San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

Orthopedic Surgeons & Sports Medicine Specialist located in San Diego, CA

Due to COVID-19 SDSM has implemented several protocols to help protect our patients and staff, including entrance screenings, limitations on visitors, and enhanced cleaning and safety procedures in the office.

“The staff are very friendly and helpful…give me the best support possible.”


“From consult to surgery thru recovery I would give it all five stars.”


“Provided excellent care, office waits were not long. Staff was helpful & friendly.”



About San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopedic Center, Inc. 

The mission of the team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. is to provide outstanding orthopaedic care to patients of all ages and activity levels. The San Diego area benefits from the advanced training and skills of the providers who make up the friendly, caring team at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

The team of board-certified physicians offers a wide array of conservative treatment options for conditions such as osteoarthritis, bunions, tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS), sports injuries, lumbar strains, and more. The expert orthopaedic surgeons at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. perform a range of procedures, from minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery to knee and hip replacement and reconstructive surgery.

As members of the San Diego community, the team of providers is dedicated to volunteer service and provides medical care to veterans and education to interns and residents at the VA San Diego Healthcare System in La Jolla, California. The team also educates and mentors orthopaedic surgeons in the fields of sports medicine and arthroscopy through the nationally recognized San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. fellowship program.

The people of San Diego trust the doctors at San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. for patient-focused medical care. The team is always welcoming, informative, and compassionate, empowering every individual to make informed choices about their personal health.

To schedule a consultation with a member of the team, or to learn more about surgical or nonsurgical options for treatment, call San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc. today.  



ACL Reconstruction

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Sports Medicine

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Rotator Cuff Repair

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Knee Ligament Injury

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Knee Replacement

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Hip Replacement

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Bunions and Hammertoes

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PRP Therapy

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Sprained Ankle

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Carpal Tunnel

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Hyaluronic Acid

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Stress Fracture

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Lumbar Strain

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Soft Tissue Injury

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Patient Portal

We are pleased to provide patients with secure, 24/7 access to their health records. Our primary goal is to provide the highest quality orthopaedic care to our patients. We maintain the highest of standards in medical care and provide a professional and caring environment for treating our patients and strive to exceed your expectations in medical care and communication.



Our Providers

  • James P. Tasto, M.D. is an internationally renowned surgeon in the field of arthroscopy and sports medicine. Dr. Tasto has published over (150) articles in peer-reviewed journals. He regularly speaks at medical conferences and orthopedic society meetings to teach cutting-edge sports medicine and advanced arthroscopic techniques to physicians and surgeons worldwide.
  • Michael A. Sirota, M.D. believes that every patient is an athlete, whether they are competing in the Olympics or simply trying to navigate the obstacle course of life. His goal is to provide the everyday athlete with the same care as the Olympian. He strives to ensure that all of his patients make informed decisions about their treatment options and choose the method, surgical or non-surgical, that will best fit their needs.
  • David J. Burnikel, M.D. is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon whose primary focus is arthroscopic treatment of knee and shoulder disorders. 
  • Matthew C. Shillito, MD, is an expert surgeon with advanced training in upper extremity surgery including treatment of hand, wrist, and elbow fractures, degenerative and overuse conditions such as arthritis of the upper extremity and tendinitis, removal of masses around the hand and arm including ganglion cysts and other masses, peripheral nerve compression conditions such as carpal tunnel and cubital tunnel syndrome, which cause pain, weakness, numbness and tingling of the hand, and Dupuytren’s contracture.
  • Alexandra E. Page, M.D. has specialized training and experience includes athletic injuries which may require ankle arthroscopy such as ongoing pain after ankle sprains, ankle instability, ankle and foot tendonitis. Dr. Page works actively on topics related to high value health care delivery and assuring all people have access to musculoskeletal (bone & joint) care. She speaks and writes nationally on the topics, frequently quoted in national publications.

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James Tasto, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Michael Sirota, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

David Burnikel

Orthopedic Surgeon

Matthew C. Shillito, MD

Orthopaedic Surgery & Hand Surgery

Alexandra Page, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon & Foot/Ankle Surgery

Sarah Potter-Smith, PA-C

Physician Assistant

February 1, 2021

If you have an acute or overuse injury of your forearm or wrist, you’re unable to perform some of the simple daily tasks you normally take for granted, like brushing your teeth or using the computer — especially if the injury is in your dominant arm or hand. Your forearm has two bones: the radius …

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January 8, 2021

From petting the dog to preparing meals, your hands are the most valuable tool you have. They’re also among the most anatomically intricate parts of your body, consisting of 27 bones, 27 joints, 34 muscles, over 100 ligaments, tendons, blood vessels, nerves, and soft tissue.  Given the complexity and constant work of your hands, it’s …

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January 1, 2021

Arthritis in your knees can be disabling and lessen your quality of life. When it’s painful to walk because your knees hurt and your job demands it, you might be considering workplace disability. You may have already given up activities like gardening, dancing, or playing a sport that you love.  As a knee arthritis patient, …

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Language Assistance is Available

San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center complies with applicable Federal Civil Rights Laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

If you need help or speak a non-English language, call 1-800–368–1019 (TTY: 1-800-537-7697), and you will be connected to an interpreter who will assist you at no cost.

“My son had surgery to repair a non-union navicular bone fracture in his foot. His surgery and recovery good not have gone better.”


“Dr. Burnikel proceeded cautiously and decided to skip the surgery route. We waited to see how the bone healed. It seemed to be the right decision, the bone healed well.”


“Dr. Burnikel is fantastic! My right knee is getting so much better after his treatment. He went the extra mile to examine my left knee too.”


“I would like to thank Dr. Sirota for the fabulous job he did on my right shoulder. I had a torn rotator cuff as well as really messed up muscles.”


“I can’t imagine having a better outcome with Dr. Sirota. Super happy with all four operations, carpel tunnel both arms and ulnar nerve translocation at both elbows.”


“I’m thoroughly impressed with Dr. Burnikels quality of care! I’ve seen him twice now and he was extremely efficient. I’m on my way to healing!”


“Dr. Sirota had an immediate understanding of the issues surrounding my hip. He was helpful, and wanted to make sure my goals were considered during this procedure.”




San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc.

6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 200

San Diego, CA 92120

Phone: (619) 229-3932

Fax: (619) 582-2860

Billing Department Phone: 

(619) 444 -5917









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San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center, Inc., San Diego, CA

Phone (appointments): 619-343-3122 

Phone (general inquiries): 619-229-3932

Address: 6719 Alvarado Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92120


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