Dr. Ball Profile

Updated 12/27/2011

Scott Ball, MD
UCSD Medical Center North
200 West Arbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92103
Phone:  (619) 543-6312
FAX:  (619) 543-7480
UCSD Website

Administrative Assistant: Carol Atkins  619-543-2539

Dr. Ball's Interview


Dr. Ball grew up in Orange County, CA. After graduating from U.C. Santa Barbara, he went on to medical school at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia where he graduated Cum Laude. He completed orthopaedic residency at U.C. San Diego and after a year of fellowship in Joint Reconstruction in Los Angeles, he returned to U.C. San Diego where he now practices. He has published a number of articles in orthopaedic journals on the subjects of hip resurfacing, cartilage tissue engineering, osteochondral allografts and arthroscopic surgery, and has been honored with awards for clinical and basic science research. He is married, has two children, and enjoys surfing, skiing and travel.

 

 

Clinical Specialty & Interests

Total Hip Replacement
Hip Resurfacing
Total Knee Replacement
Computer Assisted Navigation
Arthroscopy / Cartilage Resurfacing
Revision Hip & Knee Replacement

Education & Training

2005-2006       Fellow, Adult Reconstruction, Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
2001-2005       Resident, U.C. San Diego, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
2000                Research Fellow, U.C. San Diego, Dept of Orthopaedic Surgery
1999                Internship, University of California, San Diego
1995-1999       Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA
1988-1992       University of California, Santa Barbara

Honors & Awards

  • June Marshall Award for Clinical Research, Orthopaedic Hospital, June 2006.
  • J. Leonard Goldner Award, Best Basic Science Paper, American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society Meeting, July 2005.
  • Co-author, OREF Award, California Orthopaedic Association, May 2003
  • DePuy Orthopaedic Research Award, California Orthopaedic Association, May 2003
  • Vernon P. Thompson Award, Western Orthopaedic Association, August 2002
  • Best Basic Science Paper Award, Societe Francaise d’Arthroscopie at La Beaule, France, December 6-8, 2001
  • Graduated Cum Laude, Jefferson Medical College
  • National Pathology Honor Society
  • Hobart Amory Hare Medical Honor Society
Research Publications
  • Ball ST, LeDuff MJ, Amstutz HC:  Conversion of Failed Resurfacing Arthroplasty of the Hip.  Accepted with revisions. J Bone and Joint Surg – American.  2006.
  • Ball ST, In Y, Mahoney OM, Schmalzried TP:  Fixed vs. Rotating Platform Knee Replacement.  A prospective, randomized study.  Submitted to J Bone and Joint Surg – American.  May 2006.
  • Amstutz HC, Ball ST, LeDuff MJ, Dorey F:  Hip Resurfacing for Patients under 50 years of age. Results of 350 ConserveÒ Plus With a 2-9 Year Follow-up.  Accepted with revisions. Clin Orthop Rel Research.  2006.
  • Bitsch R, Ball ST, Moreland J, Schmalzried TP: Reduction of Osteolysis with Crosslinked Polyethylene at Five Years.  Submitted to J Bone and Joint Surg – American.  June 2006.
  • Ball ST, Schwartz AK, Brage ME.  Severe Bilateral Foot and Ankle Injuries in Motocross Riders.  Submitted to Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, September 2006.
  • Ball ST, Jadin KD, Allen RT, Schwartz AK, Sah RL, Brage ME: Chondrocyte viability after intra-articular calcaneus fractures in humans.  Accepted by Foot and Ankle International, August 2006.
  • Ball ST, Amiel, D, Williams SK, Tontz W, Chen AC, Sah RL, Amiel D, Bugbee WD. The Effects of Storage on Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts. Clin Orthop 418:246-252, 2004.
  • Tis JE, Ball ST, Chambers H.  Transtalar Drilling of Osteochondral Lesions of the Talus in Children and Adolescents.  Techniques in Foot and Ankle Surgery, March 2004.
  • Ball ST, Goomer RS, Ostrander R, Tontz W, Williams SK, Amiel D.  Pre-Incubation of Perichondrial Cells in a Polylactic Acid Scaffold Enhances Donor Cell Retention. Clin Orthop 420: 276-285, March 2004.
  • Amiel D, Ball ST, Tasto J: Chondrocyte Viability and Metabolic Activity after Treatment of Bovine Articular Cartilage with Bipolar Radiofrequency: An In Vitro Study. Arthroscopy 20(5):503-510, 2004.
  • Lane JG, Massie JB, Ball ST, Amiel ME, Chen AC, Bae WC, Sah RL and Amiel D:  Followup of Osteochondral Plug Transfers in a Goat Model. American Journal of Sports Medicine, Vol 32, No. 6. 1440-1450. 2004.
  • Williams SK, Amiel D, Ball ST, Allen RT, Wong VW, Chen A, Sah RL, Bugbee WD:  Prolonged Storage Effects on the Articular Cartilage of Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts.  J Bone Joint Surg 85:2111-2120, 2003.
  • Brage ME, Ball ST:  Surgical options for salvage of end-stage hallux rigidus. Foot and Ankle Clinics of North America, Volume 7, 2002.
  • Lane JG, Tontz WL, Ball ST, Massie JB, Chen A, Bae WB, Amiel M, Sah R, Amiel D. A Morphologic, Biochemical, and biomechanical assessment of Short-Term Effects of Osteochondral Autograft Plug Transfer in an Animal Model. Arthroscopy. 17(8):856-63. 2001.
  • Ball ST, Vaccaro AR, Albert TJ, Cotler JM.  Injuries of the Thoracolumbar Spine Associated with Restraint Use in Head-on Motor Vehicle Accidents.  J Spinal Disord. 13(4):297-304, 2000.
  • Vaccaro AR, Ball, ST:  Indications for Instrumentation in Degenerative Lumbar Spinal Disorders.  Orthopedics. 23(3):260-71; CME quiz 272-3, 2000.
  • Ball ST, Vaccaro AR, Klein GR, Albert TJ, Cotler JM.  Combined Anterior and Posterior Surgery for Fractures of the Thoracolumbar Spine.  Jefferson Orthopaedic Journal. 1998.

TOP
Conference Presentations, Abstracts, and Posters
 

  • Ball ST.  Hip Resurfacing.  Past, Present, Future.  U.C. San Diego / Navy Orthopaedic Grand Rounds.  September 6, 2006.
  • Ball ST, LeDuff MJ, Amstutz HC: Conversion of Failed Resurfacing Arthroplasty of the Hip.  Submitted to AAOS meeting, San Diego, CA. 2007.
  • Ball ST, In Y, Mohoney OM, Schmalzried TP: Mobile versus Fixed Bearing Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Prospective Study.  Submitted to AAOS meeting, San Diego, CA. 2007.
     
  • Ball ST, Pinsorsnak P, Amstutz HC, Schmalzried TP:  Extended Travel After Hip Replacement Surgery.  Is It Safe?  Submitted to AAOS meeting, San Diego, CA. 2007.
     
  • Bitsch R, Ball ST, Moreland J, Schmalzried TP: Reduction of Osteolysis with Crosslinked Polyethylene at Five Years. Accepted for podium presentation at AAHKS meeting, November 2006.
     
  • Ball ST, In Y, Mohoney OM, Schmalzried TP: Mobile versus Fixed Bearing Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Randomized, Prospective Study.  Accepted for podium presentation at AAHKS meeting, November 2006.
     
  • Ball ST, Pinsorsnak P, Amstutz HC, Schmalzried TP:  Extended Travel After Hip Replacement Surgery.  Is It Safe?  Accepted for podium presentation at AAHKS meeting, November 2006.
     
  • Ball ST, Jadin KD, Allen RT, Schwartz AK, Sah RL, Brage ME: Chondrocyte viability after intra-articular calcaneus fractures in humans. Podium presentation at AAOS Annual Meeting, 2006, Chicago, IL.
     
  • Amstutz HC, Ball ST, LeDuff MJ, Dorey F: Hip Resurfacing for Patients under 50 years of age. Results of 350 ConserveÒ Plus With a 2-9 Year Follow-up. Podium presentation, Specialty Day, Hip Society,  AAOS Annual Meeting, 2006, Chicago, IL.
     
  • Ball ST, Jadin KD, Allen RT, Schwartz AK, Sah RL, Brage ME: Chondrocyte viability after intra-articular calcaneus fractures in humans. AOFAS Annual Meeting, Boston, MA, July 14-17, 2005.  *Best Basic Science Paper, J. Leonard Goldner Award.
     
  • Ball ST, Jadin KD, Allen RT, Schwartz AK, Sah RL, Brage ME: Chondrocyte viability after intra-articular calcaneus fractures in humans. Presented at OTA Annual Meeting, 2005, Ottowa, Ontario.
     
  • Ball ST.  Femur fractures in the polytrauma patient.  UCSD General Surgery Grand Rounds, February 2005.
     
  • Ball ST.  Intra-articular fractures and post-traumatic arthritis.  UCSD Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, September 2004.
     
  • Lane J, Massie J, Ball ST, Amiel M, Chen A, Bae W, Sah R, Amiel D.  Follow-up of Osteochondral Plug Transfers in a Goat Model: A Six-Month Study.  Am Orth Soc Sports Med (AOSSM), June 24-27, 2004, Quebec, Canada.
     
  • Ball ST. Computer-Assisted Adult Reconstructive Surgery of the Knee.  UCSD Orthopaedic Grand Rounds, April 28, 2004.
     
  • Williams, S.K., Ball, S.T., Bugbee, W.D., Amiel D.  Fresh Human Osteochondral Allograft Retrievals: Reasons for Failure. AAOS 71st Annual Meeting, March 10-14, 2004, San Francisco, CA. #P351
     
  • Williams, S.K., Ball, S.T., Bugbee, W.D., Amiel D.  Storage Duration and Conditions for Fresh Osteochondral Allografts Used for Cartilage Repair. AAOS 71st Annual Meeting, March 10-14, 2004, San Francisco, CA. #P349.
     
  • Ball ST, Chambers H, Ostrander R.  Surgical treatment of osteochondral lesions of the talus in children. AAOS 71st Annual Meeting, March 10-14, 2004 (POSNA Specialty Day), San Francisco, CA.
     
  • Ball ST, Goomer R, Ostrander R, Tontz W, Williams S, Amiel D: Pre-Incubation of Perichondrial Cells into a Scaffold Enhances Donor Cell Retention.  Presented at The California Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, May 1-4, 2003, San Francisco, CA. *DePuy Orthopaedic Research Award.
     
  • Ball ST, Chen, A, Williams S, Tontz W, Sah R, Bugbee W and Amiel D. The Time-Dependent Effects of Storage on Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts. Presented at 22nd World Congress of Societe Internationale de Recherché Orthopedique et de Traumatologie (SICOT), San Diego CA, August 23-30, 2002.
     
  • Williams SK, Bugbee WD, Ball ST, Allen RT, Wong VW, Chen A, Sah RL and Amiel D.  Comparison of Storage Methods for Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts Used for Cartilage Repair Procedures. World Congress OsteoArth Res Soc Intl (OARSI), Berlin, Oct 12-15, 2003.
     
  • Williams, S.K., Bugbee, W.D., Ball, S.T., Tontz, W. Jr., M.D., Allen, R.T., Haghighi, P., Emery, S.C. and Amiel, D.  Retrieved Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts: Analysis of Articular Cartilage, Chondrocytes and Subchondral Bone. World Congress OsteoArth Res Soc Intl (OARSI), Berlin, Oct 12-15, 2003.
     
  • Eves, W.C., Tasto, J.P., Amiel, D., Ball, S.T. and Williams, S.K.:  In Situ Assessment of Chondrocyte Cell Death in Bovine Articular Cartilage Using a Bipolar Radiofrequency Wand and a Mechanical Shaver. Arthros Assoc No America (AANA) Mtng, Poster #E-87, 2003.
     
  • Lane, J.G., Obuch, A.B., Ball, S.T., Amiel, M., Chen, A.C., Bae, W.C., Sah, R.L. and Amiel, D.: A Morphologic, Biochemical and Biomechanical Assessment of Long-Term Effects of Osteochondral Autograft Plug Transfer in an Animal Model. Accepted for Poster Presentation, 49th Annual Orthop Res Soc (ORS) Mtng, New Orleans, Feb 2-5, 2003.
     
  • Ball ST, Tontz W, Williams S, Chen AC, Sah RL, Amiel D, Bugbee W. Storage of Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts: Enhancement of Preservation. Presented at the Western Orthopaedic Association Annual Meeting, August 1-4, 2002, Maui, HI. *Vernon P. Thompson Award.
     
  • Williams, S.K., Amiel, D., Ball, S.T., Wong, V.W., Chen, A., Sah. R.L. and Bugbee, W.D.:  Fresh Osteochondral Allografts: Time-Dependent Storage Effects. Trans Intl Cart Repair Soc (ICRS) Mtng, Toronto, June 15-18, 2002.
     
  • Amiel, D., Ball, S., Tasto, J. and Woloszko, J.:  Use of Bipolar Radiofrequency in Bovine Articular Cartilage: An In Situ Assessment of Cellular Viability and Metabolic Activity. Arthros Assoc N Am, Wash D.C., April 22-26, E-Poster K-5, 2002.
     
  • Ball ST, Chen AC, Tontz WL, Amiel ME, Wong VW, Bae WC, Sah RL, Bugbee WD and Amiel D. Preservation of Fresh Human Osteochondral Allografts: Effects of Storage Conditions on Biological, Biochemical and Biomechanical Properties. Presented at 48th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, Dallas TX, Poster #441, 2002.
     
  • Ball ST, Tontz WL, Chen AC, Wong VW, Sah RL, Bugbee W and Amiel D. The Time-Dependent Effects of Storage on Fresh Osteochondral Allografts.  Presented at 69th Annual Meeting, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Dallas TX, Poster #P178, 2002.
     
  • Ball ST, Goomer RS, Harwood FL, VandeBerg JS, Coutts RD, Amiel D. Pre-Incubation of Perichondrial Cells in a Biodegradable Scaffold Enhances Donor Cell Retention in the Repair Tissue of Osteochondral Defects. Presented at 48th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, February 10-13, Dallas TX, Podium Session #41, 2002.
     
  • Amiel D, Ball ST, Woloszko J. In Situ Assessment of Cellular Viability in Bovine Articular Cartilage Using Bipolar Radiofrequency.  Presented at Societe Francaise d’Arthroscopie at La Baule, France, December 6-8, 2001. *Winner, Best Basic Science Paper Award.
     
  • Tontz WL, R Ostrander, ST Ball, R Goomer, F Harwood, T Maris, D Amiel. Long Term Donor Cell Fate Following Articular Repair in a Rabbit Model. Presented at 47th Annual Meeting, Orthopaedic Research Society, San Francisco  26(2)607, 2001.