Neil Ghodadra, MD, is a sports medicine physician serving patients in Santa Monica and Thousand Oaks, California. His Los Angeles area orthopedic practice focuses on minimally invasive, arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, elbow, and hip.
His unique background includes extensive training and expertise in cartilage restoration of the knee and joint preserving osteotomy, as well as treatment of complex shoulder conditions, ranging from shoulder instability and rotator cuff repair surgery to shoulder replacement surgery.
Dr. Ghodadra is fellowship-trained in shoulder and sports medicine surgery and has a particular interest in taking care of athletes. Dr. Ghodadra grew up in Georgia and graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a Bachelor of Science in biology. At Duke, he won several prestigious scholarships for his academic achievements. He attended Duke Medical School, graduating as one of the top students in his class and winning the Alpha Omega Alpha honor for best thesis presentation.
Following medical school, Dr. Ghodadra completed his residency at Rush Medical Center in Chicago, Illinois, under the guidance of some of the country’s leading sports medicine surgeons. After residency, Dr. Ghodadra completed the world-renowned sports medicine fellowship at Rush Medical Center.
There, his subspecialty training emphasized cartilage restoration and joint preserving surgical techniques of the knee and shoulder. Dr. Ghodadra was also a team physician for the Chicago Bulls and Chicago White Sox). He served as team physician for multiple semi-professional, university, and high school teams in football, hockey, and gymnastics.
Dr. Ghodadra is known for his surgical skill and devotion to teaching and innovation in orthopedic surgery. He has authored over 65 textbook chapters and journal articles. His work has been presented at more than 70 conferences worldwide, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, where he won the award for best scientific exhibit for his work in shoulder instability in athletes. Dr. Ghodadra was instrumental in developing a landmark technique for patients with recurrent shoulder instability.
In addition to advancing the field of sports medicine, Dr. Ghodadra is known for his humility and patient-friendly disposition. He treats every patient as he would a member of his own family. He believes that excellent outcomes are achieved through effective patient communication and patient understanding of their condition and treatments. He believes in nonsurgical treatment options and advanced surgical techniques to help patients return to their previous level of activity and function.
In his free time, Dr. Ghodadra likes to spend time with his family and friends in Southern California. He enjoys golf, basketball, running, biking, and fitness.