M. Lucius Pomerantz, M.D.

Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery,
Upper Extremity Specialist

Chula Vista Office
955 Lane Ave, Ste 200
Chula Vista, CA 91914

(619) 421-3400
Fax: 619-421-3557

Chula Vista – General Orthopedics

La Mesa Office
5565 Grossmont Center Dr.Ste 256
La Mesa, CA 91942

La Mesa – General Orthopedics

San Diego Office
3444 Kearny Villa Rd., Ste 401
San Diego, CA 92123

San Diego – General Orthopedics

Dr. Pomerantz is an orthopaedic surgeon and upper extremity specialist.  His residency training in orthopaedic surgery was at UC San Diego where he was elected chief resident.  He went on to train at the prestigious Campbell Clinic in Memphis, TN for his fellowship in Hand/Upper Extremity Surgery and assisted in providing care to the Memphis Redbirds and the University of Memphis athletes.  He received his medical degree from Albany Medical College in Albany, NY.  He is currently a team physician for the San Diego Gulls hockey team.

He has published research in orthopaedic imaging, the scapular disorders in throwing athletes, biomechanics of the shoulder joint, and complications of surgical treatment of tennis elbow.  Additional research includes acute synovial fluid changes in traumatized joints, outcomes of surgery for Dupuytren’s disease, and patient response to corticosteroids for various hand ailments.

He looks forward to providing cutting edge orthopaedic surgical and non-surgical care to all ages and activity levels.  His focus will be on care of the entire arm including trauma, sports injuries, joint replacement, nerve compression and repair, all hand ailments such as Dupuytren’s contracture as well as microsurgical procedures.

Dr. Pomerantz was born in Santa Cruz, CA.  He played many sports growing up including wrestling, soccer and baseball. He competed as an amateur boxer and professionally in Mixed Martial Arts.  He continues to train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

08/2014-08/2015 Campbell Clinic Fellowship in Hand/Upper Extremity Surgery
Voluntary faculty position at University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine
Contributed to the care of the Memphis Redbirds and the University of Memphis athletes.
06/2008-06/2014 University of California San Diego, Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
Elected by co-residents Administrative Chief Resident for 2013-2014
08/2004-05/2008 Albany Medical College
Doctor of Medicine
09/1999-03/2004 University of California San Diego
Bachelor of Science, Biology
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
2007 Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society – Albany Medical College
2006 and 2007 Albany Medical College Alumni Association
Class of 1955 Memorial Scholarship: Award for academic good standing.
2005 and 2006 Albany Medical College
Commendation for Scholastic Excellence for years 1 and 2.
Commendation for Excellence in Clinical Skills for years 1 and 2.
2004 University of California San Diego
Graduated Cum Laude, Dean’s List multiple times
Outstanding Teaching Award for teaching assistants – awarded to teaching assistants according to students’ evaluations.
09/2015 – Current Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand/Upper Extremity Specialization
Partnership 06/2017
American Board of Orthopedic Surgeon Certified 08/2017
Certificate of Surgery of the Hand Subspecialty 08/2019
10/2015 – Current Sharp Hospital System
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand/Upper Extremity Specialization
Grossmont Hospital – Active Staff
Coronado Hospital – Associate Staff
Chula Vista Hospital – Associate Staff
Memorial Hospital – Active Staff
10/2017 – Current Scripps Hospital System
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand/Upper Extremity Specialization
Mercy – Chula Vista Hospital – Active Staff
Mercy – San Diego Hospital – Active Staff
08/2018 – Current University of California San Diego Hospital System
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand/Upper Extremity Specialization
Voluntary Faculty/Health Sciences Clinical Instructor
Take emergency call and work with residents and fellows
01/2019 – Current Alvarado Hospital
Orthopaedic Surgeon, Hand/Upper Extremity Specialization


Fellowship in Orthopaedic Research, University of California San Diego
Projects included grant writing and starting an animal research model.
Book Chapters





Hand and Upper Extremity Injuries in Mixed Martial Arts, “Hand and Wrist Injuries In Combat Sports: A Guide to Diagnosis and Treatment”, Springer. P63-76, 2018.
Pomerantz ML
Complications of Lateral Epicondylar Release, PMID 26772953 – Orthopedic Clinics of North America, (April 2016)
Pomerantz ML
Assessment of Femoral Version: Comparing EOS Biplanar Radiography versus Computed Tomography, PMID 25319563 – Journal of Skeletal Radiology (Feb 2015)
Pomerantz ML; Glaser D; Doan J; Fredrick A; Kumar, S; Edmonds E
The Role of the Scapula in Throwing Disorders – Sports Medicine & Arthroscopic Review, PMID: 24787721 (June 2014)
Provencher CM, Makani A, McNeil JW, Pomerantz ML, Golijanin P, Gross D.
Shoulder Instability in the Setting of Bipolar (Glenoid and Humeral Head) Bone Loss: The Glenoid Track Concept – Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, PMID: 24752910 (August 2014)
Trivedi S, Pomerantz ML, Gross D, Golijanan P, Provencher MT
Abstracts/Poster Presentations Double Lavage Technique for Determination of Synovial Fluid Volume and Constituent Concentrations (2011 – ORS Annual Meeting, Long Beach, CA)
Hansen BC; Hinton BJ; Caffrey JP; Pomerantz ML; Brinson DC; Szeto M; Hasegawa A; Temple-Wong MM; Lotz MK; Masuda K; Sah RL
Digit Preservation in the Setting of Invasive Squamous Cell Carcinoma of Two Rays with Concurrent Dupuytren’s Contracture: A Case Report (2013 – MSTS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA)
Pomerantz ML, Kulidjian AA, Abrams RA
Reconstruction of the Digit After Low Grade Chondrosarcoma is a Viable Alternative with Good Functional Outcomes: A Salvage Procedure After Resection of Middle Phalanx of Fifth Digit in Lieu of Ray Amputation (2013 – MSTS Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA)
Pomerantz ML, Kulidjian AA, Abrams RA
Assessment of Femoral Version: Comparing EOS Biplanar Radiography versus Computed Tomography (2014 AAOS, New Orleans, LA)
Pomerantz ML; Glaser D; Doan J; Fredrick A; Kumar, S; Edmonds E
Presentations “Medical/Surgical Management of the Wrist & Hand
Common Hand Problems and Their Treatment”, April 29, 2014, University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Physical Therapy Department
“Hand Frostbite Injuries and Management”, May 21, 2016, Doctors DeMystify Event at UC San Diego
“Common Hand Problems and Their Treatment”, August 15, 2016, Comprehensive Course in Orthopaedic Nursing, Sharp Hospital System
“Post-Operative Pain Management in Hand Surgery Private Practice”, January 25, 2019, San Diego Orthopedic Society Annual Meeting
“Nerve Lacerations, Repair, Grafting, Transfers, and Neurotization”, May 11, 2019, Doctor’s DeMystify Event at UC San Diego
2015 – Current Team Physician (Orthopaedic Surgeon) – San Diego Gulls, American Hockey League

Ring Side Physician – Mixed Martial Arts, Boxing events

2019- Current American Society of Surgery of the Hand (ASSH) Young Member Steering Committee

As a core group of newly accepted ASSH members and members with fewer than eight years in the Society, the Young Members Steering Committee is tasked with recognizing the changing needs of our young members and developing recommendations to Council that address these concerns

Committee Member


Certified intermediate Spanish speaker by Central American Spanish School in Honduras.
Mixed Martial Arts/Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Boxing – competed in professional Mixed Martial Arts bouts, amateur boxing, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I hold a Black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

Certified Rescue Diver (2005) – Professional Associations of Diving Instructors.

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:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Thank you