The University of California, Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, is founded on a commitment to the highest caliber of clinical care, cutting edge research, and innovative education. The Department’s clinical services have expanded in recent years to include Sports Medicine, Dr. Dean Wang, MD, and Orthopaedic Oncology, Dr. Russell Stitzlein, MD, supporting Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, as well as additional physicians to support care in Hand/Upper Extremity, Dr. Gregory Ra jah, MD, and Dr. Jesse Kaplan, MD, and Orthopaedic Trauma, Dr. Philip Lim, MD.

Representing the only University-based orthopedic providers in Orange County, our faculty have been selected by their peers for membership in exclusive international organizations including the Cervical Spine Research Society, the Scoliosis Research Society, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and the Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons. As members of these organizations and others, the department presented or published over 50 peer-reviewed research projects in the past year, by far the most of any group in Orange County, and we continue to receive awards and competitive funding for our ongoing work.

Additionally, the department is particularly proud that it is frequently asked by other physicians to take care of their families and friends. As a result, our surgeons have been selected for a variety of peer-nominated awards including:

2019 Southern California Super Doctors (Nitin Bhatia, M.D., Ranjan Gupta, M.D., Greg Ra jah, M.D., John Scolaro, M.D., Dean Wang, M.D., David So, M.D., Charles Rosen, M.D., Andrew Hsu, M.D.)

2019 Orange County Medical Association Physician of Excellence Award (Nitin Bhatia, M.D., Ranjan Gupta, M.D., Yu-Po Lee, M.D., John Scolaro, M.D.)

2019 Southern California Rising Stars Award (James Learned, M.D., David So, M.D.)
If you have an orthopedic problem, or if you have already seen a surgeon and need a second opinion, please contact the UC Irvine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. We look forward to working with you and getting you back to the highest level of function and quality of life possible.


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Spine Surgery
  • Bone Tumors/Oncology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Orthopedic Trauma/Fracture care
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Non-surgical musculoskeletal care

101 The City Dr. South, Pavilion 3 / Orange, CA 92868 1640 Newport Blvd., Ste. 230 / Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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