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John A. Scolaro, M.D.Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery


Clinical Interests

Dr. Scolaro is a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist. He specializes in the treatment of acute fractures as well as nonunions and malunions. Other areas of interest are fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum, periprosthetic fractures and complex peri-articular fractures.

Research Interests

Dr. Scolaro’s interests involve patient-focused clinical outcomes research, specifically multi-center trials and large population-based outcome measures. In addition, research interests include improving fracture fixation though collaboration with Dr. Thay Lee and the biomechanical lab at the Long Beach Veterans Administration Hospital.


Dr. Scolaro graduated with his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to receive his Master’s of Arts and Doctorate of Medicine from the School of Medicine at Boston University. He completed a general surgery internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent time during residency at Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) in Hannover, Germany on a visiting scholarship. Subsequently, Dr. Scolaro completed his orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.

Masters’s Degree

  • Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, MA

Medical Degree

  • Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, MA


  • University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA


  • Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Washington Harborview Medical Center – Seattle, WA


  • 2018 Southern California Super Doctors 2018 – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2018 Orange County Medical Association – Physician of Excellence
  • 2017 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars 2017 – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2017 American Orthopaedic Association – North American Traveling Fellowship – 1st alternate
  • 2016 AO Trauma North America – Howard Rosen Award – Table Instructor, Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management – Phoenix, AZ
  • 2016 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars 2016 – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2015 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars 2015 – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2014 Kevin L. Armstrong Clinical Faculty Teaching Award – UCI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2013 AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar
  • 2013 Annual Research Award – University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal
  • 2013 DeForest Willard Award – University of Pennsylvania
  • 2013 OREF Resident Scholarship
  • 2011 Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma – Best Orthopaedic Teaching Resident
  • 2007 Boston University School of Medicine – Alumni Association Award

Volunteer Work

  • Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Habitat for Humanity

Professional Organizations

  • AO Trauma North America – Member and Faculty
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association – Member
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Member
  • Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma – Member
  • California Orthopaedic Association – Member
  • Western Orthopaedic Association – Member

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Part I) – Passed 2012
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Part II) – Passed 2015


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Patient Information

Orthopaedic Trauma Association

AAOS – A Nation in Motion: Orthopaedic Trauma