Surgical Director, Children's Orthopaedic Center Sports Medicine Program
Attending Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Orthopaedic Surgery, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Dr. VandenBerg is an orthopaedic surgeon with advanced specialty training in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and orthopaedic sports medicine.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dr. VandenBerg grew up playing football, baseball, and basketball. He went on to the University of Michigan, where he was manager for the baseball team and graduated with a B.S. in Biology. He attended Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine and graduated with honors in bioethics while serving as class president for four years.

Dr. VandenBerg completed his internship and residency at Columbia University’s St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in New York City. During this time, he also gained further experience in pediatric orthopaedic surgery at A.I. DuPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Delaware.

After his five-year orthopaedic surgery residency, Dr. VandenBerg completed two years of advanced fellowship training: first at Children’s Hospital Colorado in pediatric orthopaedic surgery and then at the University of Michigan in orthopaedic sports medicine. During his sports medicine fellowship, he served as a team physician for Division 1 college sports teams, including the University of Michigan football, wrestling, men’s hockey, and women’s gymnastics teams and Eastern Michigan University athletic teams.

For each of the past five years, Dr. VandenBerg has travelled internationally with volunteer medical teams to provide pediatric orthopaedic surgery services to under served populations of children in Kenya, Honduras, and Guatemala.

Clinical Interests


  • ACL tears
  • Mensicus tears
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Patella instability
  • Cartilage repair and restoration
  • Multiligament knee injuries
  • Lower extremity realignment osteotomies


  • Instability/Shoulder dislocations
  • Overuse injuries
  • Throwing injuries


  • Impingement
  • Labral tears


  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Throwing injuries
  • Ulnar collateral ligament injuries


  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Ankle instability

General Pediatric Orthopaedics

  • Treatment of injuries unique to pediatric, adolescent, and young adult athletes
  • Minimally invasive and arthroscopic surgical techniques for the treatment of sports-related musculoskeletal injuries
  • Fractures – upper and lower extremity
  • General pediatric orthopaedic conditions



Medical School: 

Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine


St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, Orthopaedic Surgery


St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital Center, Orthopaedic Surgery


Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado, Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery; University of Michigan, Orthopaedic Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery



American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery – Board-eligible

Professional Memberships: 

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine


Best Research Project
Big Ten Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Fellowship Society Annual Meeting, Orlando, FL, 2015
Determining the incidence of restricted hip internal rotation and radiographic markers of femoroacetabular impingement in patients presenting with an acute ACL tear

Best Clinical Paper, Nominee
Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA, 2015
Evaluating the effectiveness of compliance to a perioperative antibiotic protocol to infection prevention and patient safety in pediatric spine surgery

Global Outreach Scholarship
American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Orthopaedics, Orthopaedic service trip, Guatemala City, Guatemala, 2014

Best Research Project
Children’s Hospital Colorado, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Annual Research Day, Aurora, CO, 2014

Best Research Project
St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Annual Research Day, New York, NY, 2012
Assessing the efficacy of gabapentin use in the perioperative period in pediatric patients with idiopathic scoliosis undergoing spinal fusion

International Medical Student Exchange Scholarship
Loyola University Chicago, Stritch School of Medicine, Hadassah Medical Center/Hebrew University exchange student, Jerusalem, Israel, 2008


Tan AR, Alegre-Aguarón E, O’Connell GD, VandenBerg CD, Aaron RK, Vunjak-Novakovic G, Bulinskie JC, Ateshian GA, Hung CT. Passage-dependent relationship between mesenchymal stem cell mobilization and chondrogenic potential. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 2015 Feb;23(2):319-27

VandenBerg CD, Novais EN. Isolated congenital absence of inferior pubic rami ossification: a case report. Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B, 2014 Nov;23(6):541-3

Jeske WP, Walenga JM, Hoppensteadt DA, VandenBerg CD, Brubaker A, Adiguzel C, Bakhos M, Fareed J. Differentiating low-molecular-weight heparins based on chemical, biological, and pharmacologic properties: implications for the development of generic versions of low-molecular-weight heparins. Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 2008 Feb;34(1):74-85

Fung K, Teknos TN, VandenBerg CD, Lyden TH, Bradford CR, Hogikyan ND, Kim J, Prince ME, Wolf GT, Chepeha DB. Prevention of wound complications following salvage laryngectomy using free vascularized tissue. Head and Neck, 2007 May; 29(5):425-30

Tan AR, VandenBerg CD, Attur M, Abramson SB, Knight MM, Bulinski JC, Ateshian GA, Cook JL, Hung CT. Cytokine preconditioning of engineered cartilage provides protection against interleukin-1 insult. Arthritis Research and Therapy, 2015 Dec 14;17:361

Research Interests: 
  • ACL injuries
  • Sports medicine surgical techniques in growing athletes
  • Shoulder instability
  • Hip impingement
  • Quality and safety in pediatric orthopaedics
  • Injury prevention in youth sports
  • Meniscus repair
  • Osteochondritis dissecans
  • Postoperative rehabilitation in young athletes
  • Psychosocial implications in sports medicine
  • Pediatric orthopaedics in underserved regions

Children's Hospital Los Angeles

4650 Sunset Blvd.
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Los Angeles, CA 90027
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Children's Orthopaedic Center - Encino/Tarzana

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Tarzana, CA 91356
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Santa Monica Outpatient Center

1301 20th St.
Suite 460
Santa Monica, CA 90404
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