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C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., M.D.


ACL Reconstruction & Meniscus Surgery

ACL and Meniscal tears in the knee are two of the most common orthopaedic injuries affecting patients of all ages. These injuries are very common among athletes.

Cartilage Repair

As the articular cartilage surfaces breaks down and degenerates in a joint, it can cause pain, stiffness and swelling.

Rotator Cuff Surgery

The rotator cuff is composed of four muscles (supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis) that originate from the shoulder blade (scapula) and insert by way of a common tendon on the upper arm (front, back and top of the humerus).

Shoulder Instability/ Impingement/Bursitis

Unlike the hip, which is a “ball and socket” joint, the shoulder joint is less of a socket and looks more like a “golf ball on a tee”, allowing it to move more than any other joint in the body.



Dr. Vangsness is a board certified orthopedic surgeon and a tenured Professor of Orthopedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine at USC. He is a team physician for the USC athletic teams and several local high schools. Over his 25 year career, he has published more than 100 journal articles,  lectured extensively both nationally and internationally and is the author of the critically acclaimed book,  “The New Science of Overcoming Arthritis”.  Dr. Vangsness specializes in the conservative and operative treatment of sports injuries and is recognized as a leader in the field of sports medicine. In addition, he performs cutting-edge research in stem cell therapy.
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Please bring recent x-rays, MRIs or other diagnostic studies with your initial consultation. Please wear lose fitting clothes or shorts to evaluate your knees. Women can wear sports bras for their shoulder evaluation. Parking is conveniently located in the same building as my office near the USC University Hospital on the Health Sciences Campus. We have many support services including: x-rays, physical therapy, MRI imaging, laboratory tests, and a pharmacy for your convenience.


1520 San Pablo Street Suite 2000 Los Angeles, CA 90033
Tel: 323.442.5800
Fax: 323.865.9453

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