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Dr. Paul E. Hughes, MD

Orthopedic Surgery

Male, Age 45, Graduated 1996, Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California

100 S Ellsworth Ave
San Mateo, CA 94401
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Dr. Hughes' Care Philosophy

Paul Eliot Hughes M.D. is Board Certified in Orthopeadic Surgery and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopeadic Surgery. Dr. Hughes holds faculty appointments at Mills- Peninsula Hospital in San Mateo and Burlingame, Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, and Campus Surgery Center in Daly City, California.   Dr. Hughes holds an undergraduate degree in Physics from UCLA where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Distinction as First in his Class. He attended medical school at USC Keck School of Medicine where he served as Student Body President. He completed his Orthopeadic Surgery training in Washington D.C. where he was Chief Resident at George Washington University. Dr. Hughes received additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine at one of the leading medical centers and teaching institutions in the country, Washington University, in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received an award for theIt was here that he was Team Physician for The St. Louis Rams, National Football League, The Blues, National Hockey League and The St.Louis Cardinals, Major League Baseball Association.     Dr. Hughes became double boarded in 2009 and is one of few orthopeadic surgeons in the bay area that is board certified in Orthopeadic Surgery and Sports Medicine. Dr. Hughes has instructed other surgeons on hip replacement and hip arthroscopy surgery and computer assisted surgical techniques.  More recently, Dr. Hughes is involved in the research and development of medical devices. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the news media, The College of San Mateo, and several medically oriented companies. Dr. Hughes remains a lifetime member of the USC Honor Society. Like many philanthropists in the medical field, Dr. Hughes makes time to volunteer for the underserved and less fortunate. Dr. Hughes is an active member of Operation Access and community advocacy of the uninsured. He has been known to make local house calls to 100 year old patients and special needs children as young as 6. Dr. Hughes has a passion for aesthetic medicine and has been Medical Director of two medspas in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is also involved in Cutera Clinical Forums on the latest research in skincare. Dr. Hughes is committed to quality care, patient education, injury prevention, and patient wellness. He works with each patient to establish an individualized treatment plan, and sees his patients personally at every appointment to ensure continuity and quality of care.

Dr. Hughes' Specialty

  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine
  • Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery

What Is a Specialty or Area of Special Expertise?

A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

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A specialty is the branch of medicine in which a doctor has completed advanced clinical training and education. Most doctors are board certified in their specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who specializes in your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best methods of treatment. 

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional, and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels. 

A doctor may have more than one specialty, along with one or more subspecialties. For instance, a doctor could specialize in internal medicine and have a subspecialty in infectious disease. A subspecialty is a concentration within a specialty. 

Your primary care doctor (who is often a specialist in family medicine or internal medicine) can help you choose the right type of specialist. In fact, some health insurance plans require a referral from your primary care doctor before you visit a specialist.

  • Achilles Tendon Rupture Repair
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Ankle Ligament Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Joint Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Knee Shaving
  • Arthroscopic Wrist Surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Hip Arthroscopy
  • Hip Replacement
  • Hip Replacement Revisions
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Arthrocentesis
  • Joint Injection
  • Joint Replacement Surgery
  • Joint X-Ray
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Repair
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Debridement
  • Knee Ligament Reconstruction
  • Knee Osteotomy
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revisions
  • Knee Resurfacing
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee Tendon Repair
  • Shoulder Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Hip Disorders
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Wrist Disorders

Dr. Hughes' Education & Training

  • Medical Schools:

    • Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
      Graduated: 1996
  • Internship Hospital:

    • Childrens National Medical Center
  • Residency Hospital:

    • The George Washington University
      Graduated: 2001
  • Fellowship Hospital:

    • Washington University Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy
      Graduated: 2002
  • Undergraduate Schools:

    • UCLA
      Graduated: 1992

What Is a Residency?

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods. Read More

Residency is a medical training program that a doctor completes to gain expertise in a specialty. To receive the best healthcare for your needs, consider choosing a doctor who has completed a residency and therefore specializes in the area of your particular medical condition. A specialist will concentrate on your specific needs and will be familiar with the best treatment methods.

Examples of specialists are a pediatrician who focuses on the physical, emotional and social health of children from birth to young adulthood; or a cardiologist who specializes in diseases and conditions of the heart and blood vessels.

Residency training takes place in accredited hospitals or other healthcare facilities under the supervision of experienced doctors. Residency training lasts from three to seven years, and the exact duration varies from specialty to specialty. Residency is required for specialty board certification.

Dr. Hughes' Background Check

Malpractice

No malpractice history found for California
What is medical malpractice?
Medical malpractice is issued when negligence by a doctor causes injury to a patient. For example, a doctor may improperly diagnose, treat or medicate outside the standard of medical care. The three types of malpractice are: a settlement, an arbitration award, or a judgment.
If my doctor has malpractice history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your quality of care. Claim settlements and arbitration awards may occur for a variety of reasons, which should not necessarily reflect negatively on the doctor's professional competence or conduct. You may want to use this information to start a discussion with the doctor about his or her history and specific ability to provide healthcare for you.
How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
Healthgrades reports details of a doctor’s malpractice history when the doctor has at least one closed medical malpractice claim within the last five years, even if he or she no longer practices in that state.
For which states does Healthgrades collect malpractice history?
Healthgrades collects malpractice information for the states of California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact you quality of care. Sometimes multiple states report the same claim. If a provider practices in a state where data is unavailable, please reach out to your local state legislature to help make this data publicly available.

Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What is a sanction or disciplinary action?
A sanction, also known as a disciplinary action, is an action taken to punish or restrict a doctor who has demonstrated professional misconduct. Sanctions may be imposed by a state medical board, professional medical licensing organization, or the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
If my doctor has sanction history, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a sanction, it does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor-quality doctor. Some sanctions are not related to medical care, and involve a doctor’s finances or administrative activities. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, we recommend that you evaluate the doctor’s sanction information and determine how severe or relevant you think the sanction cause and action were.
How far back does Healthgrades sanction history go?
Healthgrades reports state and federal sanctions from the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect sanction history?
Healthgrades collects sanction history from all 50 U.S. states. Physicians with a disciplinary action in one state may move to another state where they have a clean record. Since Healthgrades painstakingly compiles disciplinary action information from all 50 states, Healthgrades website will show if a physician has a disciplinary action in more than one state. 

Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
What are board actions?
Board actions are non-disciplinary actions imposed upon a doctor based on a complaint investigation. A patient or medical colleague may file a complaint with that state medical board or professional licensing organization, which then investigates the complaint. Board actions are intended to ensure that a doctor is able to perform safe medical and health care tasks.
If my doctor has a board action, does that mean he or she is a poor-quality doctor?
If a doctor has a board action, it means he or she has had a non-disciplinary action imposed upon him or her. It does not necessarily mean that he or she is a poor quality doctor. Before you make any choices about changing your doctor, evaluate the doctor’s board action information and determine how severe or relevant you think the cause and action were. 
How far back does Healthgrades non-disciplinary board action history go?
Healthgrades reports non-disciplinary board action history from for the previous five years, except when a doctor's license has been revoked or surrendered. Healthgrades displays all actions for doctors whose licenses have been revoked or surrendered. 
For which states does Healthgrades collect non-disciplinary board actions?
Healthgrades collects non-disciplinary board actions from all 50 U.S. states. 

Dr. Hughes' Awards & Recognitions

Awards

Dr. Hughes' Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish
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