Recorded May 19, 2018. This Together We Mentor will be an opportunity for pre-medical and medical students to learn what it takes to become an orthopedic surgeon.
Ronald A. Navarro, M.D. joined Kaiser Permanente (KP) as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in 1997 after a fellowship in shoulder, arthroscopy, and sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He became Regional Orthopaedic Surgery Chief, overseeing all Orthopaedic Services in southern California in 2013. This includes over 200 orthopaedic surgeons in 13 Medical Centers.
He is also the Chair of the Inter-Regional Chiefs group of Ortho Chiefs across all of the KP nation. He is also Assistant Area Medical Director overseeing all of Surgical Services at South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City since 2009, after having been Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics (2000-2008) and Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. He was recently inducted into the exclusive American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and now has achieved the level of Full Active Member. Dr. Navarro serves as the Director of the Kaiser Permanente Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry, a part of the KP Surgical Outcomes and Analysis’ body of Orthopaedic Registries, and is on the steering committee of the Inter-regional registries.
Dr. Navarro has authored a number of articles in shoulder and knee surgery, and he participates in research that has been presented nationally and internationally. His current research interests include the role of shoulder arthroplasty registries in tracking patient outcomes, orthopaedic treatment in ethnic groups, and how data can adapt surgeon behavior in this time of healthcare reform, as well as multiple other topics.