Richard E. Bowen, MD
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Richard E. Bowen, MD

  • Pediatric Sports Medicine|
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery
Santa Monica Orthopaedic Surgery | 1225 15th Street, Suite 2100, Santa Monica, CA 90404


My goal is to provide the best care I can for each and every one of my child, adolescent, and young adult patients. I am a pediatric orthopaedic surgeon with particular experience in spinal deformity and sports medicine surgery. For those patients needing surgery, I perform surgery at the UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center, the Ronald Reagan University Medical Center, and the Orthopaedic Institute for Children Ambulatory Surgery Center (in alliance with UCLA Health). I specialize in pediatric (< 18 years old) orthopaedics, and am accustomed to treating patients with unusual and complex problems. Did you know? In addition to seeing patients at the Luskin Children's Clinic in the Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center, I also see patients at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children (in alliance with UCLA Health) on other days. If you would like to see me there, please contact my office at that location for assistance.




Medical Board Certifications

Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2011
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2004


Pediatric Orthopedics, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite, 2002


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 2001


Surgery, UCLA School of Medicine, 1996


MD, UCLA School of Medicine, 1995



Santa Monica

Santa Monica Orthopaedic Surgery

Foot and Ankle Orthopedic Surgery| Hand Surgery| Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery +8 more specialties

Orthopaedic Institute for Children - Specialty Clinics

Orthopaedic Institute for Children - Specialty Clinics

Orthopaedic Institute for Children - Specialty Clinics

Hospital Affiliations

Medical Services



  1. Borkowski SL, Sangiorgio SN, Bowen RE, Scaduto AA, Kwak J, Ebramzadeh E. Flexibility of thoracic spines under simultaneous multi-planar loading. Eur Spine J. 2017 Jan;26(1):173-180. PMID: 25091262
  2. Dautremont EA, Ebramzadeh E, Beck JJ, Bowen RE, Sangiorgio SN. Opioid Prescription and Usage in Adolescents Undergoing Orthopaedic Surgery in the United States: A Systematic Review. JBJS Rev. 2017 Aug;5(8):e5. PMID: 28796696
  3. Beck JJ, Boguszewski DV, Joshi NB, Cheung EC, Bowen RE, Oppenheim WL. A novel method for determining sagittal pediatric patellar height with the Blumensaat-Epiphyseal Containment of the Knee Angle. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2018 Nov;27(6):510-515. PMID: 29878975
  4. Pereira RC, Salusky IB, Roschger P, Klaushofer K, Yadin O, Freymiller EG, Bowen R, Delany AM, Fratzl-Zelman N, Wesseling-Perry K. Impaired osteocyte maturation in the pathogenesis of renal osteodystrophy. Kidney Int. 2018 Nov;94(5):1002-1012. PMID: 30348285
  5. Beck JJ, Shifflett K, Greig D, Ebramzadeh E, Bowen RE. Defining a Safe Zone for All-Inside Lateral Meniscal Repairs in Pediatric Patients: A Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Arthroscopy. 2019 Jan;35(1):166-170. PMID: 30611346.
  6. Beck JJ, Takamura K, Beck JM, Bowen RE. Hamstring Autograft Too Small: How Much Allograft Do You Need to Supplement to a Desired Hybrid Graft Size? Arthroscopy. 2019 Feb;35(2):530-534. PMID: 30612777.
  7. Beck JJ, Takamura K, Beck JM, Chang G, Bowen RE. Iliotibial band autograft: what size is the graft? A mathematical and cadaveric model : ITB single and double strand size. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2019 May 25. PMID: 31127410.
  8. Pereira RC, Salusky IB, Bowen RE, Freymiller EG, Wesseling-Perry K. Vitamin D sterols increase FGF23 expression by stimulating osteoblast and osteocyte maturation in CKD bone. Bone. 2019 Oct;127:626-634. PMID: 31377240.
  9. Sangiorgio SN, Borkowski SL, Day MJ, Ho NC, Knutsen A, Scaduto AA, Bowen RE, Ebramzadeh E. Increasing loads and diminishing returns: a biomechanical study of direct vertebral rotation.
    Spine Deform. 2020 Feb 5. doi: 10.1007/s43390-020-00061-0. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32026440.
  10. Beck JJ, Cline K, Sangiorgio S, Serpa R, Shifflett KA, Bowen RE. Prospective Study of Acute Opioid Use After Adolescent Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Shows No Effect From Patient- or Surgical-Related Factors. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2020 Apr 1;28(7):293-300. doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00766. PMID: 32213778


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