Kristopher L. Downing, M.D.

I strive for meticulousness and attention to detail in all of the general orthopaedic and hand/upper extremity care I provide to patients. This has led to fantastic patient outcomes, even in the face of devastating injury and/or disease.

I sub-specialize in the care of the upper limb (including the brachial plexus, shoulder, arm, elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand) and pride myself in taking my time and utilizing my maximal effort and critical thinking for each and every case. Most importantly, I give patients the time and attention they need, despite the fast-paced “go, go, go” nature of today’s health care environment. Treating everyone as if they were a family member keeps my patients exceptionally happy with my treatment decisions. Furthermore, this keeps patients, their family members and their close friends coming back for more of my care that everyone deserves and should expect of all physicians.

Lastly, all patients make a tacit pact with me to comply with our agreed upon treatment decisions, which places the onus on the patient to get better in therapy once they have left my sight. My overall goal is to accurately diagnose your condition and provide you with reasonable treatment options. I welcome you to contact my office for an appointment to discuss all of your musculoskeletal issues.

2012-Present
Partner
Synergy Specialists Medical Group, Incorporated

2011-2012
Partner
LSC Orthopedics

2010-2011
Employee
LSC Orthopedics

2000-2004
M.D. University of California, Los Angeles

1997-2001
B.S. University of California, Riverside (Biomedical Sciences)

Planned for 2014
Subspecialty Certificate in Surgery of the Hand

2012-Present
Board Certified
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
(Certified 7/24/2012-12/31/2022)

2008-Present
California – A106278

2006-2009
Pennsylvania – MD430476

2009-2010
Resident Clinical Instructor

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Keck School of Medicine of USC

2005-2009
Clinical Instructor in Orthopedic Surgery

Department of Orthopedic Surgery

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

2012-Present
Alvarado Hospital

2010-PresentSarp Memorial Hospital

2010-Present
Sharp Grossmont Hospital

2010-Present
Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego

2010-Present
Scripps Mercy Hospital, Chula Vista

2010-Present
Paradise Valley Hospital

2010-Present
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center

2012-Present
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center Surgery Supervisory Committee

National Societies:
2007-Present

American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Candidate Member (application pending for active membership)
2005-Present

American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Active Fellow
2000-Present

American Medical Association
Member
State Societies:
2010-Present

California Orthopedic Association
Member
2008-2009

Pennsylvania Medical Society
Member of Resident Section

Local Societies:
2005-2009

Philadelphia Orthopedic Society
Resident Member

Major Teaching and Clinical Responsibilities at the University of Pennsylvania and Affiliated Hospitals:

2008
Taught at University of Pennsylvania Medical School Bone Science Course

2008
Coordinated Physician Coverage and Covered Local High School Team Sporting Event

November 2, 2013
Long Beach, CA
Shoulder and Elbow Dissection Course (Stryker)

October 2-5, 2013
San Francisco, CA
68th ASSH Annual Meeting

September 14, 2013
Los Angeles, CA
Hand, Wrist and Elbow Surgery Symposium (Arthrex)
February 22-23, 2013

2013-2014
March 18-22, 2012
Las Vegas, NV

San Diego, CA

Snowmass, CO
Trimed Extremities Seminar (Current Concepts in Wrist, Elbow and Ankle Fracture Management)

Sharp HealthCare Physician Leadership Academy

8th Annual Upper Extremity Tutorial, Placing the Hand in Space: Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist
March 20-24, 2011
Snowmass, CO

7th Annual Upper Extremity Tutorial, Placing the Hand in Space: Reconstructive Surgery of the Shoulder, Elbow and Wrist
March 5-7, 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia 13th Annual Hand Surgery Symposium, Dancing with the Elbow Stars
2011

San Diego, CA
AAOS Annual Meeting
2010

Boston, MA
65th ASSH Annual Meeting
2010

Durham, NC
Eighth Annual Duke Flap Course (Duke University School of Medicine, Division of Plastic, Maxillofacial, & Oral Surgery)
2009

Phoenix, AZ
Upper Extremity Fresh Frozen Cadaveric Dissection Course
2009

Las Vegas, NV
From the Shoulder to the Fingertips (Acumed)
2009

San Francisco, CA
64th ASSH Annual Meeting
2009

Las Vegas, NV
AAOS Annual Meeting
2008

Toronto, Canada
AO Advanced Course (Synthes)
2008

Mahwah, NJ
Trauma/Anatomic Exposures Course (Stryker)
2008

Memphis, TN
Arthroplasty Course (Smith & Nephew)
2007

Seattle, WA
62nd ASSH Annual Meeting
2007

Mahwah, NJ
Upper Extremity Dissection Course (Stryker)
2007

Irvine, CA
Shoulder Dissection/Fresh Frozen Cadaveric Course (Stryker)
2006

San Diego, CA
AO Basic Course (Synthes)

“Keinbock disease.” LAC+USC Medical Center. Hand/Upper Extremity Service Conference. June 22, 2010.

“Gout, Pseudogout and Rheumatoid Arthritis.”  LAC+USC Medical Center.  Hand/Upper Extremity Service Conference.  April 20, 2010.

“Extensor Mechanism: Anatomy, Imbalance, Injury and Repair.”  USC/Kaiser City-Wide Hand Surgery Conference.  March 10, 2010.

Weekly/Monthly Case Presentations throughout Fellowship 2009-2010.

“Anatomy and Compartment Syndrome of the Foot.”  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Trauma Conference.  June 22, 2009.

“Complex Fractures of the Radial Head: ORIF vs Prosthetic Replacement.”  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Evidence-Based Medicine in Trauma Lecture Series.  Trauma Conference.  June 1, 2009.

“Femoral Prostheses/Stem Geometry.”  Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  Joints Conference.  November 17, 2008.

“Lag Screw Technique.” Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Perioperative Staff Orthopedic In-Service Course.  September 27, 2008.

“Digital Injuries.” Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Sports Conference.  September 16, 2008.

“Hand and Wrist Trauma.” Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  Summer School Conference.  July 22, 2008.

“Rehab Breakfast Club.”  Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.  OITE Review Lecture Series.  July 3, 2008.

“Vascular Injury in TKA.” Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  Joints Conference.  June 9, 2008.

“Lower Extremity Amputations and Disparities in Amputation Rates.”  Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  Foot and Ankle Conference.  April 15, 2008.

“OCD of the Talus.”  Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  Foot and Ankle Conference.  April 8, 2008.

“Replantation.”  Penn Presbyterian Medical Center.  Upper Extremity Conference.  September 12, 2007.

Research Publications:

Downing KL, Crawford EA, Ogilvie CM. Concurrent osteochondroma and osteoblastoma of the proximal humeral shaft. Orthopedics. 2009 Jan;32(1):53.

Melvin JS, Downing KL, Ogilvie CM. A Technique for Removal of Broken Cannulated Tricortical Syndesmotic Screws. Journal of Orthopedic Trauma. 2008 Oct;22(9):648-51.