George F. Rick Hatch III
Areas of treatment:Shoulder Injuries
Rotator Cuff Tear
Degenerative Arthritis of Shoulder and Elbow
Shoulder and Elbow Dislocations
Shoulder and Elbow Stiffness
Shoulder and Elbow Infections
Shoulder and Elbow Fractures
Knee Injuries and Knee Dislocations
LCL Knee Injuries
Cartilage Injuries of Knee
- Orthopaedic Surgery
- Sports Medicine
- Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
George F. Rick Hatch III, MD
Director, USC Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship
- Keck Hospital of USC
- USC Healthcare Center 2
- USC Outpatient Surgery Center
About this doctor:
Dr. Hatch is an Associate Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He specializes in sports medicine, with a focus on disorders and injuries affecting the shoulder 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 the treatment of single and multiple ligament knee injuries as well as articular cartilage and meniscus injuries about the knee. He is also well recognized for his expertise in the field of complex shoulder surgery, including arthroscopic as well as total shoulder replacement. Dr. Hatch also provides care for USC intercollegiate athletes. He has served as an assistant physician for several professional sports teams, including the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Galaxy, Kings and Angels, as well as the Anaheim Ducks. Dr. Hatch is very active in research with over 44 peer-reviewed publications, 9 textbook chapters and multiple national research awards. His research interests focus on knee and 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. Dr. Hatch is active in the national orthopaedic community where he is a member of multiple orthopaedic societies including: The American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons, The American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine, The Western Orthopaedic Association, and The Arthroscopic Association of North America. In addition, Dr. Hatch is an elected member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the most exclusive and prestigious specialty society in the United States for shoulder and elbow surgeons. Dr. Hatch serves as Director of the USC Orthopaedic Surgery Sports Medicine Fellowship. Voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine from 2011 to 2016, Dr. Hatch received his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. He completed his first fellowship in sports medicine, knee, shoulder and elbow surgery at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic in Los Angeles and his second fellowship in complex shoulder reconstruction at Harvard Medical School.
Education:BA, Arizona State University, Chemistry, 1994
MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 1998
Internships:Emory University School of Medicine, General Surgery Internship, 1999
Residencies:Emory University School of Medicine, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, 2003
Fellowships:Harvard Medical School, Reconstructive Shoulder Fellowship, 2005
Kerlan - Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, Sport Medicine Fellowship, 2004
Certifications:American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons -Board Certified
Certificate of Added Qualification (CAQ) in Sports Medicine
Professional society memberships:Arthroscopy Association of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
California Orthopaedic Association
Western Orthopaedic Association
Awards:Elected, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, October 2014
Voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine 2014
Dr. Hatch was voted a Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014.
Nominated for Charles Neer Award. American Shoulder and Elbow Society, Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 2013.
Award for Outstanding Resident Teaching, USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2013.
Dr. Hatch was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2013.
Dr. Hatch was voted to U.S. News & World Report's Top Doctors 2012.
Dr. Hatch was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2012.
Dr. Hatch was voted a Top Doctor by Pasadena Magazine in 2011.
Selected as USC Research Team Co-Investigator for prestigious 2013 Sandy Kirkley Clinical Outcome Research Grant
Best Overall Paper, The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, 2003
Elected Administrative Chief Resident, 2002-2003
Best Foot and Ankle Paper, The Robert Kelly Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting, 2001
The Alfred A. Davis Surgical Research Fellowship Award, 1997
The Alfred A. Davis Surgical Research Fellowship Award, 1996
The Alfred A. Davis Surgical Research Fellowship Award, 1995
Recognition Award for Research, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 1993