Christina Allen, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Christina Allen specializes in treating knee and shoulder injuries, particularly in women athletes. A soccer enthusiast, Allen is an expert in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and athletic injuries of the shoulder. She has special interests in meniscus transplantation, ACL revision surgery and proximal hamstring repairs, which also are focal points for her research.

As physician for the USA Taekwondo national teams, Allen has traveled to many countries, including China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey, Morocco and Mexico for international and Olympic qualification competitions, as well as to London for the 2012 Olympic Games. She joined the teams for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto and again for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

In the 2011 Pan American Games, Allen served as a team physician for judo, wrestling and taekwondo. She is also an orthopedic team physician for the U.S. soccer national teams and has traveled extensively with them.

Locally, Allen is the team physician for the San Francisco Deltas soccer team. She is also the orthopedic team physician for University of California, Berkeley athletics, working with men's and women's soccer teams.

After earning a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University, Allen was chief of biomedical engineering at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Later she earned her medical degree from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and then completed a residency in orthopedic surgery as well as a fellowship in sports medicine at the University of Pittsburgh.

Allen is a member of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, Arthroscopy Association of North America, American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine and ACL Study Group. She is a professor of orthopaedic surgery at UCSF.

Clinics

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
Orthopaedic Surgery

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Additional Languages

Spanish

Education

Duke University, B.S., Engineering 1983
UCLA 1995

Residencies

University of Pittsburgh, Orthopaedic Surgery 2001

Fellowships

University of Pittsburgh, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Surgery 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Allen CR, Anderson AF, Cooper DE, DeBerardino TM, Dunn WR, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Lantz BBA, Mann B, Nwosu SK, 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. Surgical Predictors of Clinical Outcomes After Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Sep; 45(11):2586-2594.
  2. 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.
  3. Brophy RH, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK, Wright RW. Association of Meniscal Status, Lower Extremity Alignment, and Body Mass Index With Chondrosis at Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Jul; 43(7):1616-22.
  4. Lansdown DA, Shaw J, Allen CR, Ma CB. Osteonecrosis of the Knee After Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction: A Report of 5 Cases. Orthop J Sports Med. 2015 Mar; 3(3):2325967115576120.
  5. Matava MJ, Arciero RA, Baumgarten KM, Carey JL, DeBerardino TM, Hame SL, Hannafin JA, Miller BS, Nissen CW, Taft TN, Wolf BR, Wright RW. Multirater agreement of the causes of anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction failure: a radiographic and video analysis of the MARS cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Feb; 43(2):310-9.
  6. Effect of graft choice on the outcome of revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction in the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) Cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2014 Oct; 42(10):2301-10.
  7. Wright RW. Osteoarthritis Classification Scales: Interobserver Reliability and Arthroscopic Correlation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jul 16; 96(14):1145-1151.
  8. Souza RB, Wu SJ, Morse LJ, Subburaj K, Allen CR, Feeley BT. Cartilage MRI relaxation times after arthroscopic partial medial meniscectomy reveal localized degeneration. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 2015 Jan; 23(1):188-97.
  9. Chen JL, Allen CR, Stephens TE, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Wright RW, Feeley BT. Differences in mechanisms of failure, intraoperative findings, and surgical characteristics between single- and multiple-revision ACL reconstructions: a MARS cohort study. Am J Sports Med. 2013 Jul; 41(7):1571-8.
  10. Radiographic findings in revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions from the Mars cohort. J Knee Surg. 2013 Aug; 26(4):239-47.
  11. Morgan JA, Dahm D, Levy B, Stuart MJ. Femoral tunnel malposition in ACL revision reconstruction. J Knee Surg. 2012 Nov; 25(5):361-8.
  12. Brophy RH, Wright RW, David TS, McCormack RG, Sekiya JK, Svoboda SJ, Huston LJ, Haas AK, Steger-May K. Association between previous meniscal surgery and the incidence of chondral lesions at revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2012 Apr; 40(4):808-14.
  13. Kao YJ, Ho J, Allen CR. Evaluation and management of osteochondral lesions of the knee. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Nov; 39(4):60-9.
  14. Borchers JR, Kaeding CC, Pedroza AD, Huston LJ, Spindler KP, Wright RW. Intra-articular findings in primary and revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgery: a comparison of the MOON and MARS study groups. Am J Sports Med. 2011 Sep; 39(9):1889-93.
  15. Cheung SC, Allen CR, Gallo RA, Ma CB, Feeley BT. Patients' attitudes and factors in their selection of grafts for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Knee. 2012 Jan; 19(1):49-54.
  16. Wright RW, Huston LJ, Spindler KP, Dunn WR, Haas AK, Allen CR, Cooper DE, DeBerardino TM, Lantz BB, Mann BJ, Stuart MJ. Descriptive epidemiology of the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Oct; 38(10):1979-86.
  17. Giaconi JC, Allen CR, Steinbach LS. Anterior cruciate ligament graft reconstruction: clinical, technical, and imaging overview. Top Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Jun; 20(3):129-50.
  18. Fontboté CA, Sell TC, Laudner KG, Haemmerle M, Allen CR, Margheritini F, Lephart SM, Harner CD. Neuromuscular and biomechanical adaptations of patients with isolated deficiency of the posterior cruciate ligament. Am J Sports Med. 2005 Jul; 33(7):982-9.
  19. Allen CR, Giffin JR, Harner CD. Revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthop Clin North Am. 2003 Jan; 34(1):79-98.
  20. Allen CR, Kaplan LD, Fluhme DJ, Harner CD. Posterior cruciate ligament injuries. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2002 Mar; 14(2):142-9.

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