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Orthopedic Specialists

An orthopedic specialist is a surgeon who diagnoses and treats acute, chronic, traumatic, and overuse injuries, and diseases of the joints, bones and muscles. Orthopedic surgery is a branch of general surgery. Orthopedic surgeons deal with muscles, tendons, ligaments and the skeletal system. They may treat the hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders, knees and hips, ankles and spine. They may perform surgery as a treatment for a condition or to replace worn or damaged joints. They may specialize in orthopedic surgical procedures, sports medicine, adult or pediatric orthopedics, or a particular area of the body.

At South County Orthopedic Specialists in Laguna Woods, California, all of our orthopedic surgeons are fellowship trained.

What does it mean to be “Fellowship-Trained”?

After becoming an orthopedic surgeon, a doctor may choose to refine their skills and focus on a specific area or subspecialty that is important to them. To specialize, the doctor will apply to a fellowship program.

A fellowship program provides the opportunity to train with national and international experts, and learn the latest surgical and patient care techniques, and there may be a research component. Orthopedic fellowships may focus on the adult or pediatric foot and ankle, hand and upper limb, joint replacement and reconstruction, trauma, spine, or sports medicine.

Meet the Orthopedic Specialists at South County Orthopedic Specialists

Dr. Lonnie Moskow’s focus is on surgery of the hand and upper extremities, including microvascular surgery. He completed a Fellowship in hand and microvascular surgery at Sydney hospital Hand Center, a world-renowned center for hand surgery located in Sydney, Australia.

Dr. Larry Gersten is fellowship trained in Joint Replacement Surgery and Arthroscopy. He specializes in total joint replacement and reconstructive surgery, and received his fellowship training at Ohio State University. His focus is general orthopedic surgery with a specialty in sports medicine and arthroscopy, arthritis and joint replacement surgery.

Dr. Lance Montgomery is fellowship trained in joint replacement surgery and is also a trauma surgeon and expert is arthroscopy. He received his fellowship training in Adult Reconstructive Surgery at the New England Baptist Hospital in Boston. His special interest is in sports medicine and arthroscopy, arthritis and joint replacement.

Dr. Kyle Coker is fellowship trained in surgery of the hand and upper extremities, as well as microsurgery. He was fellowship trained at The Joseph Boyes Foundation for research in Hand Surgery in Los Angeles, CA.

Dr. Christopher Veneziano is fellowship trained expert in shoulder and knee, sports medicine, arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and cartilage restoration. He received his fellowship training at Georgetown University Hospital/ Nirschl Orthopedic Sports medicine and Joint Reconstruction Clinic. He specializes in general orthopedics, injuries and sports injuries in particular.

Dr. Scott Graham is a fellowship trained shoulder and knee specialist, a sports medicine specialist, and specialist in arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction and cartilage restoration. He received his fellowship training at the Cleveland Clinic. He is our sports medicine specialist.

Dr. Arash Aminian is a fellowship trained foot and ankle specialist who completed his training at the University of Washington, Seattle with esteemed, world famous orthopedic surgeons. His focus is sports injuries, fractures, arthritis and deformity.

Dr. Bryce Johnson is fellowship trained in spine surgery at UCSD under Dr. Steven R. Garfin, a world renowned orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Johnson is a 2017 Top Doctor in spinal surgery from Orange Coast Magazine.

Dr. Nimish Kadakia is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who specializes in the care of sports and traumatic injuries, including fractures, as well as surgeries of the hip, knee, ankle, shoulder and elbow. He is an expert in minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Ari Youderian is a fellowship trained specialist in the shoulder and elbow. He trained at the Cleveland Clinic and specializes in the care and treatment of fractures, arthritis, dislocations and complex injuries or tears of the shoulder and elbow tendons and ligaments.

Dr. Gilbert C. Roc Jr. is a specialist in adult joint reconstruction. He received his fellowship training at Lenox Hill Hospital in NY. He specializes in arthritis care and joint replacement surgery or the hip and knee.

Dr. Stephen Keun-Heng Huo is a fellowship trained orthopedic spine surgeon who treats adults with spinal disease and conditions. He trained at Brown University in Rhode Island.

South County Orthopedic Specialists is an impressive group of dedicated professionals, here to serve you. All of our orthopedic specialists tailored their treatment plans to each patient’s individual needs and conditions. When you need exceptional orthopedic care in Orange County California, call South County Orthopedic Specialists.


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