Scott Tanaka

Scott Tanaka


Scott Tanaka, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon fellowship-trained in upper extremity care, joined Summit Orthopedic Specialists in 2014. Dr. Tanaka provides specialty treatment for orthopedic conditions of the hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder, including traumatic injuries, chronic conditions, congenital problems, sports injuries and more. He also provides excellent general orthopedic care.

Dr. Tanaka earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis and medical degree from Tulane University School of Medicine. He completed an orthopedic surgery internship and residency at Atlanta Medical Center Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Dr. Tanaka then pursued additional training, completing a hand and upper extremity fellowship at the renowned Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center, one of the top programs in the country.

During his residency training, Dr. Tanaka was an assistant team orthopedist for the Georgia Tech baseball team, providing sideline support and treating injured players.

He is a candidate member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, as well as a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

Dr. Tanaka enjoys the challenge and variety upper extremity care provides, from common treatments such as carpal tunnel syndrome to more complex surgical procedures including total wrist and elbow replacement. He also performs minimally invasive procedures such as wrist and elbow arthroscopy to help return patients to activity as soon as possible. Dr. Tanaka works closely with each patient to present treatment options, understand the goals they hope to achieve, and help them make the best treatment decision based on those goals.

In Dr. Tanaka’s spare time, he enjoys skiing, golf, the outdoors, and spending time with his wife and three children.

Specialties & Services

  • Upper Extremity Fellowship trained
  • Elbow
  • Hand & Wrist
  • Shoulder