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Bryan Emmerson, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Hip and Knee Replacement Specialist

Dr. Emmerson was born and raised in the Central Valley of California. He received his undergraduate degree in Biomedical Engineering (BME) from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. This is the highest rated BME program in the country. During that time he studied biochemistry, biomaterials, and medical implant design.

After earning his Bachelor of Science, Dr. Emmerson returned to California and attended medical school at UC San Diego. While in medical school he was awarded a research grant to continue his interest in orthopaedics. He then completed a 6-year residency in orthopaedic surgery at UC San Diego. Included in this was a dedicated year of clinical and basic science research in orthopaedics.

Once he had completed his residency, Dr. Emmerson traveled to the East Coast where he received an additional year of fellowship training at the Anderson Orthopaedic Research Institute. This was a year of focused surgical training in knee and hip arthroplasty. This included advanced techniques in anterior approach hip replacement, partial and total knee replacement, as well as complex reconstructions.

Dr. Emmerson finally settled in Santa Barbara to be close to extended family. He has been serving patients throughout the Central Coast since 2011. In that time, he has received numerous awards and honors. Dr. Emmerson performed the first joint replacement in the newly constructed Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital. He was named Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Physician of the Year in 2013. He has also served as the Chief of Surgery for Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital for 2017, 2018, and 2019.

Dr. Emmerson’s interest in the advancement of orthopaedics continues to this day. He serves on several boards at the hospital to improve the safety and efficacy of joint replacement. He also works as a consultant with medical device companies to develop surgical instrumentation and computer navigation for knee and hip replacement.

In addition to a busy clinical practice, Dr. Emmerson enjoys spending time with his wife and four children. They are active supporters of the local public school system. He is an avid cyclist and can often be spotted on weekend road rides or on the mountain bike trails overlooking Santa Barbara.

Employment
  • Orthopedic Surgical Practice

    Total Joint Arthroplasty

    Aug 2019 – Present

  • Sansum Orthopedics

    Total Joint Arthroplasty

    Aug 2011 – July 2019

Education
  • Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic

    Fellow in Total Joint Arthroplasty

    Aug 2010 – July 2011

  • UC San Diego Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Resident in Orthopaedic Surgery

    June 2005 – June 2010

  • UC San Diego Dept of General Surgery

    Internship in General Surgery

    June 2004 – June 2005

  • UC San Diego School of Medicine

    Doctor of Medicine

    Aug 2000 – June 2004

  • Johns Hopkins University

    Bachelor of Science, Biomedical Engineering

    Sept 1994 – May 1998

Honors & Awards
  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Chief of Surgery 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Physician of the Year 2013
  • Western Orthopaedic Association Lloyd W. Taylor Award Recipient, October 2006
  • Western Orthopaedic Association Esch Award Recipient, May 2006
  • NIH/Stein Institute for Research on Aging Research Grant
  • AEMB Biomedical Engineering National Honor Society
Board Certification
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Medical Licensing
  • California
Research Experience
  • UC San Diego Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    • Research Fellow, Principal Investigator David Amiel, PhD
    • Media optimization for the storage of fresh osteochondral allografts

    June 2005– June 2006

Publications
  • Williams S, Amiel D, Ball S, Allen R, Tontz W Jr, Emmerson B, Badlani N, Emery S, Haghighi P, Bugbee W. Analysis of Cartilage Tissue on a Cellular Level in Fresh Osteochondral Allograft Retrievals. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Dec;35(12):2022-32.
  • Emmerson B, Görtz S, Jamali A, Chung C, Amiel D, Bugbee W. Fresh Osteochondral Allografting in the Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Condyle. Am J Sports Med. 2007 Jun;35(6):907-14.
  • Pennock A, Robertson C, Emmerson B, Harwood F, Amiel D. Role of Apoptotic and Matrix-Degrading Genes in Articular Cartilage and Meniscus of Mature and Aged Rabbits During Development of Osteoarthritis. Arthritis and Rheum. 2007 May;56(5):1529-36.
  • Jamali A, Emmerson B, Chung C, Convery F, Bugbee W. Fresh Osteochondral Allografts. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2005 Aug;(437);176-85.
Presentations
  • Emmerson B, Gortz S, Jamali A, Chung C, Amiel D, Bugbee W. Fresh Osteochondral Allografting in the Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Condyle. American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine Specialty Day Meeting. San Diego, California. February 2007.
  • Emmerson B, Gortz S, Jamali A, Chung C, Amiel D, Bugbee W. Fresh Osteochondral Allografting in the Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Condyle. Western Orthopaedic Association. Santa Fe, New Mexico. October 2006.
  • Emmerson B, Gortz S, Jamali A, Chung C, Amiel D, Bugbee W. Fresh Osteochondral Allografting in the Treatment of Osteochondritis Dissecans of the Femoral Condyle. International Cartilage Repair Society. San Diego, California. January 2006.

Bryan Emmerson, MD

Orthopedic Surgical Practice

5333 Hollister Avenue
Suite 150
Santa Barbara, CA 93111

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