Daniel R. Stephenson, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He brings his renowned expertise, bedside manner, technical skill, and compassion to the Coastal Ortho team with offices in El Segundo and Torrance, California.
He joined Coastal Ortho in 2015 because of their reputation in the South Bay for caring so much about their patients. Dr. John Stratton, a founding partner of the practice in 1971, was also one of his role models.
Dr. Stephenson pursued orthopedics after becoming injured during his freshman year of college. As an NCAA Division I water polo player and swimmer, he was eager to return to athletics after the incident. His doctors and therapists were incredible during the whole process, successfully helping him get back to sports. This experience inspired Dr. Stephenson to pursue a career in orthopedic medicine to focus on patients with complex knee problems, joint preservation needs, shoulder injuries, and sports medicine issues.
Although he is one of the area's top surgeons, Dr. Stephenson works closely with his patients before beginning treatment. He feels it's essential to start with non-surgical treatments whenever possible because everyone has their own goals and lifestyle needs.
Dr. Stephenson completed his fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine at the University of Kentucky in 2010. During this one additional year of intense training and experience, he had the opportunity to serve as a team physician to professional athletes and student athletes from three universities and many high schools. Today, he sees patients of all ages and from all sports and activity levels.
Dr. Stephenson was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, so staying local was another key influence. He deeply values getting to know so many of the wonderful people in the area.