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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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