Connor J. Telles, M.D.

Spine Surgeon & Upper and Lower Extremity Fracture Care Specialist

Connor Telles, M.D., is a Fresno native who is thrilled to be practicing in the Central Valley. Son of local cardiologist Dr. John Telles, Dr. Connor Telles is a board-certified orthopaedic spine surgeon.  

After graduating from San Joaquin Memorial High School, Dr. Telles attended Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. While at Dartmouth, Dr. Telles rowed on the crew team and studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico. In 2001, Dr. Telles graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in engineering. He then completed both his medical school training and orthopaedic surgery residency at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut. In 2012, Dr. Telles completed a spine surgery fellowship at Stanford University and St. Mary’s Spine Center in San Francisco.

In his free time, Dr. Telles enjoys mountain and road biking, water and snow skiing, hunting and fishing, playing tennis, and exploring the Sierras. His wife Kristin is a teacher. Together, they have two young children and a beloved Labrador Retriever.

Dr. Telles’ practice at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics includes adolescent and adult cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine surgery and general orthopaedic trauma and fracture care. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Telles please contact his office at (559) 256-5393.

Education, Training, & Affiliations

  • Undergraduate Degree, Engineering, Dartmouth College
  • Medical Degree, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Internship, General Surgery, Yale Department of General Surgery
  • Residency, Orthopedic Surgery, Yale Department of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Fellowship, Orthopedic Spine Surgery, Stanford University St. Mary’s Spine Center Combined Spine Surgery Fellowship
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Fresno-Madera Medical Society
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • North American Spine Society
  • AO Spine North America

Patient Reviews

"I've had one appointment with Dr. Telles and am very pleased at how he took the time to show me both the MRI and X-rays and explain my condition. I am to see him again next week and prepare for Balloon Kyphoplasty for a compression fracture and injections for degenerated discs. Looking forward to being pain free once again. I've been fighting back pain for over seven months. Dr. Telles appears to be my shiny knight." -- Doug Y.

"Dr. Eric Hanson performed a complete left knee replacement in 2008 and following physical therapy I returned to my normal activities pain free for the first time in many months. In June of 2013 Dr. Hanson performed a complete knee replacement of my right knee. This procedure also went very well and I had almost no pain following the procedure. Again I did the physical therapy as ordered and was walking pain free. On September 30, 2013 I awoke to terrible pain in my left knee. I went to the emergency room at St. Agnes and was diagnosed with an infection in that knee. I was admitted and Dr. Telles performed an operation to clean out the infection the next morning. Dr. Hanson was out of town with the Fresno State football team and was unavailable. That is why Dr. Telles performed the surgery. After more physical therapy I am once again back to normal activities and doing things I haven't done in years. I am very pleased with the entire team at Sierra Pacific Orthopedics from the doctors to the front office people. I would readily recommend you to anyone in need of orthopedic care." -- John K.

"Very professional and caring. I had a shoulder injury that was fixed by Dr. Thomas and it's going well. The surgery center gets the same seal of approval. Professional and caring. I am still being treated and diagnosed for back and neck pain. Therapy has also been a good experience so far." --William S.

"Having so many excellent doctors in one location has been a blessing for me. My regular doctor, Rod Kraft, M.D., has been able to access my back condition and sent me to Dr. Connor Telles. Dr. Telles did the back surgery in November. He also detected some narrowing in the spine/neck region and referred me on to Dr. Wiens for tests, which resulted in an appoitment with Dr. Tanner, a hand specialist.  During this time, I was having problems with my shoulder, and Dr. Kraft accessed my problem and referred me to Dr. Hanson's office where I saw Greg Mellor, P.A.-C., who is now setting me up for surgery.  Why this has worked so smoothly is they share information, such as x-rays, MRI's, surgery information, and a whole range of information. All have been very professional and work as a team to make my life better.  If it has to be, for me it's going to be Sierra Pacific Orthopedics." --Darwin B.

"Dr. Connor Telles is the best. He is responsive, smart, and a well-trained doctor—a very good combination. I had knee pain and now it’s gone!" -- Tom L.