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Partner Orthopaedic Surgeon, Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group

Mike Pahl graduated from Chapman University with honors in 1999. During his time at Chapman, he was a Presidential scholar, an officer in Gamma Beta Phi honor society, and one of the founding members of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society. He played one season on the varsity basketball team before realizing that he wasn’t going into a career in professional basketball and deciding to focus on academics. Mike was a multi-time recipient of the Exercise Physiology Student of the Year award, was involved with the new student orientation program, and served on the senior leadership committee. He was one of six seniors nominated for the Top Graduating Senior award and one of five seniors nominated for the Senior Leadership Award.

Following graduation from Chapman University, Mike attended Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia before completing a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. He returned to Southern California to do a fellowship in sports medicine at the Southern California Center for Sport Medicine in Long Beach. Mike then joined the Memorial Orthopaedic Surgical Group in Long Beach, where his practice focuses on sports medicine and shoulder surgery. After one year in practice, he became a partner of the medical group.  Mike serves as the head team physician for Long Beach State athletics and as a faculty member with the Long Beach Memorial Sports Medicine Fellowship program.  He also volunteers as team physician for Wilson High School football and has served as event doctor for the ASP US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach for the past three years and the Hurley Pro at Trestles for the past two years. He has been published extensively in orthopaedic literature, including six journal articles and 13 book chapters.

Mike has been finding himself drawn to leadership positions ever since he joined student council in 4th grade. This passion for leadership carried on through junior high and high school in student council; college, as part of the senior leadership committee and founding member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society; medial school, as the president of the Orthopaedic Surgery Society, residency, as a chief resident; and now as a partner in a surgical group. He feels Chapman50 is the next step. Mike is looking forward to the opportunity to be an alumni leader at Chapman University and add to the diversity of Chapman50 as a medical professional.