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Richard C. Rooney, MD

  • Lompoc Health Provider


Dr. Rooney is a fellowship-trained orthopedic spine surgeon practicing at Lompoc Health - North H Center.

A graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and he earned his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic surgery training in the U.S. Army and is board certified in both orthopedic and spine surgery. He was separately selected as the Clinical Travelling Fellow by the Scoliosis Research Society, the North American Spine Society, and the Cervical Spine Research Society and is the only surgeon to win all three of the awards concurrently. His accomplishments in the field of Regenerative Medicine and his knowledge of Stem Cell science were recognized by Congress and in 2009 and 2011 he was appointed as a Peer Reviewer for Congressional Directed Medical Research Programs in Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell therapy in Orthopaedics. He has authored numerous research articles, lectured extensively on Spine Surgery and Regenerative Medicine and authored the Spine and Orthopaedic chapters in the definitive textbook on Combat Trauma.

  • Louis A. Goldstein Award 2002
  • Lloyd Taylor Award 2002
  • Edgar Dawson Traveling Fellowship 2005
  • North American Spine Society Traveling Fellowship 2006
  • Cervical Spine Research Society Traveling Fellowship 2006
  • Seattle Superdoctor 2011
  • Seattle Superdoctor 2012
  • Seattle Superdoctor 2013
  • Seattle Met Magazine ‘Top Doctor’ selection 2012
  • Compassionate Physician Recognition 2011
  • Compassionate Physician Recognition 2012
  • Compassionate Physician Recognition 2013
  • California Magazine ‘Top Doctor’ selection 2020
  • Internship
  • Madigan Army Medical Center Tacoma, WA
  • Residency
  • Tripler Army Medical Center Honolulu, HI
  • Fellowship
  • Spine Institute Northwest Bothell, WA
  • University of Washington General Surgery Seattle, WA
  • San Diego Center for Spinal Disosrders/UCSD San Diego, CA
  • Medical Education
  • Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine Cleveland, OH
  • Undergraduate
  • United States Military Academy West Point, NY
  • Radiographic Accuracy in Scaphoid Waist Fractures Issue #1, Volume 2, 2018
    • Author: Rooney RC, Smith D
    • Publisher: Orthop & Spo Med Op Acc J
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  • Scaphoid Angulation and the Cortical Ring Sign Issue #3, Volume 4, 2018
    • Author: Rooney RC, Smith D
    • Publisher: Ortho Res Online Journal
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  • Marrowplasty is a Promising Strategy to Delay Total Joint Replacement Issue #10, Volume 9, 2018
    • Author: Rooney RC
    • Publisher: EC Orthopaedics
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  • Bone Marrow Derived MSCs a Better First Treatment for Degenerative Disc Issue #1, Volume 9, 2018
    • Author: Rooney RC
    • Publisher: EC Orthopaedics
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  • Preventing MRSA Infections in Orthopaedic Surgery Issue #6, Volume 9, 2018
    • Author: Rooney RC
    • Publisher: EC Orthopaedics
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  • Outcomes of Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) versus Minimally Invasive Lumbar Interbody Fusion (MiLIF) in Active Duty Military Members Issue #5, Volume 6, 2006
    • Author: Hardenbrook MA, Sukovich W, Rooney R
    • Publisher: The Spine Journal
  • Evaluating and Managing Back Pain in Children and Adolescents Issue #6, Volume 22, 2005
    • Author: Rooney RC
    • Publisher: J Musc Med
  • Idiopathic Scoliosis in Children: An update on screening and bracing Issue #5, Volume 21, 2004
    • Author: Rooney RC, Akbarnia BA
    • Publisher: J Musc Med
  • A prospective randomized evaluation of arthroscopic stabilization versus nonoperative treatment in patients with acute, traumatic, first-time shoulder dislocations Issue #4, Volume 30, 2002
    • Author: Bottoni CR, Wilckens JH, DeBerardino TM, D’Alleyrand JC, Rooney RC
    • Publisher: Am J Sports Med
  • Coxa Saltans externa treated with Z-plasty of the iliotibial tract in a military population Issue #2, Volume 167, 2002
    • Author: Kim DH, Baechler MF, Berkowitz MJ, Rooney RC, Judd DB
    • Publisher: Mil Med
  • Complications of Pin Fixation in Children. A Shriner’s 75 year Review Issue #21, 2001
    • Author: Rooney RC, Pitcher JD, Kim DH, Bottoni CR
    • Publisher: J Neuro Ortho Med Surg
  • Intra and Inter-observer Reliability of Talar Tilt Measurement Issue #21, 2001
    • Author: Rooney RC, Bottoni CR, Kim DH, Elliott A
    • Publisher: J Neuro Ortho Med Surg
  • Screw Length Selection in Distal Metaphyseal Fibula Fixation Issue #21, 2000
    • Author: Kim DH, Botte MJ, Rooney RC, Parr R
    • Publisher: Foot Ankle International
  • Osteochondroma of the Lumbar Spine Issue #19, 1999
    • Author: Rooney RC, Pitcher JD
    • Publisher: J Neuro Ortho Med Surg
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