Craig Zeman, M.D. is a native of Southern California and was raised in Long Beach, California. He graduated from California State University Long Beach with a degree in Biology/Chemistry and then graduated in the top 15% of his class with honors from the Medical College of Wisconsin. After an internship at St. Lukes Hospital in Milwaukee, Dr. Zeman completed his orthopedic surgery residency in Fort Worth, Texas. There he had opportunity to work with John Conway, M.D., the Texas Rangers' team doctor; James Montgomery M.D., Olympic doctor for the Seoul and Los Angeles games; and the late David Selby, M.D., co-founder of the North American Spine Society. His training included a winter in Aspen where Dr. Zeman studied the treatment of knee and ski injuries and provided care to the U.S. and Swiss ski teams. During his residency Dr. Zeman developed a keen interest in shoulder and elbow problems and decided to do a fellowship in Shoulder/Elbow reconstruction with the internationally renowned W.Z. Burkhead, M.D. at the Carrell Clinic and Baylor Hospital. Through this fellowship he also worked with Daniel Cooper, M.D., physician for professional athletes on the Dallas Cowboys football team and Dallas Stars hockey team. Dr. Zeman is still the physician liaison for the Cowboys when they train in Oxnard. After completing his fellowship in 1996, Dr. Zeman returned to his native California to join Ventura Orthopedics. Here he practices general orthopedics with a specialty in shoulder and elbow problems with additional interests in knee and ankle sports medicine and conservative spine care. Since joining Ventura Orthopedics Dr. Zeman has taken care of athletes from all the local high schools and Oxnard, Ventura, and Moorpark Colleges. He also enjoys getting Ventura County's mature citizens back to a more active lifestyle. Dr. Zeman has contributed to numerous publications. He has book chapters in Charles Rockwood's: The Shoulder and Jim Magnusson's: Rehabilitation of the Post-Surgical Patient, first and second editions. He has published many articles in peer review journals including Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Journal of Sports Medicine, and Seminars in Arthroplasty. His research has been presented in the United States, France, Australia, and Japan.
Offers high-quality, individualized care with compassion. Believes communication and collaboration with patients is the foundation for effective relationships. Through effective education, patients are empowered to partner in their care and achieve their health goals.
Dr. Zeman's experience matches your search based on the following criteria:
Based on total number of patients treated over the last 12 months
Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery
Board certified in Orthopedic Surgery
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Why It Matters: Dr. Zeman's Board Certifications
Board certification should be one of your top considerations when choosing a doctor. Board certification is an official recognition given to doctors who have met specific requirements set by national medical specialty boards in the United States.
Board certification indicates that a doctor is highly qualified in the medical field in which he or she practices. A board-certified doctor is more likely than a non-board-certified doctor to have the most current skills and knowledge about how to treat your medical condition.
Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
Ankle Sprains and Strains
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Chronic Neck Pain
Chronic Pelvic Pain
De Quervain's Disease
Degenerative Disc Disease
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Internal Derangement of Knee
Intervertebral Disc Disease
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis (Tennis and Golf Elbow)
Leg Fracture Above Knee (incl. Hip)
Leg Fracture Below Knee (incl. Ankle)
Low Back Pain
Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Pathological Spine Fracture
Peripheral Nerve Disorders
Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Rotator Cuff Tear
Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Carpal Tunnel Release
Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
Hip Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
Hip Replacement Revision
Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
Partial Shoulder Replacement
Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
Trigger Finger Release
0 Malpractice Claims
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 the quality of care you receive. 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 from California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia. If your doctor has a malpractice claim, evaluate the information and determine if the action could potentially impact your 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.
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.
0 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.
Types of non-disciplinary actions include an advisory letter, a corrective action agreement, a limitation or restriction on the medical or healthcare tasks a doctor can perform, or a voluntary agreement by the doctor not to practice. A board action can also include a termination of a corrective action agreement or voluntary agreement, which allows the doctor to return to full practice.
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.
California State University Long Beach
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1984
Medical College of Wisconsin
Medical School | Graduated 1989
John P Smith Hospital
Residency Hospital | Completed
St Luke'S Med Center
Residency Hospital | Completed
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Outstanding School Achievement-Associated Men Students; National Dean's List; Certificate of Achievement for Community Svc, 1981
Phi Kappa Phi, Dean's List, President's Honor List, CSU, Long Beach, CA, 1984
Alpha Omega Alpha-Medical College of Wisconsin, 1989
Media & Publications
Acute Repair of Skiers' Thumb Repaired with Bone Anchors, 1997
Radiographic Views Used to Determine Acromion Type, 1996
Case Report: Histological Analysis of Dacron Suture Material, 1997
Returning to Work After Rotator Cuff Surgery, 1996
Method and Results of Intramedullary Screw Fixation of the Acetabulum, 1994
General Surgical Principles of Open Decompression and Repair of Small to Large Rotator Cuff Tears., 1996
The Role of Glenoid Interpositional Arthroplasty in the Treatment of Glenohumeral Arthritis, 1996
Pulmonary Embolism Secondary to Thrombosis of the Axillary Vein Following Shoulder Arthroplasty, 1997
Treatmentof Non-Calcifying Tendinopathies with No Cuff Tear by Open Surgery, 1996
The Biceps Tendon, 1998
Awards & Recognition
What is a recognized doctor?
Healthgrades Recognized Doctor designation identifies leading doctors who:
Are board certified.
Have not had their license surrendered or revoked since Healthgrades started collecting data in 2000.
Have no malpractice judgments, adverse arbitration awards, or monetary settlements for the last five years in the states in which Healthgrades can collect malpractice data.
Are free of state or federal disciplinary actions (sanctions) for the last five years.
Healthgrades updates the Recognized Doctor list quarterly based on board certification data. Healthgrades also receives sanction and malpractice data throughout the year, depending on how frequently the state medical boards release updates.
We remove a newly sanctioned doctor from the Recognized Doctor list as soon as we receive the information. However, it is important to note that malpractice information is publically available in only 14 states.
Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zeman to family and friends
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