The USC Epstein Family Center for Sports Medicine at Keck Medicine of USC, which specializes in treating sports-related and recreational injuries affecting the shoulder, knee, hip and elbow, recently announced the appointment of Frank Petrigliano, MD, as the chief of the center and head team physician for the Los Angeles Kings hockey team. He also will join the Keck School of Medicine of USC faculty as an associate professor of clinical orthopaedic surgery.

“I am excited to join Keck Medicine and provide care to the LA Kings and Los Angeles athletes of all levels,” Petrigliano said. “My mission is to work with our outstanding orthopaedic team and researchers to develop the preeminent sports medicine center in the region, and I am confident that Keck Medicine has the passion, skill and innovation to make this possible.”

Petrigliano treats a wide variety of sports medicine injuries, with a special interest in ligament reconstruction of the knee and surgical care of shoulder and elbow injuries. Petrigliano also is deeply involved in orthopaedic research. His work focuses on developing regenerative stem cell therapies for rotator cuff and cartilage injuries.

In announcing the appointment, Jay R. Lieberman, MD, director of USC Orthopaedic Surgery at Keck Medicine, and professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Keck School, noted Petrigliano’s extensive experience in sports medicine. “Dr. Petrigliano will lead a team of excellent sports medicine physicians. Whether it is a professional athlete, a USC athlete or a weekend warrior, the goal is the same: we will use cutting-edge technologies to help patients attain their athletic goals.”

Petrigliano comes from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served as an associate professor in residence in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and team physician at UCLA, which is also where he completed his fellowship and residency. Petrigliano performed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York.