Dr. Michael Shepard is a board certified Orthopaedic Surgeon who is subspecialty
trained in sports medicine with special emphasis on the care of the overhead
athlete. Dr. Shepard’s clinical expertise includes elbow and shoulder
injuries of the overhead athlete, elbow arthroscopy, and complex knee
reconstruction. University of California Irvine Medical Center contracts
out to Dr Shepard to treat all of their multi-ligament knee injuries.
Dr. Shepard is a team physician for the University of California Irvine,
Chapman University, and for Santa Ana Junior College.
Mike devotes Friday nights to multiple local high school football games
and treats high school athletes throughout Southern California.
He is team doctor for Servite HS and Villa Park HS. He also participates
in providing team coverage to Godinez HS and Crean Lutheran HS in Irvine.
Dr. Shepard grew up in Tustin and attended Foothill High School. Mike graduated
Summa Cum Laude from UC Davis with a degree in Biochemistry and was also
captain of the football team, an All American, and the recipient of the
Woody Hayes Award as the nation’s top Division II scholar athlete.
Dr Shepard graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine with AOA honors.
He earned the McGraw Hill Scholarship as the top medical student in the
basic science years. Mike completed his residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
at UCLA and completed a fellowship in Orthopaedic Basic Science Research
at UCLA. Dr. Shepard completed a second fellowship in sports medicine
with world renowned Orthopaedic surgeons James R. Andrews MD and William
Clancy MD at the American Sports Medicine Institute. At ASMI and now at
OSI, Dr. Shepard participates in the care of athletes from the NFL, MLB,
NHL, NBA, NCAA, and the PGA / LPGA tours.
Dr. Shepard has contributed significantly to the research of sports medicine.
He has presented his research at numerous national and international scientific
meetings. He has been the lead author on numerous publications regarding
such topics as the generation of labral lesions in the thrower’s
shoulder, elbow biomechanics, the diagnosis of meniscal injuries, the
forces seen in ACL grafts, and the reconstruction of the posterolateral
ligamentous complex of the knee. In 2004, Dr. Shepard’s poster presentation
on SLAP tears in the shoulder was voted the most outstanding presentation
at the annual meeting of the AOSSM – sports medicine society. In
2000, he received the Hip Society’s Frank Stinchfield Award for
outstanding contribution to Orthopaedic research.
Dr. Shepard is a board certified member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic
Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine. He
lectures and teaches about the special needs and care of athletes to Orthopaedic
surgical residents, surgeons, therapists, and athletic trainers. In 2008,
he was awarded UC Irvine’s volunteer faculty teaching award given
to the most outstanding faculty member who is not at the University in
a full time capacity. Dr. Shepard is a faculty member for the Kaiser Permanente
Sports Fellowship, where he coordinates the sports coverage and the on
field management of the Fellows.