Steve A. Mora, MD

Steve A. Mora, MD

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon
Orange County Orthopaedic Surgeon


Dr. Mora specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopy, knee, shoulder, and elbow surgery. Some of the procedures he performs include:

  • Shoulder Arthroscopy for Rotator Cuff repair, arthritis, and labral repair
  • Shoulder Instability surgery
  • Total Shoulder Replacement
  • AC Joint separation surgery
  • Elbow Arthroscopy for stiffness, arthritis and loose bodies
  • Knee Arthroscopy for meniscus tears. anatomic ACL reconstruction, PCL/MCL/LCL reconstruction
  • Patella Instability surgery
  • Joint Preservation and Cartilage repair: Genzyme (Autologous Chondrocyte Transplantation), OATS, Meniscus Transplantation and Microfracture
  • Makoplasty Robotic Assisted partial knee replacement
  • Total Knee Replacement
  • Complex fractures of the upper and lower extremity
  • Hip Arthroscopy for labral tears
  • Mixed Martial Arts upper and lower extremity injuries


My Approach to Treating Patients: "I hope to create a close patient-doctor relationship based on trust and mutual respect. I believe my patients’ medical treatment begins with their complete understanding of their condition. I believe that a patient can never be given too much accurate and useful information. With this in mind, I make every effort to first and foremost- listen to my patient. Then I spend the time necessary to educate them on every detail of the treatment plan. Lastly I am dedicated towards maintaining my Orthopaedic Knowledge and expertise as cutting edge as possible".

About Dr. Mora: Dr. Mora is a native of Orange County. He graduated from Anaheim High School. He completed his medical school training at the University of California Irvine (UCI) where he finished in the top of his class with AOA Medical Society honors. He completed his Orthopaedic Surgery training at the University of Southern California (USC/LAC) Medical Center. He rounded off his surgical training and refined his surgical skills with a Sports Medicine, Shoulder, and Knee Fellowship at the Santa Monica Orthopaedic Surgery and Sports Medicine group. He is currently practicing Orthopaedic Surgery in Orange County.

Dr. Mora’s long-term goal was to establish an Orthopaedic surgery practice close to his roots in Orange County. His vision of becoming an Orthopaedic Surgeon was borne out of his own personal experience as a young patient requiring numerous surgeries. He firmly believes that these past experiences now allow him to empathize and bond with his patients in a very unique way. Dr. Mora is an Orthopaedic Surgeon practicing out of St. Joseph Hospital in Orange County.

Dr. Mora’s family heritage is Peruvian. He speaks fluent Spanish.


  • Undergraduate: California State University, Fullerton, B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry
  • Medical: University of California at Irvine College of Medicine, M.D. degree
  • Internship: University of Southern California (USC)
  • Residency: University of Southern California (USC) Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Fellowship: Sports Medicine, Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group


Certifying Body

  • American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certificated until 2024


  • Sports Medicine, Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Knee, Shoulder, Cartilage Sports Medicine Group (SMOG) – 2001-2002
    • Director: Bert R. Mandelbaum, MD
    • Accredited Fellowship

Orthopaedic Residency

  • USC+ LAC Surgical Residency – 1996-2001
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • Director: Michael J. Patzakis, MD
    • 5 Year Program including 1 yr Internship

Medical School

  • University of California, Irvine – 1992-1996
    • Irvine, CA
    • Orthopaedic Surgery Electives:
      • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard
      • University of California at Davis


  • California State University, Fullerton – 1986-1992
    • Fullerton, CA
    • Degree: BA, Major: Biology, Minor: Biochemistry

High School

  • Anaheim High School – 1982-1986
    • Anaheim, CA

Honors and Awards

  • Peruvian American Political Organization Peruvian Heritage Award 2008
  • Physician of Excellence Award, Orange County Medical Association, 2007
  • Medical Staff Appreciation Award, Foothill High School 2003
  • C.A.R.E award St. Joseph Hospital Rehabilitation Department, 2004
  • LAC/USC elected as Chief Resident 2000-2001
  • LAC/USC Marshall J. Schiff Memorial Award
  • LAC/USC Kerlan-Jobe Award
  • UC Irvine Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • UC Irvine Summer Fellowship Infertility Research, Arturo Asche, MD
  • UC Irvine Rotary Club Scholarship for academic achievement
  • UC Irvine MacKenzie Foundation Scholarship for academic achievement
  • UC Irvine Chicano/Hispanic American Medical Association Scholarship
  • UC Irvine Infertility Summer Research Fellowship Award
  • UC Irvine Grace Bell Biochemistry Award
  • UC Irvine Excellence in Basic Science and Histology Awards
  • Anaheim High School Hall of Fame Member 2005


Athletic Affiliations

  • Foothill High School, Team Physician
  • Anaheim Bolts Pro Indoor Soccer, Team Doctor 2011-2013
  • La Blues Pro Soccer, Team Doctor 2011

Hospital Affiliations

  • St. Joseph Hospital, Orange, CA 2002-Active

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