Derek T. Dee, MD is a double board-certified orthopaedic surgeon specializing in complex arthroscopic reconstruction of the knees, shoulders and hips. At the core of his sports medicine practice is a commitment to diagnose and treat those whose symptoms have persisted, despite MRI findings or previous surgeries. Faced with even the most elusive of injuries, Dr. Dee has been able to successfully return numerous athletes to top form by combining his highly personalized approach with state-of-the-art techniques. These techniques often involve cartilage or meniscus transplant surgery, or PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) and stem cell enhancement. Beyond his role at DISC, Dr. Dee serves as consultant to the California State University Long Beach Athletics Program and team physician for the Los Alamitos High School Football Team and the Cypress College Department of Athletics. Dr. Dee's care of athletes has also included team physician responsibilities for the US Ski/Snowboarding team, Long Beach Jam Professional Basketball, National Women's Football Association, Long Beach Ice Dogs Professional Hockey, California State University Fullerton, University of California, Irvine, Chapman College and Mater Dei high schools. Dr. Dee is a passionate researcher, the author of numerous presentations spanning a broad range of orthopedic findings. His latest work involves state-of-the-art techniques for meniscus transplant and anatomic double bundle ACL reconstruction, as well as an innovative approach to repairing posterolateral corner laxity of the knee, a troubling injury that often goes undiagnosed in patients. Dr. Dee also has two patents pending for hybrid cartilage repair devices that combine technology with biologics. Honored throughout his academic career, Dr. Dee had the opportunity to study at Oxford University's Magdalen College before graduating from Stanford University, Summa cum laude, with his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. He then attended the University of Southern California's Keck School of Medicine, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society, representing the top 10% of medical school graduates and earned his Doctor of Medicine degree with distinction. Dr. Dee's postgraduate training includes a Sports Medicine Knee/Shoulder Arthroscopic Reconstruction fellowship at the Lake Tahoe Orthopaedic Institute and at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange. He finished his Orthopaedic surgery training at the University of California, Irvine, serving as Chief Resident his final year. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society.
The doctor-patient relationship is central in the patient care process. My staff and I will do all we can to not only provide quality care, but to treat you as people - people with jobs to return to, kids to pick up, sports to get on with, and mountains to climb. The strongest pain-killer and anti-inflammatory I know is doing something you love - I'll do my best to get you back out there.
Dr. Dee'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 Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine
No malpractice claims found
No sanctions found
No board actions found
Adult Orthopedic Surgery
Orthopedic Hip Surgery
Orthopedic Knee Surgery
Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
Pediatric Sports Medicine
Sports Medicine Orthopedic Joint Reconstruction
Orthopaedic Sports Medicine
Accredited by: American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Accredited by: American Board of Medical Specialties*
Why It Matters: Dr. Dee'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.
Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
Glenoid Labrum Tear
Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
Osteoarthritis of Hip
Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
Osteoarthritis of Knee
Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
Rotator Cuff Tear
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
Arthroscopic Joint Surgery
Arthroscopic Meniscus Repair
Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
Lateral Meniscus Repair
Medial Meniscus Repair
Platelet-Rich Plasma Injection (PRP)
Rotator Cuff Surgery
Stem Cell Therapy
Stem Cell Transplant
Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate
0 Malpractice Claims
No malpractice history found for California.
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How far back does Healthgrades malpractice history go?
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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.
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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.
Undergraduate School | Graduated 1992
Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California
Medical School | Graduated 1996
University Of California, Irvine
Internship Hospital | Completed 1997
University Of California, Irvine
Residency Hospital | Completed 2001
Lake Tahoe Orthopedic Institute
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2002
Orthopedic Specialty Institute
Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2001
Awards & Recognition
Awards & Honors
Healthgrades Honor Roll
Media & Publications
Dr. Dee has no media or publications listed.
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.
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