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The Physicians of SCOI

The physicians of SCOI are Board-Certified, nationally and internationally renowned, Fellowship-Trained experts, each in a specialized field of orthopedics. Search our SCOI Physician Database to locate a SCOI physician specialty, or office location or both. You can also browse the alphabetical list of bios below.

Alphabetical Listing:
David M. Auerbach, MD specializes in Trauma Surgery, Reconstructive Microsurgery, and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder.
  Michael S. Bahk, MD specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy, with comprehensive surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Knee, including ligament reconstruction, tendon repair, joint replacement and fracture care.
Babak Barcohana, MD specializes in the surgical and non-surgical treatment of Spinal Disorders involving the Neck and Back, utilizing Microsurgical and Minimally Invasive Techniques.
  Andrew M. Blecher, MD is Board Certified in Primary Care Sports Medicine, specializing in Sports Medicine and non-surgical treatment of orthopedic and musculoskeletal injuries, including the shoulder, knee, ankle, hip and elbow with a special focus on Regenerative Medicine for joints, ligaments and tendons of athletes and non-athletes of all ages.
A. Elizabeth Blozé, MD specializes in non-surgical Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, the non-surgical treatment of musculoskeletal and sports related injuries, and the diagnosis and treatment of spinal and peripheral nerve injuries.
  H. Leon Brooks, MD specializes in Agreed Medical Examinations, Independent Medical Examinations, and Qualified Medical Examinations involving workers' compensation cases.
Joseph P. Burns, MD specializes in Comprehensive Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Knee, Hip and Elbow.
  Deborah A. Castañeda, MD specializes in surgery of the foot and ankle, and has extensive experience in the surgical and nonsurgical treatment of foot and ankle injuries and conditions
Kamil  Erfanian, MD specializes in surgery of the Hand, Wrist and Microvascular Surgery.
  John L. Etcheverry, DPM specializes in the medical and surgical treatment of the foot and ankle.
Richard D. Ferkel, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee, Shoulder, Foot, and Ankle, Cartilage Restoration of the Ankle, and Sports Medicine.
  Marc J. Friedman, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, Sports Medicine, and Knee Replacement.
Robert Gazmarian, MD is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, specializing in Sports Medicine, Disorders of the Musculoskeletal System, and Electrodiagnostic Medicine.
  Mark H. Getelman, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Minimally Invasive Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder and Knee, and Sports Medicine.
Brian S. Grossman, MD specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of conditions of the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine of children and adults, and general orthopedic surgery.
  Carlos A. Guanche, MD specializes in Arthroscopy of the Shoulder, Hip and Knee, Traditional and Reverse Shoulder Replacement, and Sports Medicine.
Christopher Hamilton, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow, Knee & Ankle, Sports Medicine, and Joint Replacement of the Shoulder and Knee.
  Gregory J. Hanker, MD specializes in both traditional orthopedic surgery and arthroscopic surgery of the hand, wrist and elbow; fracture care; and medical-legal upper extremity evaluations.
Jaime D. Hernandez, MD is a Board Certified orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacement. Each year, he performs over 300 joint replacements. He was specialty trained in joint replacement surgery at Harvard Medical School's Brigham and Women's Hospital.
  Jonathan S. Jaivin, MD, FACS specializes in Medical and Surgical Management of all problems related to the Foot and Ankle.
Ronald P. Karzel, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder, Knee, and Sports Medicine.
  Trevor P. Lynch, MD, FACS specializes in Hand and Upper Extremity Reconstructive Microsurgery.
Richard L. Masserman, MD specializes in Agreed Medical Examinations, Independent Medical Examinations, and Qualified Medical Examinations involving workers' compensation cases.
  Patricia C. McKeever, MD specializes in Pediatric and Adolescent Orthopedic Injuries (including Sports Injuries), Spinal Deformities, Scoliosis and Congenital Deformities of the Hip.
Todd D. Moldawer, MD specializes in surgical and non-surgical treatment of Disorders of the Spine.
  Todd J. Molnar, MD specializes in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, with emphasis on Sports Medicine.
Maxim Moradian, MD specializes in interventional pain management and sports medicine, and has a special interest in electrodiagnostics, musculoskeletal ultrasound, medical education, and research.
  William H. Mouradian, MD pecializes in Treatment of Spinal Disorders, including Conservative Treatment and all aspects of Spinal Surgery, with special emphasis on Minimally Invasive Procedures and complex Revision Spinal Surgery.
Mark L. Schamblin, MD specializes in Arthroscopic and Reconstructive Surgery of the shoulder, knee, and elbow with a special interest in Sports Medicine and the treatment of the injured athlete.
  Steven A. Schopler, MD specializes in Pediatric, Adolescent and Adult Orthopedic Surgery, Scoliosis and Disorders of the Spine.
Todd Shapiro, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine with special focus on shoulder and elbow surgery.
  Paul M. Simic, MD specializes in Surgery of the Hand, Wrist, Elbow and Shoulder, Microsurgical Reconstruction and Arthroscopic Surgery of the Hand and Upper Extremity.
Stephen J. Snyder, MD specializes in Arthroscopic Surgery and Reconstructive Procedures of the Shoulder Joint.
  Richard J. Spelts, DO specializes in the Nonoperative Medical Treatment of Sports/Orthopedic injuries in athletes and non-athletes, including the Pediatric, Adult and Geriatric populations.

SCOI Physician Assistants:

Carrie Alejandro, PA-C provides the services of Physician Assistant to Dr. Todd Shapiro. Carrie's interest in the field of orthopedics and sports medicine began with a long career in athletics.
  David Eschler, MPAP, PA-C is from Phoenix, Arizona where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Arizona State University. He assists Dr. Paul M. Simic in the office and in the operating room.
Emily Fish, PA-C, MSPAS, MPH provides the services of Physician Assistant to Steven Schopler, MD at SCOI's Bakersfield office focusing on orthopedic spine disorders, surgery, and pediatric orthopedics
  Stacey Gerbrandt, PA-C provides the services of Physician Assistant to Dr. Mark H. Getelman at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. As a Physician Assistant, she provides surgical assistance, performs physical exams, makes diagnoses and formulates treatment plans.
Heather L. Gerstl, MPAP, PA-C provides the services of Physician Assistant to Dr. Carlos A. Guanche at Southern California Orthopedic Institute.
  Kathy M. Hughes, MHSc, PA-C received her Masters in Health Science, Physician Assistant degree with a special Certificate in Corrections Medicine from Lock Haven University of Pennsylvania.
Dale Jones, PA-C has extensive experience as a physician assistant. Before joining Southern California Orthopedic Institute in 2009, she accumulated 26 years of providing patient care as a physician assistant, with a focus in orthopedics.
  Shelbie Kirby, PA-C works with Dr. Brian Grossman, Orthopedic Spine Surgeon, in the office and the operating room. She provides surgical assistance, performs physical exams, makes diagnoses, and formulates treatment plans.
Esther Kishimoto, MPAP, PA-C provides surgical first assistance, takes patient histories, performs physical exams, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, makes diagnoses, formulates treatment plans, writes prescriptions, and provides perioperative patient care under the auspices of Dr. Barcohana.
  Brian Lustgarten, BHS, PA-C is the Physician Assistant to Dr. Todd Molnar. He conducts physical examinations, diagnoses of orthopedic conditions, orders and interprets diagnostic tests, performs therapeutic injections, and writes prescriptions.
Eric Montoya, PA-C provides the services of Physician Assistant to Dr. Jaime Hernandez, including surgical assistance, physical exams, diagnoses, therapeutic injections and formulation of treatment plans.
  Dealie E. Park, PA-C provides the services of Physician Assistant to Dr. Todd Moldawer through surgical assistance, patient diagnoses, prescription writing, lab result analysis, and preventive health care.
Stephanie Wright, PA-C Stephanie is the physician assistant to Dr. Joseph Burns. She conducts physical examinations, formulates treatment plans, and provides surgical assistance to Dr. Burns in the operating room.

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