Michael B. Gerhardt, M.D.
Chief Medical Director
Dr. Gerhardt is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon who joined Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group in 2002. He specializes in sports medicine, which includes arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee, ankle and shoulder. Dr. Gerhardt has also completed sub-specialty training in hip arthroscopy, and is considered one of the leading physicians in the country in this arena. He has extensive experience in cutting edge, minimally invasive techniques for treating a wide spectrum of hip injuries.
Dr. Gerhardt, originally a native of the central coast of California, earned his undergraduate degree from UC San Diego. While at UC San Diego he was a key member of the NCAA national championship men's soccer team in 1991. He attended medical school at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, where he graduated with honors, and then completed his orthopaedic surgical residency at the University of Southern California where he served as Chief Resident of his class. He then began a Sports Medicine Fellowship at Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Group. After fellowship he sought further training in hip arthroscopy with Dr. Thomas Byrd at the Nashville Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Clinic. Upon completion of his training he joined the Santa Monica and Sports Medicine Group and has remained there since.
His recent accomplishments include serving on multiple panels and advisory boards in the field of sports medicine and arthroscopy. He currently serves as the Team Physician for the US Soccer Men’s National Team, the Los Angeles Galaxy, Chivas USA and Pepperdine University. Dr. Gerhardt has numerous publications in scientific orthopaedic journals and is frequently on the podium, giving research and educational presentations on various surgical topics. He is actively involved in basic science and clinical research and is a dedicated faculty member of the Santa Monica Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.
Dave Wallis M.D.
Team Internist / Co-Head Team Physician
I won't say that balance is my strong suit, but it is a pursuit I always enjoy. I love helping others to explore and search for that elusive balance of body, mind, and soul that so easily gets lost. Having spent much of my training thinking I would specialize in a surgical subspecialty or in solo private practice, I ended up concluding that I really enjoyed the breadth and scope of family medicine, and that the ongoing relationship with patients was too valuable for me to pass up.
I count South Bay Family Medical Group as a true blessing – it is a group of colleagues to whom I can entrust my own family's care, and a community from which I can develop great relationships with local specialists as well. I value the freedom we have to collaboratively decide what is best for a patient and to adapt our practice to maximally suit the needs of those we care for. This ongoing challenge is one I look forward to carrying on here for many years to come.
On a personal note, when not in the office I am constantly in search of the 29 hour day. I have taken up triathlons in recent years; including an Ironman in 2008 (I'll be keeping the distances a bit more sane for the foreseeable future however). I have two sons and two daughters, all within 6 years of each other in age, and love just being silly with them and playing whatever the game du jour may be. My wife is a family law attorney, who still manages to excel in her law practice while doing a fantastic job raising our kids. We look forward to growing old together almost as much as we deny that it's happening to us. As for hobbies, I've spent much time recently doing woodworking and carpentry, and hope to regain a bit more balance soon with more time in the wilderness (preferably camping, biking, or snowboarding), traveling once again (when the kids are a bit older), racing cars at the track (much to my wife's chagrin), and maybe even going really crazy and spending a few minutes just relaxing on the beach right here and taking it all in.
By way of training, I earned my medical degree from UC San Diego after undergraduate work at UCLA. I did my residency at Santa Monica / UCLA Medical Center as well as a fellowship in primary care sports medicine at Harbor / UCLA Medical Center. I currently serve as the team physician for several professional sports teams, including Chivas USA, the Los Angeles Galaxy, All American Heavyweights, and the US National Soccer Team. I recently founded ProCare Medical Consulting in order to provide customized medical solutions as well for clients such as teams, businesses, and individuals with unique consulting needs.