C. Thomas Vangsness, MD

Keck School of Medicine of USC, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Los Angeles, CA

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 instability/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 such topics as shoulder and ligament biomechanics, stem cell biology, allograft transplantation, and meniscal cartilage. Dr. Vangsness is a team physician for USC Athletics and has a special interest in sports injuries. A recipient of numerous university and national academic awards as a teacher and researcher, Dr. Vangsness has been on the editorial board of several orthopaedic journals. He is a member of several organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, The Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT).

Dr. Vangsness received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in bioengineering 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. Dr. Vangsness has published a book entitled The New Science of Overcoming Arthritis.