Richard D. Ferkel, MD

Richard D. Ferkel, MD
Average Rating: 5 (5 reviews)

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

"Every once in a while the universe provides—and that's precisely what happened to me.

I tore my Achilles' tendon, but waited too long to get treatment. I decided to seek an opinion at the SCOI Van Nuys Saturday morning clinic. They did X-rays and I was told I needed surgery to correct the problem. I was also told that I was fortunate because the best orthopedic surgeon in the world worked in the building.

I'm Canadian, so the notion of paying for a medical procedure is a foreign concept. Even before meeting Doc Ferkel (Sr.), the staff at SCOI were friendly and knowledgeable and were always quick to answer my questions regarding the logistics of my circumstance.

I read a lot online about Doctor Richard Ferkel before my first consultation. I even listened to an interview he did regarding his NBA patient Joel Embiid. Then it happened... I read that Doc Ferkel is a drummer. Suddenly I knew I'd be ok. I earn my living from music and in live situations I am a drummer. The tendon I hurt is on my kick drum foot which is essential to playing drums. 

From my first appointment, Doc Ferkel has made sure regaining my ability to perform was of primary importance. The procedure he used in surgery was specific to my needs and his attention to detail in recovery has made me feel like everything will be ok. 

After an operation, 6 casts, crutches, and an air cast I am on the mend. I look forward to meeting the people in physiotherapy at SCOI as I am positive they too are professionals of the highest order. 

Thank you, Doc Ferkel and SCOI for giving me the beat back!" – Flavio M.

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