Dr. Hacker specializes in sports medicine, both on and off the field. Dr. Hacker completed extensive training in bioengineering at both the undergraduate and graduate level, and was given a Regent's Fellowship as well as a National Science Foundation Honorable Mention for his work. He completed a Master's Thesis in Engineering on the properties of meniscal tissue in addition to multiple projects including pioneering research in ACL healing and repair. He then served as director of the Coutts Institute in San Diego, a leading center for Orthopaedic research. Dr. Hacker completed an orthopedic research fellowship studying the ability to grow and transplant cartilage.
After attending medical school at UC Irvine, he was offered a residency position at the University of Washington. Dr. Hacker has completed additional training in Vail, Colorado at the Steadman-Hawkins Clinic under Dr. Steadman and Dr. Hawkins, both world authorities in knee and shoulder surgery. While in Vail, he specialized in sports related injuries and conditions. His cumulative training has provided expertise in knee, shoulder and elbow surgery, traumatic injuries, joint and cartilage injuries, and the degenerative changes associated with osteoarthritis. He is an avid outdoorsman and athlete.
Dr. Hacker travels worldwide with the United States Ski Association and Olympic Ski Team and provides professional team support and care for the San Diego Surf Dawgs baseball team.
Dr. Hacker sees patients at offices at Alvarado and in La Mesa on the Grossmont Hospital Campus at Helix Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is involved in teaching of family practice sports medicine physicians several days a week, expanding their experience of sports medicine from the surgeon's point of view.