John M. Itamura, MD is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing
in sports medicine and shoulder and elbow surgery, with a special emphasis
on conditions of the shoulder and elbow, including upper extremity arthroplasty
and trauma. He is the Program Director for the Kerlan Jobe Shoulder and
Elbow Surgery Fellowship and is a Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine.
After completing his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering at the
University of Southern California in Los Angeles, he continued his studies
at USC and received his medical doctorate. He remained at USC Medical
Center and Los Angeles County Hospital for his internship and residency.
He completed his fellowship training in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at
the WB Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas, Texas, followed by the AO International
Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at Massachusetts General Hospital
in Boston, Massachusetts. He was a full-time faculty member in the USC/Keck
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for 16 years before joining Cedars-Sinai
Dr. Itamura currently practices at the Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute
Los Angeles - Boyle Heights location, and performs surgery at both White
Memorial and Keck hospitals. He is known for his expertise in complex
cases with complicated medical and surgical issues, and he is widely regarded
as one of the nation’s foremost experts in revision shoulder and
elbow arthroplasty, upper extremity trauma, complex arthroscopic procedures,
Dr. Itamura is a team physician and consultant for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
He was formerly a team physician and consultant for the University of
Southern California, USC University Hospital Center for Athletic Medicine,
East Los Angeles Community College, and California State University, Los
Angeles. He is active in several professional organizations, including
the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, California Orthopaedic Association,
and is a member of the prestigious American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
association and Wilson Bost Interurban Orthopaedic Club.
A prolific researcher and medical educator, Dr. Itamura has mentored many
generations of residents and fellows throughout his career. He has published
numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters in orthopaedic
surgery texts, and has presented extensively at the local, regional, national,
and international levels, having given over 500 lectures to date. He has
won numerous awards and accolades, including the prestigious Charles S.
Neer Award in Basic Science and nearly annual awards by the USC Department
of Orthopaedic Surgery residency program.