Charles F. Preston, M.D.

Dr. Charles Preston, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Charles Preston

Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow Arthroscopy

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek (Redwood Building)
San Ramon


Dr. Preston practices orthopedic surgery with a special interest in sports medicine. He provides sideline sports coverage for De La Salle High School, St Mary's College, and the San Francisco Fire of the NPGL.

Dr. Preston performs advanced arthroscopic procedures in the knee, elbow and shoulder including ACL reconstruction, rotator cuff repair, meniscus surgery, labrum surgery and elbow arthroscopy, including Tommy John surgery.

Dr. Preston is certified in cartilage transplantation and golf fitness and has advanced certifications in sports medicine, cartilage transplantation, golf medicine and baseball medicine.

Approach to Treatment

“I like working with student athletes and weekend warriors. I’m proud to be a community resource for sports medicine, exercise performance and injury prevention.”

Dr. Preston provides state of the art treatment for general orthopedic as well as athletic injuries. His goal is to provide each patient with a full and complete evaluation of their orthopedic problem, to discuss all treatment options, and match treatment options with patient needs and expectations. He emphasizes conservative treatment prior to recommending surgery and minimally evasive techniques are used when surgery is required.

He has great respect for the patient’s time and is pleased to be able to offer testing, diagnosis and surgery as needed, in one location. A goal oriented physician, Dr. Preston works to speed healing time and return patients back to work and athletes back to the field as soon as possible.

More About the Doctor

Dr. Preston began practicing orthopedic surgery in 2008. He received both his undergraduate and medical degrees from The University of California, Irvine. He then completed his orthopedic training in New York at the renowned NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases. During his training, Dr. Preston completed an additional orthopedic research fellowship which resulted in multiple publications in peer reviewed journals and presentations at national meetings.

While practicing in New York, Dr. Preston was a house physician both at Shea Stadium for the New York Mets, and at Madison Square Garden. Upon completion of his residency training, Dr. Preston completed additional fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the University of Southern California. His fellowship also included advanced training in shoulder and elbow reconstruction.

Since settling in the East Bay Dr. Preston has served as a Clinical Instructor at UCSF and is the founding medical director of the Sports Performance Institute at San Ramon Regional Medical Center. He serves as the sideline physician for De La Salle Football and is an orthopedic consultant for the student athletes at St. Mary’s College.

A resident of Alamo, he supports the community by serving as an orthopedic consultant for local high schools. Dr. Preston is also certified in cartilage transplantation and also in golf fitness through the Titleist Performance Institute.

In his free time Dr. Preston enjoys various athletic related endeavors both as a participant and a fan. His favorite team is his family: his wife Tara and four wonderful children.

Alumni Organizations:

  • University of California, Irvine
  • NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • University of Southern California

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Patient Testimonials

Dr. Preston has the unique ability to communicate in both medical and athletic terms. He’s been able to bridge the gaps between the sports world, exercise science, and medical world. I’ve admired his work with baseball players and his committment to baseball and golf fitness.”

Tom House, PhD
National Pitching Association/RDRBI


As an aging athlete and a “weekend warrior” in the club playing pick-up basketball, I was fortunate to be referred to Dr. Preston after tearing my achilles tendon. During the course of my care, I was impressed by his interdisciplinary knowledge of sports medicine and exercise science. Since then I’ve engaged him on numerous occasions as sports medicine advisor, and referred him to both colleagues and friends alike.


Just as he’s had a positive impact on me, we’ve been fortunate to have him as a regular member in our club often taking both personal training or getting in a cardio workout. Regardless of what he’s doing, he’s always available for a question from a personal trainer or member. It’s truly refreshing to find an MD so enthusiastic about getting his patients moving toward a healthy and active lifestyle.”

Carl C. Liebert III, Chief Executive Officer
24 Hour Fitness Worldwide

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2007-2008 University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, Fellowship, Sports Medicine/ Shoulder and Elbow Surgery.

2001-2007 NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, New York, NY, Resident Physician, Orthopaedic Surgery.

2003-2004 NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, Musculoskeletal Research Center, New York, NY, Fellowship, Orthopaedic Research.

1997-2001 University of California Irvine School of Medicine, Irvine, CA; MD.

1989-1993 University of California Irvine, Irvine, CA; BS, Biological Sciences.


NYUHJD Senior Resident Research Award, 2007.
Arthroscopy Association of North America: Resident Scholarship Award, Spring Fundamentals in Arthroscopy Course, 2005.
Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute Alumni Association: Senior Resident Research Award, 2003-2004.
Smith and Nephew 19th Annual Resident Research Competition: Best Basic Sciences Paper, 2004.

Medical School
Silver Anchor Auxiliary of the Huntington Beach Hospital Scholarship, 2000-2001.
Bryant Scholarship: For academic excellence in clinical medicine, 2000-2001.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Summer Research Fellowship, 1998.
UCI College of Medicine Educational Affairs Service Award, 1997-1998.

John Muir Medical Center, Walnut Creek/Concord, CA
San Ramon Regional Medical Center, San Ramon, CA
Sequoia Surgical Pavilion, Walnut Creek, CA

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery
American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Board Certified
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
California Orthopaedic Association
Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association

Sports Performance Institute, San Ramon Regional Medical Center, San Ramon, CA: Medical Director
De La Salle High School, Concord, CA: Team Physician
St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA: Team Physician
24 Hour Fitness, San Ramon, CA: Medical Advisor
Rod Dedeaux Research and Baseball Institute, University of Southern California: Medical Advisor
The Pitching Center, Pleasanton, CA: Medical Advisor

1. Hodges, D., Lee, D., Preston, C., Boswell, K., Hall, L., O’Dowd, D. tipE regulates sodium dependent repetitive firing in Drosophila neurons. Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience. 2002 Mar;19(3):402-16.

2. Gupta, R., Lin, Y., Bui, P, Chao, T., Preston, C., Mozaffar, T. Macrophage Recruitment Follows The Pattern of Inducible Nitric Oxide Synthase Expression in a Model For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Jounal of Neurotrauma. 2003 Jul; 20(7): 671-80.

3. Preston, C., Chen, A., Wolinsky, P., Tejwani, N. Posterior Dislocation of The Elbow With Concomitant Fracture of The Proximal Ulna and Radial Head – A Complex Variant of The Posterior Monteggia Lesion. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2003 Aug; 17(7): 530-33.

4. Preston, C., Egol, K. Can the Ottawa Ankle Rules Rule Out Arthritis?. The Jounal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2003 Nov; 491.

5. Tejwani, N., Chattoo, M., Preston, C., Wolinsky, P. Knee Laxity Associated with a Proximal Diaphyseal Tibial and Fibular Fracture. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2004 Mar; 18(3):186-89.

6. Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Koval, K., Egol, K. Podium versus Poster Publication Rates at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association. Clinical Orthopaedics And Related Research. 2005 Aug; 437: 260-264.

7. Di Cesare, P., Chang, E., Preston, C., Liu, C. Serum Interlukin-6 as a Marker of Periprosthetic Infection Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2005 Sept; 87-A(9): 1921-7.

8. Preston, C., Fulkerson, E., Meislin, R., Di Cesare, P. Osteotomy About the Knee: Applications, Techniques, and Results. The Journal of Knee Surgery. 2005 Oct; 18(4): 258-72.

9. Strauss, E., Tejwani, N., Preston, C., Egol, K. The Posterior Monteggia Lesion with Associated Ulno-humeral Instability: Type II Monteggia Variant Lesions with Poor Outcomes. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Br. 2006 Jan; 88(1): 84-9.

10. Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Egol, K., Koval, K. The Consistency Between Abstracts Presented at The Orthopaedic Trauma Association and Their Full-text Publications. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2006 Feb; 20(2): 129-133.

11. Fulkerson, E., Koval, K., Preston, C., Iesaka, K., Kummer, F., Egol, K. Fixation of Periprosthetic Femoral Shaft Fractures Associated With Cemented Femoral Stems: A Biomechanical Comparison of Locked Plating and Conventional Cable Plates. Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. 2006 Feb; 20(2): 89-93.

12. Fulkerson, E., Della Valle, C., Wise, B., Walsh, M., Preston, C., Di Cesare, P. Antibiotic Susceptibility of Bacteria Infecting Total Joint Arthroplasty Sites. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery Am. 2006 June; 88-A(6): 1231-7.

13. Patel, VP., Walsh, M., Sehgal, B., Preston, C., DeWal, H., Di Cesare, PE. Factors Associated with Prolonged Wound Drainage After Primary Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery AM. 2007 Jan; 89-A(1): 33-38.

14. Walsh, M., Preston, C., Bong, M., Patel, V., Di Cesare, PE. Relative Risk Factors for Requirement of Blood Transfusion After Total Hip Arthroplasty. Journal of Arthroplasty. 2007 Dec; 22(8):1162-7.

15. Walsh, MG., Preston, C., Patel, V., Di Cesare, PE. Risk Factors for Acute Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J.Orthopaedics. 2008;5(2)e10.

16. Preston, C., Egol, K. Midshaft Clavicle Fractures in Adults. Bulletin of the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. 2009;67(1):52-7.

17. Preston, C., Maison, C., House, T. Risk Assessment and Prevention of Arm Injuries in Baseball Players. The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine. 2009 April: 149-153.

1. Hodges, D., Preston, C., and O’Dowd, D. TipE regulates sodium current expression and firing properties of embryonic Drosophila neurons. Society for Neuroscience. 1997. 23:362.8.

2. Lee, D., Preston, C., and O’Dowd, D. Spontaneous synaptic transmission between embryonic Drosophila neurons mediated by nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Society for Neuroscience. 1997. 23:150.15.

3. Preston, C., Bui, P., Modafferi, E., Steward, O., Gupta, R. Altered Expression Of mRNA For iNOS At The Compression Site Of A Chronic Nerve Injury. Orthopaedic Research Society. 2000. 736.60.

4. Preston, C., Ranjan, G. Altered Expression of mRNA for iNOS at the Compression Site of a Chronic Nerve Injury. Graduate Research Forum, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California Irvine College of Medicine. June 2001.

5-7. Preston, C., Di Cesare, P., Della Valle, C., Chang, E., Liu, C. Interleukin-6 as a marker for periprosthetic infection following total hip and total knee arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2005. Paper 320., Smith &Nephew 19th Annual Residents’ Research Competition. August 2004.,, Orthopaedic Research Education Foundation Tri-state Resident Research Competition. May 2004.

8. Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Egol, K., Koval, K. Podium Presentations or Posters- What is the Best Source of Information at The OTA? Orthopaedic Trauma Association. 2004. 57:377-378.

9. Preston, C., Bhandari, M., Fulkerson, E., Ginat, D., Egol, K., Koval, K. Can You Believe What You Hear at The OTA? Orthopaedic Trauma Association. 2004. 58:379-380.

10. The Osteotomy Around The Knee: Past, Present, and Future. Coventry Society Biannual Meeting. October 2004.

11. Patel, V., Preston, C., Fulkerson, E., Heibert, R., Di Cesare P. Total Hip Replacement Patients Have Prolonged Wound Drainage When Using Low-Molecular-Weight Heparin. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2005. Paper 319.

12. Fulkerson, E., Della Valle, C., Preston, C., Di Cesare, P. Regional Variations in Organisms Infecting Total Joint Arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2005. Paper 321.

13. Preston, C., Bong, M., Patel, V., Heibert, R., Di Cesare, P. Role of Autologous Blood Donation and Cell Savor on Transfusion Rates After Total Hip Replacement. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 2005. Poster 009.

14. Preston, C., Park, S., Panchal, P., Heibert, R., Di Cesare, P. ASA and Foot Pumps Do Not Result in a Higher Rate of PE Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2005. Paper 430.

15. Patel, V., Seghal, B., Preston, C., Walsh, M., Di Cesare, P. Factors Associated With Prolonged Wound Drainage Following a Total Knee Arthroplasty. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2006. Poster 173.

16. Preston, C., Walsh, M., Panchal, A., Patel, V., Park, S., Di Cesare, P. Risk Factors for Acute Pulmonary Embolism Following Total Joint Arthroplasty. NYUHJD Alumni Association, Sir Robert Jones Research Day. May 11, 2007.

17. Current Concepts in Clavicle Fractures. Orthopaedic Surgery Grand Rounds. University of Southern California. Jan 4, 2008.

18. Effective Research and End User Utilization- Bridging the Gap. Injuries in Baseball Course. Andrews Sports Medicine Institute. Houston, TX. Jan 2009.

19. Preston, C., Lee, T., Tibone, J., ElAttrache, N., Gupta, R., Park, M., Otarodifard, K., Wong, J. Biomechanical Comparison of Rotator Cuff Repair Consturcts in the Rabbit Subscapularis. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, 2009. Poster 343.

20. Spring Training: Injuries in Baseball. John Muir Medical Center. Course Director. Jan 2010.

21. Evaluation of the Aging Athlete. John Muir Orthopaedic Update. April 2011.

22. SRRMC Baseball Symposium: Stratagies for Healthy Performance. Course Director. Sept 2011.


1994-1995 Laboratory Assistant. Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California, Irvine.

1996-1997 Laboratory Assistant. Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, University of California, Irvine.

2003-2004 Site Coordinator, NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, Reflection Ceramic-Ceramic Hip System, Smith & Nephew.

2003-2004 House Physician, New York Mets, Shea Stadium, Flushing, NY.

2003-2006 House Physician, Madison Square Garden, New York, NY. Sports and Entertainment Physicians, P.C., Bridgeport, CT.

2007 Peer Editor, The Journal of Musculoskeletal Medicine, Darien, CT.

2007-2009 Peer Editor, Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Philadelphia, PA.

2008-2010 Clinical Instructor, University of California San Francisco, SF General Hospital. San Francisco, CA.

2009 Team Physician, San Jose Stealth, National Indoor Lacross League, San Jose, CA.

2011 Team Physician, Bay Area Breeze, Woman’s Premiere Soccer League, Dublin, CA.

Gross Anatomy Course Tutor, NYU School of Medicine, 2003.
Department of Medicine, Student Teaching Program, UCI College of Medicine, 2000-2001.
Gross Anatomy Course Tutor, UCI College of Medicine, 1998.
MCAT Preparatory Course Instructor, The Princeton Review Company, 1995.
Biochemistry Course Tutor, UCI Tutorial Assistance Program, 1993-1994.

Team Physician, Dougherty Valley High School, San Ramon, CA. 2008-2009.
Event Physician, High School Football, PSAL, New York, NY. 2004-2006
Philippine Medical Society of Northern California, Medical Mission, 1999, 2004.
Flying Samaritans Medical Service Organization, 1997-1999.