Michael J. Oechsel, M.D.

Dr Michael Oechsel | Orthopedic Surgeon San Francisco | Marin County CADr. Michael J. Oechsel has been practicing as a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon with Mt. Tam Orthopedics for the last 25 years. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California, graduating Magna Cum Laude and was elected Phi Beta Kappa. As an extension of his studies at USC, Dr. Oechsel traveled to England and studied as a Cambridge University Scholar. Thereafter, he earned his Medical Degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. Dr. Oechsel then returned to his alma mater, USC, to complete his Surgical Internship and Orthopedic Surgical Residency, which included the position as Chief Resident. During his time as a resident, he completed an Orthopedic Sports Medicine surgical rotation at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic, which gave him the opportunity to work with professional athletes playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Rams. Dr. Oechsel has continued to pursue his passion for sports medicine outside of the operating room by working with professional golfers at multiple venues, including the United States Open Championship.

Dr. Oechsel has conducted an array of research on various subjects which has been published in a national Orthopedic journal and has presented related research at the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery’s annual meeting. He has also coauthored manuals on Arthroscopy care and has taught as an instructor in courses covering Orthopedic Surgical technique and anatomy.

Dr. Oechsel maintains hospital privileges at multiple locations including Marin General Hospital and Kentfield Rehabilitation and Specialty Hospital. He has served as Chief of Surgery and Chief of Orthopedics at Marin General Hospital. Dr. Oechsel has been recognized by his peers at as both a Marin Top Doctor and a San Francisco Super Doctor.

Dr. Oechsel believes in the nonoperative treatment of musculoskeletal injuries and aids many patients can achieve optimal results with this approach. At the same time, he utilizes up-to-date surgical techniques when surgery is necessary. He believes in keeping his patients well informed about their diagnoses and encourages his patient’s participation in their own care.

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Testimonials

"I just wanted to thank Dr. Oechsel (and Sandy) for another terrific experience. After putting up with periodic sharp stabbing pain in my knee, I am now able to confidently trust my knee in daily activities and exercise. I was also able to parlay my rehab/physical therapy into training for the Deathride (129 miles and 16,000 ft of climbing). After less than 6 months from the surgery I completed the ride with no knee pain. I still have some recovery to do and will have continual maintenance, but I could not have completed this long time goal without their knowledge, guidance and care. Thank You!!!" Bryan B.

"I could not be happier with the care given me today by Sandy and Dr. Oechsel. After several years in pain, and putting off diagnosis, I was very apprehensive on entering the office. But the sensitive care and professionalism I received went way beyond my expectations. I am most grateful. And the pain in the right knee is virtually gone. I am looking forward to the recommended physical therapy, and know that in the future my arthritis will receive the most excellent care. Thanks, folks." Bob W


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Education
  • 1985 National Institute of Health/National Cancer Institute
    Bethesda, Maryland
    Surgical Externship
  • 1981-1985 Georgetown University School of Medicine
    Washington, D.C.
    Doctor of Medicine, 1985
  • 1981 Cambridge University Scholar
    Cambridge, England
    Cambridge University, Kings College
  • 1977-1981 University of Southern California
    Los Angeles, CA, B.A. Chemistry, 1981
Internship
  • 1985-1986 Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center
    Los Angeles, California
    Surgical Internship
Residency
  • 1986-1990 Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center
    Los Angeles, CA
    Orthopedic Surgical Resident
  • 1989 Kerlan-Jobe Clinic
    Los Angeles, CA
    Orthopedic Sports Medicine Surgical Rotation
Boards, Academies, Licensure and Certification
  • Fellow, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Certified, Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 1992
  • Re-certified, Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2002
  • Re-certified, Diplomat, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, 2012
  • Medical License, State of California
  • Board of Medical Quality Assurance
  • Physician’s and Surgeon’s Certificate
  • Diplomat, National Board of Medical Examiners
  • Qualified Medical Examiner (QME)
    State of California
  • Agreed Medical Examiner (AME)
  • Independent Medical Examiner (IME)
Research Projects & Publications
  • Knee Arthroscopy Treating Your Knee Problem - The Stay Well Company, Krames, 2000, 2007
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging Following Closed Reduction of Congenital Dislocation of Hip
  • Palm Thorn Injury to the Hand
  • Treatment of Complete Acromioclavicular Dislocation – A Literature Review
  • Treatment of Open Tibia Fractures with Soft Tissue Defects Clinical Orthopedics & Related Research
Faculty
  • Current Issues of MRI in Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
    A National Symposium 2008
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
    Local Committee, Annual Meeting, 2004
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery
    Local Committee, Annual Meeting, 2001
  • Surgical Techniques Course, AO/ASIF
    Los Angeles, 1993
Awards
  • Best Orthopedic Surgeon
    Pacific Sun Newspaper
    Best of Marin, 2017
  • Bay Area Top Physicians, February 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
    For Peer Recognition
    Published in Marin Magazine
  • San Francisco Super Doctors, 2012
    For peer recognition and professional achievement
    Published in the San Francisco Chronicle
  • Outstanding Orthopaedic Resident, LA County,
    USC Department of Orthopaedics
  • Elected to Phi Beta Kappa in Junior year, USC
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, USC
  • National Academic Scholarship Award Winner,
    Phi Kappa Psi
Affiliations
  • Marin General Hospital, Active Staff, 1990-present
  • Kentfield Rehabilitation Hospital, Active Staff, 1990-present
  • Rafael Hospital, Orthopedic Medical Director, 2011-2015
  • Chief of Surgery, Marin General Hospital, 1999-2003
  • Chief of Orthopedics, Marin General Hospital, 1995-1999
  • Marin General Hospital, Trauma Committee, Orthopedic Liaison, 2006-2010
  • Team Physician, Dominican University, 1992
  • Chief Executive Officer, Mt Tam Orthopedics, 2010-2013
  • Team Physician, Crenshaw High School Football Team, 1990
  • Steering Committee for Orthopaedic Residency, LA County/USC Medical Center
  • Student Financial Aid Committee Chairman, Georgetown University
  • Curriculum Committee, Policy Advisory Committee, Georgetown University
Volunteer Activities
  • Marin Community Clinic, 2016-2017
    Marin County, CA
    Orthopedic Consultant
  • Global Medical Brigades, 2017
    Nicaragua
    Physician Supervisor
    University of Wisconsin Chapter
  • Global Medical Brigades, 2013
    Honduras
    Physician Supervisor
    University of Southern California Chapter
  • World Golf Championship, Match Play, 2015
    Medical Committee
    Harding Park, San Francisco, California
  • Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2013
    Champions Tour / PGA Tour
    Medical Committee
    Harding Park, San Francisco, California
  • United States Open Championship, 2012
    United States Golf Association
    Medical Committee
    Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
  • Presidents Cup, 2009
    PGA Tour
    Medical Committee
    Harding Park Golf Club, San Francisco, California
  • United States Amateur Championship, 2007
    United States Golf Association
    Medical Committee
    Olympic Club, San Francisco, California
  • Charles Schwab Cup Championship, 2010
    Champions Tour / PGA Tour
    Medical Committee
    Harding Park, San Francisco, California
  • United States Open Championship, 2010
    United States Golf Association
    Pebble Beach, California
  • United States Open Championship, 2008
    United States Golf Association
    Torrey Pines, San Diego, California
  • Pac-10 Mens Golf Championship, 2008
    Meadow Club, Marin County, California
  • United States Open Championship, 2000
    United States Golf Association
    Pebble Beach, California
  • United States Open Championship, 1992
    United States Golf Association
    Pebble Beach, California