Ronald Navarro, MD

Southern California Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

Harbor City, California

  Dr. Navarro joined Kaiser Permanente (KP) as an orthopedist and sports medicine specialist in 1997 after a fellowship in shoulder, arthroscopy, and sports medicine from the University of Pittsburgh. He is now Regional Assistant Medical Director of Business Management for Retail Strategy for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group (SCPMG) after having been Assistant Area Medical Director overseeing all Surgical Services at South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City (2009-2019) and Chief of the Department of Orthopaedics (2000-2008) and Director of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine at Kaiser Permanente South Bay Medical Center. He became Regional Orthopaedic Surgery Chief, overseeing all Orthopaedic Services in southern California in 2013. This includes over 200 Orthopaedic surgeons in 13 Medical Centers. He is also the Chair of the Inter-Regional Chiefs group of Ortho Chiefs across all the KP nation. Dr. Navarro was recently inducted into the exclusive American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) and now has achieved the level of Full Active Member.


  He is now serving as President of the California Orthopaedic Association after terming off as Member at Large for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) Board of Directors from 2017 to 2019. Dr. Navarro serves as the Director of the Kaiser Permanente Shoulder Arthroplasty Registry, a part of the KP Surgical Outcomes and Analysis’ body of Orthopaedic Registries and is on the steering committee of the Inter-regional Registries of Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Navarro has authored several articles in shoulder and knee surgery, and he participates in research that has been presented nationally and internationally. Current 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, as well as multiple other topics.


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