Ronald A. Navarro, MD


Director of Clinical Affairs; Research Mentor; Professor

Clinical Science

Dr. Ronald A. Navarro is Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and KPSOM’s Director of Clinical Affairs, a role in which he oversees the logistics of student clinical education, including student integration into the clinical spaces as well as policies and procedures to assure a positive learning environment. He also serves as a research mentor and advisor to the Orthopaedic Special Interest Group. Previously, Dr. Navarro was Regional Assistant Medical Director of Business Management for Retail Strategy for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group, and continues to serve as Regional Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery; he first joined Kaiser Permanente as an Orthopedist and Sports Medicine Specialist in 1997. Dr. Navarro has authored articles in shoulder and knee surgery, and his research has been presented nationally and internationally. His research interests include the role of shoulder arthroplasty registries in tracking patient outcomes, orthopaedic treatment in ethnic groups, and how data can adapt surgeon behavior in this time of healthcare reform.

Education and Training

BA, University of California, Santa Barbara
MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine
Postdoctoral training
Intern, General Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellow, Orthopaedic Joint Replacement Research, Veterans Administration Medical Center Los Angeles
Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Fellow, Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Professional Positions

Partner Physician, Orthopaedic Surgery
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Regional Chief of Service, Orthopaedic Surgery
Southern California Permanente Medical Group
Steering Committee Member, Medical Device Surveillance Committee
Kaiser Permanente Implant Registries
Chair, Inter-Regional Orthopaedic Chiefs Group
The Permanente Federation

Honors and Awards

Surgeon of the Year
Kaiser Permanente South Bay
Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
Marquis Who’s Who
National Medical Fellowship (NMF)
Distinguished Alumni Award
Marquis Who’s Who in the World
Marquis Publications
American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons Neer Circle
Top Orthopedic Surgeon
California Magazine Top Doctors
America’s Best Physicians
National Consumer Advisory Board

Community Engagement

Affiliated Team Physician
Chicago Wolves Ice Hockey (IHL), Long Beach, California
Event Physician
USA Gymnastics Pan-Am Trials
Medical Director
LPGA Office Depot Championship
Participant Surgeon
Kaiser Permanente Community Surgery Day
Team Physician
Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
Ortho Consultant Coverage
Special Olympics World Games
Assistant Team Orthopaedic Surgeon
Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) of Major League Soccer

Scholarly Activities

Peer-reviewed research manuscripts
  • Cahill BR, Phillips MW, Navarro RA. The Results of Conservative Management of Juvenile Osteochondritis Dissecans Using Joint Scintigraphy: A Prospective Study. The American Journal of Sports Medicine, 17 (5), 601-606, 1989. DOI: 10.1177/036354658901700502.
  • Warner JJP, Navarro RA. Serratus Anterior Dysfunction: Recognition and Treatment. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 349, 139-148, 1998. PMID: 9584376.
  • Navarro RA, Inacio M, Burke M, Costouros J, Yian E. Risk of Thromboembolism in Shoulder Arthroplasty: Effect of Implant Type and Traumatic Indication. Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 471 May (5), 1576-1581, 2013 (published online February 8, 2013). DOI: 10.1007/s11999-013-2829-6.
  • Navarro RA, Prentice HA, Inacio MCS, Wyatt R, Maletis GB. The Association Between Race/Ethnicity and Revision Following ACL Reconstruction in a Universally Insured Cohort. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, American Volume 101A September (17), 1546-1553, 2019 (published online September 4, 2019). DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.18.01408 
  • Garcia I, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Navarro RA. The association between race/ethnicity and outcomes following primary shoulder arthroplasty. The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery 29 May (5), 886-892, 2020 (published online November 22, 2019). DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2019.09.018.
  • Wyatt R, Lin C, Norheim E, Przepiorski D, Navarro RA. Occupation-Related Cervical Spine Disease in Orthopaedic Surgeons. The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (JAAOS) September 1, 2020, 28 (17), 730-736, 2020 (published online April 21, 2020). DOI: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-19-00834.
  • Navarro RA, Reddy NC, Weiss JN, Yates AJ, Fu FH, McKee M, Lederman ES. The Orthopaedic Forum. Orthopaedic Systems Response to and Return from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Lessons for Future Crisis Management. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (The Orthopaedic Forum) American Volume 102A July (14), e75(1-8), 2020 (published online May 11, 2020). DOI: 10.2106/JBJS.20.00709.
  • Dillon M, Chan PH, Prentice HA, Burfeind WE, Yian EH, Singh A, Paxton EW, Navarro RA. The Association Between Glenoid Component Design and Revision Risk In Anatomic Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. The Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, 29(10), 2089-2096, 2020 (published online June 4, 2020). DOI: 10.1016/j.jse.2020.02.024.
  • Navarro RA, Adams A, Lin C, Fleming J, Garcia I, Lee J, MS, Black MH. Does Knee Arthroscopy for Treatment of Meniscal Damage with Osteoarthritis Delay Knee Replacement Compared to PT Alone? Clinics in Orthopedic Surgery 12(3), 304-311, September 2020 (published online June 24, 2020). DOI: 10.4055/cios19114.
  • Koplan K, Paxton EW, Bellows J, Rabrenovich V, Connvissar J, Wang MC, Vostrejs M, Navarro RA. Same-Day Joint Replacement Care: Achieving the Quadruple Aim. Accepted for publication to NEJM Catalyst: Innovations in Care Delivery, Vol. 2 Issue 2, February 2021 (published online January 20, 2021). DOI: 10.1056/CAT.200345.
  • Nau C, Bruxfort K, Navarro RA, Chevez S, Hogan T, Ironside K, Ludwig S, Ngo-Metzker Q, Mourra N, Young D, Sangha N, Turner B, Li I, Hong V, Yao V, Tartof S. Racial and ethnic iniquities in COVID-19 testing, prevalence and outcomes in a large integrated health care system. The Annals of Internal Medicine (published online April 20, 2021). DOI: 10.7326/M20-8283. [e-pub ahead of print]