Scott K. Tanaka, M.D.

tanaka md ph

Hand & Upper Extremity Specialist,
General Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Bachelor's Degree, University of California, Davis
  • Doctor of Medicine, Tulane University School of Medicine

Atlanta Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery


  • Hand and Upper Extremity, Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Hospital and Surgery Center Affiliations
Scripps Mercy Hospital
4077 Fifth Ave
San Diego, CA 92103
(619) 294-8111

Mission Valley Heights Surgery Center
7485 Mission Valley Rd, Suite 106
San Diego, CA 92108
(619) 291-3737

Advanced Surgery Center of North County
488 E Valley Parkway, Suite 100
Escondido, CA 92025
(760) 546-4386

Sharp Memorial Hospital
7901 Frost Street
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 939-3400

Personal Approach to Treating Patients
I believe the key to a successful outcome is involving the patient in the decision making process. Treatment begins not only with identifying the problem, but also understanding the goals each patient hopes to achieve and helping them make the best treatment decision based on those goals. Communication is an important component of care both for diagnosing a problem as well as ensuring each patient understands their treatment plan and what to expect throughout their recovery process. It is my privilege to care for patients and help them achieve the best outcome possible.

Dr. Tanaka enjoys the challenge and variety that upper extremity care provides, from common treatments such as carpal tunnel syndrome to more complex surgical procedures including total wrist, elbow and shoulder replacement. He also performs minimally invasive procedures such as wrist, elbow and shoulder arthroscopy to help return patients to activity as soon as possible. Dr. Tanaka works closely with each patient to present treatment options, understand the goals they hope to achieve, and help them make the best treatment decision based on those goals.


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COVID-19 Patient Information

Limited Operations Due to COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, we are limiting our operations to essential and emergent appointments only, and we hope to resume full operations in the next few weeks.

COVID-19 is causing things to change rapidly and our operations can vary because of this. We ask for your understanding and that you check our website for the latest information on operational hours and services.

Patient/Visitor Guideline Update

In an effort to minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission and provide a safer environment and promote social distancing which is recommended by the CDC, we are asking that patients limit the number of people accompanying them to an appointment to no more than one person. Additionally, we are respectfully asking that children not accompany any adult patients, unless there is a medical necessity. Thank you for understanding our need to do so and for helping us keep you and our greater community healthy.

We are also asking any patients with a cough, shortness of breath or fever to please wear a mask before entering our facilities. Hand washing, social distancing, and self-isolation are still the best ways to prevent this virus from spreading more widely. We are committed to providing the best care to you and will continue to give you the best guidance we can.