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. 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 Jan 03.
  2. 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 Sep 11.
  3. 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.
  4. Samaan MA, Pedoia V, Zhang AL, Gallo MC, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. A novel mr-based method for detection of cartilage delamination in femoroacetabular impingement patients. J Orthop Res. 2017 Aug 01.
  5. Ding DY, Zhang AL, Allen CR, Anderson AF, Cooper DE, DeBerardino TM, Dunn WR, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Lantz BBA, Mann B, Spindler KP, Stuart MJ, Wright RW, Albright JP, Amendola AN, Andrish JT, Annunziata CC, Arciero RA, Bach BR, Baker CL, Bartolozzi AR, Baumgarten KM, Bechler JR, Berg JH, Bernas GA, Brockmeier SF, Brophy RH, Bush-Joseph CA, Butler JB, Campbell JD, Carey JL, Carpenter JE, Cole BJ, Cooper JM, Cox CL, Creighton RA, Dahm DL, David TS, Flanigan DC, Frederick RW, Ganley TJ, Garofoli EA, Gatt CJ, Gecha SR, Giffin JR, Hame SL, Hannafin JA, Harner CD, Harris NL, Hechtman KS, Hershman EB, Hoellrich RG, Hosea TM, Johnson DC, Johnson TS, Jones MH, Kaeding CC, Kamath GV, Klootwyk TE, Levy BA, Ma CB, Maiers GP, Marx RG, Matava MJ, Mathien GM, McAllister DR, McCarty EC, McCormack RG, Miller BS, Nissen CW, O'Neill DF, Owens BD, Parker RD, Purnell ML, Ramappa AJ, Rauh MA, Rettig AC, Sekiya JK, Shea KG, Sherman OH, Slauterbeck JR, Smith MV, Spang JT, Svoboda SJ, Taft TN, Tenuta JJ, Tingstad EM, Vidal AF, Viskontas DG, White RA, Williams JS, Wolcott ML, Wolf BR, York JJ. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Zhang AL, Sing DC, Rugg CM, Feeley BT, Senter C. The Rise of Concussions in the Adolescent Population. Orthop J Sports Med. 2016 Aug; 4(8):2325967116662458.
  13. Sing DC, Ding DY, Aguilar TU, Luan T, Ma CB, Feeley BT, Zhang AL. The Effects of Patient Obesity on Early Postoperative Complications After Shoulder Arthroscopy. Arthroscopy. 2016 Nov; 32(11):2212-2217.e1.
  14. Samaan MA, Zhang AL, Gallo MC, Schwaiger BJ, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Quantitative magnetic resonance arthrography in patients with femoroacetabular impingement. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2016 Dec; 44(6):1539-1545.
  15. Feeley BT, Liu S, Garner AM, Zhang AL, Pietzsch JB. The cost-effectiveness of meniscal repair versus partial meniscectomy: A model-based projection for the United States. Knee. 2016 Aug; 23(4):674-80.
  16. Smucny M, Shin EC, Zhang AL, Feeley BT, Gajiu T, Hall SL, Ma CB. Erratum. Arthroscopy. 2016 May; 32(5):953.
  17. Wong SE, Zhang AL, Berliner JL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Preoperative patient-reported scores can predict postoperative outcomes after shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2016 Jun; 25(6):913-9.
  18. Sing DC, Luan TF, Feeley BT, Zhang AL. Is Obesity a Risk Factor for Adverse Events After Knee Arthroscopy? Arthroscopy. 2016 Jul; 32(7):1346-1353.e1.
  19. Dufka FL, Lansdown DA, Zhang AL, Allen CR, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Accuracy of MRI evaluation of meniscus tears in the setting of ACL injuries. Knee. 2016 Jun; 23(3):460-4.
  20. Naimark M, Zhang AL, Leon I, Trivellas A, Feeley BT, Ma CB. Clinical, Radiographic, and Surgical Presentation of Subscapularis Tendon Tears: A Retrospective Analysis of 139 Patients. Arthroscopy. 2016 May; 32(5):747-52.

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