Former Jackson Hole surgeon accepts position in Santa Barbara

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Dr. Christian A. Guier last week accepted a new position with the Orthopedic Institute of Santa Barbara (OISB). The former Jackson surgeon will be directing FastTrack Orthopedics, a new orthopedic walk-in clinic at OISB.

A graduate of McGill University Medical School in Montreal, Canada, Dr. Guier’s credentials include a history in orthopedic surgery in Montreal, San Francisco, and Jackson, Wyo., as well as physician and surgeon to the French National Ski Team – World Cup Circuit.

Dr. Guier is board certified, and has held appointments on numerous boards and committees, as well as receiving various honors and awards.

His activities and interests have included preserving the Africa rainforest ecosystems; and hockey in Wyoming, San Diego, and Montreal, where he was on the faculty of medicine at McGill University. Guier was a regular fixture at Moose hockey games, always ready to provide medical assistance for the players.

“This seems like a situation that was meant to be from my first meeting with Bill Gallivan,” Guier said. “The more we talked, the more it seemed like a win-win for everyone. My significant other Lisa Plowman, and my son Luc and I are busy settling into our new home in Santa Barbara, and I am looking forward to working with Dr. Gallivan and his professional team at OISB.”

Guier’s tenure in Jackson was marred by a legal dispute with St. John’s Medical Center, eventually leading to revocation of the doctor’s right to perform surgeries at the hospital after operating room support staff refused to work with him.

The case reached a February 2014 decision from the Wyoming Supreme Court that sided with St. John’s right to refuse Guier practicing privileges.

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