Dr. Andrew Blecher, MD

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Dr. Andrew Blecher, MD
Dr Blecher specializes in Primary Care Sports Medicine and has been practicing at the prestigious Southern California Orthopedic Institute (SCOI) for 10 years where he has had the opportunity to care for a wide range of patients. From Little League to high school, to collegiate, to elite and professional athletes; Olympic champions, weekend warriors and award-winning entertainers have all entrusted their care to Dr Blecher to recover from their injuries in a quick, non-surgical manner. Andrew M. Blecher was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. He attended Williams College in Massachusetts where he was an NCAA All-American in Track & Field and graduated with Cum Laude honors. He then completed medical school at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, receiving many clinical and pre-clinical honors. After medical school, he completed his residency at UCLA's Family Medicine program at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. This training provided him with knowledge in various aspects of internal medicine, women's health and pediatrics that could be applied to the broad field of sports medicine. Following residency, he completed a sports medicine fellowship at the world renowned Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio. His fellowship responsibilities included the NFL Cleveland Browns and NBA Cleveland Cavaliers, as well as Cleveland's professional hockey team and NCAA Division I collegiate soccer, volleyball and wrestling teams. The fellowship also provided him the opportunity to participate in the NFL combine and Cleveland Indians spring training. Additionally, Dr. Blecher has been part of the medical team for national and international events, including the Gravity Games, the U.S. National Gymnastics Championships, and the Ironman Triathlon in Kona, Hawaii. A Diplomate of the American Board of Family Practice, Dr. Blecher is a member of the American Medical Society for Sports Medicine, and is also Board Certified in Sports Medicine. Additionally, he was also awarded the "Pioneer Certificate" for being one of the first to be registered in musculoskeletal ultrasound with the ARDMS certification. Dr. Blecher provides medical orthopedic care to athletes of all ages and specializes in sports health and medical conditions related to sports participation. He provides pre-participation physical exams, exercise and rehabilitation prescriptions and has an interest in nutritional and sports supplements. He lectures extensively on current sports medicine topics such as cartilage disorders and early arthritis in the athlete. As a runner himself, he also has a special interest in running injuries. Another area of interest is concussion in the athlete. Dr Blecher has years of experience evaluating and managing concussions on the sidelines as well as in the office. He has lectured extensively on the subject at many grand rounds and national conferences such as the National Summit on Sports Concussion. He is also one of only three Certified ImPACT Consultants in the greater Los Angeles area. Dr Blecher has also served as an expert witness in landmark cases involving athletes with head injuries. Dr. Blecher is also a leader in the growing field of Regenerative Medicine for joints, tendons and ligaments. Using biologic techniques such as Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy, as well as injections and advanced imaging such as Musculoskeletal Ultrasound, Dr. Blecher is able to accelerate healing for many acute athletic and orthopedic injuries, as well as provide non-operative, minimally invasive treatment for many musculoskeletal injuries that would otherwise require surgery or become chronic untreatable conditions. Currently Dr. Blecher serves as a team physician for Los Angeles Valley College, College of the Canyons (Valencia, CA) and Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA). He has also served as a medical consultant for ESPN and as the treating physician for the Summer X-Games in Los Angeles, as well as the WTA LA Women's Tennis Championships and USTA Men's Tennis Farmer's Classic. Dr. Blecher is also the Medical Director of the Center for Rehabilitation Medicine at SCOI and the Director of the SCORE Concussion Program.

6815 Noble Ave

Van Nuys, CA 91405

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Dr. Andrew Blecher, MD

Dr. Andrew Blecher, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

At the Southern California Orthopedic Institute, we are dedicated to providing the best possible care available for people of all ages and all walks of life. In addition, we serve as a leading educator of orthopedic surgery technique to surgeons around the world.
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Dr. Blecher's Experience

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Dr. Blecher's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
  • Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
  • Specializes in Sports Medicine
  • Board certified in Family Practice and Sports Medicine
  • No malpractice claims found
  • No sanctions found
  • No board actions found
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Specialties

  • Sports Medicine
  • Regenerative Medicine
2

Board Certifications

  • Family Practice
    Accredited by: American Board of Family Medicine*
  • Sports Medicine
    Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
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Conditions Treated

  • Ankle Injury
  • Ankle Instability
  • Ankle Laxity
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Ankle
  • Arthritis of the Foot
  • Arthritis of the Midfoot
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Back Pain
  • Concussion
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Foot Conditions
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Flexor Strain
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Labral Tear
  • Hip Muscle Strain
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Socket Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Jumper Syndrome
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Injuries
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Knee Tendinitis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Shin Splints
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Muscle Strain
  • Shoulder Sprain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Injuries of the Knee
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Tendonitis
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis

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Procedures

  • Casting
  • Extremity Ultrasound
  • In-Office Ultrasound
  • Ligament Repair
  • MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging)
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Splinting
  • Sports Medicine Related Procedures
  • Stem Cell Therapy
  • Steroid Injection
  • Ultrasound
  • Ultrasound, Musculoskeletal
  • Ultrasound-Guided Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for California.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

Education

  • Williams College
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1995
  • Tufts University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1999
  • Kaiser Foundation Hospital-Los Angeles
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2000
  • Kaiser Permanente
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2002
  • The Cleveland Clinic
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications

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Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Blecher's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Blecher to family and friends
3.3
based on 17 total reviews (9 with comments)
Dr. Blecher's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
    GOOD
  • Explains condition(s) well
    VERY GOOD
  • Answers Questions
    VERY GOOD
  • Time well spent
    VERY GOOD
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
    VERY GOOD
  • Office environment
    VERY GOOD
  • Staff friendliness
    VERY GOOD
  • Average wait time
    16 to 30 minutes
Patient Comments (9)
North Hollywood, CA |
Not likely to recommend Dr. Blecher
Northridge, CA |
Better than surgery! Dr. Blecher is an expert on non-invasive treatments. Has given me Orthovisc injections in my knees. So far so good.
in Valencia, CA |
Outstanding professional service every step of the way. Very empressed with the entire experience. Staff was amazing and helpful. Thank you !
Calabasas, CA |
Euflexa shots: Dr Blecher always answers all my questions. I have been his patient for several years. I refer my friends to him
in Canyon Country, CA |
After 5 years of 24/7 shoulder pain treatments that included Trigger Point injections, Acupuncture, Rotator Cuff Surgery, Shoulder Replacement, a Epidural Injection in my neck and lastly a recommendation for neck surgery. I requested a 2nd. opinion to see Dr. Blecher. he took the time to understand my problem (that's a first). 1 injection into the shoulder bursa and for the first time in 5 years I'm pain free and able to sleep through the night!
in Van Nuys, CA |
I highly recommend Dr. Blecher because he knows his craft and I always receive excellent care. He's direct and to-the-point, and I like that. I have been in to see him about a number of different issues that have plagued me over the years. He surrounds himself with excellent staff, too!
Canyon Country, CA |
He took time to listen to my concerns, was very thorough and explained everything clearly to me.
Denver, CO |
Dr Blecher and his team were great! My examination was very friendly and thorough. Dr Blecher took the time to explain my condition and lay out some treatment options. Overall very pleased! Great office and awesome staff, I'll be back for my future boo-boos!
in Pearblossom, CA |
Dr. Blecher is courteous and informative. He takes time to answer questions and seems truly concerned about a patient's well being.
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  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • Health Net
  • Motion Picture Industry Health Plan
  • UnitedHealthCare
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15107 Vanowen St
Van Nuys, CA 91405
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