A Southern California surgeon was recent inducted into the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES), a premier organization for innovators and thought leaders in the medical industry.
Dr. Ronald Navarro, the regional coordinating chief of orthopedic surgery for Southern California Permanente Medical Group, was just one of 15 surgeons elected to an associate membership. Membership in ASES is highly selective as the organization has only 400 members nationwide.
"Dr. Navarro has made great contributions to our field through his research, presentations and publications," said Dr. Robert H. Bell, president of ASES. "We are honored to have him among ASES' newly elected members."
The group meets twice a year, giving orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in shoulders and elbows a forum to discuss new ideas and present scientific material.
After earning a medical degree from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, Dr. Navarro completed his residency at Harbor General/UCLA Medical Center. He then joined Kaiser Permanente's South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City in 1997.
"My older brother was a certified athletic trainer at a local community college, and watching him work with injured athletes was my first exposure to the field of sports medicine and shoulder care," said Dr. Navarro, whose father emigrated from Mexico and worked as a longshoreman.
Dr. Navarro holds various leadership positions at Kaiser Permanente including medical director of the South Bay Medical Center Tissue Bank, co-lead of the Southern California Regional Surgical Readmission Reduction Task Force and assistant area medical director of the South Bay Medical Center.
SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
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