C. Thomas Vangsness, MD

Title(s)Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Phone+1 323 442 5860
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    Pasadena Magazine2015  - 2017Top Doctor
    Los Angeles Magazine2016  - 2018Super Doctor
    Castle Connolly2016  - 2017America's Top Doctors
    Los Angeles Magazine2018Top Doctors

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    Dr. Vangsness is a professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He specializes in the treatment and prevention of orthopaedic and sports-related injuries, including ACL reconstruction, meniscus surgery, cartilage repair and restoration, rotator cuff surgery and shoulder dislocations. Dr. Vangsness is internationally recognized for his expertise in shoulder and knee surgery and has conducted and published extensive research with a focus on topics such as stem cell therapy to treat cartilage and meniscal injuries, shoulder and ligament biomechanics, and allograft transplantation. Dr. Vangsness is a team physician for USC Athletics. A recipient of numerous university and national academic awards as a teacher and researcher, Dr. Vangsness is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Arthroscopy and The Journal of Knee Surgery. He is a member of several other prominent organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. Dr. Vangsness did his orthopaedic residency at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Institute in New York and a fellowship in sports medicine at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles. He also did a research fellowship in bioengineering at Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Vangsness has recently published a book entitled The New Science of Overcoming Arthritis.

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    1. Baron SL, Klein DS, Frank RM, Rodeo S, Vangsness T, Jazrawi LM. Incorporating Biologics Into Your Practice: The New Horizon in Sports Medicine. Instr Course Lect. 2020; 69:661-670. PMID: 32017759.
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    2. Vangsness CT, Farr J, Boyd J, Dellaero DT, Mills CR, LeRoux-Williams M. Adult human mesenchymal stem cells delivered via intra-articular injection to the knee following partial medial meniscectomy: a randomized, double-blind, controlled study. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jan 15; 96(2):90-8. PMID: 24430407.
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    3. Vangsness CT, Burke WS, Narvy SJ, MacPhee RD, Fedenko AN. Human knee synovial fluid cytokines correlated with grade of knee osteoarthritis--a pilot study. Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2011; 69(2):122-7. PMID: 22035391.
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    4. Vangsness CT, Spiker W, Erickson J. A review of evidence-based medicine for glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate use in knee osteoarthritis. Arthroscopy. 2009 Jan; 25(1):86-94. PMID: 19111223.
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    5. Vangsness CT, Wagner PP, Moore TM, Roberts MR. Overview of safety issues concerning the preparation and processing of soft-tissue allografts. Arthroscopy. 2006 Dec; 22(12):1351-8. PMID: 17157736.
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    6. Parisien JS, Vangsness T, Feldman R. Diagnostic and operative arthroscopy of the ankle. An experimental approach. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1987 Nov; (224):228-36. PMID: 3665245.
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    7. Parisien JS, Vangsness T. Operative arthroscopy of the ankle. Three years' experience. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1985 Oct; (199):46-53. PMID: 4042495.
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    8. Parisien JS, Vangsness T. Arthroscopy of the subtalar joint: an experimental approach. Arthroscopy. 1985; 1(1):53-7. PMID: 4091910.
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