Michael S. Nuzzo, M.D.

Sports Medicine, Shoulder, Knee, Hip, and Ankle Arthroscopy Specialist and Shoulder Replacement Specialist
Michael S. Nuzzo, M.D.
Verified Patient Rating: 4.65 (40 patient reviews and ratings)
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Dr. Nuzzo is board certified in Orthopedic Surgery and specializes in Sports Medicine. He is one of a few select doctors in the region who is Fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. His practice encompasses athletes at all levels of accomplishment and all stages of life. He specializes in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures to treat injuries of the shoulder, knee, hip, and ankle.

-In the shoulder he treats rotator cuff tears, labrum tears, shoulder instability, fractures, and also performs shoulder replacements, including reverse shoulder replacement. He also performs superior capsule reconstructions of the shoulder, a newly developed procedure for chronic rotator cuff tears.

-In the knee, he treats ACL and other ligament injuries, meniscus tears, and performs cartilage restoration procedures to include cartilage cell implantations and osteochondral allograft implantations.

-In the hip, he performs hip preservation surgeries with hip arthroscopy to treat pain caused by femoral acetabular impingement (FAI), labral tears, and damaged cartilage.

-In the ankle, he treats damaged cartilage and instability from ligament tears.

Sports team coverage has been an important part of his career. He presently serves as the head team physician at Fresno Pacific University and is an assistant team physician at Fresno State University.

Dr. Nuzzo received his Masters degree from Georgetown University and a medical degree from Rutgers University Medical School. He completed his residency training in Orthopaedic Surgery at Texas Tech University and William Beaumont Army Medical Center and completed a Fellowship in Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Elbow Surgery at Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, California.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, Dr. Nuzzo was appointed Chief of an Orthopaedic Surgery department. While deployed in Iraq in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, he served as the Orthopaedic Trauma Consultant for Iraq Joint Operations, and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.

He remains very active as an Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF-Fresno) where he teaches Sports Medicine to Orthopaedic Surgery residents at the Fresno Campus. He gives frequent lectures on the local and national level, and has published multiple articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Education, Training, and Affiliations

Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Elbow Surgery, Congress Medical Associates and Huntington Memorial Hospital, Pasadena, CA

Orthopaedic Surgery, Texas Tech University/William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX

Rutgers School of Medicine, New Brunswick, NJ
Georgetown University, Washington D.C.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Subspecialty Certification in Sports Medicine

Academic Appointments
Assistant Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF-Fresno)
Head Team Physician Fresno Pacific University

American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Fellow
Arthroscopy Association of North America

Patient Reviews

"I was in a serious motorcycle crash in 2015 where I sustained complete tears to both major tendons in my left shoulder as well as a dislocated bicep tendon in the same shoulder. Initially I was turned down for surgery by a different physician however my file eventually made it to Dr. Nuzzo's desk and after reviewing it he decided to take my case and operate on my shoulder. Throughout the process Dr. Nuzzo was very kind and professional. He explained exactly what the damage was, it's severity, the challenges he will face while working to correct it, and I will face in the rehabilitation process. He also explained some of his background and reassured he that he has seen similar traumas and that I was in good hands. Needless to say, I was very confident in his abilities. I had my surgery in April and fortunately Dr. Nuzzo was able to repair both major tears as well as the dislocated tendon. I have just completed physical therapy and I have regained most of the function in my left arm. There is still work to do, and I will continue to rehabilitate my arm on my own, but I do believe I will regain all of the function I lost after the accident.  I am grateful to Dr. Nuzzo for taking my case and to his staff for their professionalism and the quality of treatment they provided. I know my case was not an easy one.  I would certainly recommend the professionals at Sierra Orthopedic for anyone that is in need of orthopedic care. " – Steven P.
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1630 East Herndon, Fresno, CA 93720