Stephan M. Esser, MD

Stephan M. Esser, MD

Dr. Stephan Esser is a board-certified, fellowship-trained non-operative sports medicine and spine specialist. Dr. Esser received his medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, FL. He then completed his residency at the Harvard University Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, MA and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL.

Dr. Esser uses non-invasive methods to return patients to their normal functionality, adding another crucial layer to the abilities of Southeast Orthopedic Specialists.

In his free time Dr. Esser enjoys gardening and playing tennis, as he is a former tennis pro and the current director of the Florida Institute of Tennis, which he founded.


Doctor of Medicine

University of South Florida College of Medicine

(Tampa, Florida)

Bachelor of Science

Palm Beach Atlantic University

(West Palm Beach, Florida)

Curriculum Vitae


  • Fellowship, Sports Medicine, Mayo Clinic (Jacksonville, Florida)
  • Residency, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard/Spaulding (Boston, Massachusetts)
  • Internship, Internal Medicine, Carolinas Medical Center (Charlotte, North Carolina)


  • Medical Doctors License, State of Florida
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehab: Sports Medicine

Patients That Inspire

“I have been very pleased with my experiences with Dr. Esser at Southeast Orthopedics. I have several orthopedic issues and Dr. Esser always takes the time to listen and discuss my symptoms, asks thoughtful questions and is thorough in his explanation of potential treatments. I appreciated his follow-up and willingness to answer questions that I may have. I sincerely appreciate Dr. Esser.” K.B.
“I went to see Dr. Esser because of pain I was experiencing while running in my foot/ankle. He was able diagnose my pain immediately and got me an MRI right away! I was so thrilled with his kind character to take the time to share his knowledge and help me treat my pain so that I am back to running. He is an amazing doctor, and I recommend him to all my family, friends and running groups!” Cecilia E.

The Esser Team

  • David Bryant, PA‑C

    David Bryant, PA‑C