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Tom Schmalzried


Thomas P. Schmalzried, M.D., is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the adult hip and knee, with a focus on total joint replacement. He is the Medical Director of the Joint Replacement Institute at St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles and a Physician Specialist in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.

Dr. Schmalzried attended Stanford University on a basketball scholarship and was a 3-year varsity letterman.  He graduated in 1980 with honors and distinction, and was elected to membership in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honor society. Dr. Schmalzried attended UCLA Medical School and was elected to membership in the academic medical honor society, Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed internship in surgery and residency in orthopaedics at UCLA. In 1986-87, Dr. Schmalzried was a research fellow in joint replacement, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  Following his residency at UCLA, Dr. Schmalzried was the Hip and Implant Fellow at Harvard University and an Assistant in Orthopaedic Surgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, 1990-1991.

The author of over 170 scientific manuscripts, he is a four-time recipient of the John Charnley Award for pioneering research in joint arthroplasty. Dr. Schmalzried is on the editorial review board of several scientific journals and is the Joint Replacement Section Editor for Orthopedics Today, the most widely read orthopaedic periodical. He has served as a Trustee of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, and on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Association of Arthritic Hip and Knee Surgeons (AAHKS), the Western Orthopaedic Association, and the Orthopaedic Research Society. Dr. Schmalzried is among a select group of surgeons elected to membership in both the North American Hip Society and Knee Society.