Dr. Steve Kwak was born in Northern California but grew up most of his life in New Jersey. He went to Duke University for his undergraduate education in Economics and then decided to go to medical school at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School in Newark. From there he began his career in orthopedic surgery through his residency at Tufts Medical Center and the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.
After his residency, Dr. Kwak chose to undergo additional training in sports medicine by completing a fellowship here at the Southern California Orthopedic Institute. He is board-certified in orthopedic surgery and has received additional specialty board certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine through the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He spent the following 9 years in a very busy private practice in Northeast New Jersey while remaining active in the teaching of surgical residents and medical students. He became well known throughout the region as an expert in hip and shoulder arthroscopy, receiving referrals from other orthopedic surgeons for his expertise in these areas.
Dr. Kwak decided to return to Southern California to become more involved in teaching and clinical research and to focus his skills on hip, shoulder, and knee arthroscopy. He has published a book chapter on hip arthroscopy and has contributed research in nationally recognized peer-reviewed journals regarding cartilage restoration and ligament reconstruction and repair. In addition, he has spoken and presented his research at national and international society meetings and remains active in teaching other orthopedic surgeons in the latest techniques of arthroscopic surgery. He has a keen interest in new technologies and techniques in minimally invasive surgery and has been involved in product development for many of the instruments used in these surgeries.
Dr. Kwak is committed to providing the highest level of care for every one of his patients - whether or not they need surgery. He believes in treating the patient and his or her ailments on an individual basis - every patient is different, with needs, goals, and expectations varying from person to person. He understands the profound trust given to the doctor by the patient and takes this trust very seriously.
When he is away from his work, Dr. Kwak spends his time trying to be a devoted husband and father. He also enjoys cycling, playing golf, and covering Pearl Jam songs with his drums and guitar. He is a hardcore sports fan and often daydreams of someday reaching his life goal of pitching for the Yankees.
- Hip Arthroscopy, Including Labral Repair and Reconstruction
- Hip Arthroplasty, Including Femoroplasty and Acetabuloplasty
- Shoulder Arthroscopy
- Knee Arthroscopy