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Luke Bremner MD FAAOS

Luke BremnerMD, FAAOSBoard Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon

Dr. Bremner was born and raised in Northern California. After spending his youth in Sonoma County, he matriculated to the University of Notre Dame, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1998.

Before moving on to medical school, he returned home, working for a season in the vineyards nearby as a wine chemist and blender. With this much needed experience in hand, he then ventured off to medical school at Georgetown University with the assistance of a United States Navy scholarship.

During the third year of his time in Washington D.C., his future path was forever changed by the events of September 11, 2001. The assistance provided to victims that day would serve as an omen for the years ahead.

Following completion of his internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in 2004, he volunteered to serve with the Marine infantry out of Camp Pendleton. He was assigned as the medical officer to Third Battalion, Fifth Marines in July of 2004, and, after some quick training, deployed with that unit to Fallujah, Iraq in September of 2004. For the next seven months, he served as a frontline battalion surgeon for that unit, providing point of injury care during the urban combat of Operation Phantom Fury between 2004 and 2005.

After finishing his time with the Marines, he returned to the Naval Medical Center San Diego. There he completed a residency in Orthopaedic Surgery in 2011 focusing on sports surgery and traumatology within a center serving as the tertiary referral center for the Navy’s western hemisphere. He was then assigned as a staff within the Orthopaedic Surgery department at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

In addition to four years of service to the Marines and their families at that facility, he also deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2013, serving as the head of Orthopaedics for the NATO Role 3 hospital, coordinating the care provided by surgeons and physicians from the U.S., Great Britain, Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.

After 16 years of Navy service, Dr. Bremner made the decision to transition to civilian practice. His service, and the experiences it provided, was something he will always cherish; however, with his wife, Amy’s, breast cancer practice and quickly growing kids, Adelaide and Flynn, it seemed the right time to solidify the roots growing in the north county community. Thus, in October of 2015, he resigned his commission and joined the staff at CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

Between his time at the Naval Medical Center San Diego and years spent as the knee and shoulder specialist at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, he has performed countless shoulder and knee surgeries. In addition to hundreds of standard cases such as ACL reconstruction and shoulder arthroscopy, he has handled countless referrals for complex cases, including multi-ligament knee reconstructions, revision knee and shoulder instability reconstructions, peri-articular osteotomies, and circumferential shoulder labral repairs. He also specializes in hip arthroscopy and both anatomic and reverse total shoulder arthroplasty.

With his active duty and combat experience, he also brings a familiarity and comfort with trauma, having handled hundreds of cases, from standard hand, ankle, hip, and long bone fractures and soft tissue injuries to complex upper and lower extremity peri-articular reconstructions, both in the United States and abroad where he had the privilege of working alongside traumatologists from around the globe.

From an academic perspective he has presented at numerous forums and authored multiple journal articles. He is Board Certified by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery, an active fellow within the Academy, and currently holds the position of Professor of Surgery at the Uniformed Services Health University.

  • I chose medicine because of a sense of helplessness when my best friend developed cancer as a youth and desire to do something more in the future.
  • I chose the military out of a sense of duty to my country.
  • I chose to move on to the civilian world out of a sense of obligation to my community.
  • I chose to join CORE because of a sense that the people there best fit the principles upon which I have strived to build my life.

Dr. Bremner looks forward to meeting you and discussing any way in which he may help you.


  • 2015 - Present
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    Core Orthopaedic Medical Center
    332 Santa Fe Dr. Suite 110
    Encinitas CA 92024
  • Professional Experience
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    United States Navy
    Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton
    Camp Pendleton, CA Retired 2015
    Specializing in complex sports surgery as part of an eight member orthopedic surgery group which serves the active, reserve, and dependent component of one of the largest population bases in the military.

    Department Head, Musculoskeletal Services
    United States Army
    NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit
    Kandahar, Afghanistan
    Orthopaedic traumatologist and department headfor the Echelon3 NATO hospital responsible for the surgical care of US, NATO, local national, and enemy combatant injuries sustained in southern Afghanistan.

    Independent Medical Examiner
    Exam Works
    Portland, OR
    Primary examiner involving various personal injury and workers compensation cases.

    Regimental Surgeon
    5th Marine Regiment
    United States Marine Corps
    Camp Pendleton, CA
    Responsible for the medical and preventative care for over 5000 troops, aswell as administrative oversight of 10 physicians, within theRegiment.

    Battalion Surgeon
    3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
    United States Marine Corps
    Camp Pendleton, CA
    Medical officer for 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines before, during, and after the lead assault onFallujah, Iraq during Operation Phantom Fury in 2004.
  • Education
    Naval Medical Center San Diego
    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
    San Diego, CAOrthopaedic Surgery Residency

    Naval Medical Center San Diego
    Department of Surgery
    San Diego, CA
    Surgery Internship

    Georgetown University
    School of Medicine
    Washington, D.C.
    Doctor of Medicine

    University of Notre Dame
    DepartmentCollege of Science
    Notre Dame, IN
    Bachelor of Science
    Pre-professional Studies
  • Academic Title
    Adjunct Instructor of Surgery
    Uniformed Services University of the Health Services
    Bethesda, MD 20814
  • Licensure/Certification
    American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery -Board Certified
    Fellow, American Academy Orthopaedic Surgery
    California Permanent Medical License #A89564
    Oregon Permanent Medical License #MD156681
    USMLE Step III
    USMLE Step II
    USMLE Step I

Honors & Distinctions

  • 2013
    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal - Afghanistan
    NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal - Afghanistan
  • 2009
    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal - Combat Engineers
  • 2007
    Navy Unit Commendation -Naval Medical Center San Diego
  • 2005
    Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor Distinction - Iraq
    Combat Action Ribbon - Iraq
    Fleet Marine Force Ribbon - 1st Division
    Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - Iraq
    Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal - Iraq
    Global War onTerrorism Service Medal - Iraq
  • 2001
    National Defense Medal
  • 1998
    Magna Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame

Clinical Research

  • Primary Investigator
    Procalcitonin Analysis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery Naval Medical Center San Diego


  • Bremner LF, Mazurek M. Reconstructive Challenges of Complex Battlefield Injury. Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances. 2010 Spring; 19(1): 77-84.
  • Bremner LF, Dewing CB, McDonald LS, Provencher MT. Simultaneous Bilateral Anterior Shoulder Fracture Dislocations Following a Seizure: A Case Report. Military Medicine. 2013 Mar; 178(3):e400-3

  • CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center

    332 Santa Fe Drive
    Suite 110
    Encinitas, CA 92024

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