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Referrals of the highest profile

German doctor, U.S.-based Steadman Clinic refer top-level patients to each other

Updated: December 15, 2011, 9:08 AM ET
By Mike Fish | ESPN.com

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early three decades ago, Richard Steadman, the acclaimed orthopedic surgeon and founder of the Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colo., struck up an enduring professional relationship with German alternative medicine specialist Dr. Hans-Wilhelm Muller-Wohlfahrt. The casual arrangement is as simple as sharing and referring high-profile patients, often professional athletes, back and forth across the Atlantic for surgery or non-surgical treatment.

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