Dr. Craig Zeman, MD

Dr. Craig Zeman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
Male  |  
57 y/o

Accepting new patients

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.

Ventura Orthopedic

2221 Wankel Way

Oxnard, CA 93030
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
  • UnitedHealthCare

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Care Philosophy

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.
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Dr. Zeman's Experience

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


  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bursitis
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Disorders
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Fracture
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Hip Fracture
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Injuries
  • 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
  • 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
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Shoulder Diseases
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprain
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Elbow Arthroscopy
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Excision of Scapula, Clavicle, Rib, or Sternum
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Fracture Care
  • 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
  • Hip Replacement Revision
  • Hip Resurfacing
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Surgery
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Reverse Total Shoulder and Total Shoulder Replacement
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Replacement
  • Trigger Finger Release

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.


  • 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
  • Orthopaedic Surgery Dr. Bones In Professional Access Services, 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

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital

is a Recipient of a Healthgrades Excellence Award
Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence

Hospital Quality Award

Dr. Zeman is on the medical staff at our top-rated hospital.

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Dr. Zeman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Zeman to family and friends
based on 17 total reviews (6 with comments)
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Dr. Zeman's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    10 to 15 minutes
Patient Comments (6)
in Ventura, Ca |
I couldn't have any better care than what I have received from Dr. Zeman. He has done surgery on my shoulder and my hand. My elbow will be nex.t. He is straight forward and honest with his explanations. He has a great personality and sense of humor. I trust him completely with my care. I feel so fortunate to have found him.
in Oxnard, CA |
Saw me right away after an injury without an appointment. The entire practice is very new, clean and well-equipped. I couldn't have asked for a more complete examination and review with the doctor. This is a well-experienced, capable, caring clinician I would have no issues with recommending or visiting again.
in Santa Barbara, CA |
Dr Zeman did both my rotator cuff surgeries and I could not be happier. He explained the process to me, did exactly what he said, told me what to expect and the results have been excellent. He is not a touchy feelie Doctor but he is an honest skilled surgeon. I highly recommend him!
in Ventura, CA. |
Thorough in exam, very effective treatment, patient to explain things about long term care. Dr.Zeman has been my doctor for about 10 yrs. I would say he is my very best doctor I ever have. Highly recommended. John fung, .P.E.
in Ventura, CA |
No nonsense in telling you about your problem. Gives time to explain what is causing the problem. Straightforward about what the treatment options are.
in Oxnard, CA |
Easy going, straight forward and a good listener. Bedside manner was excellent. I feel confident in his care.
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Dr. Zeman accepts 10 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of California
  • Cigna
  • First Health (Coventry Health Care)
  • Health Net
  • Medicare
    Special Needs Plan SNP
  • MultiPlan
  • Tricare
    TriCare for Life
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare

Hospitals where Dr. Zeman has admitting privileges

St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital
2309 Antonio Ave
Camarillo, CA 93010
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St. John's Regional Medical Center
1600 N Rose Ave
Oxnard, CA 93030
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