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3851 Katella Ave Suite 150 Los Alamitos, CA 90720

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Nimish R. Kadakia, M.D. Board Certified & Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Surgeon

Dr. Kadakia is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon and Chicago native. He obtained his BS in both Kinesiology and Psychology from UCLA. Following his time at UCLA, he completed his Doctor of Medicine (MD) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Kadakia went on to complete his residency in orthopedics at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. Throughout his training, he published numerous articles in peer reviewed Orthopedic journals and presented his findings at national Orthopedic conferences.  

Dr. Kadakia furthered his training with a Fellowship in Orthopedic Sports Medicine at the Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center. During his Fellowship, he was the Associate Team Physician for the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings, MLB’s Minnesota Twins, NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, and NHL’s Minnesota Wild. He participated in the NFL Combines and MLB Spring Training, assisting with player examinations and evaluations. In addition, he was the Team Physician for Division II Augsburg College in Minneapolis. 

Over the past 20 years, Dr. Kadakia has been the team physician for multiple Orange County High Schools, including Beckman and Portola High School. He is serving as the current Chief of Orthopedics at Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills. He has practiced in Orange County since 2001 and is currently affiliated with Saddleback and Hoag Hospital systems. In addition, Dr. Kadakia has been chosen as one of the Orange County Medical Associations’ Top Doctors in Orthopedics and Sports Medicine for the last ten years. 

With his fellowship training, Dr. Kadakia understands the unique needs of performance athletes. His 25 years of experience have been dedicated to the care of an array of sports medicine conditions, traumatic injuries, and fractures. His practice consists of a wide scope of orthopedic care, including knee and shoulder arthroscopy, ACL reconstruction, and fracture care. Dr. Kadakia takes pride in pursuing contemporary minimally invasive and conservative techniques, including PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma).

Dr. Kadakia is an avid triathlete and runner, having completed over 35 half marathons, the Los Angeles Triathlon, Los Angeles Marathon, and the Ironman 70.3. This passion for athletics allows him to feel empathy for an athlete with an orthopedic injury, and understand the desire to return to that active lifestyle. He is happily married, with two children. Dr. Kadakia is also actively involved in charitable work. He has been instrumental in the founding of Hope Endowment, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives and education of orphan children in India. The project has built a dormitory and a school for nearly 200 children in Gujarat, India.

Dr. Kadakia’s Subspeciality Certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine

Dr. Kadakia is a Sports Medicine and Trauma specialist with a subspecialty certification in Orthopedic Sports Medicine. The certification is given to surgeons who achieved the highest level of expertise as defined by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery (ABOS). In order to receive this subspecialty certification, he passed the rigorous examination given by ABOS, provided evidence of experience in specific sports injuries, and provided multiple peer recommendations.

Professional Experience

  • 2002-2015
    Irvine Orthopaedic Associates – Irvine, California
    General Orthopaedics with a focus on Sports Medicine


  • 2001-2002
    Minneapolis Sports Medicine Center – Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Sports Medicine Fellowship
  • 1996-2001
    Baylor College of Medicine – Houston, Texas
    Orthopedic Surgery Residency
  • 1995-1996
    Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center – Chicago, Illinois
    General Surgery Internship
  • 1991-1995
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA)
    Doctor of Medicine. – May, 1995
  • 1987-1991
    University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
    B.S. Kinesiology – August, 1991
    B.S. Psychology – August, 1991


  • Subspecialty Certification Orthopaedic Sports Medicine – ABOS 2009
  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Diplomate – Sept 2005
  • State of California Medical License – June 2002 (A79590)
  • United States Medical License Examination – May, 1997

Honors and Awards

  • January 2011
    Orange Coast Magazine – OC TOP DOC – Orthopaedic Surgery
  • June 1997
    Paul Harrington Award, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Orthopedic Research
  • May 1997
    Resident Research Award: Texas Orthopeadic Association
  • 1994-1995
    Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA)
  • 1991-1995
    Dean’s Scholarship, University of Texas Health Science Center

Athletic Team Coverage

  • 2008 – Pres
    Team Physician – Beckman High School, Tustin, CA
  • 2005-2010
    Team Physician – Woodbridge High School, Irvine, CA
  • 2002-2005
    Team Physician – El Toro High School, El Toro, CA
  • 2001-2002
    2001-2002 Associate Team Physician – Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
  • 2001-2001
    2001-2001 Associate Team Physician – Minnesota Twins (MLB)
  • 2001-2002
    Associate Team Physician – Minnesota Wild (NHL)
  • 2001-2002
    Associate Team Physician – Augsberg College (NCAA Division III)


  • Edwards, TB, Kadakia, NR, Boulahia A, Kemph JF, Boileau P, Nemoz C, Walch G.: A comparison of hemiarthroplasty and total shoulder arthroplasty in the treatment of primary glenohumeral osteoarthritis: results of a multicenter study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2003 May-Jun;12(3):207-13.
  • Kadakia NR, Ilahi OA.: “Interobserver Variability of the Insall-Salvati Ratio”: Orthopedics. 2003 Mar;26(3):321-3; discussion 323-4.
  • Scifert CF, Noble PC, Brown TD, Bartz RL, Kadakia N, Sugano N, Johnston RC, Pedersen DR, Callaghan JJ.: Experimental and computational simituation of total hip arthroplasty dislocation. Orthop Clin North Am 2001 Oct;32(4):553-67.
  • Ilahi OA, Kadakia NR, Huo M.: “Inter- and Intraobserver variability of radiographic measurements of knee alignment.”: Am J Knee Surg 2001 Autumn;14(4):238-42.
  • Bartz RL, Kadakia NR, Noble PC, Tullos HS.: “The Effect of Femoral Component Head Size on Posterior Dislocation of the Artificial Hip Joint.”J. Bone and Joint Surg., 82-A, Sept, 2000.
  • Kadakia NR, Noble PC, Sugano N, Paravic V,.: “Posterior Dislocation of the Artificial Hip Joint: The Effect of Cup Anteversion. Orthop Trans., 22:905-906, 1998-1999.
  • Sahni IK, Noble PC, Bartz R, Alexander, Paravic V, Kadakia, NR.: Should Acetabular Cups be Inplanted in a Fixed Degree of Anteversion: Orthop Trans., 22:905-906, 1998-1999.
  • Bartz RL, Noble PC, Paravic V, Kadakia NR, Patel JN, Sahni IK: The Effect of Head Size on Posterior Dislocation of the Artificial Hip Joint. Orthop Trans., 22:905-906, 1998-1999.
  • Sahni IK, Noble PC, Bartz RL, Alexander JW, Paravic V, Kadakia NR.: Biomechanical Mechanisms of Posterior Hip Dislocation in Total Hip Replacement.: Orthop Trans., 22:905-906, 1998-1999.


  • Kadakia NR, Ilahi OA.: “Interobserver Variability of Clinical and Radiographic Measures of Knee Alignment.”: Presented at the 19th Mid-America Orthopedic Society Meeting, Amelia Island, FL and the 2001 Texas Orthopedic Association Meeting.
  • Kadakia NR, Noble PC, Sugano N, Paravic V, Tullos HS.: “Posterior Dislocation of the Artificial Hip Joint: The Effect of Acetabular Anteversion” Presented at the 7th Annual American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons Meeting and the 1998 Orthopedic Research Society Meeting.
  • Roberts EB, Noble PC, Kadakia NR, Carlyle TA, Tullos HS.: “Communication between the Joint Capsule and Osteolytic Lesions in Cemented Total Hip Replacements.”: Presented at the 64th annual American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) Meeting.


Hospital Affiliations

  • Hoag Orthopedic Institute
  • Saddleback Memorial Medical Center
  • Hoag Hospital Irvine

Other Interests

  • Triathalons, Cycling, Skiing, Basketball, Football, Traveling
Nimish R. Kadakia, M.D.

Irvine 22 Odyssey, Suite 205
Irvine, CA 92618

Los Alamitos 3851 Katella Ave, Suite 150
Los Alamitos, CA 90720