M. Lenihan

Michael R. Lenihan, MD

Board Certified: Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael R. Lenihan, M.D., has been in private practice in San Diego since 1992 and is a Founding Member and Medical Director of Otay Lakes Surgery Center in Chula Vista. He is also a Founding Member and President of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists, Inc., a twelve-physician orthopedic group.

He completed his Doctor of Medicine at the University of Southern California where he graduated at the top of his class. After an Orthopedic Residency at the Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, he subsequently completed a Sports Fellowship with the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic for Sports Medicine where he assisted physicians attending to professional athletes engaged by the Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, Kings, Angels, PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and Hollywood Park Racetrack. He also served as Team Physician for LMU as well as the NCAA Women’s Basketball National Championship Tournament.


Fellowship: Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Sports Medicine Clinic (1991-1992)

  • Assistant to Team Physician for Los Angeles Lakers, Dodgers, Rams, Kings, Angels, PGA Tour, Senior PGA Tour and Hollywood Park Racetrack.
  • Team Physician for USC Trojans Football, Baseball and Volleyball.
  • Team Physician NCAA Woman’s Final Four-Basketball Tournament

Residency: Los Angeles County General Hospital / University of Southern California Medical Center (1986-1991)

  • Scored in the 98th percentile on the Orthopedic In-Training Exam.

Medical School: Doctor of Medicine Degree from University of Southern California (1982-1986)

  • Graduated 1st in Class
  • Honors in Anatomy, Embryology, Ophthalmology, Internal Medicine, Pharmacology, General Surgery, Orthopedics, Preventative Medicine.

Baccalaureate: Bachelor of Science Degree from Loyola Marymount University

  • Dean’s List all semesters
  • Varsity Letterman Men’s Volleyball
  • Organic Chemistry Teaching Assistant


  • 2008 Fluoroscopy Supervisors License
  • 2004 American Board of Orthopedic Surgery
  • 1998 Genzyme Cartilage Repair System
  • 1997 Qualified Medical Examiner
  • 1994 American Board of Orthopedic Surgery – Certified
  • 1992 Laser Arthroscopy – C02 and Neodymium: YAG
  • 1992 AO Basic Course
  • 1991 Advanced Cardiac Life Support
  • 1986 Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners

Team Physician

  • Olympic Training Center – Chula Vista
  • Southwestern Junior College
  • Bonita Vista High School
  • Chula Vista High School
  • Eastlake High School
  • Montgomery High School
  • Sweetwater High School
  • Castle Park High School
  • Hilltop High School
  • Southwest High School

Recognitions & Awards

  • 1986 Ph Kappa Phi- All University Honor Society
  • 1985 Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Medical Society
  • 1985 Certificate of Academic Excellence – University of Southern California School of Medicine
  • 1981 Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society


  • 1998-2005 San Diego County Trauma System Medical Audit Committee – Orthopedic Representative
  • 1999-2005 Sharp Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Supervisory Committee
  • 1994-2008 Sharp Memorial Hospital Trauma Morbidity and Mortality Committee
  • 1994-2008 Sharp Memorial Hospital Trauma Committee
  • 1998-2005 Sharp Memorial Hospital Infection Committee
  • 2000-2008 Sharp Memorial Hospital Orthopedic Trauma Committee
  • 1994-2005 Sharp Chula Vista Hospital Surgery Supervisory Committee
  • 1997-2005 Sharp Chula Vista Ortho/Neuro Supervisory Committee
  • 1998-2005 Sharp System-wide Orthopedic Supervisory Committee
  • 1993-1994 Advisory Board, Ehlers-Danlos Foundation
  • 1993 Admissions Committee Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic
  • 1992 Executive Committee USC Orthopedic Residency Program
  • 1991 Admissions Committee USC Orthopedic Residency Program
  • 1991-1992 Steering Committee USC Orthopedic Residency Program


  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • California Orthopedic Association
  • American Medical Association
  • California Medical Association
  • San Diego County Medical Association
  • Union of American Physicians and Dentists
  • Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department- Civilian Volunteer

Team Physician

  • Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)
  • Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
  • Los Angeles Galaxy (MLS)
  • Los Angeles Avengers (AFL)
  • USC Athletics (NCAA)
  • PGA Tour
  • AVP Nissan Series San Diego Open

Practice Locations

East Lake - CC06
955 Lane Ave, Ste 200
Chula Vista, CA 91914

Phone: (619) 421-3400

Serra Mesa - CC09
3444 Kearny Villa Road, Suite 401
San Diego, CA 92123

Phone: (858) 616-6400

Temecula - CC14
27250 Vía Industria Suite A
Temecula, CA 92590

Phone: (858) 616-6400