Newport Orthopedic Institute
(949) 722-7038
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Steven C. Dennis, MD

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Steven C. Dennis, M.D. was raised in Albany, New York. His father is a pediatrician and medicine has always been a part of his life. Dr. Dennis attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He then returned home to attend Albany Medical College before his residency training at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and a spine fellowship in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic.

Dr. Dennis’ academic interests have included fusion techniques and bone graft substitutes and most recently, he has been an investigator for both lumbar and cervical disc replacements. Dr. Dennis lives in Newport Beach with his wife and two sons. He enjoys ice hockey, golf, and snowboarding when possible. He and his wife support several local charities and the Deerfield Academy.

Dr. Dennis’ Team

Physician Assistant – Megan Ellwanger, PA-C

To learn more about Megan Ellwanger, please click here.

Appointment Scheduler – Jessica Johnson

Phone: (949) 722-5020
Fax: (949) 630-4957

Jessica is the appointment scheduler for Dr. Dennis and Megan Ellwanger, PA-C.  She is responsible for scheduling office appointments for the doctor and his Physician Assistant. If you have a question about your visit to the office or new-patient paperwork, please contact Jessica directly.

 Triage Medical Department

If you have a clinical question about your care, medication, or follow-up needs, please contact the Triage Medical Department.

Phone: (949) 722-5035
Fax: (949) 630-4931
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*Please note that due to HIPAA Regulations, we cannot respond to you via email. Once your email is received, you will receive a call from one of our staff members. If you wish to communicate via email only, please log-in to your secure NextMD account here. If you would like to create a NextMD account, please contact our office.

Surgery Scheduler – Jicki Lewis

Phone: (949) 722-7038 x3589
Fax: (949) 630-4932

Jicki is the Surgery Scheduler for Dr. Dennis and Megan Ellwanger, PA-C. She is responsible for coordinating and scheduling all surgery for the doctor. If you have any questions about your surgery, please contact Jicki directly.

Primary Specialty

Orthopedic Surgery

Secondary Specialty

Spine Disorders

Medical Education

Albany Medical College of Union University, New York : 1982


Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals, Tennessee : 1983


Vanderbilt University Affiliated Hospitals : 1986


Spinal Disorders and Surgery : 1988

Board Certifications

The American Board of Orthopedic Surgery : 1990

In Practice Since



  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Western Orthopedic Association
  • Orange County Medical Association
  • North American Spine Society