Dr. Joseph M. Centeno

Dr. Joseph Centeno is a board certified, fellowship trained, orthopedic surgeon with additional subspecialty certification in sports medicine. The focus of his practice is the comprehensive diagnosis and treatment of orthopedic disorders. From simple arthroscopy to total joint replacement, he utilizes minimally invasive techniques and a sports medicine philosophy of returning patients to normal activity as quickly as possible. 

Dr. Centeno is trained in the latest techniques involving arthroscopy, ligament and tendon repair, joint replacement (including reverse shoulder replacement) and cartilage resurfacing.

Originally from Walnut Creek, CA., Dr. Centeno received his undergraduate degree from the U.C. Berkeley, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Psi Chi honor society. He earned his medical degree from U.C.L.A. and completed orthopedic and surgery residency at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics. From there he went on to further train at the Taos Orthopedic Institute, completing a fellowship in orthopedic sports medicine.

Dr. Centeno is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, California Medical Association, Marin Medical Society, and Arthroscopy Association of North America.


Dr. Centeno's Curriculum Vitae

                                                                                  JOSEPH M. CENTENO, M.D.



01/2012 – Present               Bay Area Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine

                                                    Private Practice – Owner/Partner

                                                    100 Hospital Drive #303, Vallejo, CA 94589

08/2006 – 01/2012           Kaiser Permanente Medical Group

                                                    Department of Orthopedic Surgery

                                                   99 Monticello Road

                                                   San Rafael, CA 94903



2010 – 12/31/2020           American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

2008 – 12/31/2018           ABOS subspecialty certification in Sports.



Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Member, Arthroscopy Association of North America.



08/2005 – 08/2006      Fellow, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

                                                Taos Orthopaedic Institute, Taos, New Mexico.


7/2004 – 7/2005           Chief Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery.

                                                Stanford University Medical Center, Palo Alto, CA.

7/2001 – 7/2004           Resident, Orthopaedic Surgery.

                                               Stanford University Medical Center.

6/2000 – 6/2001          Intern, General Surgery.

                                              Stanford University Medical Center.



8/96 – 6/2000              Doctor of Medicine.

                                             UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA.

                                             Honors in Orthopaedic Surgery, Surgery, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics.



6/94 – 12/95                  Post-baccalaureate Physics.

                                            University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.

                                            Deans List with distinction.



8/90 – 5/94                  Bachelor of Science.

                                           University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.

                                           Deans List with distinction

                                           Psi Chi Honor Society.



07/2005                       Chief Resident of the Year,

                                          Stanford University Santa Clara Valley Medical Center.

05/2000                      McLean/Cadbury National Medical Research Fellowship Award.

05/97 – 08/97           UCLA School of Medicine Research Grant.


08/05 – 08/06         Taos Orthopaedic Institute.


                                        James Lubowitz, MD. Sports Medicine Fellowship Director.

                                        Dan Guttman, MD.  Associate Director.

07/03 – 7/05            Stanford University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


                                       Timothy McAdams, MD.  Chief, Division of Sports Medicine.

07/99 – 06/00       UCLA Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.


                                      Jeffrey Wang, MD. Chief, Division of Spine Surgery.

03/97 – 06/00       UCLA Department of General Surgery.


                                      David W. McFadden, MD. Chief, Division of General Surgery.

06/95 – 08/96        UCSF Department of Pulmonary Medicine.


                                      Peter Lazarus, MD.



2007                            Centeno JM, Woolf S, Reid JB 3rd, Lubowitz JH. Do anterior cruciate ligament allograft culture results correlate with clinical infections?  Arthroscopy.  2007 Oct;23(10):1100-3.

2007                            Lubowitz JH, Appleby D, Centeno JM, Woolf SK, Reid JB 3rd. The relationship between the outcome of studies of autologous chondrocyte implantation and the presence of commercial funding.  Am J Sports Med.  2007 Nov;35(11): 1809-16.

2007                            McAdams TR,  Lee AT, Centeno JM, Giori NJ, Lindsey DP.   Two ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction methods: the docking technique versus bioabsorbable interference screw fixation – a biomechanical evaluation with cyclic loading. J Shoulder Elbow Surg 2007 Mar-Apr;16(2): 224-8.

1999                            Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Kim F, Ke B, Swenson K, Maggard M, McFadden DW.  Irradiation-induced up-regulation of fas in esophageal squamous cell carcinoma is not accompanied by fas ligand-mediated apoptosis.  J Surg Oncol. 1999 Jun;71(2):91-6.

1998                            Rigberg DA, Centeno JM, Blinnman TA, Towfigh S, McFadden DW. Two decades of cervical esophagostomy: Indications and outcomes. Am Surg. 1998 Oct;64(10):939-41.


2005                          Reviewer, Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

2005                         Orthopaedic Consultant, New Mexico Highlands University Dept. of Athletics.  Taos High                                     School Dept. of Athletics.

2005                         Orthopaedic Consultant, Taos Ski Valley, Red River, Angel Fire Ski Patrol.

8/97 – 6/00          President, UCLA School of Medicine Surgery Interest Group.

5/96 – 6/20           Student Government Liaison. UCLA /UC Riverside Schools of Medicine.

9/96 – 9/97          Volunteer, Lennox Health Fair and CHAMA Health Fair (Los Angeles County community                                    service).

5/95 – 8/95          Volunteer, Oakland Athletics Community Fund.

8/94 – 5/95         Volunteer, Children’s Hospital of Oakland Child Life Department.