Dr. Erik Stark is Board Certified in orthopedics and has an additional Board Certification in orthopedic Sports Medicine. He chose orthopedic surgery as a career because of his interest in mechanics and fascination with physical science. Athletic endeavors played a vital role as well. He graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse and performed his internship at the University of North Carolina Hospital. After completing an orthopedic surgical residency at Boston University Medical Center, he received an additional year of training at the San Diego Knee and Sports Medicine Research Fellowship. Here Dr. Stark was exposed to the full spectrum of cutting-edge techniques in the diagnosis and management of injuries of the shoulder and knee.
Dr. Stark has won many awards and honors, including the Leonard Marmor Surgical Arthritis Foundation Resident Achievement Award. He participated in the American orthopedic Association Emerging Leaders Program and has worked with the faculty at UCSD School of Medicine, training residents in orthopedic surgery. Dr. Stark is a faculty member at the San Diego Shoulder Institute and teaches advanced shoulder surgical techniques to doctors from around the world. He is a member of the American orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) and other professional organizations.
Dr. Stark has served as team physician for local high schools and colleges. He is the team physician for Mira Costa College, locally in Oceanside and Encinitas.
Dr. Stark has particular interest in martial arts. He has been practicing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu for the past decade and has been the team doctor for numerous grappling tournaments.
Dr. Stark lives in Cardiff by the Sea with his wife and two children. In addition to Jiu Jitsu he enjoys snowboarding, weight-lifting and traveling with his family.
Orthopedic Specialists of North County (OSNC) was founded in Oceanside in 1965 and incorporated in 1973. Over the years, we have treated multiple generations of families, including parents, grandparents and great-grandparents for their orthopedic injuries and ailments.
“I’ve been seeing Dr. Stark for a decade and he’s absolutely wonderful! Great attention to detail and very thorough. He always gets to the bottom of my medical issues and makes sure they are resolved without surgery. He’s not only an incredible Doctor but a very nice man! The entire staff are always outstanding as well. Every experience I have as a very pleasant one!”