Peter Rinaldi, D.O.

Peter Dominic Rinaldi, D.O.


Sports Medicine

Orthopaedic Surgery



  • Assistant Physician
  • Volunteer Clinical Faculty


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UC Davis Medical Group - Folsom

251 Turn Pike Dr.
Folsom, CA 95630
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1620 East Roseville Parkway, Suite 200
Roseville, CA 95661
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Philosophy of Care

I get my patients involved in their care. This starts with their first visit with me in the clinic. I tend to ask a lot of questions before thoroughly examining each patient. After these initial steps, I take time to educate my patients as to how their injury or condition can be treated, and what their treatment options are. In many instances, more than one treatment or surgery may be possible. That said, what works great for one patient may not be appropriate for another. I help people to decide for themselves what would be best for them, based on their immediate concerns, long – term goals and the surgical techniques proven to yield the best outcome for their diagnosis.

Contemplating surgery can be a daunting prospect for anyone. I make it a point to help establish reasonable expectations, especially regarding chronic conditions and outline a course of treatment and timetable for recovery from acute injuries. By doing this, patients know what to expect during and after surgery, if surgical treatment will be needed. I’ve found that this approach makes people more comfortable with their treatment decision.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Rinaldi’s interests include arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder, elbow, wrist and knee. His practice also includes treatment of common injuries and conditions in the hand and wrist such as carpal tunnel syndrome, cubital tunnel syndrome, fractures and sprains. He enjoys treating pediatric patients and having trained for 10 months at Children’s Hospital of Orange County, offers fracture care and sports medicine treatment to local young patients.  

Dr. Rinaldi’s Fellowship training allows him to practice sports medicine as his subspecialty focus. He enjoys providing team game and training room coverage for Sacramento City College and UC Davis student athletes, and care for local and regional athletes of all ages.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Rinaldi’s foremost academic interest is teaching Residents and Medical Students in surgical and clinical environments as well as in the classroom. His research interest is generally centered on clinical studies. For example, investigating which surgical treatment yields better outcomes. Dr. Rinaldi’s current research topics of interest include treatment of meniscus tears in young patients and patella instability. 


Orthopaedic Surgery - Sports Medicine

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis Medical Group


D.O., Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Vallejo CA 2007

B.A., Eastern Washington University, Cheney WA 1993

Internship: Multispecialty, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley CA 2007-2008


Orthopaedic Surgery, Riverside County Regional Medical Center, Moreno Valley CA 2008-2012


Sports Medicine, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2012-2013

Board Certifications

American Osteopathic Board of Orthopaedic Surgery,

Professional Memberships

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery

American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine

American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics

American Osteopathic Association

Arthroscopy Association of North America

Western Orthopaedic Association

Honors and Awards

First Place, Category of Pediatrics: "Growing Segmental Spinal Instrumentation without Fusion for Neuromuscular Scoliosis in Spinal Muscular Atrophy". American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopaedics Annual Meeting, 2012

Select Recent Publications

Rinaldi, P. Sukay, M. Primary Arthroscopic Bursectomy with Superomedial Scapuloplasty for Painful Snapping Scapula: A Case Report. Journal of American Osteopathic Academy of Orthopedics. March 2011.