Dr. Eric Ferkel is a Los Angeles native, born and raised in the San Fernando Valley. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated cum laude with a degree in medical anthropology and lettered in varsity football, competing at the NCAA Division III level. While at Washington University, Dr. Ferkel also served as president of the Alpha Epsilon Delta Medical Honor Society. Dr. Ferkel earned his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He subsequently returned to southern California to complete his residency at the University of Southern California (USC), training at LA County General Hospital, USC-Keck Hospital, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center. During residency, Dr. Ferkel had a particular interest in sports medicine, working closely with the USC athletic teams.
Dr. Ferkel completed a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at New England Baptist Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, training under some of the nation’s pioneering arthroscopic surgeons. During his fellowship, Dr. Ferkel also spent time at Boston Children's Hospital focusing on pediatric and adolescent orthopedic Sports Medicine. While in Boston, Dr. Ferkel served as an assistant team physician for the NBA's Boston Celtics and Harvard University Athletics. One of his most memorable experiences was standing on the sideline at the 130th Harvard/Yale football game and watching Harvard go on to win the Ivy League Championship.
After completing his training in sports medicine, Dr. Ferkel wanted to deepen his understanding of foot and ankle surgery, and chose to complete a second fellowship at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina. At OrthoCarolina, Dr. Ferkel had the opportunity to train with some of the founding physicians of foot and ankle surgery. He was able to combine his sports medicine training with foot and ankle surgery, working closely with the Carolina Panthers and NASCAR.
Dr. Ferkel is very interested in clinical research and has published extensively on sports medicine and foot and ankle issues. He has authored textbook chapters and technique guides, and presented his research at both national and international orthopedic conferences.
Dr. Ferkel is deeply invested in getting his patients back on the field, court, or out enjoying their favorite activities after an injury or post-surgery.
Dr. Ferkel is a lifelong sports enthusiast, with a particular affinity for all Chicago and Los Angeles sports teams. He is excited to be returning to the Los Angeles community with his family and looks forward to taking care of patients at the Van Nuys and Porter Ranch offices. In his spare time, Dr. Ferkel enjoys hiking and playing tennis, as well as traveling and spending time with his family.
Dr. Ferkel a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM).
• Foot and Ankle
• Arthroscopic surgery of the ankle and knee
• Cartilage Restoration
• Fractures and Traumatic Injuries
• General Orthopedics
• Minimally Invasive Surgery
• Pediatric Orthopedics
• Running Injuries
• Sports Medicine
"The less than optimum (even catastrophic) experiences with previous surgeries at the hands of other doctors at other hospitals and facilities caused my husband and myself to become hyper-vigilant in looking for any red flags whenever we visit a doctor out of necessity. This can lead us to read more into a situation than it merits. Everyone was very understanding, patient and gracious and we appreciate the high level of professionalism throughout our experience at SCOI." - Marilyn B.