Vahe Panossian, MD

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine

Vahe Panossian, MD

Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine
Vahe Panossian, MD


Shoulder & Elbow Surgery, Sports Medicine


B.S., UCLA with Honors
M.D., UCLA Geffen School of Medicine
Internship, LAC+USC Medical Center
Residency, LAC+USC Medical Center
Fellowship, USC University Hospital

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As a double board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Panossian remains dedicated to providing patients with custom care solutions based on in-depth analysis and understanding of their medical needs and treatment goals. He practices at HUNTINGTON ORTHOPEDICS® Institute in Pasadena, California.

HUNTINGTON ORTHOPEDICS® Institute is a leading orthopedics practice, offering the most effective, most advanced techniques for the assessment and treatment of simple and complex orthopedic injuries and diseases in patients of all ages. Conveniently located on Congress Street within the Huntington Hospital campus, the practice is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to ensure each patient receives customized care based on his or her needs.

Here, Dr. Panossian offers a full array of treatment options for adult, pediatric, and athletic injuries and diseases, including treatments for complex shoulder, elbow, and knee injuries, shoulder dislocation, simple and complex fractures, cartilage damage, ACL and other ligament tears.  Dr. Panossian is well versed in the treatment of such injuries using both conventional and advanced methods requiring meniscal and other soft tissue transplantation. A significant portion of Dr. Panossian’s practice involves joint replacement of the shoulder and elbow in the treatment of end stage arthritis.

After earning his undergraduate degree at UCLA with Honors, Dr. Panossian graduated with his medical degree from the UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. This was followed by an internship and residency in Orthopedic Surgery at LAC+USC Medical Center.  Dr. Panossian then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine/Shoulder and Elbow Surgery at USC University Hospital. During his vast training, Dr. Panossian conducted extensive basic science and clinical research within orthopedics. And in that process, he has authored numerous peer reviewed articles and presented at multiple national meetings.

In order to stay up to date in his field, Dr. Panossian maintains active memberships with several professional organizations, including the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, the Arthroscopy Association of North America, the Western Orthopedic Association, and the California Orthopedic Association.

He is double board certified in both Orthopedic Surgery and Sports Medicine by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery.


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
Arthroscopy Association of North America
Western Orthopedic Association
California Orthopedic Association


American Board of Orthopedic Surgery


Top Doctor in California – 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Best Orthopedics in Pasadena

Patient Testimonials

  • Dr. Vahe Rn Panossian, MD IS SIMPLY THE BEST. He has been a blessing in my life and I don't know where I'd be without him, his practice, and his team.

    Daniel Haile

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  • The office reception area is up-to-date with state-of-the-art software for clients to log in, and the staff is very efficient. Dr. Panossian asks relevant questions with both professionalism and empathy for his patients. I highly recommend him.

    Robert Laca

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  • Dr. Panossian always takes the time to welcome and make one feel at ease. He is an exceptional physician, surgeon, and person.

    Frances Saoud

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  • Dr. Vahe Panossian is a busy surgeon whom I have complete trust in his work. I believe that God is using his profession to its full potential.

    Robert Montanez

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  • Dr. Panossian understood what I was going through and suggested a cortisone shot on the spot. He made me feel confident in my recovery.

    Ashley Thompson

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  • I absolutely love Dr. Panossian. He has a compassionate bedside manner and is always willing to assist in any way he can. He is professional and dedicated to his patients, and I have been under his care for over ten years. I highly recommend him and his staff.

    leticia ` preciado

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  • I was very nervous about my injury, but Dr. Panossian was very pleasant and easy-going. He answered any questions I had. The hospital had a systematic process, but scheduling an appointment was difficult and it took a long time to schedule surgery.

    susan kim

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  • Dr. Panossian performed a hip repair surgery on me in October 2019, and I cannot say enough positive things about him and his team. this team is the best of the best.

    Sarah Gates

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  • Dr. Panossian is a wonderful doctor and his staff is excellent!

    Luanna Lindsey

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  • The staff was excellent. I highly recommend.

    Betty Garcia

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