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George F. Hatch, MD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of USC
Phone+1 323 442 5860
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    American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Annual Meeting2013Nominated for Charles Neer Award
    USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery2013Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching
    Pasadena Magazine2011  - 2017Top Doctor
    U.S. News & World ReportU.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors
    Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant2013USC Research Team Co-Investigator
    The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting2003Best Overall Paper
    2002  - 2003Elected Administrative Chief Resident
    The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting,2001Best Foot and Ankle Paper
    1995  - 1997The Alfred A. Davis Surgical Research Fellowship Award
    American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)1993Recognition Award for Research
    Sports Health2015T. DAVID SISK AWARD FOR BEST ORIGINAL RESEARCH PAPER - 2015
    Castle Connolly2015America's Top Doctors
    Los Angeles Magazine2016  - 2018Super Doctor
    Castle Connolly2016  - 2017America's Top Doctors
    Los Angeles Magazine2018Top Doctors
    USC2018Excellence in Professionalism

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    Dr. Hatch is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the director of the USC Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship. He specializes in sports medicine, with a focus on disorders and injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He uses advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. He is highly regarded for his expertise related to total shoulder replacement, as well as treatment of complex fractures of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Hatch has served as an assistant physician for several professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy, Kings, Angels, and USC athletic teams. His research interests focus on shoulder instability, stability of the reverse total shoulder prosthesis, treatment of infected shoulder prosthesis, outcomes following multiligament knee injuries and testosterone supplementation in orthopaedic post-operative rehabilitation. Voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in multiple years, he is a member of the prestigious American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Dr. Hatch received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine, knee, shoulder and elbow surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and did a second fellowship in complex shoulder reconstruction at Harvard Medical School.

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    1. Vakhshori V, Sabour AF, Alluri RK, Hatch GF, Tan EW. Patient and Practice Trends in Total Ankle Replacement and Tibiotalar Arthrodesis in the United States From 2007 to 2013. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Jan 15; 27(2):e77-e84. PMID: 30169446.
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    2. Munger AM, Heckmann N, McKnight B, Dusch MN, Hatch GF, Omid R. Revisiting the Gender Gap in Orthopaedic Surgery: Investigating the Relationship Between Orthopaedic Surgery Female Faculty and Female Residency Applicants. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Oct 01. PMID: 30278014.
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    3. Hudnut AW, Trasolini NA, Hatch GFR, Armani AM. Biomechanical Analysis of Porcine Cartilage Elasticity. Ann Biomed Eng. 2019 Jan; 47(1):202-212. PMID: 30251031.
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    4. Jones IA, Togashi R, Hatch GFR, Weber AE, Vangsness CT. Anabolic steroids and tendons: A review of their mechanical, structural, and biologic effects. J Orthop Res. 2018 Nov; 36(11):2830-2841. PMID: 30047601.
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    5. Sivasundaram L, Heidari KS, Alluri RK, Heckmann N, McKnight B, Hill JR, Hatch GFR. Discharge Destination After Shoulder Arthroplasty: An Independent Risk Factor for Readmission and Complications. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2018 Apr 01; 26(7):251-259. PMID: 29494466.
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    6. Heckmann N, Sivasundaram L, Heidari KS, Weber AE, Mayer EN, Omid R, Vangsness CT, Hatch GF. Propionibacterium Acnes Persists Despite Various Skin Preparation Techniques. Arthroscopy. 2018 Jun; 34(6):1786-1789. PMID: 29580742.
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    7. Gipsman AM, Trasolini N, Hatch GFR. Primary Anterior Cruciate Ligament Single-Bundle Repair With Augmentation for a Partial Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear. Arthrosc Tech. 2018 Apr; 7(4):e367-e372. PMID: 29868406.
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    8. Hatch GFR, Villacis D, Damodar D, Dacey M, Yi A. Quality of Life and Functional Outcomes after Multiligament Knee Reconstruction. J Knee Surg. 2018 Nov; 31(10):970-978. PMID: 29433154.
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    9. Osias W, Matcuk GR, Skalski MR, Patel DB, Schein AJ, Hatch GFR, White EA. Scapulothoracic pathology: review of anatomy, pathophysiology, imaging findings, and an approach to management. Skeletal Radiol. 2018 Feb; 47(2):161-171. PMID: 29075809.
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    10. Wu B, Lorezanza D, Badash I, Berger M, Lane C, Sum JC, Hatch GF, Schroeder ET. Perioperative Testosterone Supplementation Increases Lean Mass in Healthy Men Undergoing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Aug; 5(8):2325967117722794. PMID: 28840147.
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    11. Narvy SJ, Hatch GF, Ihn HE, Heckmann ND, McGarry MH, Tibone JE, Lee TQ. Evaluating the Femoral-Side Critical Corner in Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Effect of Outside-In Versus Inside-Out Creation of Femoral Tunnels on Graft Contact Pressure in a Synthetic Knee Model. Arthroscopy. 2017 Jul; 33(7):1370-1374. PMID: 28392051.
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    12. Narvy SJ, Didinger TC, Lehoang D, Vangsness CT, Tibone JE, Hatch GF, Omid R, Osorno F, Gamradt SC. Direct Cost Analysis of Outpatient Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in Medicare and Non-Medicare Populations. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Oct; 4(10):2325967116668829. PMID: 27826595.
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    13. Dunphy TR, Damodar D, Heckmann ND, Sivasundaram L, Omid R, Hatch GF. Functional Outcomes of Type V Acromioclavicular Injuries With Nonsurgical Treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016 Oct; 24(10):728-34. PMID: 27579816.
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    14. Mohammed H, Skalski MR, Patel DB, Tomasian A, Schein AJ, White EA, Hatch GF, Matcuk GR. Coracoid Process: The Lighthouse of the Shoulder. Radiographics. 2016 Nov-Dec; 36(7):2084-2101. PMID: 27471875.
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    15. McKnight B, Heckmann N, Hill JR, Pannell WC, Mostofi A, Omid R, Hatch GF. Surgical management of midshaft clavicle nonunions is associated with a higher rate of short-term complications compared with acute fractures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Sep; 25(9):1412-7. PMID: 27068385.
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    16. Villacis D, Sivasundaram L, Pannell WC, Heckmann N, Omid R, Hatch GF. Complication rate and implant survival for reverse shoulder arthroplasty versus total shoulder arthroplasty: results during the initial 2 years. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jun; 25(6):927-35. PMID: 26796602.
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    17. Merriman J, Villacis D, Kephart C, Yi A, Romano R, Hatch GF. Acute Compartment Syndrome after Non-Contact Peroneus Longus Muscle Rupture. Clin Orthop Surg. 2015 Dec; 7(4):527-30. PMID: 26640640; PMCID: PMC4667125.
    18. Sivasundaram L, Heckmann N, Pannell WC, Alluri RK, Omid R, Hatch GF. Preoperative risk factors for discharge to a postacute care facility after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Feb; 25(2):201-6. PMID: 26456429.
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    19. Yi A, Villacis D, Yalamanchili R, Hatch GF. A Comparison of Rehabilitation Methods After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Systematic Review. Sports Health. 2015 Jul; 7(4):326-34. PMID: 26137178; PMCID: PMC4481677.
    20. Sivasundaram L, Matcuk GR, White EA, Hatch GF, Patel DB. Partial semitendinosus tendon tear in a young athlete: a case report and review of the distal semitendinosus anatomy. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Jul; 44(7):1051-6. PMID: 25855409.
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    21. Wu BW, Berger M, Sum JC, Hatch GF, Schroeder ET. Randomized control trial to evaluate the effects of acute testosterone administration in men on muscle mass, strength, and physical function following ACL reconstructive surgery: rationale, design, methods. BMC Surg. 2014 Dec 06; 14:102. PMID: 25481088; PMCID: PMC4267143.
    22. Narvy SJ, Pearl M, Vrla M, Yi A, Hatch GF. Anatomy of the femoral footprint of the posterior cruciate ligament: a systematic review. Arthroscopy. 2015 Feb; 31(2):345-54. PMID: 25194165.
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    23. Merriman JA, Villacis D, Wu B, Patel D, Yi A, Hatch GF. Does patient sex affect the anatomic relationships between the sternoclavicular joint and posterior vascular structures? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Nov; 472(11):3495-506. PMID: 25113266; PMCID: PMC4182408.
    24. Villacis D, Yi A, Jahn R, Kephart CJ, Charlton T, Gamradt SC, Romano R, Tibone JE, Hatch GF. Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes. Sports Health. 2014 Jul; 6(4):340-7. PMID: 24982708; PMCID: PMC4065560.
    25. Hartshorn T, Otarodifard K, White EA, Hatch GF. Radiographic landmarks for locating the femoral origin of the superficial medial collateral ligament. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov; 41(11):2527-32. PMID: 24092042.
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    26. Reed ME, Villacis DC, Hatch GF, Burke WS, Colletti PM, Narvy SJ, Mirzayan R, Vangsness CT. 3.0-Tesla MRI and arthroscopy for assessment of knee articular cartilage lesions. Orthopedics. 2013 Aug; 36(8):e1060-4. PMID: 23937754.
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    27. Argintar E, Williams A, Kaplan J, Hall MP, Sanders T, Yalamanchili R, Hatch GF. Recommendations for driving after right knee arthroscopy. Orthopedics. 2013 May; 36(5):659-65. PMID: 23672899.
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    28. White EA, Patel DB, Matcuk GR, Forrester DM, Lundquist RB, Hatch GF, Vangsness CT, Gottsegen CJ. Cruciate ligament avulsion fractures: anatomy, biomechanics, injury patterns, and approach to management. Emerg Radiol. 2013 Oct; 20(5):429-40. PMID: 23525909.
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    29. Sum JC, Hatch GF. Osteochondritis dissecans. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011 Oct; 41(10):796. PMID: 21979791.
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    30. Lee JJ, Otarodifard K, Jun BJ, McGarry MH, Hatch GF, Lee TQ. Is supplementary fixation necessary in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions? Am J Sports Med. 2011 Feb; 39(2):360-5. PMID: 21220546.
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    31. Stine IA, Lee B, Zalavras CG, Hatch G, Itamura JM. Management of chronic shoulder infections utilizing a fixed articulating antibiotic-loaded spacer. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010 Jul; 19(5):739-48. PMID: 20137977.
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    32. Hatch GF, Labib SA, Rolf RH, Hutton WC. Role of the peroneal tendons and superior peroneal retinaculum as static stabilizers of the ankle. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2007; 16(4):187-91. PMID: 18053400.
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    33. Hatch GF, Pink MM, Mohr KJ, Sethi PM, Jobe FW. The effect of tennis racket grip size on forearm muscle firing patterns. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Dec; 34(12):1977-83. PMID: 16861576.
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