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Chris Mellano MD
Chris Mellano MD
Shoulder and Sports Medicine
Hip & Knee Reconstruction

Specializing in the field of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Mellano is prepared to treat a wide range of injuries to the musculoskeletal system, which includes the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and tendons, in either a non-surgical or surgical manner, resorting to surgery when all other treatment methods have been exhausted or ruled out. Additionally, Dr. Mellano is trained to diagnose a range of musculoskeletal conditions, such as fractures or sprains.

Education

  • 2013-2014 – Rush Orthopaedic Surgery Shoulder Elbow & Sports Fellowship MidWest Orthopaedics at Rush University Medical Center Chicago, IL
  • 2008-2013 – Harbor – UCLA Orthopaedic Surgery Residency 1000 W. Carson Torrance, CA 90509
  • 2004-2008 – University Southern California Keck School of Medicine Doctor of Medicine

Athletic Team Coverage

  • 2013-2014 – Chicago White Sox-assistant team physician (fellow)
  • 2013-2014 – Chicago Bulls-assistant team physician (fellow)
  • 2013-2014 – DePaul University-assistant team physician (fellow)

Honors & Awards

  • 2006-2007 – Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship
  • 2003 – Pulitzer Program Excellence in Volunteering and Leadership Award
  • 2003 – Sociology Departmental Honors, UCSD
  • 1999-2003 – Dean’s List, UCSD
  • 1999 – Sarkis Spanjin Memorial Scholarship-outstanding athletics and academics

Medical Exams and Certifications

  • 2013 – American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery Part 1-Pass
  • 2008 – United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 3-Pass
  • 2008 – United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 2-Pass
  • 2006 – United States Medical Licensing Exam Step 1-Pass

Research Activity

  • Saccormanno M, Shin J, Mellano C R , Verma N. Biomechanical Analysis of Latarjet Fixation Constructs: Comparison of Three Screw Fixation Devices. Manuscript submitted for publication Poster Presentation AANA Annual meeting Hollywood FL, 2014
  • Mellano C R, Mascarenhas R, Shin J, Forsythe B. Humeral Fracture Risk after Bicep Tenodesis: A Biomechanical Evaluation of Torsional Stress in 18 matched pair humeri. Manuscript submitted for publication
  • Mellano C R , Feldheim T, Riff A, Bruce B, Romeo AA, Verma NN, Nicholson GP. Latarjet for Recurrent Instability after Failed Arthroscopic Repair Manuscript submitted for publication
  • Chalmers PN, Mellano C, Mascarenhas R, Nicholson G. Total Shoulder Arthroplasty vs. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in elderly with glenohumeral arthritis with intact rotator cuff. Manuscript submitted for publication
  • Mellano C R, Frank R, Monson B, Romeo AA. Incidence of Early Development of Radiolucent Lines in Peg – Keel Polyethylene Glenoid Component in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
  • Mellano C R, Frank RM, Monson B, Nho S, Romeo AA. Midterm Results of Radiolucent Lines in Peg – keeled Polyethylene Glenoid Component in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
  • Chalmers PN, Mascarenhas R, Mellano C R, Verma NN, Cole BJ, Romeo AA. Bicep Tenodesis versus SLAP repair in overhead athletes.
  • Ziegler C, Mellano C R, Monson B, Saccormanno M, Romeo AA, Mazzocca G. Glenoid Vault cement penetration in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty.
    Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Chalmers PN, Feldheim T, Mellano C R, Nicholson G, Romeo AA. Pectoralis Major transfer for Long Thoracic Nerve Palsy : Clinical outcomes at mini mum 2 years.
    Manuscript submitted for publication.
  • Yanke A, Mascarenhas R, Mellano C R, Haro M, Wuerz T, Nicholson G, Verma N, Cole B, Romeo AA. Clinical Outcomes of Shoulder Arthroplasty in the Very Young (<40).
  • Mellano C R, Monson B, Provencher M, Verma NN, Romeo AA. Clinical outcomes of Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair in the young (<30) patient.
  • Navarro R, Mellano CR. Rising Incidence of Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty: An Analysis of Regional and National Levels.
    Submitted for publication 2014
  • Mellano C R, Gelber J, Spitzer A. Trends in radiographic measurements of acetabular component abduction angle with deviations from a perfect AP pelvis image during THA.
    Manuscript submitted for publication
    Poster Presentation Western Orthopaedic Society Oahu, HI 2011
  • Mellano C R, Spitzer A. Large Diameter Modular Metal on Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty
    Poster Presentation Western Orthopaedic Society Oahu, HI 2011
    Presentation at Alumni Day Harbor-UCLA 2011
  • Wiss D, Mellano C R. Open Reduction Internal Fixation of Humeral Shaft Nonunions using OP-1 and Locked plating technique compared with dual compression plating and iliac crest bone graft.
  • Kwong L, Neilsen S, Ruiz D, Hsu A, Dines M, Mellano CR. Cementless Fixation in Total Knee Arthroplasty A Durable Solution – Affirm.
    Submitted to publication CCJR

Book Chapters & Review Articles

  • Mellano C, Shin J, Yanke A, Verma N. Instructional Course Lecture Bicep Tendon: Problems and Current Techniques. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. 2015; 64:
  • Mellano C, Shin J, Verma N. Disorders of the Long Head of the Bicep in Clinical Decision Support Shoulder and Elbow. Editors Zuckerman, Strauss, Oh.
  • Yanke A, Mella no C, Cole B J. Evaluation and Management of Chondral Lesions Affecting the Glenohumeral Joint in Clinical Decision Support Shoulder and Elbow. Editors Zuckerman, Strauss, Oh.
  • Mellano C, Romeo A A, Cohen M. Arthroscopic Treatment of Elbow Loss of Motion in Operative Techniques in Orthopaedic Surgery. Editor M. Miller 2014.
  • Cole B J , Mellano C. Is there a role for arthroscopic treatment of shoulder arthritis? Guest Editorial. The American Journal of Orthopedics. (Belle Mead, NJ) 2014;43(2):59 – 60.
  • Mellano C, Romeo AA. Glenoid Revision: Bone Graft is Better than Reimplantation. Seminars in Arthroplasty February 2014 (10.1053/j.sart.2014.02.006)
  • Mellano C, Riff A , Cole B. Revision arthroscopic shoulder stabilization. Arthroscopy Association of North America Surgical Techniques 2014.
  • Saccormanno M, Mellano C, Romeo AA. Rotator Cuff Repairs: Suture Bridge and Transosseous Techniques in Rotator Cuff: Current Concepts and Complex Problems Editor Stefano Gumina.
  • Mellano C, Romeo AA. Arthrex Univers Revers Design Rationale and Surgical Techniques in Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Editor M. Frankle 2014.
  • Mellano C, Shin J, Monson B, Romeo AA. Knotless Rotator Cuff Repair: Speed Fix Single Row and Speed Bridge Trans – Osseous Equivalent Arthroscopic Techniques
  • Shin J, Cvetanovich G, Mellano C, Cole BJ. Treatment of glenoid chondral defect using micronized allogeneic cartilage matrix implantation. Arthroscopic Techniques.

Scientific Presentations and Posters

  • Saccormanno M, Shin J, Mellano C, Verma N. Biomechanical Analysis of Latarjet Fixation Constructs: Comparison of Three Screw Fixation Devices. Manuscript submitted for publication Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Mellano C, Mascarenhas R, Shin J, Forsythe B. Humeral Fracture Risk after Bicep Tenodesis: A Biomechanical Evaluation of Torsional Stress in 18 matched pair humeri Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Mellano C, Feldheim T, Riff A, Bruce B, Romeo AA, Verma NN, Nicholson GP. Latarjet for Recur rent Instability after Failed Arthroscopic Repair Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Chalmers PN, Mellano C, Mascarenhas R, Nicholson G. Total Shoulder Arthroplasty vs. Reverse Total Shoulder Arthroplasty in elderly with glenohumeral arthritis with intact rotator cuff. Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Mellano C, Frank RM, Monson B, Romeo AA. Incidence of Early Development of Radiolucent Lines in Peg – Keel Polyethylene Glenoid Component in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Mellano C, Frank RM, Monson B, Nho S, Romeo AA. Midterm Results of Radiolucent Line s in Peg – keeled Polyethylene Glenoid Component in Total Shoulder Arthroplasty. Poster Presentation San Diego Shoulder Institute Course 2014
  • Saccarmanno M, Shin J, Mellano C, Wang V, Verma N. Biomechanical Analysis of Latarjet Fixation Constructs: Comparison of Three Screw Fixation Devices Poster Presentation AANA Annual meeting Hollywood FL, 2014
  • Ri ff A, Mellano C, Verma NN, Cole BJ, Romeo AA, Nicholson GP. Results of Latarjet Coracoid Transfer to Revise Failed Arthroscopic Instability Repair. Poster Presentation AAOS Annual meeting New Orleans, LA 2014
  • Mellano C, Spitzer A. Intraoperative Portable Computed Radiography During Total Hip Arthroplasty Underestimates Acetabular Inclination Angle. Poster Presentation Western Orthopaedic Society Oahu, HI 2011
  • Mellano C, Spitzer A. Large Diameter Modular Metal on Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty Retrospective survival analysis of 182 consecutive Deputy modular cup large diameter head metal on metal total hip arthroplasty cases. Poster Presentation Western Orthopaedic Society Oahu, HI 2011

Previous Research Experience

  • 2006-2007
    Clinical Research in Pediatric Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital LA Designed retrospective analysis of in vivo MR Spectroscopy of pineal region neoplasms in pediatric population as tool for non – invasive biochemical diagnosis to direct medical or surgical treatment, and prognostic indicator.
    Advisor: Mark Krieger M.D. Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, CA
  • 2005-2006
    Clinical Research in Emergency Medicine, Los Angeles County Hospital Retrospective chart review of patients with known cocaine and amphetamine induced rhabdomyolysis. Investigated leukocytosis as a potential early prognostic indicator compared to creatinine kinase levels.
    Advisor: Michael Orlinsky M.D. Los Angeles County Hospital, CA
  • 2001-2003
    Basic Science Research in Proteomics, University California San Diego Assisted in sample preparation, system maintenance, and data interpretation of high throughput amide deuterium exchange – mass spectrometry (DXMS) determination of protein quaternary structure and ligand binding domains. Advisor: Virgil Woods M.D. UC San Diego Biomedical Lab La Jolla, CA

Teaching Events

  • Associate Instructor for AANA Resident Course in Arthroscopy
  • Orthopedic Learning Center Rosemont, IL Jan 2014

Society Membership

  • 2014-present Arthroscopic Association of North America (AANA) member
  • 2013-present Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA) member

Prior Work Experience

  • 2003-2004
    Sport Fishing Boat Deck Hand, Kodiak Discoveries
    Port Vita Camp Kodiak, Alaska
    Assisted customers on board for fishing excursions
    Fish gaffing, fishing advisor, boat maintenance
    Short order cook, camp maintenance, manual laborer
  • 2003-2004
    Research Laboratory Technician USC School of Pharmacy
    Proteomics Core Facility Los Angeles, CA
    Mass Spectrometry analysis of purified proteins
    Maintained spectrometers and prepared samples
    Assisted in interpreting raw data to determine final protein sequence
  • 1998-2002
    Beach Lifeguard and Emergency Medical Technician
    Oceanside Beach Lifeguard Association San Diego, CA
    Water and beach safety, Junior Lifeguard Instructor
    Competed in State Lifeguard competitions

Athletics and Extracurricular Activities

  • 2000-2001
    NCAA Division II Men’s swim team member UCSD butterfly and I.M.
  • 2001-2003
    Director of Pulitzer Program-Student organized mentor program for two hundred children of San Diego Low Income Housing Project
  • 2005-2006
    Mentor for C.O.R.E. Student Mentor Program, Medical student mentor for child living with chronic illness or debilitation
  • 2005-2008
    Co-President Surf Club USC School of Medicine
  • 2004-2006
    Tom Bradley Mini Medical School Volunteer-conducted monthly 4th grade class health education at Tom Bradley Mini Medical School

Services

To know more about Dr. Mellano please visit www.chrismellanomd.com