Foot and Ankle, Hip, Knee, Shoulder, Spine


Specializing in Knee Arthroscopic, Reconstructive & Total Joint Surgery; Shoulder, Foot & Ankle, Hip & Spine Surgery.

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My approach to treating patients

After graduating from University of Iowa Medical School, I practiced three years of general family medicine. I realized that I could contribute more with advanced training and decided to specialize in orthopaedic surgery. Orthopaedic surgery has become such a broad and expansive field and no one is able to master all techniques and stay current. Thus, following completion of the University of Wisconsin Madison Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program, I decided to take advanced training in knee, arthroscopic, and total joint surgery as the first San Diego Knee and Sports Medicine Fellow located in San Diego, California. Since that time, I have had the privilege of performing thousands of arthroscopic, reconstructive, and total joint surgeries focusing on the knee, and also involving the shoulder, hip, spine, ankle, and wrist.

My research interests have included the development of a knee ligament instability testing devices in an attempt to measure frontal and lateral laxity abnormalities, i.e., looseness of the knee. I've also created a device for office use to evaluate foot and ankle problems.

In February 2011, I completed a 3 month sabbatical at the North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre in Sydney, Australia studying complex knee surgery with Leo Pinczewski, MD, probably the world's most prolific knee surgeon. I also assisted in numerous arthroscopic, reconstructive, and total joint surgeries involving the hip and shoulder. In October 2011, I studied with Dr. Dejeur in Lyon France emphasizing arthroscopic, reconstructive, and total joint knee surgery.

Exciting new joint preservation techniques are being developed in an attempt to avoid or delay artificial joint surgery of the knee, ankle, shoulder, and hip. PRP and Stem Cell techniques are becoming scientifically feasible and can be used in the office setting and in the operating room combined with traditional arthroscopic techniques for articular cartilage injuries, early arthritis, and knee meniscus tears. Other body parts including shoulder, elbow, spine, and hip are also evaluated and treated with these newer techniques.

In addition, managing the nutritional aspect of orthopedic conditions is of paramount importance, especially when dealing with early and late arthritis. A healthy lifestyle is emphasized, including teaching the basics of appropriate exercise, orthopaedic nutrition, and techniques to reduce joint compression syndromes.

Orthopaedic conditions are often made worse by excessive body weight and joint loads, producing increased loads on joints that were never designed to withstand excessive pressure. A recent study found that for each single pound over an individual's ideal weight, at least four pounds of excessive, abnormal pressure are produced at the knee joint.

Our philosophy of medical practice is humanistic. I became a physician to become a healer. I have not been disappointed. As a treating physician, it is my intention to return my patients to improved orthopaedic health by using both conservative and, when necessary, the most advanced surgical techniques.

I am available for evaluation and treatment cases including surgery, second opinions, IME's, AME"s, and am a certified QME(qualified medical examiner) for the State of California.


G. Charles Roland, M.D. is a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon, who dedicates his practice to specializing in Arthroscopic, Reconstructive, and total joint Surgery of the Knee. He also specializes in shoulder, hip, and spine surgery.

He graduated with honors from University of Iowa (Phi Eta Sigma honorary society and recipient of the Evascheski Award which is awarded for the student with the highest GPA on the football team, 3.89 out of 4.0), and subsequently graduated from University of Iowa School of Medicine in Iowa City where he received the Rosenfield Academic Scholarship.

Following his residency training in orthopedic surgery at University of Wisconsin at Madison, he completed the San Diego Knee and Sports Medicine Fellowship at University of California, San Diego VA Hospital, Kaiser Hospital, and the San Diego Chargers professional football team.

In February 2011, he completed a sabbatical at North Sydney Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Centre.

In addition, he is an Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Instructor at UCSD Department of Family Medicine where he volunteers in teaching medical students and sports medicine fellows. Dr. Roland has also provided team physician services to professional, college, and high school teams. He has served as team physician in San Diego at Point Loma Nazarene College as well as Mission Bay High School.

Dr. Roland has published numerous scientific journal articles and has given many presentations on subjects such as arthroscopic treatment of knee, shoulder, and ankle injuries, as well as presenting scientific papers at professional meetings.

Dr. Roland is a Qualified Medical Examiner (Q.M.E.) for the State of California, as well as an Independent Medical Examiner (I.M.E.), and has served as an Agreed Medical Examiner (A.M.E) and expert witness.

He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons and a Diplomat of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.

Dr. Roland has extensive experience as an orthopedic surgeon and has performed thousands of arthroscopic, reconstructive, and total joint surgeries.

In his free time, Dr. Roland enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, and nature photography at the family ranch in Montana.

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G. Charles Roland, MD 3200 4th Avenue Suite 100 San Diego, CA USA 92103 View map Phone 619-293-3994 Fax 619-260-1048

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