Paco Kang, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

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H. Paco Kang, MD, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in benign and malignant musculoskeletal tumors in the pelvis and upper and lower extremities. He offers expert care in the management of skeletal metastases in such cancers as lung, breast and thyroid, along with treatment of general orthopedic problems for patients with cancer.

Dr. Kang was fellowship-trained in musculoskeletal oncology at Harvard Medical School and attended medical school at Columbia University, where he also spent time as a pre-doctoral orthopedic research fellow.

His clinical research interests include improvement of long-term functional outcomes and overall survival for patients with metastatic cancer. In his research, Dr. Kang focuses on the development of new implant types and cutting-edge surgical techniques, such as carbon-fiber implants, custom 3D printed reconstructions and robotic surgery.

In his practice at USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Keck Medicine of USC, he appreciates being able to offer patients access to a team of multidisciplinary experts dedicated to their health and well-being.


  • Increased dislocation rates following total hip arthroplasty in patients with ankylosing spondylitis Hip Int. 2023 Nov; 33(6):1026-1034. . View in PubMed
  • Preoperative radiographic findings associated with postoperative spinopelvic risk factors for instability following total hip arthroplasty J Orthop Res. 2023 09; 41(9):2026-2031. . View in PubMed
  • Safety and Efficacy of Rivaroxaban in Primary Total Hip and Knee ArthroplastyJ Arthroplasty. 2023 08; 38(8):1613-1620. e4. . View in PubMed
  • Stability analysis of tranexamic acid in the presence of various antiseptic solutions J Orthop Res. 2023 03; 41(3):692-697. . View in PubMed
  • Rotator Cuff Repair With Acromioplasty Is Associated With an Increased Rate of Revision and Subsequent Procedures Arthrosc Sports Med Rehabil. 2022 Dec; 4(6):e2065-e2071. . View in PubMed
  • Conversion rates and timing to total knee arthroplasty following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a US population-based study Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2022 Feb; 32(2):353-362. . View in PubMed
  • Midterm Survivorship of Robotic-Assisted Lateral Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty J Arthroplasty. 2022 05; 37(5):831-836. . View in PubMed
  • Utilization of technology-assisted total hip arthroplasty in the United States from 2005 to 2018 Arthroplast Today. 2021 Dec; 12:36-44. . View in PubMed
  • Cross-cultural adaptation and validation of the Musculoskeletal Tumor Society (MSTS) scoring system and Toronto Extremity Salvage Score (TESS) for musculoskeletal sarcoma patients in Greece Eur J Orthop Surg Traumatol. 2021 Dec; 31(8):1631-1638. . View in PubMed
  • Reliability of Plain Radiographs Versus Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Measure Tibial Slope in Sports Medicine Patients: Can They Be Used Interchangeably? Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Oct; 9(10):23259671211033882.. View in PubMed
  • The management of clenched fist injuries with local anaesthesia and field sterility J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2021 May; 46(4):411-415. . View in PubMed
  • Injury Epidemiology and Time Lost From Participation in Women’s NCAA Division I Indoor Versus Beach Volleyball Players Orthop J Sports Med. 2021 Apr; 9(4):23259671211004546. . View in PubMed
  • Am J Sports Med. 2021 05; 49(6):1651-1658. . View in PubMed
  • Am J Sports Med. 2021 04; 49(5):1363-1371. . View in PubMed
  • Comparison of Proximal Junctional Failure and Functional Outcomes Across Varying Definitions of Proximal Junctional Kyphosis World Neurosurg. 2021 02; 146:e100-e105. . View in PubMed
  • Population-based Survivorship of Computer-navigated Versus Conventional Total Knee Arthroplasty J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Oct 15; 28(20):857-864. . View in PubMed
  • Complications of Methamphetamine Use in Orthopaedic Trauma J Orthop Trauma. 2020 Oct; 34(10):e360-e365. . View in PubMed
  • Evaluating the Standardized Letter of Recommendation Form in Applicants to Orthopaedic Surgery Residency J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Oct 01; 28(19):814-822. . View in PubMed
  • Epidemiology of Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury on Natural Grass Versus Artificial Turf in Soccer: 10-Year Data From the National Collegiate Athletic Association Injury Surveillance System Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jul; 8(7):2325967120934434. . View in PubMed
  • National Trends in Use of Regional Anesthesia and Postoperative Patterns of Opioid Prescription Filling in Shoulder Arthroscopy: A Procedure-Specific Analysis in Patients With or Without Recent Opioid Exposure Orthop J Sports Med. 2020 Jun; 8(6):2325967120929349. . View in PubMed
  • Proximal Row Carpectomy Versus 4-Corner Fusion: Incidence, Conversion to Fusion, and Cost J Hand Surg Am. 2020 May; 45(5):427-432. . View in PubMed
  • Knee Arthroscopy After Total Knee Arthroplasty: Not a Benign Procedure J Arthroplasty. 2020 12; 35(12):3575-3580. . View in PubMed
  • Ex vivo regional gene therapy with human adipose-derived stem cells for bone repair Bone. 2020 09; 138:115524. . View in PubMed
  • Single-stage bilateral reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for bilateral posterior shoulder fracture-dislocation following seizure: A case report Int J Surg Case Rep. 2020; 73:298-302. . View in PubMed
  • Effect of Mental Health Conditions on Complications, Revision Rates, and Readmission Rates Following Femoral Shaft, Tibial Shaft, and Pilon Fracture J Orthop Trauma. 2019 Jun; 33(6):e210-e214. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in computer navigation and robotic assistance for total knee arthroplasty in the United States: an analysis of patient and hospital factors Arthroplast Today. 2019 Mar; 5(1):88-95. . View in PubMed
  • Arthroscopy. 2019 04; 35(4):1152-1159. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Injections Prior to Rotator Cuff Repair Are Associated With Increased Rotator Cuff Revision Rates Arthroscopy. 2019 03; 35(3):717-724. . View in PubMed
  • Total Hip Arthroplasty Bearing Surface Trends in the United States From 2007 to 2014: The Rise of Ceramic on PolyethyleneJ Arthroplasty. 2018 06; 33(6):1757-1763. e1. . View in PubMed
  • Response to Letter to the Editor Concerning “The True Effect of a Lumbar Dural Tear on Complications and Cost” Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2020 Apr 01; 45(7):E414. . View in PubMed
  • Preoperative Epidural Steroid Injection Does Not Increase Infection Risk Following Posterior Cervical Surgery Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2023 Dec 01; 48(23):1658-1662. . View in PubMed