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Erik Stark, MD

Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Erik Stark is Board Certified in Orthopaedics and has an additional Board Certification in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine. He chose orthopaedic surgery as a career because of his interest in mechanics and fascination with physical science. Athletic endeavors played a vital role as well. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and performed his internship at the University of North Carolina Hospital. After completing an orthopaedic surgical residency at Boston University Medical Center, he received an additional year of training at the San Diego Knee and Sports Medicine Research Fellowship. Here Dr. Stark was exposed to the full spectrum of cutting-edge techniques in the diagnosis and management of injuries of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. Stark has won many awards and honors, including the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Resident Achievement Award. He participated in the American Orthopaedic Association Emerging Leaders Program and has worked with the faculty at UCSD School of Medicine, training residents in orthopaedic surgery. Dr. Stark is a faculty member at the San Diego Shoulder Institute and teaches advanced shoulder surgical techniques to doctors from around the world. He is a member of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and other professional organizations.

Dr. Stark has served as team physician for local high schools and colleges. He is the team physician for Mira Costa College, locally in Oceanside and Encinitas.

Dr. Erik Stark conducting a Patient Consultation in San Diego

Dr. Stark has particular interest in martial arts. He has been practicing Brazilian Jui-Jitsu for the past decade and has been the team doctor for numerous grappling tournaments.

Dr. Stark lives in Cardiff by the Sea with his wife and two children. In addition to Jui Jitsu he enjoys snowboarding, weight-lifting and traveling with his family.

Erik Stark at San Diego Jui Jitsu Tournament

Orthopaedic Specialists of North County (OSNC) was founded in Oceanside in 1965 and incorporated in 1973. Over the years, we have treated multiple generations of families, including parents, grandparents and great-grandparents for their orthopaedic injuries and ailments.

Professional Data

  • Licensure

    California State Medical License

  • Current Appointment

    Orthopaedic Specialists of North County
    6121 Paseo Del NorteCarlsbad, CA 92011

  • Board Status

    Board CertifiedOrthopaedic Surgery
    Board Certified Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Educational Background

  • University

    SUNY BinghamtonB.S., Psychobiology, June 1996, Binghamton, New York

  • Medical School

    SUNY Upstate Medical University at SyracuseM.D., June 2001, Syracuse, New York

  • Internship

    University of North Carolina HospitalsJuly 1, 2001 –June 30, 2002, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Specialty Training

  • Residency

    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency, Boston University Medical Center
    July 1, 2002 –June 16, 2006

  • Fellowship

    San Diego Knee and Sports Medicine Fellowship
    August 1, 2006 –July 31, 2007

Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American OrthopaedicSociety for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Faculty Member San Diego Shoulder Institute

Team Coverage

  • Boston University Department of Athletics
    Assisted Anthony A. Schepsis M.D. and Timothy A. Foster M.D., July 2002 –June 2006

  • Southwest College Athletic Department
    Assistant team physician for Southwest College football team in San Diego,
    August 2006-2007

  • Mira Costa Community College, Oceanside, CA
    Team orthopaedic surgeon
    2007-Present

  • Oceanside High SchoolFootball, Oceanside, CA
    Team Physician
    2009-2016

  • Gracie Barra Encinitas
    Team Physician
    2010-Present

Research and Publications

  • Stark E, Stucken C, Trainer G, Tornetta P 3rd. Compartment syndrome in Schatzkertype VI plateau fractures and medial condylar fracture-dislocations treated with temporary external fixation. J Orthop Trauma. 2009 Aug;23(7):502-6

  • Stark E, Tornetta P 3rd, Creevy WR. Syndesmotic instability in Weber B ankle fractures: a clinical evaluation. J Orthop Trauma. 2007 Oct;21(9):643-6.

  • Fithian D, Park S, Stark E. Proximal Realignment of the Medial Patellofemoral Ligament. Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery, 1stEdition. 2010 Jul: Chap 52.

Presentations / Posters

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Podium, Presentation
    Syndesmotic Instability in Weber B Ankle Fractures: A Clinical Evaluation.
    Salt Lake City, Utah, October 10, 2003

  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association, Podium, Presentation
    Compartment Syndrome in High Energy Plateau Fractures and Fracture Dislocations Treated with Temporary External Fixation.
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida, October 9, 2004.

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. Poster and Highlight Paper
    Syndesmotic Instability in Weber B Ankle Fractures: A Clinical Evaluation.
    San Francisco, California, March 10-14, 2004

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. PosterCompartment Syndrome in High Energy Plateau Fractures and Fracture Dislocations Treated with Temporary External Fixation.
    3Washington, D.C., February 23-27, 2005

Awards

  • Edwin G. Bovill Award. Best Paper, OTA 2003.
    Stark, E.S., Tornetta, P 3rd, Creevy, W.C. Syndesmotic Instability in Weber B Ankle Fractures: A Clinical Evaluation.

  • AOA-OREF-Zimmer Resident Leadership Forum, Huntington Beach, California, June 21-23, 2005

  • Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Resident Achievement Award, 2006

Volunteer Service

  • San Diego County Medical Society
    Project Access Orthopaedic Surgeon
    2012-Present

  • 6121 Paseo Del Norte
    Carlsbad, CA, 92011

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