Thomas Keller, M.D.

Thomas Keller, M.D.

Sports Medicine, Hip, Knee, & Shoulder Arthroscopic Surgery

Dr. Keller earned a BS in Computer Engineering from Virginia Tech in 2003, and worked in Washington, DC, as a defense contractor for one year before attending medical school. After graduating from the University of Virginia School of Medicine, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Dr. Keller remained at the University of Virginia Medical Center and completed a six-year residency in Orthopaedic Surgery. In addition to five years of rigorous surgical training, Dr. Keller elected to participate in an additional yearlong research fellowship focusing on tissue engineering and stem-cell-based solutions. During that time, he was awarded the 2010 OREF/MTF/Charles H. Herndon Resident Clinic Scientist Training Grant for his research on tendon repair and regeneration. Dr. Keller’s interest in sports medicine evolved through experiences with injuries of his own and after taking care of athletes as a resident physician. During that time, he volunteered his time as an assistant team physician for local high school football teams and authored several publications pertaining to sports medicine and arthroscopy.

Following residency, Dr. Keller completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy with the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in Santa Monica, California. His focus during that time included hip, knee, and shoulder arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, and cartilage restoration. As a fellow, Dr. Keller was an assistant team physician for the US Men’s and Women’s National Soccer Teams, LA Galaxy, Chivas USA, Pepperdine University, and Santa Monica College. Additionally, he was on staff for several sporting events, including the Amgen Tour of California. Dr. Keller joined the Windward Orthopaedic Group in 2015. He routinely provides medical assistance on the sidelines of several local sporting events. In his free time, Dr. Keller enjoys surfing, skiing and snowboarding.

Dr. Keller takes great pride in helping his patients maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. He devises treatment unique to each individual and prefers non-surgical options whenever possible. When surgery is indicated, Dr. Keller utilizes the most contemporary operative techniques and postoperative rehabilitation practices.


Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon: Windward Orthopaedic Group, Kailua HI: 2015-Present

Sports Medicine Fellow: Advanced Hip, Knee and Shoulder Arthroscopy: Santa Monica Orthopaedic Group; 2014-2015

Orthopaedic Residency: University of Virginia Medical Center: 2008-2014

Research Fellow: University of Virginia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; NIH T32 Grant: 2009-2010

Medical School: University of Virginia School of Medicine: 2004-2008.

L-3 Communications, Vienna, VA: 2003–2004; Software developer (TS/SCI clearance)

Undergraduate Education: Virginia Tech: 1998-2003 – BS Computer Engineering, Minors: Computer Science and Biology


University of Virginia Orthopaedic Surgery

2012 OREF Residency Enhancement Grant – Awarded to UVA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Recipient of the 2010 OREF/MTF/Charles H. Herndon Resident Clinician Scientist Training Grant: “A

Novel Scaffold for Growth Factor Delivery –An Alternative Graft for Tendon Repair”

University of Virginia Academic Orthopaedist Training Program 2009-2010: NIH funded T32 Grant.

University of Virginia School of Medicine

Elected to Alpha Omega Alpha: 2007

Society of Cincinnati Augustine J. Todd Scholarship recipient: 2007/2008

Pass with Distinction of Core Sciences (Top 20%): 2006

Virginia Tech

Dean’s List with Distinction (4.0): Spring 2002, Fall 2002, Spring 2003

Eagle Scout: 1997


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine

Arthroscopy Association of North America


Welch T; Keller TC; Maldonado R; Metzger M; Mohr K; Kvitne R.  The effect of a dynamic PCL brace on patellofemoral compartment pressures in PCL-and PCL/PLC-deficient knees.  Journal of Experimental Orthopaedics December, 2017; 4:10.

Keller TC; Dempsey I; Park J. Arthroscopically-assisted treatment of Navicular OCD using flowable collagen, iliac crest bone aspirate, and fibrin glue: A case report. Foot and Ankle Specialist Nov 2014

Keller TC; Economopoulos K; Tompkins M; Milewski M; Gaskin C; Brockmeier S; Miller MD. Tibial Tunnel Aperture placement following Transtibial and Independent Femoral Drilling techniques for ACL Reconstruction. Arthroscopy Vol 30(9);1116–1123, September 2014

Tompkins M; Keller TC; Millewski MD; Gaskin CM; Brockmeier SF; Hart JM; Miller MD. Transtibial Tunnel Placement in PCL Reconstruction: How it Relates to the Anatomic Footprint. Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. Feb 2014 vol.2 no. 2

D’Apuzzo M; Keller TC; Novicoff W, Browne J. CT Pulmonary Angiography after Total Joint Arthroplasty. Overdiagnosis and Iatrogenic Harm? Clin Orthop Relat Res (2013) 471:2737–2742.

Seamon JB, Wang XL, Cui F; Keller TC; Dighe A; Balian G; Cui Q; Carmines D. Adenoviral delivery of the VEGF and BMP-6 genes to rat mesenchymal stem cells potentiates osteogenesis. Bone Marrow Research 2013 – 737580

Tompkins M; Keller TC; Millewski MD; Gaskin CM; Brockmeier SF; Hart JM; Miller MD. Anatomic Femoral Tunnels in PCL Reconstruction: Inside-Out versus Outside- In Drilling. Am J Sports Med; 40(11): 2012.

Seamon JB; Keller TC; Saleh J; Cui Q. The pathogenesis of non-traumatic osteonecrosis. Arthritis; Volume 2012 (2012)

Keller TC; Miller MD. Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Posterior Inlay Technique. Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee 5th ed. 2012.

Keller TC; Seamon JB; Dacus AR. Treatment of Osteoarthritic Conditions of the Hand. Hand Surgery Update 5: Hand, elbow, and shoulder. 2011.

Salzar RS; Lievers WB; Frimenko B; Seamon JB; Keller TC; Subit DL; Gochenhour TH; Sochor M; Crandall JR. Fracture tolerance of the patellofemoral joint in frontal knee impacts of 75 and 35 year old males. International Journal of Crashworthiness; 16(4):2011.

Keller TC; Hogan MV; Kesturu G; James R; Balian G; Chhabra AB. Growth/Differentiation Factor-5 Modulates the Synthesis and Expression of Extracellular Matrix and Cell Adhesion Related Molecules of Rat Achilles Tendon Fibroblasts. Connect Tissue Res. 2011;52(4):353-64.

Bumpass DB; Keller TC; Robinson EP; Marks I; Iwanik M; Arlet V; Shen FH. Implications of lumbar plexus anatomy for removal of total disc replacements through a posterior approach. Spine. 2008 Apr 20:33(9):E274-8.

Keller TC; Samartzis D; Shen FH. Marfan syndrome. In Zhang, Yawei (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global health, v. 3, p. 1067-1068. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2008

Keller TC; Samartzis D; Shen FH. Arthritis. In Zhang, Y (Ed.), Encyclopedia of global health, v. 1, p. 161-165. Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications, 2008


James R; Hogan MV; Keller TC; Balian G; Laurencin C; Chhabra AB. Combined treatment of a tendon gap with a biomimetic electrospun scaffold, stromal cells and GDF5. NIRA finalist – ORS 2013 Annual Meeting

Keller TC; Tompkins M; Millewski MD; Gaskin CM; Brockmeier SF; Hart JM; Miller MD. Anatomic Femoral Tunnel Drilling in PCL Reconstruction: Inside-Out(IO) versus Outside-In(OI) Drilling. Podium AAOS Annual Meeting 2013.

Werner BC; McCormick JD; Keller TC; Shimer AL; Cervical Range of Motion; An Innovative and Reliable Method of Measurement Using the iPhone. Abstract Poster Presentation Winner: 2012 Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting.

Seamon JB; Wang XL; Cui F; Keller TC; Tanolin N; Balian G; Cui Q. “Cell-Mediated Delivery of hBMP-6 and hVEGF Potentiates Osteogenesis in Fisher 344 Rat Bone Marrow Cells.” Presented at 2011 Orthopaedic Research Society International Meeting and 2010 University of Virginia Orthopaedic Surgery Basic Science Grand Rounds.

Seamon JB; Wang XL; Cui F; Keller TC; Tanolin N; Balian G; Cui Q. “Adenovirus Mediated Gene Transfer of hVEGF and hBMP-6 to the Fisher 344 Rat Mixed Marrow Cell Population Promotes Osteogenesis.” Poster Presentation at 2011 Virginia Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting

Seamon JB; Wang XL; Cui F; Keller TC; Balian GB; Qui Q. “The efficacy of PLGA scaffolds loaded with Fisher 344 mixed marrow cells infected with an adenovirus coding the BMP-6 and VEGF genes in filling critical bone defects in the tibial diaphysis of Fisher 344 Rats.” Presented at 2010 University of Virginia Musculoskeletal Research Symposium

Seamon JB; Wang XL; Cui F; Keller TC; Cui Q. The efficacy of VEGF and BMP-6 in promoting osteogenesis in Fischer 344 rats. University of Virginia Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds: 2010

Keller TC; James R; Hogan MV. “GDF-5 loaded scaffold to bridge tendon defects.” Presented at 2010 University of Virginia Musculoskeletal Research Symposium


Major League Soccer: La Galaxy, Chivas USA: 2014-15

US Men’s National Soccer Team, US Women’s National Soccer Team: 2015

Events: XTERRA Trail Run World Championship 2015, Amgen Tour of California 2014, 2015, 2017, Nike 3 on 3Basketball LA 2014,

College Athletics: Pepperdine University Athletics, Santa Monica College Football: 2014-15

High School Football: Kahuku High School: 2016, 2017, Kalaheo High School: 2015, St. Monica High School: 2014, Woodberry Forest: 201l, 2012, 2013 and Blue Ridge High School: Fall 2010