C. Thomas Vangsness

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery Chief, Sports Medicine
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Areas of treatment:

Knee Surgery
Shoulder Surgery
Elbow Surgery

Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Department:

  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Language:

  • English

C. Thomas Vangsness, Jr., MD

Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief, Sports Medicine

Practicing locations:

  • USC Healthcare Center 2
  • USC Outpatient Surgery Center

About this doctor:

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 instability/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 such topics as shoulder and ligament biomechanics, stem cell biology, allograft transplantation, and meniscal cartilage. Dr. Vangsness is a team physician for USC Athletics and has a special interest in sports injuries. A recipient of numerous university and national academic awards as a teacher and researcher, Dr. Vangsness has been on the editorial board of several orthopaedic journals. He is a member of several organizations including the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, The Arthroscopy Association of North America, and the International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology (SICOT). Dr. Vangsness received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He completed his fellowship in bioengineering 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. Dr. Vangsness has published a book entitled The New Science of Overcoming Arthritis.

Education:

St. Olaf College, B.A., Chemistry and Asian Studies, 1973, Cum Laude, St. Paul, MN
School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Minneapolis, MN
University of Minnesota School of Medicine, M.D., 1980, Minneapolis, MN

Internships:

Hennepin County Medical Center, 1980 - 1981, General Surgery, Minneapolis, MN

Residencies:

Hospital for Joint Diseases, 1982 - 1986, Orthopaedic Institute, New York, NY

Fellowships:

Bioengineering Fellowship, 1981 - 1982, Hospital for Joint Diseases, Orthopaedic Institute, New York, NY
Sports Medicine Fellowship, 1986 - 1987, Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Inglewood, CA

Certifications:

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Professional society memberships:

University of Southern California Graduate Orthopaedic Society, 1987 - Present
California Orthopaedic Association, 1991 - Present
Western Orthopaedic Association, 1994 - Present
Hospital for Joint Diseases Alumni Association, 1986 - Present
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 1991 - Present
Orthopaedic Laser Society of North America, 1991 - Present (Founding Member)
Arthroscopy Association of North America, 1992 - Present
Orthopaedic Research Society, 1992 - Present
Biomedical Optics Society, 1992 - 1995
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, 1993 - Present
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, 1995 - Present
The International Society of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, 1990 - Present
International Cartilage Repair Society, 2002 - Present
Wilson-Bost Interurban Orthopaedic Club, 2003 - Present

Awards:

Dr. Vangsness was voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014.
Teacher of the Year Award, USC Department of Orthopaedics, 1999
Neer Award, for "The Effects of Laser Induced Collagen Shortening on the Biomechanical Properties of The Inferior Glenohumeral Ligament Complex", 1997
Teacher of the Year Award, USC Department of Orthopaedics, 1994
Kerlan-Jobe Presentation Award, 2002