Dr. John A. Schlechter, Orthopedic Surgery

Dr. John A. Schlechter, Orthopedic Surgery

  • John A Schlechter DO
  • Appointments:
  • Office: 714-633-2111
  • Specialty: Orthopedic Surgery
  • Board Certified: Orthopedic Surgery

Dedicated to clinical excellence, Dr. Schlechter is a board-certified pediatric orthopaedic surgeon. Prior to joining CHOC, 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.

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. Schlechter 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.

Clinical Interests

Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedic Trauma, Cerebral Palsy, Foot and Ankle

John A Schlechter DO is on staff at CHOC Hospital in Orange .


CHOC Clinic
1201 W. La Veta Ave. Building: CHOC Clinic
Orange, California 92868
phone: 888-770-2462
fax: 855-246-2329

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
1310 W Stewart Dr, #508
Orange, CA 92868
phone: 714-633-2111
fax: 714-633-5615

Adult and Pediatric Orthopaedic Specialists
25982 Pala Drive, #230
Mission Viejo, CA 92691
phone: 949-600-8800
fax: 949-600-8813


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

Academic Appointments

  • Clinical Professor of Surgery
    Western University of Health Sciences College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, Pomona, CA

Lectures and Presentations

  • Fractures of the Child’s Elbow
  • Osteochondritis Dissecans in the Adolescent Athlete
  • Pediatric Foot Conditions
  • Shoulder Examination in the Adolescent Athlete
  • The Use of Physician Extenders in a Pediatric Orthopedic Pratice
  • Upper Extremity Fractures in Children

Professional Organizations

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


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

Our orthopedic surgeons commonly treat:


How to prevent sports injuries
Preventing Sports Injuries: Dr. Schlechter and Mollee Smith

Dr. John Schlechter & Mollee Smith speak about preventive measures that can be taken to prevent injuries while taking part in sports & physicial activities.

Dr. John Schlecter - How female athletes can prevent sports injuries
Preventing Sports Injuries in Female Athletes: Dr. Schlechter

In this segment from American Health Journal, Dr. John Schlecter, CHOC, discusses how to prevent sports injuries for female athletes.


Dr. John Schlechter in Seacrest Studio
Dr. John Schlechter Talks About Overuse Injuries in Children

Many children today are involved in sports and some kids specialize in one type of sport at a young age. Repetitive use of the same bones and joints can cause stress on growing bodies and may result in injury.

Health Topics

Athlete with sprained ankle
Sprains and Strains

A sprain is a stretch or tear in a ligament, the bands of fibrous tissue that connect our bones at the joints. A strain is also a stretch or tear, but it affects the muscle itself or a tendon.

Three boy soccer players
Kids and Common Sports Injuries

One of the most common sports injuries in children is from chronic repetitive stress. It is usually at the elbow, the wrist, the ankle, the knee or the foot.