Dr. Brian Magovern, MD

Dr. Brian Magovern, MD

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery | Male | 42 years old

Helping my patients get better in the safest and quickest way possible is my priority as an orthopedic doctor. I'm passionate about making sure each patient gets my full attention. I take a thorough health history, perform an examination, and usually take open MRI or x-ray images. I also get to know what types of treatments each of my patients is comfortable with and what their goals are for healing. It's only once I get the full picture that the two of us can agree what kind of treatment will be the best for that particular person. In most cases, a custom program including physical therapy, medications, injections or other non-surgical approaches is enough to return them to health. I find that only a small percentage of my patients actually need surgery. No matter what type of treatment they need, helping people get their lives back after an injury or long-suffering from chronic pain is my favorite part of being a doctor. It's what drew me to the field—knowing that I could really make a difference in a lot of people's lives. I see worried family members come in needing answers for their injured loved ones, and the faster I can begin to solve their problems, the better it is for their peace mind. I respect what they're going through, so I stay current in all the latest orthopedic medical advances, including in my specialty, the shoulder and elbow areas.Read more

Torrance Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group
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I treat each of my patients as individuals because everyone has different needs and levels of comfort when they're at the doctor. Years of experience and specialized training and education have taught me to start without assumptions each time a patient comes through the door. It means listening and looking very carefully before moving forward. I'm board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in the shoulder and elbow areas. Because I focused on one of the more complex areas of the body, I bring a "puzzle-solving" mentality to each patient's orthopedic problem, no matter which part of the body is affected. I'm able to look at it from different viewpoints and offer the best solution possible, not just the "standard" solution. I'm also the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This has given me thousands of opportunities to hone my surgical and non-surgical skills.Read more

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Helping my patients get better in the safest and quickest way possible is my priority as an orthopedic doctor. I'm...Read more

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Your feedback is an important part of my medical practice. Feel free to take surveys or leave comments here at Healthgrades and on a variety of websites. Please take into consideration that wait times for specialists are often longer than other types of doctors. It's a combination of high demand (many more patients than available specialists) and that each person who comes in has a unique...

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Hermosa Beach, CA |
Dr. Magovern was great with my 7 yr old that broke his arm. We felt very comfortable to ask questions and confident in his skills. I would highly recommend him to family and friend.
in Manhattan Beach, CA |
Dr. Magovern is simply the best! He is skilled at helping the injured recover fully. He is caring, decisive and collaborates to guide your healing. I feel so lucky to have found him and have his support in my recovery.
Redondo Beach, CA |
Due to an accident, he performed surgery on me. Dr. Magovern is one of the best elbow and shoulder specialist in the South Bay. He is very knowledgeable and I am very grateful for his expertise..
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Helping my patients get better in the safest and quickest way possible is my priority as an orthopedic doctor. I'm passionate about making sure each patient gets my full attention. I take a thorough health history, perform an examination, and usually take open MRI or x-ray images. I also get to know what types of treatments each of my patients is comfortable with and what their goals are for healing. It's only once I get the full picture that the two of us can agree what kind of treatment will be the best for that particular person. In most cases, a custom program including physical therapy, medications, injections or other non-surgical approaches is enough to return them to health. I find that only a small percentage of my patients actually need surgery. 

No matter what type of treatment they need, helping people get their lives back after an injury or long-suffering from chronic pain is my favorite part of being a doctor. It's what drew me to the field—knowing that I could really make a difference in a lot of people's lives. I see worried family members come in needing answers for their injured loved ones, and the faster I can begin to solve their problems, the better it is for their peace mind. I respect what they're going through, so I stay current in all the latest orthopedic medical advances, including in my specialty, the shoulder and elbow areas.

Dr. Magovern's Care Philosophy

I treat each of my patients as individuals because everyone has different needs and levels of comfort when they're at the doctor. Years of experience and specialized training and education have taught me to start without assumptions each time a patient comes through the door. It means listening and looking very carefully before moving forward.

I'm board certified in orthopedic surgery and fellowship trained in the shoulder and elbow areas. Because I focused on one of the more complex areas of the body, I bring a "puzzle-solving" mentality to each patient's orthopedic problem, no matter which part of the body is affected. I'm able to look at it from different viewpoints and offer the best solution possible, not just the "standard" solution.

I'm also the Chief of Orthopedic Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. This has given me thousands of opportunities to hone my surgical and non-surgical skills.

Dr. Magovern says...

I specialize in treating trauma anywhere in the body and also in shoulder and elbow problems of all kinds. Many of my patients see me for complex elbow or shoulder instability or trauma, such as fractures or severe tears, or a variety of problems throughout the body. I also treat chronic conditions, like shoulder, elbow, and other joint pain. My approach to all of these problems is to find the cause and treat the symptoms in a way that makes my patients feel comfortable and helps them get back to their lives as fully as possible. 

Because I keep current on the latest findings and treatments in my field, my patients can be confident that I'll offer the correct diagnosis and recommend a treatment program that's best for them.

Dr. Magovern says...

I'm most well-known for treating shoulder and elbow problems, as well as any trauma injuries. My position as the Chief of Shoulder & Elbow Surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center has exposed me to thousands of patients who each have different orthopedic problems and need a solution tailored specifically for them. Some of the surgeries I most commonly perform are complex elbow trauma care, elbow replacement, complex elbow instability repair, shoulder replacement, and complex humeral/scapular fracture care. Some of the more successful non-surgical treatments I may recommend include platelet-rich plasma injections, synthetic joint fluid injections, custom on-site physical therapy, bracing or splinting, or medication.

Dr. Magovern says...

Your feedback is an important part of my medical practice. Feel free to take surveys or leave comments here at Healthgrades and on a variety of websites. Please take into consideration that wait times for specialists are often longer than other types of doctors. It's a combination of high demand (many more patients than available specialists) and that each person who comes in has a unique problem. Some patients' issues are more complex and take more time, and I'm committed to meeting their needs completely. If you're waiting to see me past your scheduled appointment time, you can be sure that I'll be just as meticulous for you, too.

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  •  Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
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  • Orthopedic Surgery

Conditions Treated

  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Arthritis of the Elbow
  • Arthritis of the Shoulder
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avulsion Fracture
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bicep Injuries
  • Bicep Muscle Strain
  • Biceps Tendinitis
  • Bone Disorders
  • Brachydactyly - Elbow, Wrist Dysplasia
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cartilage Damage
  • Cartilage Degeneration
  • Cartilage Disorders
  • Cartilage Tear
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Complex Fractures
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Compound Fracture
  • Compression Fracture
  • Crystal Arthropathy
  • Crystalline Arthritis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Fracture
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Pain
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Extra-Articular Fracture
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Golfer's Elbow (Medial Epicondylitis)
  • Gout
  • Gouty Arthropathy
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hand Pain
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Sprain
  • Infectious Arthritis
  • Insufficiency Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Intra-Articular Fracture
  • Joint Clicking
  • Joint Disorders
  • Joint Effusion
  • Joint Fracture
  • Joint Pain
  • Joint Stiffness
  • Joint Swelling
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
  • Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
  • Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
  • Ligament Disorders
  • Ligament Sprain
  • Ligament Tears
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lupus
  • Monoarthropathy
  • Muscle Cramp
  • Muscle Hypertonia
  • Muscle Hypotonia
  • Muscle Pain
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Muscular Dystrophy (MD)
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Elbow
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteoarthropathy
  • Osteopenia
  • Partially Dislocated Elbow (Nursemaid Elbow)
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathologic Fracture
  • Pediatric Fractures
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Polyarthropathy
  • Post-Infectious Reactive Arthropathy
  • Post-Traumatic Arthritis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Ruptured Tendon
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Seronegative Arthritis
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Labral Tear
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Shoulder Tendinitis
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Simple Fractures
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Sternum Fracture
  • Strain of Muscle and-or Tendon of Forearm
  • Stress Fracture
  • Subacromial Bursitis
  • Tendon Disorders
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Tendonitis
  • Tennis Elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis)
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Torn Cartilage
  • Transient Arthropathy
  • Traumatic Arthropathy
  • Traumatic Injuries
  • Tricep Injuries
  • Tricep Muscle Strain
  • Trigger Finger
  • Ulnar Nerve Injuries
  • Upper Extremity Fracture
  • Wear and Tear Arthritis
  • Wrist Fracture
  • Wrist Pain

Education

  • Medical School
    Georgetown University School Of Medicine

    Graduated in 2001

  • Internship Hospital
    University of California At San Francisco

    Completed in 2002

  • Residency Hospital
    Loyola University Med Center

    Completed in 2006

  • Fellowship Hospital
    Thomas Jefferson University Hosp Jefferson Med Coll

    Completed in 2008

  • Undergraduate School
    Boston U/Boston Med Coll

    Graduated in 1996

Languages Spoken

  • English

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Specialties

  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Orthopedic Trauma Surgery

Procedures Performed

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthrocentesis
  • Arthroscopic Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Bicep Repairs
  • Bursa Injection
  • Bursal Drainage
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Cartilage Implantation
  • Cartilage Regeneration
  • Cartilage Repair
  • Cartilage Transplant
  • Complex Fracture Reconstruction
  • Complex Shoulder Joint Replacement
  • Cortisone Injection
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Ligament Reconstruction
  • Elbow Reconstruction
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Elbow Surgery
  • Elbow Tenotomy
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • Fracture Open Reduction and Internal Fixation (ORIF)
  • Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment
  • Glenoid Labrum Repair
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand or Wrist Tendon Transfer
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Injection Therapy
  • Joint Drainage
  • Joint Fluid Therapy
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Ligament Reconstruction
  • Ligament Repair
  • Minimally Invasive Rotator Cuff Repair
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Revision of Shoulder or Elbow Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Rotator Cuff and Labral Repair
  • Scapulothoracic Arthroscopy
  • Shoulder Cartilage Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Reconstruction
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Shoulder Resurfacing
  • Shoulder Stabilizations
  • Shoulder Surgery
  • Simple Fracture Care and Casting
  • Spinal Nerve Block
  • Steroid Injection
  • Surgery, Trauma
  • Synvisc® Injection
  • Tendon Repair
  • Tendon Surgery
  • Tendon and Bursa Injection
  • Total Joint Replacement
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Tricep Repair
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate