Steven C. Bast, MDSports Medicine and Orthopedics
Dr. Bast is a native Southern Californian, born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He attended Damien High School in LaVerne, California, where he was a two sport All-American and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2010. In 1983, he was drafted by the California Angels, however he opted for a football scholarship to USC, where he played both football and baseball. While at USC earning his degree in kinesiology, Dr. Bast was part of the 1985 Rose Bowl Championship football team and earned All-Pac 10 honors in baseball. He signed a professional baseball contract in 1986 with the Boston Red Sox, he played five years with the Boston Red Sox organization. He underwent “Tommy John” elbow reconstructive surgery in 1987, which sparked his interest in orthopaedic surgery. He applied to medical school during his last season in professional baseball, and in 1989 was featured in Sports Illustrated by Hall of Fame sports writer Peter Gammons as the “A Student-Athletes’ Dream.” He retired from professional baseball in the summer 1990, and in the fall was accepted and attended USC Keck School of Medicine. He earned his Doctor of Medicine in 1994, and completed his orthopaedic residency at LAC + USC Medical Center. While in residency, Dr Bast wrote several articles on the mechanics, and prevention of throwing injuries in youth, collegiate, and professional athletes. After residency, he completed a Sports Medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. While there, he took care of professional athletes from a wide variety of sports, including the Lakers, Dodgers, Ducks, Kings, Galaxy, AVP, PGA, and of course the USC Trojans. He continued to assist in the care of the Los Angeles Lakers until 2016. He has been in private practice in Covina, California for the past 20 years, and enjoys taking care of the patients from the place he calls home. Dr. Bast has a special interest in athletic injuries, especially involving the shoulder, elbow and knee. He performs total joint replacements on the hip and knee, and trained with world renown joint replacement surgeons while at U.S.C. He has been on Staff at Casa Colina Hospital since the opening of their acute care hospital in 2016. He just recently celebrated his 32rd wedding anniversary with his wife. They have three children, and a granddaughter.