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Desert Orthopedic Center Orthopedic Surgeons Rancho Mirage California

From the appointment scheduler who helps you find the right physician, to the receptionist who greets you at the front desk, the staff of Desert Orthopedic Center takes pride in making your visit as comfortable as possible. Our chief executive officer and administrator oversee a staff of nearly 150 employees dedicated to quality patient care.

In order to effectively deliver the high standard of medical care for which it is known, Desert Orthopedic Center maintains a staff of qualified specialists and places a great emphasis on education. From continuing medical education to recent changes in insurance and Workers Compensation regulations, our staff keeps abreast of the latest technology to provide you with the most competent and comprehensive care available.

A team approach starts at the top with physician specialists covering all areas of orthopedics. All physicians are board certified and have met rigorous training and technical requirements to become part of DOC. Many are fellowship trained and bring credentials from around the world.

Desert Orthopedic Center Orthopedic Surgeons Rancho Mirage California

  • Stephen Connell

    Stephen J. O'Connell, M.D.

    Director of Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery

    Stephen J. O’Connell, M.D. a fellowship-trained, board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in surgery of the hand, wrist and shoulder. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1988 to establish and direct the Center’s hand and upper extremity program.

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  • David A. Friscia, M.D.

    David A. Friscia, M.D.

    Director of Foot & Ankle Surgery

    David A. Friscia, M.D. joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1990 to serve as director of the Center’s foot and ankle program. A Southern California native, Dr. Friscia was raised in Long Beach.

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  • James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.

    James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D.

    General Orthopedics

    James A. Bell, M.D., Ph.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in orthopedic trauma, sports medicine and joint replacement. He is also certified in Sports Medicine. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1996.

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  • Rufus W. Gore, M.D.

    Rufus W. Gore, M.D.

    General Orthopedics

    Rufus W. Gore, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in general orthopedics with an emphasis on total joint replacement.

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  • A. David Tahernia, M.D.

    A. David Tahernia, M.D.

    Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center

    A. David Tahernia, M.D. is a board-certified, fellowship trained orthopedic spinal surgeon. He joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 2003 where he is the Director of the Comprehensive Spine Center.

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  • John G. DeSantis, D.O.

    John G. DeSantis, D.O.

    Hip & Knee Reconstruction

    John G. DeSantis, D. O., is a board certified fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in total hip and total knee reconstruction. A native of Michigan, Dr. DeSantis moved to Southern California to join Desert Orthopedic Center in 2008.

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  • Patrick St. Pierre, M.D.

    Patrick St. Pierre, M.D.

    Director of Sports Medicine

    Committed to the care of athletes of all ages, Dr. Patrick St. Pierre is the team physician for College of the Desert, Palm Desert High School and Palm Springs Power Baseball.

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  • Matthew Diltz , M.D.

    Matthew Diltz , M.D.

    Orthopedic Surgeon

    Matthew V. Diltz, M.D. is a board certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine. He is a native of Southern California.

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  • Phillip Jeffrey Smith, D.O.

    Phillip Jeffrey Smith, D.O.

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    P. Jeffrey Smith, D.O. is a fellowship-trained pain management and interventional spine specialist and is Board Certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

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  • Reginald Fayssoux, M.D.

    Reginald Fayssoux, M.D.

    Spinal Surgeon

    Reginald Fayssoux, MD is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spinal surgeon who specializes in the operative and nonoperative care of patients with problems related to their spine.

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  • Hazmer H. Cassim, D.O.

    Hazmer H. Cassim, D.O.

    Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

    Dr. Cassim is a board-certified physiatrist (PM & R) with additional certification in pain management from the American Board of Pain Medicine (ABPM).

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  • Erik Schnaser, M.D.

    Erik Schnaser, M.D.

    Hip & Knee Reconstruction

    Erik Allen Schnaser, M.D. is a fellowship trained and Board Certified hip and knee replacement surgeon.  He specializes in adult hip and knee disorders including pre-arthritic and arthritic conditions. 

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  • Ghassan Boghosian, D.O.

    Ghassan Boghosian, D.O.

    Hip & Knee Reconstruction

    Dr. Boghosian is a fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, specializing in adult primary and revision joint replacement of the hip and knee.

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  • Donald J Greco, M.D.

    Donald J Greco, M.D.

    Pain Management

    Dr Greco is Board Certified in both anesthesiologist and pain medicine and a diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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  • Julie Johnson, M.D.

    Julie Johnson, M.D.

    Orthopedic Foot & Ankle

    Julie Johnson, M.D. joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 2016 as an orthopedic foot and ankle specialist. Dr. Johnson formerly practiced in Fargo, North Dakota, but as a native Nevadan, she is happy to return to the West Coast after 10 years living across the country.

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Podiatrist

  • Michael W. Seiberg, D.P.M.

    Michael W. Seiberg, D.P.M.

    Podiatrist

    Michael W. Seiberg, D.P.M. is a board-certified podiatrist specializing in conservative and surgical treatment of foot and ankle disorders, including diabetic foot care and wound care.

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Physician Assistants

Physician Assistants Group

Physician assistants (PAs) is a healthcare professional who is trained and licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of physicians and surgeons. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as delegated by a physician.

  • Inayat Moosa, MPAS

    Inayat Moosa, MPAS

    PA-C

    Inayat Moosa, MPAS, PA-C, joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 2015. He works with Dr. Reginald Fayssoux in all aspects of patient care, including seeing patients in the office and assisting in surgery.

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  • Andrew Charles Allen M.M.Sc., PA-C

    Andrew Charles Allen M.M.Sc., PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Andrew Allen, M.M.Sc., PA-C joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 2004 after receiving a Master of Medical Science from the Yale University School of Medicine in 2003.

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  • Roger Barrett, PA-C

    Roger Barrett, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Coming Soon

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  • Say Thao, PA-C

    Say Thao, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Say Thao, PA-C is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate, where he completed his undergraduate degree and Physician Assistant training.

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  • David Delgadillo, PA-C

    David Delgadillo, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    David Delgadillo, PA-C, a graduate of USC School of Medicine, joined Desert Orthopedic Center in 1995 following his academic achievements and several years of experience.

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  • Marianne Dezelan, PA-C

    Marianne Dezelan, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    A native of Southern California, Marianne Dezelan, PA-C earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Riverside. She is also a graduate of Western University Health Sciences Physician Assistant program in Pomona.

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  • Kirt L. Edly D.C, PA-C

    Kirt L. Edly D.C, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Kirt L. Edly, D.C., PA-C has more than 20 years as a health practitioner. He began his education with a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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  • William (Bill) H. Hinds, MMS, PA-C

    William (Bill) H. Hinds, MMS, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    William (Bill) H. Hinds, MMS, PA-C has been an active health practitioner for the past 20 years. His early medical experience began when he obtained a certificate in Sports Medicine from San Bernardino Valley College.

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  • Michael Guiles, PA-C

    Michael Guiles, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Michael Guiles is a native of Montana, studied at the University of Montana, Montana State University of Billings and received his BS Physician Assistant degree at Rocky Mountain College School of Allied Health.

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  • Lindsey Smith

    Lindsey Smith

    Physician Assistant

    Lindsey Smith, PA-C joined Desert Orthopedic Center after attending Western University of Health Sciences where she received a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPA).

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  • Brendan C. Murphy, PA-C

    Brendan C. Murphy, PA-C

    Physician Assistant

    Brendan C. Murphy, MPA, PA-C is a graduate of Loma Linda University’s Masters Program in Physician Assistant studies receiving honors.

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  • Jim Rosell, PA

    Jim Rosell, PA

    Physician Assistant

    Jim S. Rosell, PA-C, is a native to Southern California where he studied and graduated in Biochemistry from Cal State Fullerton.

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  • Kevin Hearn

    Kevin Hearn

    PA-C

    Coming soon

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