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George F. Hatch, MD
Associate Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
HCT 1520 San Pablo Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5860


Dr. Hatch is an associate professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the director of the USC Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship. He specializes in sports medicine, with a focus on disorders and injuries affecting the shoulder, elbow, and knee. He uses advanced arthroscopic and open surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. He is highly regarded for his expertise related to total shoulder replacement, as well as treatment of complex fractures of the shoulder and elbow. Dr. Hatch has served as an assistant physician for several professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy, Kings, Angels, and USC athletic teams. His research interests focus on shoulder instability, stability of the reverse total shoulder prosthesis, treatment of infected shoulder prosthesis, outcomes following multiligament knee injuries and testosterone supplementation in orthopaedic post-operative rehabilitation. Voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011, 2012, 2013, He is a member of the prestigious American Society of Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Dr. Hatch received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine, knee, shoulder and elbow surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and did a second fellowship in complex shoulder reconstruction at Harvard Medical School.


Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2016

Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors, 2016

Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2015


Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors, 2015

Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant: USC Research Team Co-Investigator, 2013

USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery: Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching, 2013

American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Annual Meeting: Nominated for Charles Neer Award, 2013

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2011-2014

The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting: Best Overall Paper, 2003

Elected Administrative Chief Resident

The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting,: Best Foot and Ankle Paper, 2001

The Alfred A. Davis Surgical Research Fellowship Award

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS): Recognition Award for Research, 1993


Evaluating the Femoral-Side Critical Corner in Posterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: The Effect of Outside-In Versus Inside-Out Creation of Femoral Tunnels on Graft Contact Pressure in a Synthetic Knee Model. Arthroscopy. 2017 Apr 06. View in: PubMed

Coracoid Process: The Lighthouse of the Shoulder. Radiographics. 2016 Nov-Dec; 36(7):2084-2101. View in: PubMed

Functional Outcomes of Type V Acromioclavicular Injuries With Nonsurgical Treatment. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2016 Oct; 24(10):728-34. View in: PubMed

Direct Cost Analysis of Outpatient Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in Medicare and Non-Medicare Populations. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Oct; 4(10):2325967116668829. View in: PubMed

Surgical management of midshaft clavicle nonunions is associated with a higher rate of short-term complications compared with acute fractures. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Sep; 25(9):1412-7. View in: PubMed

Preoperative risk factors for discharge to a postacute care facility after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Feb; 25(2):201-6. View in: PubMed

Complication rate and implant survival for reverse shoulder arthroplasty versus total shoulder arthroplasty: results during the initial 2 years. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jan 18. View in: PubMed

Acute Compartment Syndrome after Non-Contact Peroneus Longus Muscle Rupture. Clin Orthop Surg. 2015 Dec; 7(4):527-30. View in: PubMed

Partial semitendinosus tendon tear in a young athlete: a case report and review of the distal semitendinosus anatomy. Skeletal Radiol. 2015 Jul; 44(7):1051-6. View in: PubMed

A Comparison of Rehabilitation Methods After Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Systematic Review. Sports Health. 2015 Jul; 7(4):326-34. View in: PubMed

Anatomy of the femoral footprint of the posterior cruciate ligament: a systematic review. Arthroscopy. 2015 Feb; 31(2):345-54. View in: PubMed

Does patient sex affect the anatomic relationships between the sternoclavicular joint and posterior vascular structures? Clin Orthop Relat Res. Does patient sex affect the anatomic relationships between the sternoclavicular joint and posterior vascular structures? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Nov; 472(11):3495-506. View in: PubMed

Prevalence of Abnormal Vitamin D Levels Among Division I NCAA Athletes. Sports Health. 2014 Jul; 6(4):340-7. View in: PubMed

Randomized control trial to evaluate the effects of acute testosterone administration in men on muscle mass, strength, and physical function following ACL reconstructive surgery: rationale, design, methods. BMC Surg. 2014; 14(1):102. View in: PubMed

Radiographic landmarks for locating the femoral origin of the superficial medial collateral ligament. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Nov; 41(11):2527-32. View in: PubMed

Cruciate ligament avulsion fractures: anatomy, biomechanics, injury patterns, and approach to management. Emerg Radiol. 2013 Oct; 20(5):429-40. View in: PubMed

3. 0-Tesla MRI and arthroscopy for assessment of knee articular cartilage lesions. Orthopedics. 2013 Aug; 36(8):e1060-4. View in: PubMed

Recommendations for driving after right knee arthroscopy. Orthopedics. 2013 May; 36(5):659-65. View in: PubMed

Osteochondritis dissecans. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2011 Oct; 41(10):796. View in: PubMed

Is supplementary fixation necessary in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions? Am J Sports Med. Is supplementary fixation necessary in anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions? Am J Sports Med. 2011 Feb; 39(2):360-5. View in: PubMed

Management of chronic shoulder infections utilizing a fixed articulating antibiotic-loaded spacer. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2010 Jul; 19(5):739-48. View in: PubMed

Role of the peroneal tendons and superior peroneal retinaculum as static stabilizers of the ankle. J Surg Orthop Adv. 2007; 16(4):187-91. View in: PubMed

The effect of tennis racket grip size on forearm muscle firing patterns. Am J Sports Med. 2006 Dec; 34(12):1977-83. View in: PubMed

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