Our Surgeons

Hrayr G. Basmajian, M.D.

Hrayr G. Basmajian, M.D.

Dr. Basmajian was recruited to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center (PVHMC) from his previous position as the Chair of Orthopaedic Trauma at Loma Linda University Medical Center. He was brought to PVHMC to help build and create the top Orthopaedic Trauma program nationwide.  Dr. Basmajian also performs anterior hip replacements making him part of the Joint Replacement Program at PVHMC.

 "Dr. Basmajian is world renowned for giving lectures and teaching other surgeons the art of trauma care in the field of Orthopaedics."

His Philosophy to patient care can be summed up as follows: knowledge, compassion, and common sense delivered to patients in a way they will understand. He has stood in the patients' shoes and understands the difficulties associated with being in that position. His goal is to take his extensive education and training from top programs, combine it with his faith, and apply it to your situation. He aims to educate you in the process and thus empower you (the Patient) to determine the best treatment for you, in your specific circumstance. At times, this is best delivered through non-operative treatments and healthy discussions, and other times delivered through surgery using the best and latest technology in the operating room to limit morbidity and improve the level and speed of recovery.

Dr. Basmajian’s specialties include: Orthopaedic Trauma, Fractures of the Upper and Lower Extremities, Pelvic and Acetabular Fractures, Fracture Revision Surgery, Deformity Correction, Limb Lengthening, Anterior Hip Replacements, and Arthroscopic Surgery.


  • Fellowship in Orthopaedic Trauma and Hip Replacements
    • ​Sonoran Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons, Scottsdale, AZ
    • Sonoran Hip Center, Scottsdale, AZ
    • Hannover Trauma Hospital, Hannover, Germany
  • Residency in Orthopaedic Surgery
    • ​USC/Los Angeles County Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
  • Medical School
    • The Chicago Medical School, North Chicago, IL
  • Masters Education
    • Finch University of Health Science’s, North Chicago, IL
  • Undergraduate Education
    • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI

Professional Affiliations:

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • AO Trauma Member
  • California Orthopaedic Association
  • Western Orthopaedic Association
  • Armenian American Orthopaedic Association
  • San Bernardino Medical Association

 Honors / Awards:

  • Chief Resident 2010-2011
  • USC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Junior Member Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) 2005
  • Executive Vice President
  • Dean’s List 1996-1999
  • Wayne State University
  • Presidential Scholarship 1996-1999
  • Wayne State University


Fellow of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons 2014

Dr. Basmajian spends much of his time lecturing and teaching on the field of Orthopaedics. He remains a leader in research committed to advancing the care and treatment in Orthopaedics. For more information and Dr. Basmajian’s full CV please visit https://www.premierortho.org.

Albert Chong, M.D.

Albert Chong, M.D.

Albert Chong, M.D. specializes in sports medicine and arthroscopy. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1996. Afterwards, he received his medical degree from the USC Keck School of Medicine and finished his residency at the University of Southern California. He returned to SOAR/Stanford University to complete a sports medicine fellowship, where he acquired additional expertise in arthroscopic procedures.

Dr. Chong has helped to provide care to professional athletes, including those from the NFL, MLB, and US Gymnastics. He has served as an orthopaedic consultant to the ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals), and he was an assistant team physician for Stanford University and Santa Clara University.

Dr. Chong is board-certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery in both Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Surgery. He was appointed the Sports Medicine and Arthroscopy Expert for LiveSTRONG.com, and he is a regular contributing writer. He was given a Patients' Choice Award in 2012 and Compassionate Doctor Recognition in 2013.

Dr. Chong enjoys volunteering his time and skills, both locally and abroad. He has had numerous students and residents do rotations with him. He also serves as a Clinical Instructor in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Southern California, where he was awarded the Francis J. Schiller, M.D. Voluntary Faculty Award. Most recently, he visited rural China on a medical missions trip, where he performed corrective surgeries and also instructed local doctors.

Among Dr. Chong’s areas of expertise are shoulder stabilizations, rotator cuff repairs, knee and elbow ligament reconstructions, meniscus repairs, cartilage transplants, and hip arthroscopies. He also specializes in arthritis and joint replacements of the knee, hip, shoulder, and elbow.

Undergraduate Degree - Stanford University, 1996
Medical Degree - Keck School Of Medicine Of The Univ Of Southern California, 2000
Orthopedic Surgery Internship - University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine, 2001
Orthopedic Surgery Residency - University Of Southern California / Keck School Of Medicine, 2005
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship - Sports, Orthopedic, and Rehabilitation Complete in 2006; Stanford Hospital Complete in 2006
Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, Christian Medical and Dental Association
Area of Expertise
Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine
2010 Francis J. Schiller, M.D. Voluntary Faculty Award, USC Orthopaedic Surgery Department
Itamura JM, Roidis NT, Chong AK, et al. Computed tomography study of radial head morphology. Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, March 2008, pp. 347-354.

Neeraj Gupta, M.D.

Neeraj Gupta, M.D.
Neeraj Gupta, MD has obtained diverse training in all aspects of orthopedic surgery at the University of Southern California. He is also dual fellowship trained in orthopedic trauma/joints/reconstructive surgery from Cedar's Sinai Medical Center and in sports medicine from the San Diego Kaiser Sports Medicine Fellowship.
His interests outside of medicine include sports and technology. He likes to incorporate the high tech world into his practice to make patient care more efficient with improved outcomes.
Undergraduate Degree- Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Medical Degree- Northwestern University Medical School Chicago, IL
Orthopedic Surgery Internship- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Orthopedic Surgery Residency- University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship-Sports Medicine Fellowship, Kaiser Permanente Sports Medicine, San Diego, CA & Trauma Fellowship, Cedars Sinai Trauma, Los Angeles, CA
Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
American Medical Association
Area of Expertise
With his extensive training, Dr. Gupta is involved in minimally invasive surgery in joint replacements as well as advanced arthroscopic surgery. He performs computer navigated total joint replacements. His favorite procedures are fixing complex fractures, joint replacements of the hip, knee, shoulder, and elbow, and arthroscopic reconstructions of the knee and shoulder including ACL reconstructions, rotator cuff repairs, and shoulder instability repairs.
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
Honors in Surgery, Neurology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and Orthopaedic Surgery
Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
Honors Program in Medical Education
National Merit Finalist Scholarship
Westinghouse Research Honors Group
Fithian DC, Gupta, N. Patellar Instability: Principles of Soft Tissue Repair and reconstruction. Patellofemoral Instability. Techniques in Knee Surgery (5) 1:2006.
Zalavras CG, Gupta N, Patzakis MI, Holtom PD. Microbiology of osteomyelitis in patients infected with the human immunodeficiency virus. Clinic Orthopaedic Related Research. 2005 Oct; 439:97-100.
N. Gupta, K Leisch, J.D. Femino, R.M. Kay, V.T. Tolo, D.L. Skaggs. The Effect of Surgical Delay on the need for open reduction and Perioperative Complications in Supracondylar Humerus Fractures in Children. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics. 2004 May-Jun: 24(3): 245-8.
S. Stern, L. Puri, N. Gupta. Restoration of Femoral Offset in Total Hip Arthroplasty: A Radiographic Analysis. 1998.
N. Agarwal, V. Rudick, M. Crawford, R. Wordinger, H. Sheedlo, M. Roony, R. roque, N. Gupta, and M. Al-Ubaidi. Arrest in and Photorector Cell Death. 1998.

William Hale, M.D.

William Hale, M.D.
Senior Orthopedist of the Inland Empire
Undergraduate Degree - Emory University
Medical Degree - Emory University
Orthopedic Surgery Internship - University of Utah
Orthopedic Surgery Residency - USC LA County
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship - University of Toronto Spinal Surgery
Professional Affiliations
HMA, CMA, LA CMA, AAOS, Ortho Surgery Association 
Area of Expertise
Total Joint Replacements, Sports Medicine 

Gregory Lercel, MD

Gregory Lercel, MD
Gregory Lercel, MD is a board certified orthopedist who specializes in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, joint replacements and orthopedic trauma. After completing his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Lercel went on to receive his Medical Doctorate degree from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lercel completed his orthopedic residency at the University of Southern California and sports medicine fellowship at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute. During his fellowship, Dr. Lercel gained additional training in arthroscopic and reconstructive procedures of the knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow. He also participated in the care of high school and college athletes both on the athletic field and in the training room.
Dr. Lercel treats all age groups in a wide variety of operative and non-operative conditions involving the shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, hip, knee, ankle, and foot. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, and is an active member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery and California Orthopaedic Association.
Undergraduate Degree - University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA
Medical Degree - George Washington University, Washington, DC
Orthopedic Surgery Internship - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Orthopedic Surgery Residency - University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship - Los Angeles Orthopaedic Institute Sports Medicine Fellowship, Van Nuys, CA
Professional Affiliations
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
California Orthopaedic Association

Dr. Karim A. Shaikley

Dr. Karim A. Shaikley

Dr. Karim A. Shaikley completed his medical education at the University of Bagdad and did his surgical internship in New York at Columbia University Hospital and Affiliates Program. Dr. Shaikley completed his surgical residency at Hartford Hospital, Hartford, Connecticut, at University of Connecticut.

He started Orthopaedic Residency at Hamot Medical Center combined program with Duke University. This program included pediatric orthopaedics training at the Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children.

Following his formal training in orthopaedic surgery, Dr. Shaikley went for his Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. The Fellowship was a subspecialty in reconstructive and implant surgery which encompasses total joint replacements of the hip and knee joints.

Following completion of the orthopaedic training, he on the Orthopaedic Board and was awarded Diplomat in Orthopaedic Surgery by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

In addition to his interest in general orthopedics, Dr. Shaikley’s line of expertise is in total joint replacement of the hip and knee joints due to arthritis.

Undergraduate Degree - Medical Degree- University of Bagdad
Orthopedic Surgery Internship - Columbia University Hospital and Affiliates Program
Orthopedic Surgery Residency - Hamot Medical Center, combined program with Duke University
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship - Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
Professional Affiliations
Member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Member of the American College of Surgeons
Member of the International College of Surgeons
Area of Expertise
Total Joint Replacement of the Hip and Knee joints due to arthritis

Mahipal M. Shah, M.D.

Mahipal M. Shah, M.D.
Dr. Mahipal M. Shah has been practicing medicine for 46 years. Dr. Shah graduated from the B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India in 1968. He practices medicine in Montclair, CA and specializes in Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Shah is affiliated with Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center.
Undergraduate Degree- St. Xavier College, Ahmedabad, India
Medical Degree- B. J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, India
Orthopedic Surgery Internship- Civil Hospital, B.J. Medical College Ahmedabad, India
Orthopedic Surgery Residency- Catholic Medical Center, Brooklyn and Queens, New York
Orthopedic Surgery Fellowship- Catholic Medical Center, Brooklyn and Queens, New York
Public Service- Surgical Orthopedic Camp, Bidada Village Hospital, Gujarat India; Yearly Orthopedic Camp Ahmedabad, India
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