Travis Liddell

Travis R. Liddell, MD

Orthopedics: Shoulder, Orthopedics: Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine, Surgery, and Orthopedics
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"When I meet a patient, I want to learn not just what’s causing their pain, but what it is they want to get back to doing. Whether it’s to get back to work, playing basketball, golfing or playing with the grandkids, it’s a goal we work toward together."

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About Me

If you need expert care for an injury or disorder of the knee, hip or shoulder, turn to Travis Liddell, MD, an orthopedic surgeon at Avera Orthopedics in Sioux Falls, SD.

Getting You Back to Living

Passionate about patient care in orthopedic surgery and sports medicine, Dr. Liddell is focused on helping patients achieve the highest level of function and get back to doing the things they love. To do this, he uses the most advanced procedures as well as state-of-the-art technology.

He has special interest in:

  • Arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, hip, and knee
  • All-arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
  • Total joint replacement
  • Direct anterior total hip replacement
  • Robotic hip and knee surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Cartilage restoration
  • Arthroscopic ligament reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic reconstruction of non-repairable rotator cuff tears
  • General orthopedics (all ages)

“The best part about my job is developing that relationship and trust between the physician and patient,” said Dr. Liddell. “It’s a team effort to discover what your situation might require: surgery, injections, physical therapy, medication, or a combination of these treatment options.”

Legacy of Military Service

Dr. Liddell was first inspired to serve in the military by his grandfather’s service as a medic on an Army medical ship in World War II. After his initial medical training was completed at Loyola University, Dr. Liddell had the opportunity to receive his residency training as an orthopedic surgeon in the United States Army, at Tripler Army Medical Center. Following that, he was stationed at Fort Bragg, N.C., where he cared for the men and women of the 82nd Airborne and multiple elite special forces groups and their families. In addition, he was asked to serve as the designated staff orthopedic surgeon and sports physician for an elite special forces unit for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command. In 2010, he deployed to Iraq to serve with the 28th Combat Support Hospital.

“Serving my country and those that protect it has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life,” said Dr. Liddell.

Medical Mission Trips

Dr. Liddell says he’s been blessed to participate in medical mission trips to both Kenya and Guatemala. He hopes he and his wife, a certified registered nurse anesthetist, will again return to their passion for medical missions when their small kids are a bit older. 


He has received multiple awards for his research work in orthopedic surgery and his military service as an orthopedic surgeon. While providing care for our military’s men and women in a combat zone, he was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Active Lifestyle

When he’s not at work, Dr. Liddell enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and working out at the gym.



Loyola University - Stritch School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, Medical School


Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, General Surgery


Tripler Army Medical Center, Honolulu, HI, Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Memberships

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society


  • Diplomate of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgeons


October 27, 2022
Very pleased with the visit.
October 24, 2022
October 03, 2022
Good communication
September 25, 2022
Dr. Liddell instilled confidence in me that this procedure will go very well.
September 10, 2022
Dr Liddell was fantastic.
September 01, 2022
Very good
September 01, 2022
Dr. Liddell is awesome!
June 22, 2022
June 10, 2022
Good experience.

This directory contains information about the provider members of Independent Health Care Associates, Avera Health and all Avera entities, members of the Avera Medical Group, and employed select providers with Avera McKennan, Sioux Falls, SD and Avera Marshall, Marshall, MN and physicians with hospital privileges at Avera St. Luke's, Aberdeen, SD; Avera Sacred Heart, Yankton, SD; Avera Queen of Peace, Mitchell, SD; Avera St. Mary's, Pierre, SD.

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