Alan Zhang, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Alan Zhang is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine and minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the hip, knee and shoulder. His areas of focus include labral tears, femoroacetabular impingement, gluteus tears and athletic injuries of the hip. He frequently treats ACL tears and meniscus tears in the knee, as well as rotator cuff tears and instability and biceps tears in the shoulder.

Zhang’s research uses innovative imaging techniques to detect early signs of cartilage injury in the hip, with the goal of investigating hip preservation methods that protect cartilage and maintain function. He also uses large national databases to analyze trends in orthopedic surgery, and works to integrate measurements of patient-centered care into current clinical treatments. He has published numerous award-winning research articles on the hip, knee and shoulder, and frequently speaks at international conferences.

After earning his medical degree from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Zhang completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine at UCSF.

Zhang is associate director of the Sports Medicine Fellowship Program. He is a member of the International Society for Hip Arthroscopy, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Arthroscopy Association of North America and Orthopaedic Research Society. He is the team physician for Archbishop Riordan High School and also provides medical care for the Deltas professional soccer team and San Francisco Golden Gate Rugby Football Club.


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.

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Board Certification

Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Additional Languages



UCSD School of Medicine


UCLA Medical Center, Orthopedic Surgery


UCSF Medical Center, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lau BC, Conway D, Mulvihill J, Zhang AZ, Feeley BT. Biomechanical Consequences of Meniscal Tear, Partial Meniscectomy, and Meniscal Repair in the Knee. JBJS Rev. 2018 Apr 03.
  2. Salesky MA, Grace TR, Feeley BT, Ma CB, Zhang AL. Effects of cemented versus press-fit primary humeral stem fixation in the setting of revision shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Mar 13.
  3. Kraeutler MJ, McCarty EC, Belk JW, Wolf BR, Hettrich CM, Ortiz SF. Descriptive Epidemiology of the MOON Shoulder Instability Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2018 Apr; 46(5):1064-1069.
  4. Jain D, Berven SH, Carter J, Zhang AL, Deviren V. Bariatric surgery before elective posterior lumbar fusion is associated with reduced medical complications and infection. Spine J. 2018 Feb 23.
  5. Flores SE, Borak KR, Zhang AL. Hip Arthroscopic Surgery for Femoroacetabular Impingement: A Prospective Analysis of the Relationship Between Surgeon Experience and Patient Outcomes. Orthop J Sports Med. 2018 Feb; 6(2):2325967118755048.
  6. Rugg CM, Hettrich CM, Ortiz S, Wolf BR. Surgical stabilization for first-time shoulder dislocators: a multicenter analysis. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Apr; 27(4):674-685.
  7. Leathers MP, Ialenti MN, Feeley BT, Zhang AL, Ma CB. Do younger patients have better results after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty? J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Jan 05.
  8. McLaughlin DC, Cheah JW, Aleshi P, Zhang AL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Multimodal analgesia decreases opioid consumption after shoulder arthroplasty: a prospective cohort study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Apr; 27(4):686-691.
  9. Zhang AL. Overlapping Surgery-Perspectives From the Other Side of the Table. JAMA Intern Med. 2018 Jan 01; 178(1):83-84.
  10. Ialenti MN, Mulvihill JD, Feinstein M, Zhang AL, Feeley BT. Return to Play Following Shoulder Stabilization: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Sep; 5(9):2325967117726055.
  11. Wong SE, Pitcher AA, Ding DY, Cashman N, Zhang AL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. The effect of patient gender on outcomes after reverse total shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2017 Nov; 26(11):1889-1896.
  12. Cheah J, Zhang AL, Tay B. Intraoperative Use of Neuromonitoring in Multilevel Thoracolumbar Spine Instrumentation and the Effects on Postoperative Neurological Injuries. Clin Spine Surg. 2017 Aug; 30(7):321-327.
  13. Tangtiphaiboontana J, Zhang AL, Pandya NK. Outcomes of intra-articular corticosteroid injections for adolescents with hip pain. J Hip Preserv Surg. 2018 Jan; 5(1):54-59.
  14. Subsequent Surgery After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: Rates and Risk Factors From a Multicenter Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Jul; 45(9):2068-2076.
  15. Patterson JT, Sing D, Hansen EN, Tay B, Zhang AL. The James A. Rand Young Investigator's Award: Administrative Claims vs Surgical Registry: Capturing Outcomes in Total Joint Arthroplasty. J Arthroplasty. 2017 Sep; 32(9S):S11-S17.
  16. Garwood ER, Souza RB, Zhang A, Zhang AL, Ma CB, Link TM, Motamedi D. Axial traction magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the glenohumeral joint in healthy volunteers: initial experience. Clin Imaging. 2017 Mar - Apr; 42:178-182.
  17. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Sada K, Link TM, Zhang AL, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Joint Loading in the Sagittal Plane During Gait Is Associated With Hip Joint Abnormalities in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 45(4):810-818.
  18. Zhang AL, Sing DC, Dang DY, Ma CB, Black D, Vail TP, Feeley BT. Overlapping Surgery in the Ambulatory Orthopaedic Setting. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2016 Nov 16; 98(22):1859-1867.
  19. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Link TM, Zhang AL, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Abnormal Joint Moment Distributions and Functional Performance During Sit-to-Stand in Femoroacetabular Impingement Patients. PM R. 2017 Jun; 9(6):563-570.
  20. Ding DY, LaMartina JA, Zhang AL, Pandya NK. Acute distal biceps rupture in an adolescent weightlifter on chronic steroid suppression: a case report. J Pediatr Orthop B. 2016 Sep; 25(5):447-9.

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