Daniel S. Brereton, DO

Orthopedic Shoulder & Elbow Surgeon located in La Jolla, CA & Chula Vista, CA

About Dr. Brereton

Daniel Brereton, DO, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group in La Jolla and Chula Vista, California. 

He received his medical degree from Midwestern University. He completed his orthopedic residency at Riverside University Health System where he served as chief resident. During his time there, he worked at a busy trauma center and became experienced in managing complex traumatic injuries. He also spent time as a team physician for the University of California, Riverside.  

Following his residency, he went on to complete fellowship training at the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas. There, he studied shoulder and elbow reconstruction with the world renowned Wayne Z. “Buz” Burkhead, MD. He also worked as an assistant team physician for the Dallas Mavericks and took care of other collegiate and professional athletes in the Dallas area.

Dr. Brereton is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for his patients. When patients see him, they can be assured he will take the time to understand their specific orthopedic issue and develop a personalized plan based on their diagnosis and lifestyle. He offers a wide variety of non-operative treatments all based on the most up to date literature. These options include specific physical therapy modalities, bracing, injections ranging from steroids, hyaluronic acid, platelet rich plasma, and different forms of mesenchymal stem cells. 

However, if Dr. Brereton and the patient decide that surgery would be the best option for their goals, then they would be in focused and confident hands. Being dedicated to the shoulder and elbow, Dr. Brereton performs all types of surgeries for all ages and activity levels of patients, no matter how straight forward and common or complex and rare the condition may be. Common surgeries are: anatomic shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, superior capsule reconstruction, open or arthroscopic shoulder instability surgery, tendon rupture or tendonitis, nerve compression, elbow replacement, elbow instability including Tommy-John, and all manner of fracture care. Whether the patient is a young, high demand athlete or an older patient, Dr. Brereton will be able to develop and carry out a specific treatment plan for them.

In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Brereton’s research interests include shoulder fractures, biceps and triceps injuries, and medial and lateral epicondylitis. He feels this time is well spent so that he can be at the forefront of new innovation in an effort to better treat his patients. He has presented at many national meetings. 

During his time spent living in the Patagonia area of Chile for mission work, he learned to speak the Spanish fluently. This skill has become very helpful in providing personal care to the many Spanish-speaking patients of the San Diego area. 

Dr. Brereton grew up in Southern California and Utah. Prior to medical school, he worked in a climbing shop where he would guide and teach safe mountaineering and rock climbing. He has a love of the outdoors in addition to rock climbing enjoys hiking, swimming, golfing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. He now spends most of his free time with his beautiful wife and three kids.

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Daniel Brereton, DO, is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulder and elbow reconstruction at Upper Extremity Specialists of Synergy Orthopedic Specialists Medical Group in La Jolla and Chula Vista, California. 

He received his medical degree from Midwestern University. He completed his orthopedic residency at Riverside University Health System where he served as chief resident. During his time there, he worked at a busy trauma center and became experienced in managing complex traumatic injuries. He also spent time as a team physician for the University of California, Riverside.  

Following his residency, he went on to complete fellowship training at the W.B. Carrell Memorial Clinic in Dallas. There, he studied shoulder and elbow reconstruction with the world renowned Wayne Z. “Buz” Burkhead, MD. He also worked as an assistant team physician for the Dallas Mavericks and took care of other collegiate and professional athletes in the Dallas area.

Dr. Brereton is dedicated to providing the highest level of care for his patients. When patients see him, they can be assured he will take the time to understand their specific orthopedic issue and develop a personalized plan based on their diagnosis and lifestyle. He offers a wide variety of non-operative treatments all based on the most up to date literature. These options include specific physical therapy modalities, bracing, injections ranging from steroids, hyaluronic acid, platelet rich plasma, and different forms of mesenchymal stem cells. 

However, if Dr. Brereton and the patient decide that surgery would be the best option for their goals, then they would be in focused and confident hands. Being dedicated to the shoulder and elbow, Dr. Brereton performs all types of surgeries for all ages and activity levels of patients, no matter how straight forward and common or complex and rare the condition may be. Common surgeries are: anatomic shoulder replacement, reverse shoulder replacement, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair, superior capsule reconstruction, open or arthroscopic shoulder instability surgery, tendon rupture or tendonitis, nerve compression, elbow replacement, elbow instability including Tommy-John, and all manner of fracture care. Whether the patient is a young, high demand athlete or an older patient, Dr. Brereton will be able to develop and carry out a specific treatment plan for them.

In addition to his clinical experience, Dr. Brereton’s research interests include shoulder fractures, biceps and triceps injuries, and medial and lateral epicondylitis. He feels this time is well spent so that he can be at the forefront of new innovation in an effort to better treat his patients. He has presented at many national meetings. 

During his time spent living in the Patagonia area of Chile for mission work, he learned to speak the Spanish fluently. This skill has become very helpful in providing personal care to the many Spanish-speaking patients of the San Diego area. 

Dr. Brereton grew up in Southern California and Utah. Prior to medical school, he worked in a climbing shop where he would guide and teach safe mountaineering and rock climbing. He has a love of the outdoors in addition to rock climbing enjoys hiking, swimming, golfing, mountain biking, skiing, and snowboarding. He now spends most of his free time with his beautiful wife and three kids.


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