Ralph-J-Venuto-MDRalph J Venuto MD of California, is a leading specialist in the treatment of disorders of the knee and shoulder, including arthroscopy, ligament reconstruction, and many techniques he personally designed and developed.

He has been recognized as an innovative surgeon who has mastered safe, proven technological breakthroughs. He was the first surgeon in Southern California to perform the effective Carticel Implant Surgery (ACI), where he used a patient’s healthy cells to repair cartilage defects.

Dr. Venuto was one of the first surgeons in the country to perform arthroscopic surgery, in which a straw-like tube with a fiber-optic camera is used to see inside joints and treat specific areas without adding trauma or scarring. Since 1974, he has successfully performed more than 10,000 arthroscopies, allowing his patients to experience quicker recovery of faster healing, and less pain.

As a recognized expert in sports medicine, he has treated many top college and professional athletes, including, among others, NBA superstar Karl Malone. Dr. Venuto was the Chief Medical Officer for the wrestling teams at the 1984 Olympic Games, and has served as a team physician at the high school, college and professional levels. He is also committed to community involvement. He supports local charities and has been an invited speaker at organizations in the U.S. and abroad, lecturing on the prevention and care of orthopaedic injuries and on the latest techniques in orthopaedic surgery.

Dr. Venuto has been named one of the best doctors in Orange County in Orange Coast Magazine’s “The Doctor’s Doctor”. When more than 5,000 physicians were asked to recommend the specialists they would “consider most desirable to care for a loved one, ” Dr. Venuto was recognized by his peers as one of the county’s most respected Top Doctors.

Specialty & Clinical Interests

  • Sports Medicine

Education & Medical Training

UCLA Medical Center
Residency, General Surgery, 1967–1969

New York Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Campus
Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, 1969–1972

Jefferson Medical College
Class of 1967

Board Status

American Board of Surgery
Certified in Surgery

Professioinal Memberships

  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Member, North American and International Arthroscopy Associations
  • Member, California Medical Association and the Orange County Medical Association