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Practice contact
5643 Copley Drive
San Diego California 92111
US
Nicholas Kusnezov MD
Orthopaedic Surgeon - Adult Reconstruction Specialty
Surgeon - 11 years in practice
Primary Practice: Ortho 1 Medical Group
Primary Hospital: Scripps Memorial Hospital - La Jolla

Practice Contact

Office Address
5643 Copley Drive
San Diego California 92111
US

Clinical Expertise

Total Joint Arthroplasty Knee Surgery Hip Surgery Orthopedic Trauma Partial Knee Replacement Sports Injuries Tendon and Ligament Reconstruction Limb Preservation and Salvage

Biography

Dr. Nicholas Kusnezov is an author and former Managing Editor at Orthobullets. He is a board-certified, fellowship-trained orthopaedic surgeon currently practicing in Southern California. He specializes in total joint replacement with extensive experience in managing complex sports and traumatic injuries. His interests currently lie in muscle-sparing anterior total hip replacement, state-of-the-art robotic joint replacement, and rapid recovery protocols. Born on the East Coast, he spent his formative years in southern California, graduating summa cum laude from UCLA bioengineering and AOA from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. He was the only dual recipient of the Edward K Rice Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award and university-wide Outstanding Bachelor of Science Award, in addition to being solely bestowed the Longmire Surgical Society Award for his distinctive achievement and surgical aptitude. After medical school, he subsequently commissioned into the U.S. Military as an officer and completed his internship and residency in orthopedic surgery through the U.S. Army at the combined program of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. During his tenure at the exceedingly busy Level 1 trauma center, he served as chief resident, coordinating residency-wide academics and research, and not only graduated with distinguished honors but received the highest score on the Orthopaedic Boards Exam nationwide. He currently holds the record as the only three-time consecutive Texas Orthopaedic Association Quiz Bowl champion in history. Following graduation, he served out his military commitment in Nashville, TN, where he built and headed an advanced adult reconstruction program, establishing the infrastructure for a cutting-edge and high-volume joint replacement center of excellence. He dually served as the “team physician” to the revered 5th Special Forces group, 160th and 101st airborne division for 4 years. Upon deployment with the 349th combat support hospital and 379th air expeditionary wing, he served as the brigade orthopaedic surgeon and group physician to the SOCCENT special operations group. Dr. K served his country with distinction, earning multiple Meritorious Service and Army Commendation Medals. For his unsurpassed service to the community, he was consecutively bestowed the distinct honor of not only Kentucky Colonel but Tennessee Aide de Camp by the respective governors. During his time in Midwest, he went on to complete an Orthopaedic Trauma Apprenticeship at Vanderbilt University and served as Director of Orthopaedic Trauma at Pikeville Medical Center, frequently providing needed coverage to underserved trauma centers throughout Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Upon honorable completion of his military service, he returned to his home in sunny Southern California to complete the nationally renowned Adult Reconstruction Fellowship at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, relocating thereafter to San Diego to begin his ultimate practice as the premier Joint Replacement Specialist with Ortho 1 Medical Group in San Diego, in affiliation with the Sharp and Scripps Healthcare systems. In addition to a decorated career in the U.S Military, Dr. Kusnezov is actively engaged in graduate medical education and clinical research, having co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and top-read research manuscripts in top-tier orthopaedic journals. He is lifelong lover of education. He has been recognized numerous times not only for his scholarly activity, receiving first place podium and research awards both regionally and nationally, but for his clinical excellence and surgical skill by Top Doctors of America, Continental Who’s Who, and Best in California Magazine. However, beyond the impressive achievements, and perhaps most important of all, there is a man who deeply cares for the well-being of his patients. Dr. K believes that each patient is special and each situation unique, and that it is paramount to build a strong doctor-patient relationship in order to understand each patient’s goals and to thereby foster the best possible outcomes. Whether this is improved pain and function, returning to an active lifestyle, or going on to gold-medal in a world championship, Dr. K has your back and will get you there. In his leisure time, Dr. K enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and two daughters, some occasional pick-up racquetball, and of course weight training, as a reigning proud member of the 1000lb club.
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Primary Practice

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Primary practice
Ortho 1 Medical Group

Hospital Affiliations

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Sharp Memorial Hospital
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PRIMARY HOSPITAL
Scripps Memorial Hospital - La Jolla
TRI-CITY MEDICAL CENTER
PARADISE VALLEY HSP D/P APH BAYVIEW BEH HLTH
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SHARP CORONADO HOSPITAL AND HEALTHCARE CENTER
SHARP CHULA VISTA MEDICAL CENTER
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GROSSMONT HOSPITAL
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SCRIPPS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL - ENCINITAS

Education & Training

FELLOWSHIP
University of Southern California/LAC+USC Medical Center Program
RESIDENCY
William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University (El Paso) Program
INTERNSHIP
William Beaumont Army Medical Center/Texas Tech University (El Paso) Program
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MEDICAL / PROFESSIONAL SCHOOL
University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine
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UNDERGRADUATE
University of California-Los Angeles

Publications

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PMID: 25414601 Hand (N Y). 2014 Dec;9(4):406-12.
Distal humeral hemiarthroplasty: indications, results, and complications. A systematic review.
John Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Miguel Pirela-Cruz
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PMID: 26197155 Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2015 Sep;19(3):120-3.
The Deltoid Lift: A Cadaveric Analysis and the Literature Review of a Novel Surgical Approach to the Proximal Humerus.
Michael Ting Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn Miguel Pirela-Cruz
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PMID: 27093971 J Orthop Traumatol. 2016 Apr 19;:. Epub 2016 Apr 19.
Long versus short cephalomedullary nail for trochanteric femur fractures (OTA 31-A1, A2 and A3): a systematic review.
John Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Julia Bader Brian R Waterman Justin Orr Philip J Belmont
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PMID: 28135372 Orthopedics. 2017 Jan 30;:1-5. Epub 2017 Jan 30.
Functional Outcomes Following Surgical Management of Femoral Neck Stress Fractures.
Nicholas A Kusnezov Emmanuel D Eisenstein John C Dunn Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 28060230 J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Jan 04;99(1):25-32.
Return to Function, Complication, and Reoperation Rates Following Primary Pectoralis Major Tendon Repair in Military Service Members.
Drew W Nute Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 28291190 J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2017 Mar 15;99(6):e27.
The Sweaty Surgeon: Raising Ambient Operating Room Temperature Benefits Neither Patient nor Surgeon.
John C Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Logan R Koehler Justin D Orr
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PMID: 28653544 Hand (N Y). 2017 Jun 01;:1558944717715136. Epub 2017 Jun 1.
Operative Management of Unstable Radial Head Fractures in a Young Active Population.
Nicholas Kusnezov Emmanuel Eisenstein John C Dunn Austin Fares Justin Mitchell Kelly Kilcoyne Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 29122433 Arthroscopy. 2017 Nov 06; Epub 2017 Nov 6.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament Graft Removal Versus Retention in the Setting of Septic Arthritis After Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Expected Value Decision Analysis.
Nicholas Kusnezov Emmanuel D Eisenstein John C Dunn Aaron J Wey David R Peterson Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 28986048 J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2017 Oct 03; Epub 2017 Oct 3.
Open reduction-internal fixation versus intramedullary nailing for humeral shaft fractures: an expected value decision analysis.
Nicholas J Zarkadis Emmanuel D Eisenstein Nicholas A Kusnezov John C Dunn James A Blair
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PMID: 28345364 Foot Ankle Spec. 2017 Aug;10(4):352-358. Epub 2017 Mar 26.
Anatomically Contoured Anterior Plating for Isolated Tibiotalar Arthrodesis: A Systematic Review.
Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn Logan R Koehler Justin D Orr
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PMID: 28347178 Hand (N Y). 2017 Mar 01;:1558944717701241. Epub 2017 Mar 1.
Current Evidence Regarding Routine Antibiotic Prophylaxis in Hand Surgery.
John C Dunn Austin B Fares Nicholas Kusnezov Miguel Pirela-Cruz Gilberto Gonzalez Justin D Orr Mark Pallis
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PMID: 28549892 J Hand Surg Am. 2017 Aug;42(8):660.e1-660.e7. Epub 2017 May 24.
Radial Head Arthroplasty in the Active Duty Military Service Member With Minimum 2-Year Follow-Up.
John C Dunn Nicholas A Kusnezov Logan R Koehler Emmanuel D Eisenstein Kelly G Kilcoyne Justin D Orr Justin S Mitchell
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PMID: 29514370 J Knee Surg. 2018 Mar 07; Epub 2018 Mar 7.
Contemporary Surgical Trends in the Management of Symptomatic Meniscal Tears among United States Military Servicemembers from 2010 to 2015.
Timothy B Pekari Kevin C Wang Eric J Cotter Nicholas Kusnezov Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 29369927 JAAPA. 2018 Feb;31(2):36-39.
Comparing clinician use of three ankle fracture classifications.
Christopher B Cordova John C Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Julia M Bader Brian R Waterman Justin D Orr
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PMID: 28832209 Hand (N Y). 2017 Sep;12(5):431-438. Epub 2016 Nov 23.
Triceps Tendon Ruptures: A Systematic Review.
John C Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Austin Fares Sydney Rubin Justin Orr Darren Friedman Kelly Kilcoyne
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PMID: 29383277 J Wrist Surg. 2018 Feb;7(1):57-65. Epub 2017 Jun 28.
Perilunate Dislocations and Perilunate Fracture Dislocations in the U.S. Military.
John C Dunn Logan R Koehler Nicholas A Kusnezov Elizabeth Polfer Justin D Orr Miguel A Pirela-Cruz Justin S Mitchell
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PMID: 27018606 Orthopedics. 2016 May 01;39(3):188-92. Epub 2016 Mar 29.
The Boxer's Fracture: Splint Immobilization Is Not Necessary.
John C Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Justin D Orr Mark Pallis Justin S Mitchell
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PMID: 29224990 J Arthroplasty. 2018 04;33(4):1265-1274. Epub 2017 Nov 22.
The Shift to Same-Day Outpatient Joint Arthroplasty: A Systematic Review.
Jeffrey D Hoffmann Nicholas A Kusnezov John C Dunn Nicholas J Zarkadis Gens P Goodman Richard A Berger
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PMID: 31692733 Orthop J Sports Med. 2019 Oct;7(10):2325967119878709. Epub 2019 Oct 23.
Functional Outcomes and Complications Following Pectoralis Major Tendon Allograft Reconstruction in a Military Population.
Drew W Nute Nicholas Kusnezov Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 31904264 Foot Ankle Int. 2020 Jan 06;:1071100719898278. Epub 2020 Jan 6.
Return to Weightbearing and High-Impact Activities Following Jones Fracture Intramedullary Screw Fixation.
Ryan B Bucknam John P Scanaliato Nicholas A Kusnezov Kenneth A Heida Jr John C Dunn Justin D Orr
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PMID: 27020462 Arthroscopy. 2016 07;32(7):1478-86. Epub 2016 Mar 24.
Surgical Management for Chronic Exertional Compartment Syndrome of the Leg: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
Dominic Campano Jose A Robaina Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 32517507 Foot Ankle Spec. 2020 Jun 09;:1938640020933078. Epub 2020 Jun 9.
Occupational Outcomes and Return to Running After Operative Management of Lisfranc Injuries in a High-Demand Population.
Logan Koehler Brian R Waterman Nicholas A Kusnezov James A Blair Philip J Belmont Jr Justin D Orr
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PMID: 26568723 Hand (N Y). 2015 Dec;10(4):683-7. Epub 2015 Aug 11.
Osteochondral defects of the upper extremity treated with particulated juvenile cartilage transfer.
John C Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Justin Orr Justin S Mitchell
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PMID: 28453341 Hand (N Y). 2017 05;12(3):236-241. Epub 2016 Jul 7.
The Scaphoid Staple: A Systematic Review.
John Dunn Nicholas Kusnezov Austin Fares Justin Mitchell Miguel Pirela-Cruz
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PMID: 27552465 Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Jul-Aug;45(5):E273-82.
Clinical Outcomes of Anatomical Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in a Young, Active Population.
Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn Stephen A Parada Kelly Kilcoyne Brian R Waterman
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PMID: 26761926 Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2016 Jan;45(1):E35-7.
Definitive Fixation of Hand and Wrist Fractures in the Emergency Department.
Nicholas Kusnezov John C Dunn
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PMID: 33198914 Hand Clin. 2021 Feb;37(1):155-165.
The Burden of Fingertip Trauma on the US Military.
Matthew E Wells John P Scanaliato Nicholas A Kusnezov Leon J Nesti John C Dunn
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