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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.

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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 – 2 nd alternate
  • 2018 – 22 Orange County Medical Association – Physician of Excellence
  • 2019 American Orthopaedic Association – Japanese Orthopaedic Association Traveling Fellowship – 1 st alternate
  • 2018 – 21 Southern California Super Doctors – Los Angeles Times Magazine
  • 2015 – 17 Southern California Super Doctors Rising Stars – Los Angeles Times Magazine
  • 2017 American Orthopaedic Association – North American Traveling Fellowship – 1 st 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
  • 2000, 2001 University of Notre Dame – Dean’s List
  • 2000, 2001 Notre Dame Athletic Varsity Monogram – Track and Field
  • 2000, 2001 Big East Athletic Conference – Academic Recognition

Volunteer Work

  • Notre Dame Alumni Association
  • Habitat for Humanity

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) – Fellow
  • American Orthopaedic Association (AOA) – Fellow
  • American College of Surgery (ACS) – Fellow
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS) – Diplomat
  • Association of Bone and Joint Surgeons (ABJS) – Member
  • Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO) Trauma North America – Member and Faculty
  • California Orthopaedic Association – Member
  • Foundation for Orthopaedic Trauma – Member and Faculty
  • Notre Dame Orthopaedic Society – Member
  • Orange County Medical Association – Member
  • Orthopaedic Trauma 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