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Armen Martirosian

Armen K. Martirosian, MD

Program Director

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Orthopaedic Surgery




Orthopaedic Surgery group 2019-2020
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery 2019-2020 group

The UCSF Fresno Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program received initial accreditation in June of 2009. Our inaugural class began their training in June 2010. This is an exciting time for us, as this new residency program brings another dimension to the multitude of already well-established surgical and non-surgical training programs here at UCSF Fresno.

UCSF Fresno recently celebrated its 40th anniversary with the opening of a center for medical education and research. This thirty million dollar facility is an indicator of the support from the University of California. This new state-of-the art facility is located on the Community Regional Medical Center campus, which also includes a 909 bed Level 1 Trauma Center, medical office buildings, outpatient clinics, and a brand new workout facility. The CRMC emergency department had over 100,000 patient visits last year, making it one of the busiest in the state. The sister facility, 208 bed Clovis Community Medical Center, had over 60,000 ED patient visits.

Our goal is to provide outstanding clinical and didactic education, as well as research opportunities, to our residents. Our faculty members are subspecialty trained and board certified in all areas of orthopaedics including pediatric orthopaedics, spine, adult reconstruction, trauma, sports, foot and ankle, orthopaedic oncology, and hand/microvascular surgery. Residents spend time at Community Regional Medical Center, the only Level 1 Trauma/Burn Center between Los Angeles and San Francisco, as well as several other hospitals, clinics, and surgery centers in Fresno. Three months are spent on the UCSF San Francisco campus learning about orthopaedic oncology. Residents obtain very early hands-on experience in an inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as in the operating room, providing care to patients ranging from pediatric to geriatric for congenital, acquired, and traumatic conditions. This is partly due to a favorable one-to-one resident-to-attending ratio in the operating room, and is further aided by the fact that there are no fellows in our program. Our unique geographic location and extremely large catchment area in the heart of California’s heavily populated Central Valley allow for a truly astonishing volume and variety of clinical cases and pathologies. Additionally, this permits ample clinical research opportunities. Collaboration with Fresno State University and UC Merced provides access to science departments, staff, laboratories, and a vivarium. This enables basic science projects, desktop research, and animal studies. A dedicated support staff is on hand within the Department of Orthopaedics to help facilitate these research projects.

Our philosophy is to train well-skilled orthopaedic surgeons who may advance into all areas of orthopaedic subspecialties in both academic and private practice settings. Although we are a young program, we look forward to continued growth and success for our graduating residents.