Dr. Eric Fulkerson, MD

Dr. Eric Fulkerson, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 48
Dr. Eric Fulkerson, MD is an orthopedic surgery specialist in Walnut Creek, CA and has been practicing for 10 years. He graduated from Georgetown University School Of Medicine in 2001 and specializes in orthopedic surgery.Read his story

2625 Shadelands Dr Ste 210

Walnut Creek, CA 94598

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Insurance Accepted

  • Admar
  • Aetna
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Benefit Panel Services
  • Benesys
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Brown & Toland Physicians
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Top Care Areas

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Fracture Care
very high
more than 99% of peers
very high
more than 98% of peers
Shoulder Fracture Treatment
very high
more than 97% of peers

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Dr. Fulkerson's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Fulkerson "A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of California Davis, Dr. Fulkerson completed his internship and residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, and gained experience as a trauma surgeon during his fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute. Leading the trauma team of nurses, resident physicians and support staff, Dr. Fulkerson is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient, as well as ongoing evaluation. His goal is to ensure that patients who undergo orthopedic trauma surgery are able to return to normal functions despite the seriousness of their injuries. The challenging nature of complex orthopedic injuries and the potential for returning patients to normal function led Dr. Fulkerson to specialize in the demanding field of orthopedic medicine. With the broad scope of his training and experience, his commitment for returning patients to their pre-injury state of activity and functioning is the driving force behind his passion for this specialty. In keeping with his dedication to this field, Dr. Fulkerson has done a number of research projects and published extensively in many orthopedic areas, including orthopedic trauma surgery. As a resident, he was the recipient of the Senior Resident Research Award. He also is part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and is currently a reviewer for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. His knowledge and experience in many facets of orthopedics allow him to offer his patients the most advanced and individualized approaches to care. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, mountain bike, go rock climbing, and read. He also enjoys gardening and growing his own produce."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Fulkerson "Dr. Eric Fulkerson is dedicated to patient excellence, commitment to quality patient care and contribution to medicine.

Patients recognize him for his hands on approach to individual patient care and his unsurpassed dedication to excellence and innovation in orthopedic traumatalogy. Technology and experience are important, but are not everything; but Dr. Fulkerson believes compassion is also a key ingredient to good medical care."

1  Specialties

  • Orthopedic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

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

102  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 of the Elbow
  • Ataxia
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Back Pain
  • Bone Cancer
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Broken Neck
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Chronic Pelvic Pain
  • Clavicle Fracture
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Bursitis
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Enthesopathy of Hip (incl. Trochanteric Bursitis)
  • Enthesopathy of Knee (incl. Bursitis of Knee)
  • Femur Fracture
  • Foot Conditions
  • Foot Fracture
  • Foot Sprain
  • Fracture
  • Fracture of Hand (incl. Fingers)
  • Gait Abnormality
  • Gout
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Pointer Injuries
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • 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)
  • Limb Pain
  • Low Back Pain
  • Lumbar Spine Fracture
  • Lupus
  • Medial Collateral Ligament (MCL) Sprain
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Muscle Strain
  • Non-Unions and Malunions of Fractures
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoarthritis of Ankle and Foot
  • Osteoarthritis of Hand or Wrist
  • Osteoarthritis of Hands
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip
  • Osteoarthritis of Hip and Thigh
  • Osteoarthritis of Knee
  • Osteoarthritis of Shoulder
  • Osteopenia
  • Osteosarcoma
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Autonomic Neuropathy
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rib Fracture
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Scapular Fracture
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Sjögren's Syndrome
  • Soft Tissue Sarcoma
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spine Fractures, Traumatic
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Spondylosis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Wrist Fracture


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45  Procedures

  • All Shoulder or Elbow Replacement Procedures
  • Arm Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Elbow Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Closed
  • Elbow Fracture and-or Dislocation Treatment, Open
  • Elbow Replacement
  • Epidural Block, Facet Blocks
  • Excision of Femur or Knee
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Open
  • 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 and Leg Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Knee and Lower Leg Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Knee Dislocation Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • Knee Replacement Revision
  • Knee Surgery
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Partial Shoulder Replacement
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Separated Femoral Epiphysis Treatment
  • Shoulder Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Shoulder Fracture Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Synovial Biopsy
  • Trigger Point Injection


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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.


  • University Of California, Davis
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1996
  • Georgetown University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 2001
  • Nyu Hospital For Joint Diseases
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2004
  • NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2004
  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2008
  • NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 2004

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute Alumni Association: Senior Resident Research Award, 2004
Media & Publications
  • Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Koval, K., Egol, K. Podium versus Poster Publication Rates at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Clinical Orthopaedics And Related Research. 2005 Aug; 437: 260-264., Aug 2005
  • Fulkerson, E., Koval, K., Preston, C., Iesaka, K., Kummer, F., Egol, K. Fixation of Periprosthetic Femoral Shaft Fractures Associated With Cemented Femoral Stems: A Biomechanical Comparison of Locked Plating and Conventional Cable Plates. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2006 Feb; 20(2): 89-93., Feb 2006
  • Fulkerson, E, Egol, KA, Kubiak, EN, Liporace, F, Kummer FJ, Koval, KJ. Fixation of diaphyseal fractures with a segmental defect: a biomechanical comparison of locked and conventional plating techniques. J Trauma. 2006 Apr;60(4):830-5., April 2006
  • Kubiak EN. Fulkerson E. Strauss E. Egol KA. The evolution of locked plates. Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, American Volume. 88 Suppl 4, 189 to 200, 2006 Dec., Dec 2006
  • Fulkerson E., Razi A., Tejwani N. Review: Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Foot. Foot Ankle Int. 2003 Feb;24(2):180-7. Review., Feb. 2003
  • Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Egol, K., Koval, K. The Consistency Between Abstracts Presented at The Orthopaedic Trauma Association and Their Full-text Publications. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2006 Feb; 20(2): 129-133., Feb 2006
  • Fulkerson, E., Della Valle, C., Wise, B., Walsh, M., Preston, C., Di Cesare, P. Antibiotic susceptibility of bacteria infecting total joint arthroplasty sites. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2006 June; 88-A(6): 1231-7., June 2006
  • Romero, AC., Fulkerson, E., Rockman, CB., Bosco, J., Rosen, J. Traumatic Superficial Temporal Artery Pseudoaneurysms in a Minor League Baseball Player: a Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am J Orthop. 2004 Apr;33(4):200-5., April 2004
  • Egol, KA., Kubiak, EN., Fulkerson, E., Kummer, FJ., Koval, KJ. Biomechanics of Locked Plates and Screws. J Orthop Trauma. 2004 Sep;18(8):488-93., Sept. 2004
  • Roche, C., Angibaud, L., Flurin, PH., Wright, T., Fulkerson, E., Zuckerman, J. Anatomic Validation of an Anatomic Shoulder System. Bulletin for Hospital of Joint Diseases. 2006;63(3-4):93-7., 2006
  • G. T. Evangelista, E. Fulkerson, F. Kummer, and P. E. Di Cesare. Surface damage to an Oxinium femoral head prosthesis after dislocation. J Bone Joint Surg Br, Apr 2007. 89-B, 535 to 537., April 2007
  • Preston, C., Fulkerson, E., Meislin, R., Di Cesare, P. Osteotomy About the Knee: Applications, Techniques, and Results. The Journal of Knee Surgery. 2005 Oct; 18(4): 258-72., Oct 2005

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Fulkerson's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Fulkerson to family and friends
7 total reviews (1 has a comment)

Likelihood to Recommend (7)

  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
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Dr. Fulkerson'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 (1)

I practically tore my left arm off my body. Dr. Fulkerson put it back together, and it is now almost 100% healed, ahead of schedule. Excellent surgeon.
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