Vince J. Lai, MD

Vince J. Lai

Contact Information

  • Office 314-983-4700
  • After Hours 314-470-9292
  • Fax 314-692-9862


Main Location

Signature Orthopedics - West County
845 North New Ballas Court
Suite 200
St. Louis, MO 63141
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Other Locations

Signature Orthopedics - Fenton
1011 Bowles Avenue
Suite 100
Fenton, MO 63026
Signature Orthopedics - South County
12639 Old Tesson Road
Suites 100 and 115
St. Louis, MO 63128

Hospital Affiliations

Mercy Hospital
Progress West Hospital
SSM Health St. Clare Hospital - Fenton
SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital

Areas of Interest

Sports Injuries, Minimally Invasive Treatments, Total Joint Replacement, Joint Arthroscopy, Orthopedic Trauma


Dr. Vince Lai is a St. Louis based orthopedic surgeon and a fellowship-trained sports medicine physician.

Dr. Lai treats all orthopedic issues, including sports injuries, minimally invasive treatments, total joint replacement, joint arthroscopy and orthopedic trauma.

Dr. Lai is a St. Louis native, and completed his undergraduate degree at Washington University. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. Dr. Lai believes in customizing care for his patients and likes to work closely with each patient to find the right treatment plan.

Dr. Lai accepts all major insurances. For more information, please visit our Insurance page. Learn more about Dr. Lai, please.


Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Residency: UPMC Hamot, Erie, Pennsylvania
Medical School: Albany Medical College, Albany, New York
Graduate: Georgetown University, Washington D.C.
Undergraduate: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri

Certifications & Organizations

Missouri Licensure
Board Eligible - Sports Medicine (ABOS Part 1 Passed)
Advanced Trauma Life Support
Advanced Cardiac Life Support
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Medical Association

"Dr. Lai is a very friendly and observant doctor who truly listens to the patient. When you have an appointment with him, you can see that he cares and takes time to weigh all possibilities before jumping to a conclusion. I highly recommend Dr. Lai and his staff."

Patient of Dr. Lai
  • Video Transcript

    Hi, my name is Vince Lai. I'm an orthopedic surgeon with Signature Orthopedics and I specialize in sports medicine.

    Sports medicine is a very rapidly evolving field. Techniques that exist today may not have been around 10, 15 years ago. In my training I've learned the latest techniques in caring for the shoulder and knee.

    I think what separates myself from maybe other orthopedic surgeons is my ability to relate to the patient. I take the time to find out what they enjoy, find out what makes them unique, and find out what specifically they're looking for when they heal from the injury and we can work together to come up with a plan to get them back on the field or even get them back into the office so that they're able to do their job and go through their life without the pain they're having.

    Patient education is very important in my office. Actually the title of doctor means "to teach." I see my role as someone who's teaching the patients about their condition so they know what they can expect in the future.

    I really enjoy caring for the athlete. I think the athlete is very motivated after they get the injury to return back to sports and that's the most rewarding part of sports medicine is watching the athlete go from the injured state when they first enter your office and being able to step back on the field and play at the level that they were playing at.