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. Zhang AL, Feeley BT. Editorial Commentary: The Rise of Hip Arthroscopy: Temporary Trend or Here to Stay? Arthroscopy. 2018 Jun; 34(6):1831-1832.
  2. Wong SE, Colley AK, Pitcher AA, Zhang AL, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Mental health, preoperative disability, and postoperative outcomes in patients undergoing shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 May 21.
  3. Grace TR, Khanna K, Choo KJ, Croci R, Feeley BT, Ma CB, Zhang AL. The influence of preoperative opioid use on inpatient opioid requirements and discharge prescriptions after primary shoulder arthroplasty. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2018 Apr 24.

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.