Lawrence D. Dorr

Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • English
best doctor

Lawrence D. Dorr, MD

Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery

Practicing locations:

  • Keck Hospital of USC
  • USC Healthcare Center 2

About this doctor:

Dr. Dorr is a professor in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. He is an international leader in the field of joint replacement of the hip and knee and has contributed significantly to advances in treatment options. His pioneering research has aided in the design of widely used orthopaedic implants, as well as small incisions and the use of computer navigation for total hip replacement. An international speaker and writer, Dr. Dorr has authored a book on surgical techniques and numerous journal articles. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Arthroplasty, former editor-in-chief of Techniques in Orthopaedics and serves on the editorial boards of several other prominent journals. He is a founder and past president of the Knee Society and the American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons and a past president of the Hip Society. He has received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for founding Operation Walk, a charitable organization that provides free hip and knee replacements in the United States and abroad. Honored as one of the Best Doctors in American for the past eight years, Dr. Dorr received his medical degree from the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine and completed his fellowship training in orthopaedics/arthritis surgery at The Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.


Doctor of Medicine, University of Iowa Medical School, 1967


LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, 1968


LAC+USC Medical Center, Los Angeles - Orthopaedic Surgery, 1972-1976


Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, 1976-1977


American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1978

Professional society memberships:

Journal of Bone and Joint Surgeons, 1998 to present
Clinical Orthopaedic, 1991 to present
Editorial Board of Seminars In Arthroplasty, 1991 to 1995
The Journal of Arthroplasty, Founding Editor, 1984 to present
Techniques in Orthopaedics, Editor in Chief, 1984 to 1995


Castle Connolly "Top Doctor,” 2015
Best Orthopaedic Surgeons by The Hollywood Reporter in 2014
Super Doctor by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014
Best Doctors in Los Angeles, 2009-2012
Best Doctors in America, 2004-2012
Larry Dorr Award for Best Technology paper, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons annual award at AAHKS meeting since 2007
The Humanitarian Award from the Iowa Orthopaedic Society, Des Moines, Iowa, April 2007
The Classic: Bone Graft for Tibia Defects in Total Knee Arthroplasty, May 2006