The University of California, Irvine Department of Orthopedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of California at Irvine is built on a commitment to the highest levels of clinical care, cutting edge research and innovative training. The department has expanded to include all aspects of musculoskeletal medicine in recent years, including minimally invasive joint replacement, hip maintenance services, cartilage regeneration, and other services often unavailable elsewhere in Orange County. This year we are proud to announce the addition of experts in Sports Medicine / Complex Shoulder Surgery (Dr. Tyler Johnston) and Minimally Invasive Joint Arthroplasty including Anterior Total Hip Replacement (Dr. Steven Yang).

Representing the only orthopedic providers in Orange County’s universities, our faculty has been selected by their peers for membership in exclusive international organizations including the Cervical Spine Research Society, Scoliosis Research Society, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Association of Bone and Joint surgeons. As members of these and other organizations, the department presented or published over 50 peer-reviewed research projects over the past year, by far the largest in Orange County, and we continue to receive awards and competitive funding for our ongoing work.

In addition, the department takes great pride in the fact that our faculty is frequently asked to look after the families and friends of other doctors. As a result, our surgeons have been selected for a variety of expert nominated awards including:

2020 Orange County Medical Association Award for Physicians of Excellence: Dr. Nitin Bhatia, Dr. Ranjan Gupta, Dr. Andrew Hsu, Dr. Yu-Po Lee, Dr. Greg Rafijah, Dr. John Scolaro, Dr. David So, Dr.

2020 Super Doctors from Southern California: Dr. Nitin Bhatia (Hall of Fame, 10 consecutive years), Dr. Ranjan Gupta, Dr. Greg Rafijah, Dr. John Scolaro, Dr. David So.

2020 Southern California Rising Stars Award: Dr. Andrew Hsu, Dr. Jesse Kaplan, Dr. James Learned, Dr. David So, Dr. Russell Stitzlein, Dr. Dean Wang

If you have an orthopedic problem or need a second opinion, please contact the UC Irvine Orthopedic Surgery Department. We look forward to bringing you back to the highest possible quality of life.

Spinal surgery
Bone tumors / oncology
sports medicine
Foot and ankle surgery
Hand, elbow and shoulder surgery
Orthopedic trauma / fracture treatment
Joint replacement
Hip preservation
Cartilage regeneration

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