SRO Physician Highlights: Our Top 5 Shoulder Surgery Specialists

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SRO Physician Highlights: Our Top 5 Shoulder Surgery Specialists

While all the physicians and surgeons of Santa Rosa Orthopaedics are board certified and fellowship trained specializing in a variety of important and sought after orthopaedic specialties, today we would like to feature SRO surgeons who specialize in shoulder surgery.

According the most recent statistics about 53,000 people in the U.S. have shoulder replacement surgery each year. This number is on the rise as technology and technique improves and as people experience an improved quality of life resulting in less pain, improved motion, strength, and function.

“The number of people undergoing shoulder replacement surgery continues to rise,” says SRO surgeon Dr. Kaui Mazur. “With the improvements in surgical technique related to shoulder surgery it’s a much more viable solution for many people who have persistent chronic pain due to arthritis or other issues. For many patients who suffer from chronic pain shoulder surgery is an important choice to make when it comes to preserving and improving a person’s overall quality of life.”

There are a number of issues that can lead to should pain including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic injury stemming from an accident or fall, to name just a few. While in some cases pain can be treated at home with a combination of rest, ice and over-the-counter medication, more severe shoulder injuries and persistent conditions are best treated by an orthopedist who can provide proper diagnosis and treatment. Common conditions best treated by a specialist include; arthritis, shoulder bone spurs, torn rotator cuffs, fractures, dislocation, damaged cartilage and throwing injuries.

“It’s typical for most shoulder surgery patients to experience better function, much less pain, improved range of motion and increased strength. And those patients who have suffered longer with painful joints and limited range of motion tend to notice the greatest improvements,” explained Dr. Mazur. An important part of maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle is having flexibility and mobility in the shoulder and elbow joints. Nagging symptoms such as chronic pain and arthritis that limit mobility can cause a person to refrain from participating fully in life.

SRO Orthopaedic surgeons who specialize in shoulder surgery include Kai-Uwe Mazur M.D., Michael McDermott MD, Dr. Gary Stein and Thomas Deganhardt M.D. and  SRO is proud to welcome Dr. Pourtaheri to the SRO group. Dr. Pourtaheri received his Fellowship training in shoulder and elbow orthopedic surgery. Together these surgeons along with the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation Center offer a variety of non-surgical and surgical treatment options aimed at helping patients resume the activities that make life meaningful. For more information follow the links below to learn more about these highly skilled surgeons. To schedule an appointment, call 707.546.1922.


Neema Pourtaheri, M.D.Neema Pourtaheri, M.D.

Dr. Neema Pourtaheri is the newest edition to the SRO team and is a board certified, fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon who brings invaluable medical expertise to the SRO team. He has trained alongside some of the world’s finest orthopaedic surgeons and in highly versed in the latest advancements in shoulder and elbow care.

Specialty: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Arthroscopy, Sports Medicine, Joint Replacement, General Orthopaedic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Procedures
Medical School:Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, Seton Hall University School of GME, St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Paterson, NJ
Fellowship: Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, Dr. Francis Cuomo, American Shoulder and Elbow Society past President. Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY
Dr. Pourtaheri is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with subspecialty interest and fellowhip training in shoulder and elbow surgery… Read more >


Kai-Uwe Mazur, M.D.Kai-Uwe Mazur, M.D.

Specialty: Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery
Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Southern California Hospitals
Fellowship: Hand & Microvascular Surgery, Mayo Clinic
Dr. Kai Mazur specializes in treatment of disorders of the hand, elbow, and shoulder. As a Board Certified orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Mazur holds… Read more >


Michael J. McDermott, M.D.Michael J. McDermott, M.D.

Specialty: Sports Medicine, Complex Reconstruction of the Knee and Shoulder
Medical School: Creighton University School of Medicine
Residency: Naval Medical Center, San Diego
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center
Dr. Michael McDermott is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine and other orthopaedic problems… Read more >


Gary A. Stein, M.D.Gary A. Stein, M.D.

Specialty: Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS), Adult Reconstructive Surgery, Sports Medicine, Back Care
Medical School: Indiana University Medical School
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Irvine Medical Center
Dr. Gary Stein has pioneered techniques in hip and knee replacement surgery and has been performing (MIS) minimally invasive hip replacement surgical techniques… Read more >


Thomas C. Degenhardt, M.D.Thomas C. Degenhardt, M.D.

Specialty: Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy, Joint Replacement, General Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical School: University of California, San Francisco Medical School
Residency: Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Francisco Medical School
Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Hughston Orthopaedic Clinic

Dr. Thomas Degenhardt is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery and joint reconstruction of the knee, shoulder… Read more >

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