Dr. Ekaterina Urch

“I understand and sympathize with the frustration and stress injuries cause, especially for people with an active lifestyle. I have dedicated my life to helping other people live theirs to the fullest.”

ABOUT Dr. Ekaterina Urch
ABOUT Dr. Ekaterina Urch

Dr. Ekaterina Urch is a fellowship trained and board certified sports medicine physician with a passion for helping patients overcome injury to live an active and healthy life. From her experience as a collegiate volleyball player, she understands firsthand the frustration and stress that injury can cause. Dr. Urch treats patients of all ages with diverse orthopedic injuries. She specializes in injuries and conditions of the knee and shoulder, with a particular interest in women’s health and caring for female athletes and other active women.

Dr. Urch earned her medical degree at New York University where she graduated at the top of her class and was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. She completed her orthopedic surgery residency training at the world-renowned Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City where she trained with some of the world’s leading orthopedic surgeons.

During her time in New York, her athletic achievements were also recognized and she was inducted into the New York University Athletic Hall of Fame for captaining the women’s volleyball team and bringing it to national prominence.  She went on to complete a fellowship in sports medicine at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. During her time in Los Angeles, she helped take care of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Anaheim Ducks, and served as a team physician for Loyola Marymount University.

Dr. Urch values many of the same things as the dynamic, outdoor-loving and friendly people of Central Oregon do. She and her husband have loved raising their family in this community. In her spare time, she enjoys snowboarding, running, hiking, and traveling with her husband and daughters.


Undergraduate Education: New York University, College of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY

Medical School: New York University School of Medicine, AOA, New York, NY

Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY

Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Los Angeles, CA

Professional Memberships: American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, and Candidate Member of The Society of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons.




“Dr. Urch was very knowledgeable and put me through a thorough exam. The medication she used to treat my inflammation has helped tremendously, and the physical therapy she recommended has been great.”

  • Urch E, DeGiacomo A, Photopoulos CD, Limpisvasti O, Elattrache NS. Ulnar collateral ligament repair with suture bridge augmentation. [In print: Arthroscopy Tech]
  • Urch E, Taylor SA, Zitkovsky H, O’Brien SJ, Dines JS, Dines, DM. A modification of the active compression test. [In print: Arthroscopy Techniques]
  • Urch E, Taylor SA, Ramkumar PN, Doty SB, White AE, Delos D, O’Brien SJ. Biceps tenodesis: a comparison of tendon-to-bone and tendon-to-tendon healing in a rat model. Am J Orthop. 2017;46:E388.Urch EY, Taylor SA, Cody E, Fabricant PD, Burket-Koltsov J, O’Brien SJ, Dines DM, Dines JS. Open-access video-based orthopedic instructional content is inconsistent. HSS Jrnl. 2016;12:209.
  • Urch E, Model Z, Lee S. Anatomic study of the surgical approaches to the radial tunnel. J Hand Surg Am. 2015;40:1416-20.
  • Zbeda RM, Sculco PK, Urch EY, Lazaro LE, Borens O, Williams RJ, Lorich DG, Wellman DS, Helfet DL. Tension band plating for chronic anterior tibial stress fractures in high-performance athletes. Am J Sports Med. 2015;43:1712-8.
  • Dy CJ, Khmelnitskaya E, Carlson M. Opinions regarding management of hand and wrist injuries in elite athletes: a survey of consultant hand surgeons. Orthopaedics. 2013;36:815-9.
  • Khmelnitskaya E, Lamont LE, Taylor SA, Lorich DG, Dines DM, Dines JS. Evaluation and management of proximal humerus fractures. Adv Orthop. Epub 2012 Dec 18.
  • Khmelnitskaya E, Mohandas P, Walker P, Muirhead-Allwood S. Optimization for head height, head offset, and canal fit in a set of uncemented stemmed femoral components. Hip International. 2008;18:286-293.
  • Urch E, Dines JS, Dines DM. Reverse shoulder arthroplasty: Emerging indications. Instr Course Lect 2016;65:157-170.
  • Urch, EY, McDonald LS, Dines JS, Altchek DW. Elbow arthroscopy and the thrower’s elbow, in: Orthopaedic Knowledge Update: Sports Medicine 5, MD Miller ed., American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
  • Urch EY, Lee SK. Carpal fractures in athletes, excluding the scaphoid. Clin Sports Med. 2015;34(1)51-68.
  • Loyola Marymount University Athletics, 2016 – 2017
  • Los Angeles Dodgers, 2016 – 2017
  • Anaheim Ducks, 2016 – 2017
  • Los Angeles Kings, 2016 – 2017
  • Public School Athletic League Team Physician for Lafayette High School Varsity Football Team (New York NY), 2015
  • Instructional course on Exercises for Older Adults with Osteoporosis, May 2014.