastings, MI


Orthopaedic Surgery Hastings, MI

Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Orthopedic Surgery- Sports Medicine & Shoulder/ Elbow at Spectrum Health

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  • Dr. Derek Axibal is a board-eligible, orthopaedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine. He performs innovative, arthroscopic procedures as well as complex, open surgeries of the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He treats the full spectrum of musculoskeletal injuries in patients and athletes of all ages, with a special interest in shoulder and knee surgery. Dr. Axibal is dedicated to treating athletes from all walks of life, both competitive and recreational.

    He attended medical school at Michigan State University-College of Human Medicine in Grand Rapids, MI, and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency training at the University of Colorado. Afterwards, he was selected to undergo additional subspecialty training in sports medicine, shoulder, and elbow surgery at the world-renowned OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. While there, Dr. Axibal was trained by many of the world’s leading experts in sports medicine. He has cared for professional athletes all over the world and served as a team doctor for the NFL Carolina Panthers and the White Sox Baseball affiliate Charlotte Knights.

    Dr. Axibal is the author of multiple book chapters and peer-reviewed studies in the leading scientific textbooks and journals of orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine. His resume includes awards and grants, and his research has been presented at the regional, national, and international level. His interests include ACL reconstruction, knee ligament injuries, meniscus and cartilage surgery, rotator cuff surgery, shoulder instability and labral tears, shoulder replacements and fractures.

Education & Training

  • OrthoCarolinaFellowship, Sports Medicine & Shoulder/ Elbow, 2019 - 2020
  • University of Colorado
    University of ColoradoResidency, Orthopedic Surgery, 2014 - 2019
  • Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    Michigan State University College of Human MedicineClass of 2014, M.D.
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignBS, Molecular & Cellular Biology, 2008

Certifications & Licensure

  • MI State Medical License
    MI State Medical License 2020 - 2023
  • NC State Medical License
    NC State Medical License Active through 2021
  • CO State Medical License
    CO State Medical License Active through 2021

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 2x Recipient (Resident Physician and Medical School), 2010-2019
  • Robert E. Eilert/ Best Paper Award Children’s Hospital Colorado Orthopedic Research Day, 2018
  • Reitmeyer Family Scholarship 2013
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Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Return to Play Following Arthroscopic Lateral versus Open Treatment of Lateral Ankle Instability in Recreational/ Athletic Populations: A Systematic Review  
    Axibal DP, D'Hooge P, Fuld RS, Sutphin BS, Hunt KJ, Clinical Research on Foot & Ankle, 1/4/2018

Books/Book Chapters


  • Outcomes of ACL Reconstruction with Planned vs Unplanned Hybrid Graft.
    Axibal DP, Kraeutler MJ, Carver T, Wolcott ML, Bravman JT, Vidal AF, McCarty EC, Houck DA, Western Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, Aspen, CO, 1/1/2018
  • The Effect of Correction Angle on Perioperative Complications Following Opening Wedge High Tibial Osteotomy with iBalance.
    Axibal DP, Moeller EA, Houck DA, Kraeutler MJ, Logterman SL, Joyce CD, Vidal AF, Western Orthopedic Association Annual Meeting, Aspen, CO, 1/1/2018
  • No Difference in a Matched Cohort of Operative versus Non-Operatively Treated Displaced Medial Epicondyle Fractures in Athletes.
    Mayer SW, Axibal DP, Skelton A, Carry P, Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America (POSNA) Annual Meeting, Austin, TX, 1/1/2018
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  • American OB Nurse teaching nursing classes at missionary hospital in rural India. 
    Axibal DP, Published Photography - Global Pulse Journal (Fall), Volume 6, Issue 4

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