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Robert Aptekar, MD

Orthopedic Surgeon

Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon Specialist

About Dr. Aptekar

A native of Michigan, Dr. Aptekar attended the University of Michigan Medical School, followed by Stanford University for his internship and residency. While still a resident at Stanford, he had the privilege of being on the surgical team that performed the first total hip replacement in San Jose—a groundbreaking approach that changed the orthopedic surgery landscape. After completing his residency, Dr. Aptekar taught for two years at Stanford as a Clinical Assistant Professor, specializing in joint replacement. He also served as Assistant Chief of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at the Children's Hospital at Stanford (now Lucile Packard Children's Hospital).

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Dr. Aptekar always wanted to be a doctor because of his unwavering desire to profoundly improve people’s lives. He went into orthopedics because he endeavored to help people like his father, who suffered from painful arthritis. He brought his skills and experience to the Santa Clara Valley and founded the Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic, where he continues to practice today.

As an orthopedic surgery resident, Dr. Aptekar was at the forefront of cutting-edge innovations, and this commitment has continued throughout his career. He spent two years at the National Institutes of Health doing research on the underlying causes and treatments for various forms of arthritis.

Always committed to learning and teaching new techniques, Dr. Aptekar recognizes the value of being active in professional organizations. He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons, American College of Sports Medicine, and the California Orthopaedic Association. He is also author of 22 publications on orthopedic surgery and arthritis and has presented at national meetings to his colleagues. Dr. Aptekar serves as a consultant to the teaching of orthopedic residents.

Dr. Aptekar has traveled on four trips to Nicaragua with Operation Rainbow and six trips to Cambodia with Orthopedics Overseas. During these volunteer missions, Dr. Aptekar trains local surgeons on arthroscopic surgery and joint replacement techniques, performing both service and teaching responsibilities.

I believe in making patients partners in their care, with the ultimate goal of delivering optimum healing care and complete patient satisfaction.

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Personal Interests

When he is not treating patients or volunteering his surgical talents in Cambodia and Nicaragua, Dr. Aptekar loves spending time with his wife, three grown children, and grandchildren. He also enjoys playing tennis and leisure travel. He has served on several boards—recently, the board of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery in Washington, DC, and the Northern California Arthritis Foundation.

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Dr. Aptekar offers a full Range of comprehensive Orthopedic Care Services

Joint Replacement

Our doctors specialize in total hip and knee replacements and revisions, a safe, reliable...

Arthroscopy (Knee and Shoulder)

Have no fear weekend warriors! Our doctors specialize in arthroscopic surgery, a minimally...

Physical Therapy

Orthopedic physical therapy involves the rehabilitation of an injured bone, muscle, tendon...

Sports Medicine

Sports medicine is a subspecialty of orthopedics that deals with the prevention, diagnosis...

What People Are saying About Dr. Aptekar

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    I'm very impressed with Dr. Aptekar's work on every level. All through the process, Dr. Aptekar and his office were extremely helpful.

    Richard B.

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    Dr Aptekar has met all my expectations in replacing my knee. His calmness and bedside manner is top notch and that carries over to the office staff and physical therapy.

    Tom Y.

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    I want to personally thank Dr. Aptekar for doing my knee-replacement surgery. He is trustworthy and took me through all the procedures thoroughly, explaining everything in detail.

    Elaine S.

Education and Experience

Dr. Aptekar received his undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and graduated with an honors medical degree from the University of Michigan Medical School. He undertook his internship and residency at Stanford University and a few years later opened his private practice. He believes in paying it forward—teaching orthopedic surgery residents at weekly conferences in the area. He regularly travels much farther afield—to Cambodia and Nicaragua to teach total hip replacement and arthroscopic techniques to surgeons in these underserved countries.

  • 1965
    Undergraduate

    Johns Hopkins University

    Pre-Med

  • 1969
    Medical School

    University of Michigan

    Doctor of Medicine

  • 1970
    Internship

    Stanford University

    Surgery

  • 1974
    Residency

    Stanford University

    Orthopedic Surgery

Arthritis & Orthopedic Medical Clinic
Los Gatos

14651 S. Bascom Avenue Suite #280
Los Gatos, CA 95032
Monday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Wednesday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am – 5:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm

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F: 408-358-5125

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Certifications And Memberships

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American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Certificate

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American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member

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American Association of Hip & Knee Surgeons
Member