Brian Feeley, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Brian Feeley is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in athletic injuries of the shoulder and knee and in treating them with arthroscopic procedures, which are minimally invasive. In the shoulder, he treats rotator cuff tears or impingement, labral tears and other causes of instability, clavicle fractures and shoulder arthritis and performs shoulder replacement. In the knee, he treats anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and other ligament injuries, meniscus tears, cartilage injuries and early arthritis.

Feeley's research focuses on common knee and shoulder problems, including causes of muscle atrophy after rotator cuff tears. He also investigates how stem cells within muscle change the muscle tissue and how to stimulate these cells to improve function. In the knee, he researches how to use low-cost motion analysis to decrease injury or re-injury after initial damage and surgical procedures.

After earning his medical degree at Stanford University School of Medicine, Feeley completed a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCLA Medical Center. He then completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at the Hospital for Special Surgery, where he served as an assistant team physician to the New York Giants football team.

Feeley has published more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, review studies and book chapters, as well as a book on rotator cuff injuries. He has received Young Investigator awards from the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation and Western Orthopaedic Association. He is an associate professor in residence at UCSF.

Feeley serves as physician for St. Ignatius College Preparatory's athletic teams. He is the sports medicine fellowship director and associate program director for orthopedic surgery residency at UCSF. In his spare time, he likes to surf in Northern California and coaches his two daughters' softball teams in San Francisco Little League.


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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Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery
Orthopaedic Surgery, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery

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More about Brian Feeley


Stanford School of Medicine 2001


UCLA Medical Center, Orthopaedic Surgery 2007


Hospital for Special Surgery, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery 2008

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.

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