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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.


  • 2015-10 - Present
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center, Encinitas, CA
    Managing partner of a greater than fifty employee private practice, specializing in shoulder and knee surgery, including primary sports, complex revisions and reconstructions, trauma, and shoulder arthroplasty.
  • 2011-09 - 2015-09
    Orthopaedic Surgeon
    United States Navy, Naval Hospital, Camp Pendleton , CA
    Staff surgeon specializing in complex sports surgery as part of an eight member group which served the active, reserve, and dependent component of one of the largest population bases in the military in addition to taking part in several hospital administration governing boards.
  • 2012-11 - 2013-06
    Department Head, Orthopaedic Surgery
    NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit, Kandahar, Afghanistan
    Orthopaedic traumatologist and department head for the Echelon 3 NATO hospital responsible for the surgical care of US, NATO, local national, and enemy combatant injuries sustained throughout southern Afghanistan.
  • 2006-09 - 2007-09
    Battalion Surgeon, 1st Combat Engineers
    United States Navy, Camp Pendleton, CA
    Medical officer for Marine engineering battalion handling medical care and support measures for an attachment based unit, distributing primary care and providing austere based interventional work.
  • 2006-09 - 2007-09
    Regimental Surgeon
    United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA
    Responsible for medical, preventative, and administrative care for over 5000 Marines, as well as oversight of between ten to twenty Battalion Surgeons.
  • 2004-09 - 2006-09
    Battalion Surgeon, 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines
    United States Marine Corps, Camp Pendleton, CA
    Medical Officer for Marine infantry battalion responsible for both in garrison medical and combat / deployment related care, including the front line traumatic life support and surgical intervention during the battle for Fallujah, Iraq, or Operation Phantom Fury in 2004/2005.


  • 1994-06 - 1998-06
    Bachelor of Science
    University Of Notre Dame - Notre Dame, IN
  • 1999-05 - 2003-05
    Georgetown University - Washington, DC
  • 2003-09 - 2004-09
    Surgery Internship
    Naval Medical Center San Diego - San Diego, CA
  • 2007-09 - 2011-09
    Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
    Naval Medical Center San Diego - San Diego, CA

Academic Title

  • Adjunct Instructor of Surgery
    Uniformed Services University of Health Services Bethesda, MD 20814


  • 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

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor Distinction - 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Combat Action Ribbon - 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Fleet Marine Force Ribbon - 1st Marine Division, 2005 Navy Meritorious Unit Commendation - 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Global War on Terrorism, Expeditionary Medal, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Global War on Terrorism, Service Medal, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Iraq Campaign Medal - 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, Fallujah, Iraq, 2005

Fleet Marine Force Medal - 1st Marine Division, 2007 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal - 1st CEB Battalion, 2007

Navy Unit Commendation - Naval Medical Center San Diego, 2007

Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal - NATO Role 3, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2013

NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal - NATO Role 3, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2013 Afghanistan Campaign Medal - NATO Role 3, Kandahar, Afghanistan, 2013

National Defense Medal, 1998

Publications and Research

Primary Investigator
An Observational, Double-Blind, Long-Term Study to Evaluate the Safety and Durability of Response to EN3835 Compared to Placebo in the Treatment of Adhesive Capsulitis of the Shoulder.
CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center, 2020.

Primary Investigator
Procalcitonin Analysis after Anterior Cruciate Ligament Surgery.
Naval Medical Center, San Diego. 2009-2011

Bremner L.F., Mazurek M.
Reconstructive Challenges of Complex Battlefield Injury.
Journal of Surgical Orthopaedic Advances 2010. Spring: 19(1): 77-84

Bremner L.F., Dewing C.B., McDonald L.S., Provencher M.T.
Simultaneous Bilateral Anterior Shoulder Fracture Dislocations Following a Seizure: A Case Report. Military Medicine
2013 Mar: 178(3):e400-3

A Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled, Multi-Center Study of a Single Injection of Cross-Linked Sodium Hyalutonate Combined with Triamcinolone Hexaxetonide to Provide Symptomatic Relief of Osteoarthritis of the Knee.
CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

A Randomized Controlled Trial of the Subchondroplasty Procedure with Arthroscopy versus Arthroscopy Alone for the Treatment of Bone Marrow Lesions of the Knee. CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

A Post-Market, Single-Blind, Multi-Center, Randomized, Controlled Trial of HYMOVIS Intra-Articular Injections in Active Subjects with Knee Osteoarthritis.
CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

A Prospective, Multi-Center, Concurrently Controlled Clinical Study of Chondro-Gide Articular Cartilage Cover for the Treatment of Large Chondral Lesions in the Knee.
CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

A Study to Evaluate the Clinical Benefit of Using Genetics to Assess Overall Hereditary Genetic Cancer Risk Profile and Help Pursue Preventative Measures Which May Lead to Early Detection and Treatment of the Cancer Condition.
CORE Orthopaedic Medical Center.

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