Dr. Michael Gillman, MD

Orthopedic Surgery  |  
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Age 50
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Dr. Michael Gillman, MD
#1 Joint Replacement Surgeon out of 16 surgeons for all hospital joint replacements over a 3 year period as per Stryker Analytics. Dr Gillman is the #1 lowest cost provider $3K less then the average surgeon in the group. Dr Gillman had the #1 lowest length of hospital stay 1.4 day average as compared to 2.8 day length of stay group average, #1 lowest readmission rate after joint replacement 4% compared to 8.7% group average, #1 lowest discharge to skilled nursing 15% (highest discharge directly home) as compared to 28% group average. Dr Gillman is a pioneer in patient-specific and outpatient total joint replacement. His patent protected Bullseye Instruments and patient-specific hip replacement technique have been validated by Professor Alister Hart, the World's preeminent academic hip replacement surgeon to be 90% more accurate then standard technique in hip replacement.

Orange County office

1120 W La Veta Ave Ste 300

Orange, CA 92868

Contact Information

(657) 210-4096

Dr. Michael Gillman, MD

Dr. Michael Gillman, MD

Accepted insurance

  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Husky Health
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Care Philosophy

I attempt to take care of problems without surgery whenever possible. My goal is to get patients back to their desired activity level as soon as reasonably possible.
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Dr. Gillman's Experience

Dr. Gillman'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
  • Joint Replacement & Reconstruction Orthopedics
  • Orthopedic Foot & Ankle Surgery
  • Orthopedic Fracture Care
  • Orthopedic Hip Surgery
  • Orthopedic Knee Surgery
  • Orthopedic Rehabilitation and Pain Management
  • Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgery
  • Sports Medicine

Board Certifications

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

Conditions Treated

  • Achilles Tendinitis
  • Adhesive Capsulitis
  • Ankle Disorders
  • Ankle Fracture
  • Ankle Ligament Rupture
  • Ankle Sprain and Achilles Tendon Sprain or Rupture
  • Ankle Sprains and Strains
  • Ankle and Foot Instability or Derangement
  • Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) or Posterior Cruciate Ligament (PCL) Tear
  • Arthritis
  • Autoimmune Diseases
  • Avascular Necrosis
  • Back Pain
  • Baker’s Cyst
  • Bone Disorders
  • Broken Arm
  • Bunion
  • Bursitis
  • Cancer
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cervical Spine Myelopathy
  • Chondrocalcinosis
  • Chronic Neck Pain
  • Coccyx or Sacrum Fracture
  • Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)
  • Complications of Joint Prosthesis
  • De Quervain's Disease
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Difficulty With Walking
  • Elbow Injuries
  • Elbow Sprain
  • 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
  • Ganglion Cyst
  • Glenoid Labrum Tear
  • Gout
  • Hammer Toe
  • Hand Conditions
  • Hand Fracture
  • Heel Spur
  • Herniated Disc
  • Hip Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Hip Fracture
  • Hip Injury
  • Hip Sprain
  • Internal Derangement of Knee
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Arthritis
  • Knee Dislocation
  • Knee Disorders
  • Knee Fracture
  • Knee Injuries
  • Knee Ligament Rupture
  • Knee Pain
  • Knee Sprain
  • Lateral Collateral Ligament (LCL) 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
  • Morton's Neuroma
  • Neck Strain (incl. Whiplash Injury)
  • 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
  • Osteoarthritis of Spine
  • Osteopenia
  • Patellofemoral Pain Syndrome or Knee Pain
  • Pathological Spine Fracture
  • Pelvic Fracture
  • Peripheral Nerve Disorders
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Pseudoarthrosis
  • Pyogenic Arthritis
  • Radiculopathy (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Runner's Knee
  • Sciatica (Not Due to Disc Displacement)
  • Scoliosis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Disorders
  • Shoulder Impingement Syndrome
  • Shoulder Tendinitis and Tenosynovitis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spine Deformities
  • Spine Disorders
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Sprains and Strains (incl. Muscle Tear)
  • Stress Fracture of Foot
  • Systemic Chondromalacia
  • Thoracic Spine Fracture
  • Tibia and Fibula Fractures
  • Trigger Finger
  • Wrist Fracture


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  • ACL Surgery
  • Ankle Arthroscopy
  • Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Release
  • De Quervain's Release
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Tarsal or Metatarsal
  • Excision of Tibia or Fibula
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture Treatment, Open
  • Foot and Ankle Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Foot and Ankle Ligament and Tendon Repair
  • Fracture Care
  • Hand and Wrist Fracture Treatment, Closed
  • 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
  • Hip Surgery
  • Joint Drainage
  • Knee Arthroscopy
  • Knee Cartilage Treatment
  • Knee Replacement
  • 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
  • Myofascial Trigger Point Injection
  • Nerve Block, Somatic
  • Nerve Block, Sympathetic
  • Neuroplasty
  • Peripheral Nerve Block
  • Resection or Ablation of Bone Tumor, Partial or Complete Resection of Bone, Debridement of Bone
  • Rotator Cuff Surgery
  • Shoulder Fracture and Dislocation Treatment
  • Steroid Injection
  • Trigger Finger Release
  • Trigger Point Injection
  • Viscosupplementation With Hyaluronate


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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.


  • Stanford University
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1989
  • Case Western Reserve University School Of Medicine
    Medical School | Graduated 1993
  • Tufts University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1994
  • Tufts U/New England Med Center
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1998
  • Baylor College Med
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1999

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1993
  • Vitals.com Patient's Choice Award, 2011
  • Vitals.com Compassionate Doctor Award, 2011
  • Avvo.com Superb Rating, 2012
Media & Publications

Dr. Gillman has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

  • California Orthopaedic Association, Member

Dr. Gillman's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Gillman to family and friends
based on 108 total reviews (16 with comments)
Dr. Gillman's Performance
  • Trustworthiness
  • Explains condition(s) well
  • Answers Questions
  • Time well spent
Office & Staff Performance
  • Scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Average wait time
    Under 10 minutes
Patient Comments (16)
in Anaheim |
Unfortunately, this doctor did not listen to even 5% of the words he even allowed me to say. He constantly interrupted me, not allowing me to even explain my injury or history of injury to get a proper prognosis and professional opinion. In fact, he tried telling me that I can cycle or swim while I wait for my knee to heal. So kind of him to suggest I cycle, when I can't even walk more than 500 feet without crutches or bear weight on the right leg while bending my knee. This almost 6 weeks post
I apologize you don't feel you were able to give me a full 20 yr history in the time available.I try my best to explain diagnoses & ALL treatment options as I patiently did TWICE for you! A month after injury,crutches and brace are generally not helpful- indeed counterproductive for most soft tissue injuries of the knee. P.T. and swim/bike are helpful usually even if painful. Quick fixes aren't often feasible. Surgery is not always the best answer! I take pride in giving my best advice to all.
in Laguna Woods, CA |
Dr. Gillman is A+ in my book. He did a posterial hip replacement on me and I feel better than I have in a year. He is professional and kind and cares about his patients. I would not hesitate to recommend him for any orthopedic procedure.
in Mission Viejo, CA |
I had a knee replacement performed by Dr. Gillman on January 20, 2016. After more than a year of chronic pain, I'm now scheduled to have revision surgery. Apparently, the prosthetic is loose. I saw Dr. Gillman several times over a five month period following the surgery. He cited other reasons for the pain and prescribed medications as treatment. His final recommendation was for me to have nerve blocks administered by a pain management doctor. In other words, treat the symptoms not the cause.
Sorry you did not have a good outcome. Even the best surgeons have 10-20 percent of patients not satisfied with their outcome from a knee replacement surgery. The Hospital system in which I work used Stryker Analytics to evaluate every joint replacement performed by every surgeon objectively over a period of 3 years. I was pleased to be ranked #1 out of the 16 providers in the four main categories:lowest readmission rate, shortest hospital stay (1/2 group average) highest dc home, lowest cost MD
in Tustin ca |
Outstanding service by Dr Gillmam and his staff Dr Gillmam and his staff made me fell very comfortable before surgery he went over what I could except after surgery I would recommend Dr Gillmam
in Laguna Hills, CA |
I had arthroscopic shoulder surgery exactly 3 weeks ago today. At my 2 week checkup, I was doing better than expected and much better than before the surgery. I work in the veterinary field and I use my shoulder A LOT. I was very concerned going into the surgery that I'd be really limited in regards to work. I can say my shoulder is at 90% and improving everyday. I don't even need physical therapy. Dr. Gillman has a wonderful bedside manner, very efficient and dare I say miracle worker?
in Laguna Niguel, CA |
I had a knee replacement with Dr. Gillman in October 2016. He told me by three months I would be walking without a walker or a cane. I have been thrilled with my recovery and was walking on my own on the 17th day after surgery. I wish I would have done this earlier, I feel like a new person. I thank Dr. Gillman for his total professionalism, excellent care and would recommend him to all my friends and family. I also had an excellent experience at St. Joseph's Mission Hospital in Laguna Beach.
in Aliso Viejo, CA |
I have been seeing doctor Gillman for a couple of years now. He is honestly an excellent diagnostician and surgeon, having fixed one of my elbows. He is always on time for his appointments and displays a good bedside manner when speaking to me. He is compassionate, empathetic and professional at all times. I have recommended him several times to family and friends!
in Orange, CA |
Large office, good staff, professional, keeps abreast of all new techniques. Restore orthopedics and spine center, they have an urgent care office as well which is a walkin urgent care. Having had 3 knee operations over 30 yrs ago, 1 on left knee and 2 on right. Right knee is pretty close to being shot and needing knee replacement, they have all the equipment needed X-rays, MRI and surgery procedure center. I will post again after follow up, heck, Mir scheduled next week and surgery scheduled
in Orange, CA |
dr gillman treated me with respect and the surgery came out very well.the facility is 1st class,very welcoming whenever you go there plus easy parking.i recommend him and his staff 100%.thanks again for your efforts. Robert broughton city of orange
in Laguna Beach, CA |
I saw Dr. Gilman numerous times over the past 5 years for several conditions. He has one admirable quality--timeliness. But that quality has a major downside--he's rushed to the point of brusqueness. And that brusqueness has sometimes yielded serious negative consequences. I've also found him to be insensitive in dealing with me when I needed to make important medical decisions. Overall, of the many doctors i've seen in my life, i'd say that Dr. Gillman is the only one i'd never go back to.
in Dana Point, CA |
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy my total knee replacement went. Relatively little pain, one night in the hospital and went home to stairs the next day. I was back on the golf course in six weeks. Rode a cart of course, but able to get out there. I probably waited too long to have the surgery, but from the first visit Dr. Gillman said you'll know when it's time. There's a good possibility that my other knee will need replacement and if so, I won't wait so long this time.
in Los Alamitos, CA |
This was my second knee replacement, first one went extremely well this was actually easier and less painful than the first. I knew exactly what was going to happen and I was out of the hospital in one day. Recovery went great and I was up and walking with a walker in 3 days. Dr Gillman did a great job.
in Laguna Beach CA |
Doctor Gillman gave me a new Right Knee replacement! I was back to work with a cane after 21 days. Had no pain, and minor muscle cramps and spasms that physical therapy could handle. I am extremely pleased with the treatment I Received I wish there wee more sincere words to say other than THANK YOU DOC! I feel human again and pain free!
in Laguna Niguel, CA |
Wonderful doctor, takes the time to answer all your questions. Gives the patient all their options so they can make their decision.
in Mission Viejo. Ca |
I like Dr Gillman no nonsense approach Never have to wait for more than 2 minutes to see him Great Doc. ??. Kathy
in Laguna Beach, CA |
I've been a patient of Dr. Gillman's since 2006, and had both knees replaced in November 2015. Prior to total replacements, he treated me with injections and a simple surgery in 2007. He was always clear with me that I would eventually need total replacements, but that I would tell him when I needed surgery; he would not tell me. He always is current on the latest treatments and procedures. He even had a joint replacement that was rated for 30 years, so I will never need surgery again!
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Dr. Gillman accepts 26 insurance carriers
  • Accepts most major Health Plans. Please contact our office for details.
  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Blue Shield of California
    Blue Shield of California HMO
    Blue Shield of California PPO
  • CareSource
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Health Net
  • HealthPlus
  • HealthPlus Amerigroup
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana
  • Husky Health
  • inHealth
  • INTotal Health
  • Medicaid
  • Midwest Health Plan
  • Molina Healthcare
  • Peach State Health Plan
  • Principal Financial Group
  • Simply Healthcare Plans
  • Staywell (Wellcare)
  • UnitedHealthCare
    United Healthcare
  • Wellcare of Georgia
  • WellPoint

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Hospitals where Dr. Gillman has admitting privileges

Chapman Global Medical Center
2601 E Chapman Ave
Orange, CA 92869
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Saint Joseph Hospital
1100 W Stewart Dr
Orange, CA 92868
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Mission Hospital - Laguna Beach
31872 Coast Hwy
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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Mission Hospital - Mission Viejo
27700 Medical Center Rd
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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