Arthroscopic Surgery

Ligament Reconstruction

Meniscus Repair

Shoulder Surgery


Total Joint Replacement

Sports Medicine

Fractures/ Sprains

Knee Pain

Lesions of the Cartilage

Impingement/ Tendonitis/ Bursitis

Rotator Cuff Tear

Frozen Shoulder

Workers' Compensation

Patrick O'Meara, M.D., F.A.A.O.S.
Board Certified

Dr. O'Meara is a native of Southern California, born in San Diego. He attended Occidental College, "The Harvard of the West Coast". During his college studies, he attended a summer internship through the University of London researching England's National Health Service. After four years of college, he graduated with Distinctions, Cum Laude, and Phi Beta Kappa.

Dr. O'Meara then attended the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine.  After graduating from medical school, Dr. O'Meara attended an Orthopaedic Surgery Residency through the University of Kansas.  The residency program provided extensive, high volume and high tech training.  The training in Kansas utilized two Level 1 Trauma Hospitals where the latest technology was used to treat complicated injuries and trauma.  Both Hospitals were also surgical reconstruction centers that performed high volumes of joint replacements and ligament reconstructions.  During six months of his residency program, Dr. O’Meara also trained in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery in St. Louis, through Washington University.

During his residency, Dr. O’Meara authored a multitude of scientific papers that were published in several reputable orthopaedic journals.  Because of his accomplishments during his training, Dr. O’Meara was awarded the Mid-America Orthopaedic Residency Award which gave him the opportunity to travel to the prestigious Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee to train in sports medicine including specialized arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee.

Dr. O’Meara established his private practice in Escondido and founded Palomar Orthopaedic Specialists, APMC in 1992.  He was recruited to the area by Palomar Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art orthopaedic services to patients within the Palomar-Pomerado Health District.  He quickly distinguished himself as the premier orthopaedic surgeon in Inland North County.

Through his commitment to provide the very highest quality of care to his patients, Dr. O’Meara became involved in developing specialized orthopaedic surgery centers where patients could receive a level of care not available at hospitals. Dr. O’Meara helped build and develop Elite Surgery Center in Escondido; The Orthopaedic Surgery Center in La Jolla; and Carlsbad Surgery Center in Carlsbad.


Undergraduate, AB
Occidental College

Medical School, M.D.
USC School of Medicin

Orthopaedic Residency
University of Kansas-Wichita

General Orthopaedics
University of Kansas-Wichita

Pediatric Orthopaedics
Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, Washington University, St. Louis

Sports Medicine
Campbell Clinic, Memphis
Mid-America Orthopaedic
Association Award in Sports Medicine


Diplomate, National Board of Medical Examiners
Diplomate, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
(QME) Qualified Medical Evaluator

Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Palomar Medical Center  
Voluntary Clinical Instructor, University of Califonia,
San Diego
Founder and President of Palomar Orthopaedic Trauma Associates, LLC.  

Member of the Joint Medical-Legal Commission of the San Diego County Medical Society

Delegate of the California Medical Association



Arthroscopy is an advanced surgical procedure that utilizes a small fiberoptic camera in combination with small surgical tools (about the size of a pencil) to examine and repair a joint through small incisions. Many problems or injuries of the shoulder, knee, and ankle can be treated and cured through arthroscopic surgery.



Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) Reconstruction requires extreme accuracy and precision. The success of the procedure is also very dependent on proper post-op rehabilitation.



A Meniscus Tear is the most common intra-articular injury of the knee. The meniscus is the primary shock-absorber of the knee and its preservation is crucial to prevent progressive degeneration of the knee. Dr. O'Meara is a published authority on meniscus repair. The surgical technique that Dr. O'Meara utilizes provides a 20% higher success rate over traditional methods.



Most shoulder problems are biomechanical problems that respond well to a proper rehabilitation program. Occasionally, surgery is required to resolve a shoulder problem or repair a shoulder injury. Shoulder surgeries include arthroscopy, rotator cuff repair, shoulder reconstruction and shoulder replacement.



Through many years of wear and tear on a joint, degenerative arthrits can develop. Arthritis causes pain, stiffness and loss of function. Dr. O'Meara provides all forms of treatment for arthritis, including medication, rehabilitation, intra-articular injections, arthroscopic surgery and total joint replacement.



Over time, an active lifestyle can lead to the development of arthritic destruction of the joints. This can cause stiffness, pain and loss of function. Once a joint has "worn out" and shows advanced degenerative joint disease, Dr. O'Meara can replace the damaged joint to relieve the pain and improve function so the patient can become active again. Joints commonly treated include shoulders, hips and knees.



Sports medicine involves the treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of athletic-related injuries. Dr. O'Meara understands how important it is for athletes to return to action as quickly and safely as possible. His treatment programs are designed to allow the athlete to remain physically active during recovery and to allow a rapid but safe return to competition.



Injuries and accidents do occur from time to time. Dr. O'Meara is well-trained in treating complex fractures and sprains.



Anterior Knee Pain or Patello Femoral Syndrome is the most common cause of non-traumatic knee pain. Only rarely is this caused by an anatomic malalignment which requires surgical correction. In the vast majority of cases, this is a non-operative problem which will resolve if treated with a well-structured rehabilitation program to improve the biomechanics of the knee. Dr. O'Meara has developed an "Anterior Knee Pain Rehab Protocol" which has produced an extremely high success rate in treating this problem.



Isolated Lesions of the Cartilage surface of the knee can occur as a result of trauma or Osteochondritis Dissecans. A new surgical technique now makes it possible to perform cartilage transplant to repair these lesions.



The Rotator Cuff or the Subacromial Bursa can become irritated and inflamed by either an acute shoulder strain or through overuse. Early treatment utilizes anti-inflammatory medications, activity modification and a structured exercise program to achieve resolution of the inflammation and pain. If the problem is allowed to persist and become a chronic condition, it may become refractory to conservative treatment modalities and require surgical intervention (e.g. arthroscopic subacromial decompression).



The Rotator Cuff is the primary muscular unit that provides stability and function to the shoulder. It is crucial for the shoulder to maintain an intact Rotator Cuff. Partial tears may, at times, heal without surgical intervention but full thickness tears almost always require prompt surgical repair. Partial tears and very small full thickness tears can be treated with arthoscopic surgery. A diligent rehabilitation program is required after surgery but an excellent outcome can be expected following a successful repair.



Spontaneously or following an injury, the shoulder can become stiff and painful. The capsule around the joint becomes contracted and limits the motion of the shoulder just like an undersized tight shirt. However, unlike a tight shirt, adhesive capsulitis is accompanied by pain. Early treatment involves physical therapy to stretch out and release the adhesions. Resistant cases require the shoulder to be manipulated under anesthesia or require surgical release of the adhesions. As soon as your range of motion is restored the pain is resolved.



Patrick M. O'Meara, MD is a qualified medical evaluator (QME) for The Industrial Medical Council of the State of California. He has established a comprehensive workers' compensation division at Palomar Orthopaedic Specialists to help claims experts perform their jobs more easily and efficiently.

Highlights of his workers' compensation services include:

  • Dr. O'Meara understands the benefits of "Early Return to Work" Programs and he utilizes work restrictions/ modifications in order to allow patients to continue working, within safe parameters, while recovering from their industrial injuries.
  • Dr. O'Meara takes a very thorough history of injury and he analyzes the mechanism of injury in order to better evaluate the patient's disability and to better define the extent to which the injury was related to industrial activities.

  • Dr. O'Meara's reports include a detailed discussion which explains the medical findings that support his diagnosis and treatment recommendations.