Richard D. Ferkel, MD

Richard D. Ferkel, MD

Locations of Practice:


Practice Coordinator: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 2805

Surgery Scheduler: (818) 901-6600 Ext. 2605

Fax: (818) 901-6685

Additional Information:

Workers' Comp: 

Fellowship-Trained Sports Medicine, Reconstructive Knee, and Shoulder Surgeon

Dr. Ferkel grew up in Illinois and attended UCLA where he played football for two years. Subsequently, he graduated from Northwestern University Medical School in Chicago and accomplished his orthopedic training at UCLA.

He completed fellowship training in sports medicine and reconstructive knee and shoulder surgery at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute and had additional training in foot and ankle surgery at that time.

He is currently the director of the sports medicine fellowship program at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. Dr. Ferkel has published numerous articles regarding the shoulder, knee, foot and ankle, and sports medicine. He co-edited the book, "Prosthetic Ligament Reconstruction of the Knee," and authored the textbook "Arthroscopic Surgery of the Foot and Ankle." He lectures extensively all over the world. In addition, he has invented numerous surgical devices and performed live surgery throughout Europe. He has received numerous awards and was selected to be in the book entitled "The Best Doctors in America."

Dr. Ferkel is an Assistant Clinical Professor of orthopedic surgery at UCLA and was chief of arthroscopic surgery at Wadsworth Veterans Hospital for fifteen years. He is a member of the Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, International Society for Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine, and the American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society.

He is a qualified medical examiner (QME) for the State of California Industrial Medical Council, Department of Industrial Relations.

Dr. Ferkel started the Athletic Training Program at Southern California Orthopedic Institute. In addition, he has been the team physician for Crespi Carmelite, Oaks Christian, and Harvard-Westlake High Schools, and Los Angeles Valley College for many years. He has worked with the U.S. Olympic teams, specifically the U.S. Soccer Team, the Special Olympics, and is a consultant to the NFL, MLB, and NBA.

Outside of the office, Dr. Ferkel enjoys playing tennis, skiing, drumming, and spending time with his family. He also assists in fundraising for a variety of charities.

Dr. Ferkel is available to see patients at the Van Nuys and Bakersfield offices.


  • Ankle
  • Cartilage Restoration
  • Foot
  • Knee
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine

"The best now and twenty years ago." – Allen C. 

"I have been waiting for my knee surgery for years. I was in a very bad car accident 8 years ago, at the young age of 21. It almost left me without my legs all together. I was referred to Southern California Orthopedic Institute and they informed me that my leg has healed enough for the hardware, which has been causing me so much pain, can finally come out. I was so thrilled! I'm scheduled for my surgery August 13th. The staff and doctor have been very kind and informative in prepping me mentally and physically for the surgery. I thank the doctor and the staff for their kindness and understanding." -- Shirlina S.

"Dr. Ferkel was great. My knee was very arthritic and I was worried that it would have to be replaced. The arthroscopic repair was quite thorough. It was a lot of work to get the strength back but now I am pain free and keeping up with the little grandkids. Thanks to all the staff and therapy group also." -- Jean Q.

Dr. Ferkel is great. He came recommended from my physical therapist and from another athlete that I know, who had foot surgery performed by Dr. Ferkel. His staff is great. Natalie, Rick, the front desk lady, and cast lady, and Jason are awesome. -- Jason M.

"I injured my shoulder at work; therefore my treatment is through Worker's Comp. With that said, I was a bit hesitant about their choice of doctors. I must share with you that my experience with Dr. Ferkel, the Bakersfield, and Van Nuys SCOI offices has met my every expectation. The staff is courteous and helpful and the treatment has been excellent. I would recommend Dr. Ferkel and SCOI to family and friends for their needs. Thank you." -- Jodi

"Well, this is my second go round with Dr. Ferkel in 3 years, after reinjuring my right shoulder. I sustained more damage to the rotator and labrum, but also detached the bicep tendon. Rehab has been a lot harder this time and I had to push harder to break up scar tissue. I believe with the Dr. Ferkel's skilled hands and knowledge, I had the best doctor to perform my surgery. The monthly visits with Dr. Ferkel gives me encouragement of my progress, but at the same time, holding the reins back as to not reinjure." -- Ernesto B.

"There is just one word to describe this doctor and the practice, "AWESOME!" -- Carl J.

"I have been a fitness instructor for 15 years. In August, I started having pain behind my knee. I tried ice, stretching, and massage to no avail. Finally, I went to the great Dr. Ferkel who scheduled arthroscopic surgery for my torn lateral meniscus. I am three months post operative and back to teaching.  Dominic Smith, my physical therapist, has guided me to this point. His knowledge and experience have been invaluable. The hardest part of the whole thing has been learning patience! My knee isn't perfect yet, but I will continue with physical therapy and listening to Dominic!" -- Cindy M.

"My knees hate me, plain and simple. At 24, I'm preparing myself for my 7th new surgery, and by god, this had better be my last. At age 13, my knees starting dislocating for no rhyme or reason, just out of the socket they would go. I was living in Oregon at the time and had my first two surgeries there, one on the right and one on the left. Mistake! My muscles are too stretchy and they did a lateral release on both. Dr. Richard Ferkel has treated my father since he was my current age and it was the most logical step in mind to go in and get a second opinion from the man, the myth, the legend, as soon as I moved back to California. The process of surgeries 3-5 began. I'm a martial artist. So keeping strong and healthy is critical for me to be able to learn and as an instructor at my studio, to teach as well. After two years of recovery and constant rehab for surgery number five, my third on my right knee, I became as active as I have ever been and boy did it feel amazing!

This last August, I started feeling pain again in my left knee, just what I needed. Mrs. Natalie is a god let me tell you. I called her up, got in right away for an x-ray, and discovered I had a new friend in my knee in the form of a half-inch bone chip. So the process for surgery six began. I was back at my karate studio the day of surgery, wrapped up and on Advil, getting my new belt. I then spent several weeks rehabbing before getting back on the mat to train for my next level. The real bummer came to be. At the very start of this New Year, I was in a sparring class, giving it my all, then a lunge, pop, and fall took me down. There went my ACL, and consequently, there went my sanity. That was possibly the hardest doctors appointment I've ever had to go through, to have to hear that my dreams and goals have to once again be put on hold so that my body can be repaired. I lost it, legitimately lost it. But because SCOI and Dr. Ferkel’s team is like a second family to me, I've been able to start pushing through my own sadness to see the bigger goal.

So, here I am now before surgery seven, teaching every day until surgery because training isn't an option and doing my best to keep my head in the game. Through injury we, or at least I have learned to take a step back to examine what it is I am doing as what it is I CAN do to keep myself happy and safe. Through the blood, sweat, and tears, I don't think I would change a thing that I have been through, other than maybe being blessed with better knees at birth. It has made me stronger and dare I say more patient to boot. I have hardware that can make me beep in metal detectors, I have scars that each have their own story, and I have a family at SCOI that I cherish. Look forward, never back, and set your goals. Let SCOI help you do all that. It is worth all your time and effort to get the absolute best care possible and you'll find it there." -- Shauna L.

"This is a great facility from the surgery to the physical therapy. You guys are the best and have wonderful doctors. I really enjoyed physical therapy. They really know what they are doing. The facility is clean and parking is good." -- David M.


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