Eric W. Fulkerson, M.D.

Dr. Eric Fulkerson, Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

Dr. Eric Fulkerson

Orthopedic Specialist,
Trauma Surgeon

MOS Locations:
Walnut Creek (Redwood Building)


Dr. Fulkerson is one of two full-time orthopedic trauma surgeons at Muir Orthopaedic Specialists. He treats acute fractures, post-traumatic deformity, non-unions, and post-traumatic infections.

His training in surgical critical care also enables him to address most injuries to the neck, chest, abdomen, and extremities.

Approach to Treatment


In our practice, I am proud to see patients with severe injuries regain their function and independence after surgical treatment of their injuries.

Dr. Eric Fulkerson is dedicated to patient excellence, commitment to quality patient care and contribution to medicine.

Patients recognize him for his hands-on approach to individual patient care and his unsurpassed dedication to excellence and innovation in orthopedic traumatology. Technology and experience are important, but are not everything; Dr. Fulkerson believes compassion is also a key ingredient to good medical care.

Meet Dr. Fulkerson

A graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine and the University of California Davis, Dr. Fulkerson completed his internship and residency at NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases, and gained experience as a trauma surgeon during his fellowship at Florida Orthopaedic Institute.

Leading the trauma team of nurses, resident physicians and support staff, Dr. Fulkerson is responsible for the initial resuscitation and stabilization of the patient, as well as ongoing evaluation. His goal is to ensure that patients who undergo orthopedic trauma surgery are able to return to normal functions despite the seriousness of their injuries.

The challenging nature of complex orthopedic injuries and the potential for returning patients to normal function led Dr. Fulkerson to specialize in the demanding field of orthopedic medicine. With the broad scope of his training and experience, his commitment for returning patients to their pre-injury state of activity and functioning is the driving force behind his passion for this specialty.

In keeping with his dedication to this field, Dr. Fulkerson has done a number of research projects and published extensively in many orthopedic areas, including orthopedic trauma surgery. As a resident, he was the recipient of the Senior Resident Research Award. He also is part of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and is currently a reviewer for Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma. His knowledge and experience in many facets of orthopedics allow him to offer his patients the most advanced and individualized approaches to care.

He is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the Orthopaedic Trauma Association, and the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society.

In his spare time, he likes to snowboard, mountain bike, go rock climbing, and read. He also enjoys gardening and growing his own produce.

Alumni Organizations:

  • Georgetown University School of Medicine
  • University of California
  • NYU-Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Florida Orthopaedic Institute
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Association
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Get to Know Dr. Fulkerson

(A John Muir Health Network video)


Curriculum Vitae

Muir Orthopaedic Specialists

2625 Shadelands Drive
Walnut Creek, CA 94598


7/2007 – 7/2008 – Florida Orthopaedic Institute, Director: Roy Sanders M.D., Tampa, FL, Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship.

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

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

1997-2001 – Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, D.C.; MD.

1992-1996 – University of California Davis, Davis, CA; BS, Physiology.

American Board of Orthopaedic Surgeons – Board Certified

Residency: Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopaedic Institute Alumni Association: Senior Resident Research Award, 2004.

Medical School: Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society

Undergraduate: Graduate with High Honors


1. Fulkerson, E., Tejwani, N., Stuchin, S., Egol, K. Management of Periprosthetic Femur Fractures with a First Generation Locking Plate. Injury. In Press, Corrected Proof, Available online 11 June 2007.

2. G. T. Evangelista, E. Fulkerson, F. Kummer, and P. E. Di Cesare. Surface damage to an Oxinium femoral head prosthesis after dislocation. J Bone Joint Surg Br, Apr 2007; 89-B: 535 – 537.

3. Kubiak EN. Fulkerson E. Strauss E. Egol KA. The evolution of locked plates. [Review] [33 refs] [Journal Article. Review] Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – American Volume. 88 Suppl 4:189-200, 2006 Dec.

4. 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.

5. Fulkerson, E, Egol, KA, Kubiak, EN, Liporace, F, Kummer FJ, Koval, KJ. Fixation of diaphyseal fractures with a segmental defect: a biomechanical comparison of locked and conventional plating techniques. J Trauma. 2006 Apr;60(4):830-5.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Roche, C., Angibaud, L., Flurin, PH., Wright, T., Fulkerson, E., Zuckerman, J. Anatomic Validation of an “Anatomic” Shoulder System. Bull Hosp Jt Dis. 2006;63(3-4):93-7.

9. 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.

10. 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.

11. Romero, AC., Fulkerson, E., Rockman, CB., Bosco, J., Rosen, J. Traumatic Superficial Temporal Artery Pseudoaneurysms in a Minor League Baseball Player: a Case Report and Review of the Literature. Am J Orthop. 2004 Apr;33(4):200-5.

12. Fulkerson E., Razi A., Tejwani N. Review: Acute Compartment Syndrome of the Foot. Foot Ankle Int. 2003 Feb;24(2):180-7. Review.

13. Egol, KA., Kubiak, EN., Fulkerson, E., Kummer, FJ., Koval, KJ. Biomechanics of Locked Plates and Screws. J Orthop Trauma. 2004 Sep;18(8):488-93.

1. Jarit G., Kwon Y., Patel V., Fulkerson E., Ready E., Springfield D., Histological and Morphological Analysis of A Rat Model of Osteonecrosis. Paper No: 315 Podium Presentation. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. March 23, 2006.

2. Kubiak E., Fulkerson E., Tejwani N., Egol K. Scientific Exhibit – Locked Plating: Evolution, Application, and Caveats. AAOS Annual Meeting, 2006. SE61.

3. 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.

4. Frank, J., Jazrawi, L., Fulkerson, E., Kummer, F., Rosen, J., Meislin, R. Scientific Exhibit – Current Hamstring Fixation Options for the Reconstruction of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2005, SE069.

5. Fulkerson E., Egol K., Kubiak E., Liporace F., Kummer F., Koval K. Scientific Poster – Fixation of Comminuted Diaphyseal Fractures: A Comparison of Locked and Conventional Plating Techniques. Orthopaedic Trauma Association. 2004. Scientific Poster #53, Basic Science.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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.

1996 – 1997 – Assistant Laboratory Instructor – Human Anatomy. Department of Biology, University of California, Davis.

1997 – Laboratory Instructor. Department of Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior, University of California, Davis.

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.

2006 – AO North America – Nursing. Course Instructor: Fracture Management Instructional Course. Annapolis, MD.