Judith R Oppenheim MD
Judith R Oppenheim MDBoard Member
Fellow American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons

Judy’s Bio

Judy joined the board in 2017. She is thrilled to help support the mission of cultural diversity, tolerance, and inclusivity in our society.

She was born and raised in Detroit. Judy graduated from the University of Michigan with a BS in physical education with minors in Spanish and biology. She taught high school P. E. in the North Shore Suburbs of Chicago for four years. Then, she returned to the University of Michigan and received a Masters of Science degree in Education. During grad school, she became interested in exercise physiology and sports medicine. After teaching for two more years, Judy began medical school at The University of Illinois in Chicago.

After graduating from medical school, Judy completed an orthopaedic residency. The first three years were at The University of Oklahoma, where she had the dubious distinction of being the first female orthopaedic resident in the program. The last two years were at the University of Missouri in Kansas City. After residency, Judy worked in Los Angeles for two years and then completed a trauma fellowship at The University of Toronto. After her fellowship, Judy moved to Dallas, where she worked as a general orthopaedic surgeon for ten years during which time she developed an interest in foot and ankle surgery. She completed a Foot and Ankle Surgery Fellowship in Dallas and San Antonio and then moved to Colorado be able to to ski, to hike, to cycle and to participate in the many other outdoor activities. After working briefly in Greeley and Colorado Springs, she spent the next 13 1/2 years as a “traveling doctor,” working at hospitals outside of Colorado that needed an orthopaedic surgeon on a temporary basis.

Although Judy retired from the clinical practice of orthopaedic surgery in December 2015, she still completes disability evaluations for Workers Comp in Texas. Since retiring, Judy enjoys living in Colorado. She goes to the gym five to six days each week, studies Hebrew, belongs to a bookclub, is a member of the program committee for four organizations, and serves on the board of directors of Temple Shalom. In addition to spending time with family and friends, Judy loves to travel the world, particularly visiting places of archeological and historical significance and places that are “off of the beaten path.”