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 Limitations and Telemedicine Visits

Due to COVID-19, we’ve limited our operations to help maintain social distancing and limit the spread of the virus. We are seeing urgent issues and new injuries in the office and are also offering Telemedicine visits to all established patients. To schedule a Telemedicine visit, please call 619-299-8500, option 2.


Patient/Visitor Guideline Update

In an effort to minimize the risk of COVID transmission, provide a safer environment and promote social distancing, we are asking that patients avoid bringing visitors to their appointment. Additionally, we are respectfully asking that children not accompany any adult patient unless there is a medical necessity.

We are also requiring that any patient or visitor wear a face covering before entering our facility. We do not have enough masks on hand to give them out, so patients and visitors must bring their own. Thank you for understanding and for helping us keep you and your greater community healthy.


Scheduling Surgeries

The hospitals and surgery centers are in the process of planning for elective surgeries. This will most likely be a staged process, with the most urgent cases, such as cardiac procedures and organ transplants, going first. As soon as we are given the ok to schedule surgeries by the facilities, we will reach out to anyone who has had their surgery pending.


As always, we appreciate our patients and thank you for your patience during this difficult time. We wish you and your families good health, now and always.