Chris S. Pallia, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
Subspecialty: Sports Medicine
Interest: Joint Preservation and Replacement

Coronado Office
230 Prospect Place Suite 230
Coronado, CA USA 92118

(619) 435-7282
Fax: 619-435-3723

Sorrento Valley Office
4910 Directors Place, Suite #350
San Diego, CA 92121

(619) 435-1100
Fax: 619-435-1161

Coronado – Orthopedic

San Diego – Sports Medicine

I approach every patient as an individual and look at every problem as important. My goals are not just to relieve pain but to maximize function, through non-operative techniques as well as through surgical correction for injured or diseased joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles.

My degree in Bioengineering from UC San Diego has given me a unique appreciation of the structure and function of the human body.  I was exposed me to the top minds and thought leaders in medicine while studying Medicine at UCLA.  After becoming board certified in Orthopedic Surgery, my sub-speciality training and board certification in arthroscopy and sports medicine has provided me the tools to optimally care for injured and degenerative joints (knee, shoulder, ankle, elbow)

I have taken a keen interest in knee joint preservation, using the latest techniques to avoid joint replacement such as biologic resurfacing with cartilage cells, joint realignment, and even bone fortification for stress reaction due to arthritis.

I apply a high level of expectation to myself and treat everyone with the utmost courtesy and professionalism. Continually acquiring new knowledge and skills, I use all the latest techniques and equipment.

Helping all my patients to achieve their goals in life gives me such satisfaction.

  • American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2026
  • Subspeciality Certification in Sports Medicine, 2026
  • Qualified Medical Evaluator, State of California
  • MAKO certified
  • Biomet Oxford Unicompartmental Arthroplasty FDA Certification
University of California at San DiegoSan Diego B.S., Bioengineering 1991
University of California at Los AngelesWestwood, CAMD 1995
Harbor-UCLA Medical CenterTorrance, CA General Surgery 1996
State University of New York at Stony BrookStony Brook, NY Orthopedic Surgery 2001
Oasis Sports Medical GroupSan Diego, CA Arthroscopic Surgery and Sports Medicine 2002
  • Scripps Memorial Hospital | La Jolla
  • Sharp Coronado Hospital | 250 Prospect St. Coronado, CA 92118

State Society Memberships

California Orthopedic Association

Western Orthopedic Association

Additional Society Memberships

International Mountain Biking Association

APEX Patient Satisfaction Top SCP Score for Coronado in the 4th quarter of 2013 for Sharp Community Medical Group

Author of “The PC Knot: A secure and satisfying arthroscopic slip knot” Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery May 2003

Co-Author of article and presentation nominated for the Richard O’Connor Award at the Arthroscopic Association of North America 2001

Physician for the San Diego Rock ‘n Roll Marathon 2003, 2004

Team Physician for Helix High School, home of Reggie Bush and Alex Smith.

What Patient Say About Him

Dear Patients:

As most of you are aware, over the last several days and weeks we have been learning about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and how it is impacting our world.  At Synergy Orthopedic Specialists, we have one goal that we strive for, and that is to keep you, our patients, and our employees safe.  This has been the topic of our planning and conversations and we have implemented several measures to ensure that we do everything possible to reduce the threat of this disease.

Our offices are regularly cleaned and sanitized, but we are now ramping up those procedures to include wiping down counters and other surfaces more frequently.  Additionally, we have hand sanitizer available, and washrooms for thorough hand washing.  We are closely following the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines and recommendations to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Our employees have been instructed to frequently use antiseptic hand cleaner as well as handwashing per the CDC instructions.  We also encourage our patients to do the same. If our employees feel sick or begin running a temperature, they have been instructed to stay home.  Similarly, we request that patients who are not feeling well, reschedule their appointments and not come to our clinics while they are ill. 

If our employees become ill, our offices may be functioning with less that optimal staffing; therefore, we request your patience if there are longer than average wait times or other delays.  Any location that may have any direct exposure, will be quarantined for cleaning.

We will continue to closely monitor the situation and do all that we can to protect you and our employees.  For more information and guidelines on the Covid-19, please visit:

Thank you