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Brian Feeley, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Brian Feeley is an orthopedic surgeon in the UCSF Sports Medicine Center. He specializes in the management of athletic injuries to the shoulder, knee and hip; pediatric sports injuries; treatment of shoulder arthritis, and shoulder and collar bone fractures. He is trained in arthroscopic techniques to treat meniscal tears, ligament injuries to the knee, cartilage injuries, shoulder dislocations and instability, and labral and rotator cuff tears. He also performs shoulder joint replacement procedures.

Feeley has published over 30 peer-reviewed publications as well as book chapters and articles. His research focuses on biomechanics of the knee and muscle changes in rotator cuff tears. He earned a medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine and completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He completed a sports medicine and shoulder fellowship at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, where he served as an assistant team physician to the New York Giants. Feeley was named a 2009 Young Investigator of the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine and won the 2010 Young Investigator Award of the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation. He is an assistant professor in residence in orthopedic surgery at UCSF.


Sports Medicine Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Appointments: (415) 353–2808
Main: (415) 353–9400
Fax: (415) 885–3862

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

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Stanford School of Medicine 2001


UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery


Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine 2008

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Sena MP, DellaMaggioria R, Lotz JC, Feeley BT. A mechanical pivot-shift device for continuously applying defined loads to cadaveric knees. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Oct; 23(10):2900-8.
  2. Liu X, Joshi S, Ravishankar B, Laron D, Kim HT, Feeley BT. Bone morphogenetic protein signaling in rotator cuff muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2015 Apr-Jun; 5(2):113-9.
  3. Luan T, Liu X, Easley JT, Ravishankar B, Puttlitz C, Feeley BT. Muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration after an acute rotator cuff repair in a sheep model. Muscles Ligaments Tendons J. 2015 Apr-Jun; 5(2):106-12.
  4. Feeley BT. CORR Insights(): What is the Best Clinical Test for Assessment of the Teres Minor in Massive Rotator Cuff Tears? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Sep; 473(9):2967-8.
  5. Zhang AL, Miller SL, Coughlin DG, Lotz JC, Feeley BT. Tibiofemoral contact pressures in radial tears of the meniscus treated with all-inside repair, inside-out repair and partial meniscectomy. Knee. 2015 Jun 13.
  6. Wong S, Ning A, Lee C, Feeley BT. Return to sport after muscle injury. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2015 Jun; 8(2):168-75.
  7. Davies MR, Ravishankar B, Laron D, Kim HT, Liu X, Feeley BT. Rat rotator cuff muscle responds differently from hindlimb muscle to a combined tendon-nerve injury. J Orthop Res. 2015 Jul; 33(7):1046-53.
  8. Zhang AL, Theologis AA, Tay B, Feeley BT. The association between cervical spine pathology and rotator cuff dysfunction. J Spinal Disord Tech. 2015 May; 28(4):E206-11.
  9. Feeley BT, Agel J, LaPrade RF. When Is It Too Early for Single Sport Specialization? Am J Sports Med. 2015 Mar 30.
  10. Smucny M, Menendez ME, Ring D, Feeley BT, Zhang AL. Inpatient surgical site infection after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 May; 24(5):747-53.
  11. Lansdown DA, Allen C, Zaid M, Wu S, Subburaj K, Souza R, Feeley BT, Li X, Ma CB. A comprehensive in vivo kinematic, quantitative MRI and functional evaluation following ACL reconstruction - A comparison between mini-two incision and anteromedial portal femoral tunnel drilling. Knee. 2014 Dec 17.
  12. Feeley B. Repair and/or Acromioplasty Added to Physiotherapy Did Not Improve Outcome in Rotator Cuff Tear More Than Physiotherapy Alone. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Nov 19; 96(22):1922.
  13. Bauer M, Feeley BT, Wawrzyniak JR, Pinkowsky G, Gallo RA. Factors affecting return to play after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction: a review of the current literature. Phys Sportsmed. 2014 Nov; 42(4):71-9.
  14. Berliner JL, Regalado-Magdos A, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Biomechanics of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan; 24(1):150-60.
  15. Feeley BT. CORR Insights(): Rotator Cuff Fatty Infiltration and Atrophy Are Associated With Functional Outcomes in Anatomic Shoulder Arthroplasty. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2015 Feb; 473(2):683-4.
  16. Toogood P, Coughlin D, Rodriguez D, Lotz J, Feeley B. A biomechanical comparison of superior and anterior positioning of precontoured plates for midshaft clavicle fractures. Am J Orthop (Belle Mead NJ). 2014 Oct; 43(10):E226-31.
  17. Kiet TK, Feeley BT, Naimark M, Gajiu T, Hall SL, Chung TT, Ma CB. Outcomes after shoulder replacement: comparison between reverse and anatomic total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Feb; 24(2):179-85.
  18. Feeley BT, Zhang AL, Barry JJ, Shin E, Ho J, Tabaraee E, Ma CB. Decreased scapular notching with lateralization and inferior baseplate placement in reverse shoulder arthroplasty with high humeral inclination. Int J Shoulder Surg. 2014 Jul; 8(3):65-71.
  19. Zhang AL, Feeley BT, Schwartz BS, Chung TT, Ma CB. Management of deep postoperative shoulder infections: is there a role for open biopsy during staged treatment? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Jan; 24(1):e15-20.
  20. Feeley BT, Zhang AL, Leopold SS. Editor's Spotlight/Take 5: Hospital readmissions after treatment of proximal humerus fractures: is arthroplasty safer than open reduction internal fixation? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2014 Aug; 472(8):2313-6.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.