Enass N. Rickards, M.D.

Dr. Rickards is a Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon. She received her medical training at the University of Southern California. At Los Angeles County Medical Center, one of the largest and busiest trauma centers in the country, Dr. Rickards completed her orthopaedic training. From there, Dr. Rickards was accepted into the renowned Boyes Hand Fellowship. Dr. Rickards is now in private practice at Girard Orthopaedic Surgeons and is the acting Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery at Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla.

Educational Background
Undergraduate - Creighton University, Omaha, NE - B.S., Biology 1989

Medical - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA - M.D. 1993

Internship - USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA - General Surgical Internship 1993-1994

Residency - USC Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA - Orthopaedic Surgical Residency 1994-1998

Fellowship - Joseph H. Boyes Hand and Microvascular Surgery Fellowship, Los Angeles, CA Hand & Microvascular Fellowship 1998-1999

Orthopaedic Trauma Staff - USC Medical Center 1998-1999

Board Certification and Focus

Certifying Body
California Medical License: 1994
Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons: 2001
Qualified Medical Examiner: 2002

Type of Practice
Orthopaedic Group

Practice Focus
General Orthopaedics
Hand & Microvascular Surgery
Upper Extremity Surgery
Sports Medicine & Arthroscopy

Trauma & Fracture Care
Workers' Compensation / QME

Professional Philosophy
Training at one of the largest and busiest hospitals in the country has given me a unique perspective in the management and treatment of orthopaedic injuries. I have seen and treated an incredibly wide array of orthopaedic pathology. I am a firm believer in customizing my treatment to suit the individual needs of each patient while providing superior clinically proven care. We all have busy lives, and busy schedules. Being a mother of three, I understand people's obligations to their work and their families. I use surgical intervention as the last resort, only when conservative treatment has failed.

Following my five years of general orthopaedic training, I spent one year doing fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery. It was also during this year that I was on staff as a Trauma attending at Los Angeles County Medical Center. This experience has proven to be extremely beneficial. Since joining Scripps Memorial Hospital in 1999, I have dedicated my time and training to participating in both Hand Surgery and Trauma Surgery call, because I believe in offering my experience to the community I serve. In doing so, I was elected the Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery for Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla in 2007.

My orthopaedic practice is extremely fulfilling, I enjoy meeting new patients and becoming a part of their lives. I enjoy hearing their stories, and understanding their problems. Communication and mutual respect is the foundation of any medical practice, and this is what I strive for as I practice the "Art of Medicine".

Languages Spoken in Our Practice

Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla, CA
» Chief of Orthopaedic Surgery
La Jolla Orthopaedic Surgery Center
» Board of Governors
XIMED Surgery Center
Scripps Hospital Chula Vista, Chula Vista, CA

National / Local Society Memberships
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons
The American Association for Hand Surgery
Orthopaedic Trauma Association
San Diego County Medical Society
California Orthopaedic Association
Ruth Jackson Orthopaedic Association


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