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Rob Pedowitz, MD, PhD


Robert Pedowitz, MD, PhD

UCLA Physician Robert Pedowitz, MD, PhD specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine.
Preferred Name
Rob Pedowitz
Orthopaedic Surgery, Sports Medicine
Language Spoken
Hospital Affiliation
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica
State License Number
(310) 319-1234 Patient appointments and referrals
(424) 259-9873 Patient Coordinator
Fax Number
(424) 259-6594

UCLA Santa Monica Orthopaedics
1250 16th Street, Suite 2100
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Westwood Orthopaedic Clinic
100 Medical Plaza Building, Suite 755
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6907

Mailing Address
10833 Le Conte Avenue, 76-143 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 2008
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, 1995, 2006
Sports Medicine, Duke University Medical Center, 1993 - 1994
Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 1986 - 1992
Orthopaedic Surgery, UCSD Medical Center, 1985 - 1986
Medical Degree
MD, UC San Diego School of Medicine, 1985
Arthroscopic Knee, Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, Arthroscopic Shoulder, Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilization & Labral Repair, Arthroscopic Surgery, Arthroscopy, Cartilage Knee, Ligament Knee, Revision ACL Surgery, Revision Labral Repair, Revision Rotator Cuff Repair, Revision Shoulder Arthroscopy, Shoulder, Shoulder Joint Replacement, Sports Medicine
Research Interest
Rotator cuff fixation and tissue healing, orthopaedic biomechanics, simulation to enhance surgical training, advanced imaging, neuromuscular compression and ischemia, sports-related injuries.
Additional Information

Dr. Pedowitz received his PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden (1991). Thesis: Tourniquet-Induced Neuromuscular Injury.

He has extensive clinical and research experience in the field of orthopaedic sports medicine and arthroscopic surgery of the knee and shoulder, including many years of experience caring for athletes at the recreational, collegiate, and professional levels.  

Professional Associations
(Updated October 2011)

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Orthopaedic Association
  • American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Orthopaedic Research Society

Leadership Positions

  • Editorial Board: Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
  • Editorial Board: Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy Review
  • Journal Board of Trustees, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Board of Directors, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Chair, Rotator Cuff Guidelines Committee, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Chair, Technology Committee, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Chair, Simulation Task Force, Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Chair, Surgical Simulation Project Team, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Link to my PubMed publications


  1. Pedowitz R, Akeson W, O'Connor J (Editors): Daniel's Knee Injuries: Ligament and Cartilage Structure, Function, Injury and Repair. Second Edition (636 pages). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Philadelphia, PA, 2003.
  2. Johnson D, Pedowitz RA (Editors): Practical Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy (1066 pages). Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins, Philadelphia, PA, 2007.
    [Also translated into Chinese (830 pages), People's Military Medical Press, 2007.]
  3. Pedowitz RA, Resnick DR, Chung CB (Editors): Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (439 pages). Springer-Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg, 2008.

(Updated October 2011; Selected from approximately 120 scientific articles and chapters)

  1. Pedowitz RA, Toutounghi FM: Chronic exertional compartment syndrome of the forearm flexor muscles. Journal of Hand Surgery 13A:694-696, 1988.
  2. Pedowitz RA, Shackford SR: Non-cavitary hemorrhage producing shock in trauma patients: incidence and severity. Journal of Trauma, 29(2):219-222, 1989.
  3. Pedowitz RA, Gershuni DH, Crenshaw AG, Petras S, Danzig LA, Hargens AR: Intra-articular pressure during continuous passive motion of the human knee. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 7(4):530-537, 1989.
  4. Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR, Mubarak SJ, Gershuni DH: Modified criteria for the objective diagnosis of chronic compartment syndrome of the leg. American Journal of Sports Medicine 18(1):35-40, 1990.
  5. Pedowitz RA, Rydevik BL, Gershuni DH, Hargens AR: An animal model for the study of neuromuscular injury induced beneath and distal to a pneumatic tourniquet. Journal of Orthopaedic Research 8:899-908, 1990.
  6. Pedowitz RA: Tourniquet-induced neuromuscular injury. Experimental studies on effects of pneumatic tourniquet compression and ischemia in the rabbit, and assessment of clinical techniques for facilitating the use of lower tourniquet inflation pressures. Thesis, (ISBN 91-628-0143-0), University of Gothenburg, Sweden, 1991.
  7. Pedowitz RA, Gershuni DH, Schmidt AH, Friden J, Rydevik BL, Hargens AR: Muscle injury induced beneath and distal to a pneumatic tourniquet: A quantitative study of effects of tourniquet pressure and duration. Journal of Hand Surgery 16A:610-621, 1991.
  8. Pedowitz RA, Nordborg C, Rosenqvist A-L, Rydevik BL: Nerve function and structure beneath and distal to a pneumatic tourniquet applied to rabbit hindlimbs. Scandinavian Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Hand Surgery 25:109-120, 1991.
  9. Pedowitz RA, Garfin SR, Hargens AR, Swenson SR, Myers RR, Massie JB, Rydevik BL: Effects of magnitude and duration of compression on spinal nerve root conduction. Spine 17:194-199, 1992.
  10. Pedowitz RA, Fridén J, Thornell L-E: Skeletal muscle injury induced by a pneumatic tourniquet: An enzyme- and immuno-histochemical study in rabbits. Journal of Surgical Research 52:243-250, 1992.
  11. Pedowitz RA, Gershuni DH, Friden J, Garfin SR, Rydevik BL, Hargens AR: Effects of ten minute re-perfusion intervals upon muscle injury beneath and distal to a pneumatic tourniquet. Journal of Hand Surgery 17A:245-255, 1992.
  12. Pedowitz RA, Gershuni DH, Botte MJ, Kuiper S, Rydevik BL, Hargens AR: The use of lower tourniquet inflation pressures in extremity surgery facilitated by curved and wide tourniquets and an integrated cuff inflation system. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research 287:237-244, 1993.
  13. Daniel D, Lumkong G, Stone M, Pedowitz RA: Effects of tourniquet use in anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Arthroscopy 11:307-311, 1995.
  14. Brossmann J, Frank LR, Pauly JM, Boutin RD, Pedowitz RA, Haghighi P, Resnick D: Short echo time projection reconstruction MR imaging of cartilage: Comparison with fat-suppressed spoiled GRASS and magnetization transfer contrast MR imaging. Radiology 203:501-507, 1997.
  15. Mohler LR, Styf JR, Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR, Gershuni DH: Intramuscular deoxygenation during exercise in patients who have chronic anterior compartment syndrome of the leg. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery 79-A:844-849, 1997.
  16. Ahn JM, Kwak SM, Kang HS, Muhle C, Pedowitz RA, Frank LR, Trudell D, Haghighi P, Resnick D: Evaluation of patellar cartilage in cadavers with a low-field-strength extremity-only magnet: Comparison of MR imaging sequences, with macroscopic findings as the standard. Radiology 208:57-62, 1998.
  17. Loredo R, Hodler J, Pedowitz R, Yeh L, Trudell D, Resnick D: Posteromedial corner of the knee: MR imaging with gross anatomic correlation. Skeletal Radiology 28:305-311, 1999.
  18. Mohler LR, Pedowitz RA, Myers RR, Ohara WM, Lopez MA, Gershuni DH: Intermittent reperfusion fails to prevent post-tourniquet neurapraxia. Journal of Hand Surgery 24A(4):687-93, 1999.
  19. Chan KK, Muldoon KA, Yeh LR, Pedowitz R, Skaf A, Trudell DJ, Resnick D: Superior labral anterior and posterior (SLAP) lesions: MR imaging diagnosis improved with application of arm traction combined with intraarticular gadolinium administration (MR arthrography). American Journal of Roentgenology 173:1117-1122, 1999.
  20. Ciccone WJ II, Hunt TJ, Lieber R, Pedowitz RA, Esch J, Tasto JP: Multiquadrant Digital Analysis of Shoulder Capsular Thickness. Arthroscopy 16 (5):457-461, 2000.
  21. Campos JC, Chung CB, Lektrakul N, Pedowitz R, Trudell D, Yu J, Resnick D: Pathogenesis of the Segond fracture: anatomic and MR imaging evidence of an iliotibial tract or anterior oblique band avulsion. Radiology 219(2):381-6, 2001.
  22. Sohn DH, Lottman LM, Lum LY, Kim SG, Pedowitz R, Coutts RD, Sah RL: Effect of Gravity on Localization of Chondrocytes implanted in Cartilage Defects. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. 394:254-262, 2002.
  23. Pedowitz RA, Esch J, Snyder S: Evaluation of a Virtual Reality Simulator for Arthroscopy Skills Development. Arthroscopy: 18(6): E29 (six pages), 2002.
  24. White KK, Lee SS, Cutuk A, Hargens AR, Pedowitz RA: EMG Power Spectra of Intercollegiate Athletes and ACL Injury Risk in Females. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 35(3):371-376, 2003.
  25. Petit CJ, Boswell R, Mahar A, Tasto J, Pedowitz RA: Biomechanical Evaluation of a New Technique for Rotator Cuff Repair: The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 31(6): 849-853, 2003.
  26. Pedowitz RA, Popejoy DJ: Initial Laxity Does Not Correlate with Subsequent Laxity after ACL Reconstruction in Humans: A Prospective Evaluation. The American Journal of Orthopaedics. 33(11): 560-64, 2004.
  27. Eastlack RK, Groppo E, Hargens AR, Pedowitz RA: Ischemic-Preconditioning does not prevent Neuromuscular Dysfunction after Ischemia-Perfusion Injury. Journal of Orthopaedic Research. 22: 918-923, 2004.
  28. Lee S, Mahar A, Bynum K, Pedowitz RA: Biomechanical Comparison of a Bioabsorbable Sutureless Screw Anchor Versus Suture Anchor Fixation for Rotator Cuff Repair. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery. 21(1): 43-47, 2005.
  29. Eastlack RK, Hargens AR, Groppo ER, Steinbach GC, White KK, Pedowitz RA: Lower Body Positive-Pressure Exercise After Knee Surgery. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Number 431: 213-219, 2005.
  30. Groppo ER, Eastlack RK, Mahar A, Hargens AR, Pedowitz RA: Simulated Hypergravity running increases skeletal and cardiovscular loads. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 37(2): 262-6, 2005.
  31. Odland R, Schmidt AH, Hunter B, Kidder L, Bechtold JE, Linzie BM, Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR: Use of Tissue Ultrafiltration for Treatment of Compartment Syndrome: A Pilot Study Using Porcine Hindlimbs. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 19(4): 267-275, 2005.
  32. Bynum CK, Lee S, Mahar A, Tasto J, Pedowitz R: Failure Mode of Suture Anchors as a Function of Insertion Depth. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 33(7): 1030-1034, 2005.
  33. Mahar A, Tucker B, Upasani V, Oka RS, Pedowitz RA: Increasing the Insertion Depth of Suture Anchors for Rotator Cuff Repair Does Not Improve Biomechanical Stability. Journal of Shoulder Elbow Surgery. 14(6): 626 - 630, 2005.
  34. Abbi G, Espinoza L, Odell T, Mahar A. Pedowitz R: Evaluation of 5 Knots and 2 Suture Materials for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair : Very Strong Sutures Can Still Slip. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 22(1): 38-43, 2006.
  35. Schimizzi AL, Jamali A, Herbst KD, Pedowitz RA: Acute Compartment Syndrome Due to Ruptured Baker's Cyst After Non-Surgical Management of an Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear. The American Journal of Sports Medicine. 34(4): 657-60, 2006.
  36. Mahar A, Allred D, Wedemeyer M, Abbi G, Pedowitz R. A biomechanical and radiographic analysis of standard and intra-cortical suture anchors for arthroscopic rotator cuff repair. Arthroscopy. 22(2): 130-5, 2006.
  37. Cutuk A, Groppo ER, Quigley EJ, White KW, Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR: Ambulation in simulated fractional gravity using lower body positive pressure: cardiovascular safety and gait analyses. Journal of Applied Physiology 101(3): 771-7, 2006.
  38. Mahar AT, Moezzi DM, Serra-Hsu F, Pedowitz RA: Comparison and Performance Characteristics of 3 Different Knots when tied with 2 Suture Materials used for Shoulder Arthroscopy. 22(6): 610-14, 2006.
  39. Macias BR, Groppo ER, Bawa M, Cao Tran, HS, Lee B, Pedowitz RA, Hargens AR: Lower Body negative pressure treadmill exercise is more comfortable and produces similar physiological responses as weighted vest exercise. International Journal of Sports Medicine. 27: 1-5, 2006.
  40. Schmizzi A, Wedemeyer M, Odell T, Thomas W, Mahar A, Pedowitz R: Effects of novel sterilization process on soft tissue mechanical properties for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. The American Journal of Sports Medicine 35(4):612-616, 2007.
  41. Zhang AL, Lewicky YM, Oka R, Mahar A, Pedowitz R: Biomechanical Analysis of Femoral Tunnel Pullout Angles for ACL Reconstruction with Bioabsorbable and Metal Interference Screws. The American Journal of Sports Medicine 35(4):637-642, 2007.
  42. Mahar A, Tamborlane J, Oka R, Esch J, Pedowitz RA: Single-row suture anchor repair of the rotator cuff is biomechanically equivalent to double-row repair in a bovine model. Arthroscopy 23(12):1265-70, 2007.
  43. Mahar A, Odell MA, Thomas W, Pedowitz RA: A biomechanical analysis of a novel arthroscopic suture method compared to standard suture knots and materials for rotator cuff repair. Arthroscopy 23(11):1162-1166, 2007.
  44. Van den Berghe G, Nguyen B, Patil S, D'Lima D, Mahar A, Pedowitz RA, Hoenecke, H: A biomechanical evaluation of three surgical techniques for subscapularis repair. Journal of Shoulder Elbow Surgery 17(1): 156 -161, 2008.
  45. Pedowitz RA: Guest Editor, Imaging and Sports Medicine, with Editorial Comments. Sports Medicine Arthroscopy Review, 17(1):1, 2009.
  46. Pescasio M, Browning B, Pedowitz R: Clinical Management of Muscle Strains and Tears. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine 25(11): 526 – 532, 2008.
  47. Leek BT, Robertson C, Mahar A, Pedowitz RA: Comparison of Mechanical Stability in Double Row Rotator Cuff Repairs Between a Knotless Transtendon Construct Versus the Addition of Medial Knots. Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery 26(9 Suppl): S127-133, 2010.
  48. Ryu J, Pedowitz RA: Rehabilitation of Biceps Tendon Disorders in Athletes: Clinics in Sports Medicine Journal 29: 229-246, 2010.
  49. Nofsinger C, Browning B, Burkhart SS, Pedowitz RA: Objective preoperative measurement of anterior glenoid bone loss: a pilot study of a computer-based method using unilateral 3-dimensional computed tomography. Arthroscopy 27(3):322-9, 2011.
  50. Pedowitz RA, Yamaguchi K, Ahmad CS, Burks RT, Flatow EL, Green A, Ianotti JP, Miller BS, Tashjian RZ, Watters WC 3rd, Weber k, Turkelson CM, Wies JL, Anderson S, St Andre J, Boyer K, Raymond L, Sluka P, McGowan R: Optimizing the Management of Rotator Cuff Problems. Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 19(6):368-79, 2011.
  51. Pedowitz RA, Higashigawa K, Nguyen V: Level V Evidence - The “50% Rule” in Arthroscopic and Orthopaedic Surgery. The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery, in press, 2011.
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