Dr. Joseph Centeno is a board certified, fellowship trained, orthopedic surgeon with additional subspecialty certification in sports medicine. The focus of his practice is the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic disorders. From simple arthroscopy to total joint replacement, he utilizes minimally invasive techniques and a sports medicine philosophy of returning patients to normal activity as quickly as possible. Dr. Centeno is trained in the latest techniques involving arthroscopy, ligament and tendon repair, joint replacement (including reverse shoulder replacement) and cartilage resurfacing.

Originally from Walnut Creek, CA., Dr. Centeno received his undergraduate degree from the U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Psi Chi honor society. He earned his medical degree from U.C.L.A. and completed orthopedic and surgery residency at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics. From there he went on to further train at the Taos Orthopedic Institute, completing a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine.

Dr. Centeno is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, California Medical Association, Marin Medical Society, and Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Curriculum Vitae

2008 – Present American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
2010 – Present ABOS Subspecialty Certification in Sports.
Fellow American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
Member Arthroscopy Association of North America.
08/2005 – 08/2006   Fellow, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.
Taos Orthopaedic Institute, Taos, New Mexico.
7/2004 – 7/2005      Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery.
Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA.

7/2001 – 7/2004      Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery.
Stanford University Medical Center.

6/2000 – 6/2001      Intern, General Surgery.
Stanford University Medical Center.

8/96 – 6/2000            Doctor of Medicine.
UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.
Honors in Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics.
6/94 – 12/95     Post-baccalaureate Physics.
University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.
Deans List with distinction.
8/90 – 5/94       Bachelor of Science.
University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
Deans List with distinction.
Psi Chi Honor Society.
7/2005              Chief Resident of the Year, Stanford University Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.
5/2000              McLean/Cadbury National Medical Research Fellowship Award.
5/97 – 8/97      UCLA School of Medicine Research Grant.
08/2005 – 08/2006    Taos Orthopaedic Institute.

James Lubowitz, MD. Sports Medicine Fellowship Director.
Dan Guttman, MD. Associate Director.

07/2003 – 7/2005        Stanford University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Timothy McAdams, MD. Chief, Division of Sports

07/1999 – 06/2000      UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Jeffrey Wang, MD. Chief, Division of Spine Surgery.

03/1997 – 06/2000       UCLA Department of General Surgery.
David W. McFadden, MD. Chief, Division of General

06/1995 – 08/1996        UCSF Department of Pulmonary Medicine.
Mentor: Peter Lazarus, MD.

2007   Centeno JM, Woolf S, Reid JB 3rd, Lubowitz JH. Do anterior cruciate ligament
allograft culture results correlate with clinical infections? Arthroscopy. 2007 Oct;23(10):1100-3.

2007   Lubowitz JH, Appleby D, Centeno JM, Woolf SK, Reid JB 3rd.
The relationship between the outcome of studies of autologous
chondrocyte implantation and the presence of commercial funding.
Am J Sports Med. 2007 Nov;35(11): 1809-16.

2007   McAdams TR, Lee AT, Centeno JM, Giori NJ, Lindsey DP. Two
ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction methods: the docking
technique versus bioabsorbable interference screw fixation – a
biomechanical evaluation with cyclic loading. J Shoulder Elbow
Surg 2007 Mar-Apr;16(2): 224-8.

1999   Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Kim F, Ke B, Swenson K, Maggard M,
McFadden DW. Irradiation-induced up-regulation of fas in
esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is not accompanied by fas
ligand-mediated apoptosis. J Surg Oncol. 1999 Jun;71(2):91-6.
1998   Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Blinnman TA, Towfigh S, McFadden
Two decades of cervical esophagostomy: Indications and
outcomes. Am Surg. 1998 Oct;64(10):939-41.

2005                       Reviewer, Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.
2005                       Orthopaedic Consultant, New Mexico Highlands University Dept. of Athletics. Taos High School Dept. of Athletics.
2005                       Orthopaedic Consultant, Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Angel Fire Ski Patrol.
8/97 – 6/2000    President, UCLA School of Medicine Surgery Interest Group.
5/96 – 6/2000    Student Government Liaison. UCLA /UC Riverside Schools of Medicine.
9/96 – 9/97          Volunteer, Lennox Health Fair and CHAMA Health Fair (Los Angeles County community service).
5/95 – 8/95          Volunteer, Oakland Athletics Community Fund.
8/94 – 5/95          Volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Oakland Child Life Department.


Orthopedic Surgeon

Orthopedic Surgeon
Fellowship Trained Orthopedic Surgeon
with expertise in Sports Medicine and
Shoulder Injuries

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