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John A. Scolaro, M.D.Orthopaedic Trauma Surgery


Clinical Interests

Dr. Scolaro is a fellowship trained orthopaedic traumatologist. He specializes in the treatment of acute fractures as well as nonunions and malunions. Other areas of interest are fractures of the pelvis and acetabulum, periprosthetic fractures and complex peri-articular fractures.

Research Interests

Dr. Scolaro’s interests involve patient-focused clinical outcomes research, specifically multi-center trials and large population-based outcome measures. In addition, research interests include improving fracture fixation though biomechanical research with Dr. Thay Q. Lee, professor emeritus.


Dr. Scolaro graduated with his Bachelor of Science from the University of Notre Dame. He then went on to receive his Master’s of Arts and Doctorate of Medicine from the School of Medicine at Boston University. He completed a general surgery internship and residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania. He spent time during residency at Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH) in Hannover, Germany on a visiting scholarship. Subsequently, Dr. Scolaro completed his orthopaedic trauma fellowship at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, Washington.


Dr. Scolaro resides in Orange County with his wife and two children. In his free time he enjoys spending time with his family, enjoying the countless outdoor activities available in Southern California, traveling and his Peloton. He remains a die-hard University of Notre Dame and Chicago sports fan.

Masters’s Degree

  • Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, MA

Medical Degree

  • Boston University School of Medicine – Boston, MA


  • University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA


  • Orthopaedic Trauma, University of Washington Harborview Medical Center – Seattle, WA


  • 2020 American Orthopaedic Association – American British Canadian Traveling Fellowship – 2nd alternate
  • 2018-2020 Orange County Medical Association – Physician of Excellence
  • 2019 American Orthopaedic Association – Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship – 1st alternate
  • 2018-19 Southern California Super Doctors – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2015-2017 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars – Los Angeles Magazine
  • 2017 American Orthopaedic Association – North American Traveling Fellowship – 1st alternate
  • 2016 AO Trauma North America – Howard Rosen Award – Table Instructor, Basic Principles of Operative Fracture Management – Phoenix, AZ
  • 2014 Kevin L. Armstrong Clinical Faculty Teaching Award, UCI Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • 2013 AAOS/OREF/ORS Clinician Scholar Career Development Program
  • 2013 University of Pennsylvania Orthopaedic Journal Research Award
  • 2012 DeForest Willard Award, University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Outstanding Performance by a Senior Resident
  • 2012 OREF Resident Scholarship – Hannover University Medical Center. Hannover, Germany
  • 2011-12 University of Pennsylvania Department of Orthopaedic Surgery – Administrative Chief Resident
  • 2010 Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma/Synthes – Best Orthopaedic Teaching Resident
  • 2007 Boston University School of Medicine – Alumni Association Award

Volunteer Work

  • Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Habitat for Humanity

Professional Organizations

  • AO Trauma North America – Member and Faculty
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association – Member
  • American Association of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Member
  • Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma – Member
  • California Orthopaedic Association – Member
  • Western Orthopaedic Association – Member

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Part I) – Passed 2012
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons (Part II) – Passed 2015


American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Patient Information

Orthopaedic Trauma Association

AAOS – A Nation in Motion: Orthopaedic Trauma