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John A Schlechter, DO



Orthopedic Surgery

Board Certified:
Orthopedic Surgery

Special Interests:
Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma, Cerebral Palsy, Foot and Ankle

Dr. Schlechter is on staff at CHOC Children's Hospital

CHOC Children's Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave.
Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329
map & directions

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
1310 W Stewart Dr
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-633-2111
fax: 714-633-5615
map & directions

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
25982 Pala Drive
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949-600-8800
fax: 949-600-8813
map & directions

Physician Bio

Recognized as a leader in pediatric sports medicine and orthopaedic fields, Dr. Schlecter is an active part of the clinical faculty for the Western University of Health Sciences. He serves as team physician for several local high schools. Dr. Schlecter has participated in several orthopedic mission trips to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and remains interested in international orthopedics. He is a member of the Pediatric Orthopedic Society of North America as well as the Arthroscopy Association of North America.

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Schlecter is a board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Prior to joining CHOC Children’s, he attended medical school at the New York College of Osteopathic Medicine at the New York Institute of Technology. He served as chief intern at Peninsula Hospital Center, part of the North Shore University Health System in New York. Dr. Schlechter completed his orthopaedic surgery residency at Riverside County Regional Medical Center. He completed a pediatric orthopedic and scoliosis fellowship at Children’s Hospital San Diego as well as a post-fellowship preceptorship in sports medicine and arthroscopy at the Orthopedic Specialty Institute in Orange, CA.


  • Medical School
    New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, Old Westbury, NY
  • Rotating Internship
    Peninsula Hospital Center, Far Rockaway, NY
  • Orthopedic Surgery Residency
    Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley, CA
  • Pediatric Orthopedic & Scoliosis Fellowship
    Children's Hospital San Diego, CA

Board Certifications

  • Orthopedic Surgery

Professional Organizations

  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • American Osteopathic Associations
  • American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics
  • Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
  • California Orthopedic Association
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • Western Orthopedic Association

Published Works

Rubin BD, Schlechter, JA Principles of Shoulder Examination and Rehabilitation in AANA Advanced Arthoscopy: The Shoulder, Elsevier 2010, ISBN: 978-1-4377-0663-5

Gottschalk H, Sagoo D, Glaser D, Doan J, Edmonds E, Schlechter JA, Biomechanical Analysis of Pin Placement for Pediatric Supracondylar Humerus Fractures:Does Strating Point, Pin Size and Number Matter - In Press Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics (2012)

Schlechter JA, Summa S, Rubin BD. The Passive Distrac tion Test: A Clinical Exam MAneuver to Diagnose Superior Labral Pathology, Arthroscopy Vol 25, No 12, Dec, 2009: pp 1374-1379

Lectures and Presentations

  • "Shoulder Examination in the Adolescent Athlete"
  • "Osteochondritis Dissecans in the Adolescent Athlete"
  • "The use of physician extenders in a Pediatric Orthopedic Pratice"
  • "Fractures of the Child's Elbow"
  • "Upper Extremity Fractures in Children"
  • "Pediatric Foot Conditions"

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CHOC Children's is affiliated with the UC Irvine School of Medicine