Dr. Frank Moussa was born in Kansas City, Kansas to a father who was Ph.D. and a mother who was a nurse. Given this background, it was no surprise that he grew up to become a physician. During high school, Dr. Moussa applied to the six year “honors” medical program at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. This program allowed him to complete both undergraduate and medical school in an accelerated six years instead of the rational eight years. During medical school, Dr. Moussa found his passion in orthopedics. Originally, Dr. Moussa wanted to become a cardiac surgeon, but found orthopedics, with its emphasis on the mechanics of the human body, to be much more enticing.
He went on to do a residency at the University of Missouri-Columbia. During his residency, he was first exposed to the care of the athlete through the Division I Missouri Tiger Football team, which was part of his orthopedic training. Dr. Moussa received multiple honors as an orthopedic resident including being given the award for “Best Resident Research.” Additionally, he was given the honor of being awarded “Best Teaching Resident” during his Chief Resident year. This award was given to the resident who best taught other residents and medical students the art and science of orthopedics.
Dr. Moussa furthered his orthopedic training by doing a sports medicine fellowship. This additional one year of training focused on advanced care of the athlete. During this year, he was a Sports Medicine Fellow to the NFL’s Kansas City Chiefs. During his fellowship year, he was Clinical Instructor of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Missouri-Kansas City teaching residents the latest techniques in sports medicine. Dr. Moussa moved to the Phoenix/Scottsdale area in 2000 to join Phoenix Orthopaedic Group. Dr. Moussa was an assistant team physician for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals from 2000 to 2006. During this time, he was involved in game day coverage of NFL games as well as the evaluation of the athlete at the NFL Combine.
Besides Sports Medicine, Dr. Moussa has extensive experience in fracture care. Dr. Moussa took eight years of Level I calls at Scottsdale Osborn trauma center. There, he operated on some of the most difficult fractures that are often associated with high energy trauma. Joint replacement is another keen interest of Dr. Moussa. He does the most advanced total knee replacements using Biomet Signature technology that allows each total knee arthroplasty to be individually customized to each patient, even before the patient goes to surgery.