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Simon Görtz, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic sports medicine surgeon, specializing in reconstruction of the knee and shoulder, with a focus on cartilage restoration and joint preservation. Dr. Görtz completed a sports medicine fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. During his time in Saint Louis, he served as a team physician for the Saint Louis Rams, Saint Louis Blues, and Washington University Bears. Prior to that, while in San Diego, he cared for the UCSD Tritons and the San Diego Sea Lions (WPSL), and also provided coverage for LaDainian Tomlinson's Camp L.T., the Eric Chavez Baseball Academy, and the San Diego Sports Medicine Foundation. Dr. Görtz completed orthopedic surgery residency and post-graduate research fellowship at the University of California, San Diego, and collaborated with Drs. William Bugbee, David Amiel, and Robert Sah to win the prestigious AAOS Kappa Delta Award in 2015. During his orthopedic residency, he served as the Chief Resident in the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and was recognized numerous times including the Thornburg Medical Foundation/Scripps Chairman's Award for Research in Surgery, and the California Orthopedic Association-J. Harold LaBriola Resident Award. In 2008, he was awarded the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS) Lars Peterson Traveling Fellowship. Dr. Görtz earned his medical degree from Julius-Maximilians-University in Würzburg, Germany, and obtained his bachelor's degree from Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany. Dr. Görtz has published twelve book chapters and has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles and abstracts related to articular cartilage repair. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA), and a fellow of the International Cartilage Repair Society (ICRS).
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I believe in partnering with my patients in devising comprehensive, personalized care strategies that match the individual demands of their active lifestyles – from established techniques to emerging technologies, for recreational to elite level athletes. I employ the 'Family Test', meaning that I will never suggest a treatment that I would not recommend to a family member, and favoring the least invasive option possible but most advanced care necessary to successfully treat a patient's condition and returning them to their desired level of activity.