Dr. Elise Hiza is a fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon with a special interest in arthroscopic (minimally invasive) surgical procedures of the shoulder, hip, knee, and ankle. She grew up on a cattle ranch on the plains of Colorado, received her undergraduate degree from Colorado College, went to medical school at the University of Colorado, and completed her extensive residency training at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. While in residency, she fell in love with Asheville and the culture and people of Western North Carolina and made it her mission to return to the area.
Dr. Hiza chose to do an additional year of fellowship training at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) in Los Angeles, CA; where she honed her skills in cutting-edge, current techniques in arthroscopy and sports medicine with world-leaders in the field.
Dr. Hiza comes from an athletic background—she was a three-sport high school athlete, as well as a college varsity volleyball player. Dr. Hiza also worked as an athletic trainer for the football and women’s lacrosse teams at Colorado College. She is very interested in junior, club, high-school and collegiate athletics, as well as women’s sports. Her upbringing on a farm and cattle ranch fostered an interest in the care of rodeo athletes and also in the “working athlete”—individuals who are employed (and injured) in active industries.
Having experienced surgery and recovery herself, it is her goal to get her patients back to their active lifestyles using conservative methods if possible. If surgery is required, she attempts to use minimally invasive methods for a rapid recovery process. It is her mission to provide her patients with the same excellent service, communication, and compassionate care that she would offer to a member of her own family.
In her free time, Dr. Hiza enjoys spending time with her family, the outdoors, rodeo, volleyball, hiking, fitness, wake-surfing, snowboarding, live music, travel, and cooking (and tasting) good food.
Education & Training
Undergraduate Degree: The Colorado College, Colorado Springs, CO
Medical School: University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO
Residency: Emory University, Atlanta, GA
Fellowship: Southern California Orthopedic Institute, Van Nuys, CA (Sports Medicine)
Ultrasound guided injections, In-Office Procedures, Arthroscopic (minimally invasive) and open surgery of the above conditions, as well as shoulder replacement surgery.
We treat many other conditions! If you have any questions regarding whether we treat your injury, please call 828-252-7331.
Publications & Presentations
Hiza E, Gottschalk M, Umpierrez E, Bush P, Reisman W. The Effect of a Dedicated Orthopaedic Advanced Practice Provider in a Level I Trauma Center: Analysis of Length of Stay and Cost. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2015 Jul;29(7):e225-30.
Podium Presentation at OTA 2015 annual meeting
Gottschalk M, Hiza E, Carpenter W, Reisman W, Roberson J. Trends in Humerus Fracture Fixation in ABOS Part II Candidates. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery America. 2016 Sept 7;98(17).
Shani R, Umpierrez E, Nasert M, Hiza EA, Xerogeanes J. Biomechanics of Quadriceps Tendon Grafts in Anterior Cruciate Reconstruction. Arthroscopy. 2016 Jan;32(1):71-5.
Spalazzi J, Baldini T, Efird C, Traub S, Hiza E, Cook S, McCarty E. Knotless Single-Row Rotator Cuff Repair: A Comparative Biomechanical Study of Two Knotless Suture Anchors. Orthopedic Proceedings. 2012 September 14.
Sheridan K, Brown D, Snyder S, Getelman M, Karzel R, Applegate G, Hiza E. Clinical and MRI Outcome of Isolated High-Grade Partial-Thickness Bursal-Sided Rotator Cuff Tears.
Hiza E, Dierckman B, Applegate G, Guanche C. Inter and intra-observer reliability of the Tonnis classification and its correlation to intraoperative findings. Arthroscopy.
Hiza E, Dierckman B, Guanche C, Crowe M. Inter and intra-observer reliability of the Acetabular Labrum Articular Disruption (ALAD) Classification.
Bellaire, L, Hiza E, Moore TJ, Umpierrez, E. Musculoskeletal Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Infection As The Initial Presentation of Systemic Tuberculosis.
– American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine – Arthroscopy Association of North America
– AOA Emerging Leaders Forum – 1st Place Resident Research Awards, Georgia Orthopeid Society – M. Gage Ochsner Resident Research Award – 2nd Place Emory Kelly Day Research Award – 1st Place Research, Atlanta Trauma Symposium – Dr. Thomas Mahoney Award in Sports Medicine – Boettcher Scholarship Recipient (Top 40 Students in Colorado) – Wendy’s High School Heisman, Colorado Female Recipient – United States Youth Senate, Colorado Representative