Christopher C. Ornelas

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery Chief of Spine Medicine
Christopher Ornelas

Specialties:

  • Orthopaedic Surgery - Spine
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Department:

  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Language:

  • English

Christopher C. Ornelas, MD

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery
Chief of Spine Medicine

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Medicine of USC - Beverly Hills
  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

Christopher C. Ornelas, MD, is an assistant professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. Dr. Ornelas specializes in the treatment of non-operative spinal disorders. Dr. Ornelas earned his medical degree from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine in Albuquerque, New Mexico. After graduation, he completed his medical internship at the University of New Mexico University Hospital, and his residency at the UCLA/WLA Multicampus training program. Dr. Ornelas went on to complete a fellowship in Interventional Spine Medicine at the UCLA Spine Center in Santa Monica, CA. Dr. Ornelas maintained a private practice, while continuing to be active in the training of resident and fellows at both Cedars Sinai Medical Center and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, CA, prior to joining the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck. Dr. Ornelas has received numerous awards for academic excellence during his medical school and residency training, and was awarded an Outstanding Clinic Consultant teaching award by the UCLA/WLA Multicampus Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation training program. He joined the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at USC in 2014.

 

 

Education:

Doctor of Medicine, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM, 2004-2008

Internships:

Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of New Mexico Hospital, 2008-2009

Residencies:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 2009-2012

Fellowships:

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Spine Fellowship, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, University of California, Los Angeles, 2012-2013

Certifications:

American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians
California Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Awards:

Outstanding Clinic Consultant, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, UCLA/VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, 2013-2014
Unsung Hero of the Year, Staff award for Preliminary Intern of the Year, Department of Internal Medicine, University of New Mexico University Hospital, 2008-2009