35th Annual Shoulder Course


San Diego Shoulder Institute presents:

Providing a Platform for Excellence in Shoulder Surgery

San Diego Shoulder Institute is recognized for providing the undisputed best shoulder course in the world.

Types of Activities

SDSI brings together recognized experts in the field of shoulder care to offer education on best practices, current research, and technological advances. The annual course combines various educational strategies and may be comprised of:

  • Didactic Lectures.
  • Interactive case studies
  • Panel Discussions
  • Elective hands-on arthroscopic motor skills laboratories using plastic shoulder models
  • Elective hands-on arthroscopic motor skills laboratories using cadaver specimens
  • Elective open surgical treatment of the shoulder including arthroplasty and reverse arthroplasty.
  • Distribution of an annual enduring material in flash drive format comprised of course lectures, case studies, and panel discussions

About Our Course

James C. Esch, M.D. founded the San Diego Shoulder Course in 1983. Having a passion to educate, mentor, and positively cultivate the standard of shoulder care, he continually pursued opportunities to advance educational offerings specific to the shoulder. Throughout the years, the course has continued to grow and is now recognized world-wide for quality and comprehensive education. As President and CEO, Dr. Esch continues to oversee the annual course to ensure fulfillment of our mission: to improve the competence, performance, and patient outcomes of shoulder care

A Letter from Our Chairman

“On behalf of San Diego Shoulder Institute’s (SDSI’s) Board of Directors and Program Planning Committee, I would like to encourage you to register for the 35th Annual San Diego Shoulder Course. I am proud that the SDSI course is historically recognized as the leading shoulder course in the world! By critically considering feedback from our faculty, registrants, and leaders in the field we continue to raise the bar of professional practice annually. No other course offers the depth and breadth of the total spectrum of shoulder care as does SDSI. You will find our presentations balanced, stimulating, and presented in a format to identify your personal learning goals. This year promises to be our best course to date. We are pleased to announce the following key note lectures presented by celebrated experts in the development, mentorship, and perfection of the art of shoulder care:

  • The History of the Latarjet Procedure: How Did We Start, Where Are We Now, and Why is it Not the Bristow? Gilles Walch, M.D.
  • Examination, Function, and Outcome of the Rotator Cuff: What I Have Learned in the Past 30 Years from Bench to Bedside Christian Gerber, M.D.
  • My Career with the Rotator Cuff: What I Have Learned and How I Manage Massive Tears in 2018 Anthony Romeo, M.D.

Whether you are novice or expert, our comprehensive four-day curriculum offers opportunities of interest to all. Delve into dynamic table-top discussions with our all-star faculty. Spend time in mock laboratory settings working individually with the leading experts in the field. I am confident you will identify real improvements to implement immediately into your practice. I look forward to seeing you in June. Register today! In the spirit of exceptional learning!

I look forward to seeing you in June!”
- Felix “Buddy” Savoie, M.D., Course Chair

Program Planning Committee

What makes us unique?

  • We have been recognized as the undisputed best shoulder course in the world for 34 years!
  • No other course captures the depth and breadth of shoulder care as does ours
  • We bring together the leading experts in the field who present the most pressing dilemmas facing shoulder care today in a dynamic, interactive, case-based approach
  • We provide an opportunity to network with over 400 peers from across the globe
  • We offer customized break-out sessions and focus demonstrations lead by the key thought practitioners known today
  • We offer opportunities to work 1:1 with surgical experts.  Where else would you have the opportunity to practice and learn invaluable practice tips and pearls

Back by popular demand!

Exclusive Personalized Instructional Cadaver Laboratory! YOU select from one of our world-recognized expert faculty to perform the procedure of your choice in a mock surgical cadaver lab.


New this year!

Focus demonstrations: Transfers, Latarjet, SCR

Table top discussions: Bring your most challenging case to our experts


“Absolutely the best course I have ever attended!”

“Stimulating and thought-provoking”

“Not only is this the best shoulder course in the world; this is the best sub-specialty course in the world, bar none!”

“The best part of this course is hearing the experts discuss how they manage complex cases in panel discussions.”

“Wonderful contribution to my and others education”

“Your course is a service to the world”

“Strong work/ Great legacy!”

“Great course! The best!”

June 20-23, 2018 Register Now!
Hilton Bayfront (619) 564-3333
1 Park Blvd.
San Diego, CA 92101

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2018 Course Lecture Faculty

Jeffrey S. Abrams, M.D.
Asheesh Bedi, M.D.
Shariff K. Bishai, D.O.
Pascal Boileau, M.D.
Don A. Buford, Jr., M.D.
Stephen S. Burkhart, M.D.
Joseph P. Burns, M.D.
Gregory F. Carolan, M.D.
John Costouros, M.D.
Patrick J. Denard, M.D.
T. Bradley Edwards, M.D.
Bassem Elhassan, M.D.
Larry D. Field, M.D
Jan Fronek, M.D.
Seth Gamradt, M.D.
Christian Gerber, M.D.
Mark Getelman, M.D.
Sean Grey, M.D.
Lawrence Gulotta, M.D.
Timothy Hartshorn, M.D.
Sumant "Butch" Krishnan, M.D.
Marc Labbe, M.D.
Evan Lederman, M.D.
Eran Maman, M.D.
Mark Mighell, M.D.
Ronald Navarro, M.D.
Matthew Provencher, M.D.
Eric Ricchetti, M.D.
Anthony A. Romeo, M.D.
Howard Routman, M.D.
Richard K.N. Ryu, M.D.
Joaquin Sanchez-Sotelo, M.D.
Markus Scheibel, M.D., Professor
Kevin Shea, M.D.
Stephen J. Snyder, M.D.
Patrick St. Pierre, M.D.
William Stetson, M.D.
Chuck Thigpen, PhD, PT, ATC
Jonathan B. Ticker, M.D.
Thomas (Quin) Throckmorton, M.D.
John M. Tokish, M.D.
Scott W. Trenhaile, M.D.
Philippe Valenti, M.D.
Gilles Walch, M.D.
Jon J.P. Warner, M.D.
Joseph Zuckerman, M.D.

Scheduled Activities

Lecture Series

Our leading faculty present cutting edge topics, followed by panel discussions and question and answer periods

Arthroscopy Skills Practicum

Practice your surgical technique on shoulder models with individualized instruction

Arthroscopy (Cuff Repair, Instability, Biceps Repair)

Practice your arthroscopy surgical technique with individualized expert instruction on cadaveric specimens. Then move on to practice the highly specialized Latarjet procedure.

Arthroplasty/Reverse Arthroplasty Cadaver Lab

Practice your arthroplasty surgical technique with individualized expert instruction on cadaveric specimens.

Breakout Sessions

Attend customized break-out sessions that capture your specific learning need and are tailored based on your interest.

Strategies to Prevent, Diagnose, and Treat Throwing Shoulder Injuries

Visit PETCO Park and hear a unique perspective from physicians, coaches, and players from professional baseball clubs regarding prevention, evaluation, and treatment of throwing injuries.