Neal S. Elattrache, MD, an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist with Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute

Get to know Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist Dr. Neal S. Elattrache, who serves patients in Los Angeles, California. 

With over 34 years of experience, Dr. Elattrache is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist who is recognized for his treatment and research of knee, shoulder, and elbow injuries. He is currently practicing at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Los Angeles, California. There, he holds many positions, including Co-Chair of Medical Affairs and member of the Board of Directors. 

Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute is a world leader in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sports-related injuries and illnesses. As the sports division of the Cedars-Sinai Department of Orthopaedics, the institute also provides comprehensive care for a broad range of orthopaedic conditions. Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute physicians have pioneered advanced surgical methods and procedures to enhance treatment, rehabilitation, and recovery. Over more than half a century, the institute has become an internationally recognized center for research and education in sports medicine. 

Among his many professional roles, Dr. Elattrache also serves as Chairman of the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Foundation, Director of the Kerlan-Jobe Sports Medicine Fellowship, as well as Head Team Physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Rams.

In 1985, he earned his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He then went on to complete his internship in general surgery and his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and 1990, respectively. This was followed by a fellowship in sports medicine at Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in 1991. 

Thereafter, he became board-certified in orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – an organization with the goal of establishing educational and professional standards for Orthopaedic residents and surgeons, as well as evaluating the qualifications and competence of Orthopaedic surgeons. It is a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). 

As for the doctor’s accomplishments, he remains a member of the American Orthopaedic Association, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the NFL Physicians Society, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He is also President of the Herodicus Society, as well as Vice President of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.

Serving as an expert in his field, Dr. Elattrache has won numerous awards throughout his career, including Super Doctor, Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery (2008 through 2018), Hollywood’s Top Doctors, The Hollywood Reporter (2015), and MLB Super Surgeon, Bleacher Report (2014) – to name a few. 

Orthopaedic surgery or orthopaedics, is the branch of surgery that deals with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. An orthopaedic surgeon offers care to patients suffering from problems associated with the joints, bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. They perform surgeries to address trauma, injuries, tumors, infections, and other conditions that require surgical intervention. 

Sports medicine is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of injuries due to athletic activity. Sports medicine specialists are either Orthopaedic surgeons or primary care physicians who prescribe treatments for professional and amateur athletes. They are trained to address issues associated with nutrition, sports psychology, and substance abuse. They may also counsel athletes on injury prevention.

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