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Dr. Patrick Padilla Orthopedic Surgeon

Dr. Patrick Padilla
As an experienced physician with more than 25 years of specialization in Orthopedics, I take a interactive approach to caring for my patients.

I believe the most important aspects of providing quality care are establishing a relationship with my patients and involving them in treatment plan. I believe that knowledgeable patients make the best decisions about their own treatment. That’s why I explain every step of the diagnostic process. I want my patients to understand their condition. How it developed and how various treatment approaches can improve or repair the problem. When we consider treatment alternatives, I present a realistic outlook on the results we can achieve. I’ll also be frank about any risks that might be involved. Surgery is only one of many treatment options. Many of my patients never need to have surgery – many times rehabilitation of the injured area is all that is needed.

Athletic participation has had a tremendous influence on my decision to become and Orthopedic Surgeon. In High School I participated in 4 Varsity sports, and was selected as an All-American in Water Polo. I attended Pepperdine University participating in Swimming and Water Polo, were we reached the NCAA Final Four on 2 occasions. I also began working as a Los Angeles County Ocean Lifeguard in 1979 and continue to work several days each summer at the beach. In 1982, I graduated from Pepperdine University Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors Degree in Sports Medicine.

I believe that my experiences in community service combined with my athletic and academic achievements created the foundation of my desire to pursue a career as a physician. As a graduate of the UCLA School of Medicine in 1988, and residency training at Duke University in 1994, I have had the opportunity to receive training from pioneers in Orthopedics. I have a broad experience in General Orthopedics, and have achieved sub-specialty certification in Sports Medicine from the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery. My experience also includes work as a consultant physician to USA Triathlon, treating World and Olympic Champion athletes

In my free time I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys, skiing, hiking and going to the beach.


  • Undergraduate
    1978 - 1982
    Bachelor of Science. Sports Medicine, Magna Cum Laude
    Pepperdine University, Seaver College
    Malibu, California
  • Graduate
    1982 - 1984
    Exercise Physiology
    University of California, Los Angeles
  • Medica1 School
    1984 - 1988
    Doctor of Medicine
    University of California, Los Angeles
    School of Medicine
  • Residency
    1988 - 1989
    Duke University Medical Center
    General and Thoracic Surgery
  • 1989 - 1990
    Duke University Medical Center
    General and Thoracic Surgery
  • 1990 - 1993
    Duke University Medical Center
    Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 1993 - 1994
    Chief Resident
    Duke University Medical Center.
    Orthopaedic Surgery

Board Status

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Sub-Specialty Certification in Sports Medicine
Board Certified - July, 1997

Professional Society Memberships

Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS)
Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA)
Piedmont Orthopaedic Society

Professional Activities

  • North Carolina Central University, Department of Athletics
    Resident Team Physician
    July 1991 - June 1992
  • Duke University, Department of Athletics
    Resident Team Physician
    July 1992 - June 1993
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department
    Ocean Lifeguard
    April 1979 - Present
  • U.S.A. Triathlon Team
    Physician Consultant
    April 1996 - Present
    I.T.U. World Triathlon Championships 1996, 1997, 2001


  • NCAA Waterpolo Championship Final Four 1978, 1980
  • Ironman Triathlon World Championship - Hawaii Ironman 1992, 1994, 1995, 1997, 2000
  • Team USA, ITU World Triathlon Championship 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005
  • U.S.A. Triathlon All-American 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001
  • U.S.A. Sprint Triathlon Master’s National Champion 2000

Recreational Activities

Skiing, Triathlon, Hiking, Fishing, Windsurfing, Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking

Practice History

  • American Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
  • Advanced Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
  • Pacific Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine
  • Direct Orthopedic Care

Hospital Affiliation

Scripps Memorial Hospital
Active Staff

Tri-City Medical Center (TCMC)


  • Melanoma of the Hand. L. Scott Levin, M.D., Patrick J. Padilla, M.D., James R. Urbaniak, M.D., Hilliard Seigler, M.D., Southern Orthopaedic Association. Whistler, British Columbioa, Canada. August 1992. *American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Phoenix , Arizona, November, 1992.
  • Melanoma of the Forearm and Upper Arm. Patrick J. Padilla, M.D., Hilliard Seigler, M.D., James R. Ur b a n i ak , M.D., L. Scott Levin, M.D., American Orthopaedic Association Residents Conference. Seattle, Washington, March 1993.
  • Melanoma of the Upper Extremity. Patrick J. P.adilla, M. D., Hilliard, Seigler, M.D., James R. Urbaniak, .D., L. Scott Levin, M.D. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, New Orleans, LA. February 1994.


  • Melanoma of the Hand . L. Scott Levin, M.O., Patrick J. Padilla, M.D., James R. Urbaniak, M.D., Hilliard Seigler, M.D. Submitted to the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
  • Anterior. Capsular Impingement Syndrome in the Athlete's Ankle. A. Bartolozzi, M.D., B. Mandelbaum, M.D., G. Finerman, M. D, J.Zachazewsky MS, PT, A'l'C, P.J. Padilla, MS, M. Meye:rson, M.D.Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal. 1987, Volume 16.
  • Oceanside Office

    3905 Waring Road
    Oceanside, CA 92056

  • Carlsbad Office

    6121 Paseo Del Norte
    Carlsbad, CA 92011

  • Physical Therapy – Vista

    1958 Via Centre Drive
    Vista, CA 92081

  • Physical Therapy – Carlsbad

    6121 Paseo Del Norte
    Carlsbad, CA 92011

  • MRI Facility – Carlsbad

    6121 Paseo Del Norte
    Carlsbad, CA 92011