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C. Thomas Vangsness, MD
Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery
HCT 1520 San Pablo Street Off Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 226 8010


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 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 topics such as stem cell therapy to treat cartilage and meniscal injuries, shoulder and ligament biomechanics, and allograft transplantation. Dr. Vangsness is a team physician for USC Athletics. A recipient of numerous university and national academic awards as a teacher and researcher, Dr. Vangsness is also on the editorial board of the Journal of Arthroscopy and The Journal of Knee Surgery. He is a member of several other prominent organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, and The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology. Dr. Vangsness did his orthopaedic residency 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. He also did a research fellowship in bioengineering at Hospital for Joint Diseases. Dr. Vangsness has recently published a book entitled The New Science of Overcoming Arthritis.


Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctor, 2015

Pasadena Magazine: Top Doctors Award, 2015

America's Top Doctor's Award

Los Angeles Magazine: Super Doctor, 2016

Castle Connolly: America's Top Doctors, 2016


Vangsness CT, Sternberg H, Harris L. Umbilical Cord Tissue Offers the Greatest Number of Harvestable Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Research and Clinical Application: A Literature Review of Different Harvest Sites. Arthroscopy. 2015 Sep; 31(9):1836-43. View in: PubMed

Vangsness CT, Dellamaggiora RD. Current safety sterilization and tissue banking issues for soft tissue allografts. Clin Sports Med. 2009 Apr; 28(2):183-9, vii. View in: PubMed

Vaishnav S, Thomas Vangsness C, Dellamaggiora R. New techniques in allograft tissue processing. Clin Sports Med. 2009 Jan; 28(1):127-41. View in: PubMed

Vangsness CT. Radiofrequency use on articular cartilage lesions. Orthop Clin North Am. 2005 Oct; 36(4):427-31. View in: PubMed

Liao WL, Hedman TP, Vangsness CT. Thermal profile of radiofrequency energy in the inferior glenohumeral ligament. Arthroscopy. 2004 Jul; 20(6):603-8. View in: PubMed

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