Dr. O’Meara is a native of Southern California, born in San Diego. He grew up in the San Diego and Los Angeles areas. As a young man, Dr. O’Meara was very active in athletics and he achieved high awards and acclaim in several different sports. A severe injury in High School convinced him to direct his focus towards becoming an orthopaedic surgeon so that he could treat and cure the type of injuries that he and many of his teammates had suffered during competition.
Dr. O’Meara received an early acceptance to Occidental College, “the Harvard of the West Coast”. During his college studies, he attended a summer internship through the University of London researching England’s National Health Service. After four years of college, he graduated with Distinctions, Cum Laude, and
Phi Beta Kappa.
Dr. O’Meara then received an early acceptance to the University of Southern California (USC) School of Medicine. During this intense additional four years of schooling, he co-authored two research studies regarding orthopaedic-related issues. Both studies went on to be published in major orthopaedic journals.
After graduating from medical school, Dr. O’Meara attended a five year Orthopaedic Residency through the University of Kansas. The residency program provided extensive, high volume and highly technical training. The training in Kansas utilized two Level 1 Trauma Hospitals where the latest technology was used to treat complicated injuries and trauma. Both Hospitals were also surgical reconstruction centers that performed high volumes of joint replacements and ligament reconstructions. During six months of his residency program, Dr. O’Meara lived in St. Louis where he trained in Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery through Washington University.
During his residency, Dr. O’Meara continued his commitment to research and he authored a multitude of scientific papers that were published in several reputable orthopaedic journals. Because of his accomplishments during his training, Dr. O’Meara was awarded the Mid-America Orthopaedic Residency Award which gave him the opportunity to travel to the prestigious Campbell Clinic in Memphis, Tennessee to train in sports medicine including specialized arthroscopic procedures of the shoulder and knee.
Dr. O’Meara established his private practice in Escondido and founded Palomar Orthopaedic Specialists, APMC in 1992. He was recruited to the area by Palomar Medical Center to provide state-of-the-art orthopaedic services to patients within the Palomar-Pomerado Health District. He established the largest orthopaedic office and orthopaedic group in the area and he quickly distinguished himself as the premier orthopaedic surgeon in Inland North County.
Through his commitment to provide the very highest quality of care to his patients,
Dr. O’Meara became involved in developing highly specialized orthopaedic surgery centers where patients could receive a level of care not available at hospitals.
Dr. O’Meara helped build and develop Elite Surgery Center in Escondido; The Orthopaedic Surgery Center in La Jolla; and Carlsbad Surgery Center in Carlsbad.
Medical School: USC School of Medicine
Orthopaedic Residency: University of Kansas - Wichita
Sports Medicine: The Campbell Clinic - Memphis
Chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Palomar Medical Center
Voluntary Clinical Instructor, UCSD School of Medicine
Founder and President of Palomar Orthopaedic Trauma Associates, LLC.
Member of the Joint Medical-Legal Commission of the San Diego County Medical Society