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Dr. Scott Hacker

Orthopedic Surgery
La Mesa, CA
24 years experience male

Locations

Office

La Mesa, CA

Address

5565 Grossmont Center Drive, Bldg 3 Suite 256, La Mesa, CA
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My office hours

Thursday: 9:00am - 5:00pm
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Fax

(619) 462-1731

About

Bio

Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent’s Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master’s Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage. After attending medical school at UC Irvine, and was offered a residency position at the University of Washington. Dr. Hacker has completed additional training in Vail, Colorado at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic under Dr. Steadman and Dr. Hawkins, both world authorities in knee and shoulder surgery. While in Vail, he specialized in sports related injuries and conditions. His cumulative training has provided expertise in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery, traumatic injuries, joint and cartilage injuries, and the degenerative changes associated with osteoarthritis. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete. Dr. Hacker currently works with the United States Olympic Team in Southern California, providing support to our athlete, has traveled worldwide with the United States Ski Association and Olympic Ski Team. Dr. Hacker sees patients at offices at Alvarado and in La Mesa on the Grossmont Hospital Campus at Helix Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is involved in teaching of family practice sports medicine physicians several days a week, expanding their experience of sports medicine from the surgeon’s point of view. COLLEGE University of California, San Diego Bachelors Degree in Bioengineering, Magna Cum Laude POST GRADUATE EDUCATION University of California, San Diego, Jacobs School of Engineering Master’s Degree in Bioengineering and Orthopaedic Biomechanics Thesis on Biomechanical Properties of Meniscal Tissue MEDICAL DEGREE University of California, Irvine, School of Medicine. Irvine, California ORTHOPEDIC SURGERY RESIDENCY University of Washington, Seattle, Washington Harborview Medical Center Children’s Hospital Veteran’s Administration Medical Center Virginia Mason Medical Center POST-GRADUATE MEDICAL TRAINING University of California, San Diego Orthopaedic Research Fellowship Sports Medicine Fellowship at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic, Vail, Colorado under Drs. Richard Steadman and Dr. Richard Hawkins Publications 7 scientific papers in peer reviewed orthopaedic journals 1 Book Chapter 15 scientific abstracts presented at national meetings Team Coverage Denver Broncos Football Team Colorado Rockies Baseball Team Eagle Valley High School Athletics US Olympic Ski Team Physician US Olympic Team Physician Grossmont High School Football Team and Athletics Valhalla High School Football Team and Athletic Department San Diego Surf Dawgs Professional Baseball Team Physician PROFESSIONAL APPOINTMENTS Chief of Orthopedic Surgery, Alvarado Hospital Alvarado Hospital Sharp Coronado Hospital Sharp Grossmont Hospital Physicians Surgery Center, San Diego Qualified Medical Examiner TEACHING Clinical Instructor Sports Medicine Family Practice Fellowship Program PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons American College of Sports Medicine American Society of Biomechanics American Society of Mechanical Engineering California Medical Association California Orthopedic Association San Diego County Medical Society Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society-California Psi Founding President Media Appearances Dr. Hacker has appeared in the San Diego media on several occasions. Click here to view Dr. Hacker’s Interviews Dr. Hacker may be reached by email at: [email protected]

Specialties
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Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Reconstructive Surgery

Sports Medicine

Licenses

United States: California, Missouri

Doctor Q&A

46 Answers
4 Agrees
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A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Likely Yes: If you have had an injury and cannot bend your knee, something may be stuck inside. If not getting better on its own, sometimes a quick outpatient surgery is the only way to get it going again. I would see your orthopedist sooner rather than later with a stuck knee. Don't let it go.
A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
R.I.C.E.: Rest, icing, compression and elevation are the simple first steps to help heal your knee. If still having trouble after a few weeks of this, you will need to see an orthopedist to determine of any serious damage has been done. Try the simple things first. Add in some light strengthening and cardio if all is well on your road to recovery.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Scott Hacker
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Yes: You should be concerned if your knee is unstable. This may indicate a ligament injury that will not improve without surgery. Have your surgeon evaluate your knee for ligament damage. Some ligaments will heal and some will not. Avoiding activities that give you a sense of instability will help protect your knees for permanent damage.

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Mar 30, 2015
Dr. Hacker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Hacker is an amazing doctor! #nationaldoctorsday2015 #virtualflower1
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Feb 21, 2014
Caring, comprehensive and knowledgeable!!!!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! Concerned because my dad had similar symptoms in one knee 3yrs ago and he found out it was staph
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Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

UC Irvine School of Medicine, CA
Graduated 1997MD

Residency

UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON MEDICAL CTR

Affiliations

San Diego County Medical Society
American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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