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Christina Allen, M.D.

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Christina Allen specializes in the treatment of knee and shoulder injuries, especially in women athletes. An avid soccer enthusiast, Allen is an expert in treating anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries and shoulder athletic injuries. She has a special interest in meniscus transplantation, ACL revision surgery and proximal hamstring repairs, which also are focus areas for her research.

Allen is the team physician for the USA Taekwondo national team and has traveled with the team to many countries including China, Azerbaijan, Russia, Turkey and Mexico for international and Olympic qualification competitions, as well as to London for the 2012 Olympic games. She is joining the team for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

In 2011 Allen served as a team physician in the Pan American Games 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.

In addition, Allen is the orthopedic team physician for Cal athletics at the University of California at Berkeley, working with men’s and women’s soccer, as well as women’s basketball.

Allen earned a bachelor's degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University and was chief of biomedical engineering at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers in Philadelphia and San Francisco before attending David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

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.

Conditions & Treatments

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Education

UCLA 1995

Residencies

University of Pittsburgh, Orthopaedic Surgery 2001

Fellowships

University of Pittsburgh, Sports Medicine 2002

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Brophy RH, Haas AK, Huston LJ, Nwosu SK. Association of Meniscal Status, Lower Extremity Alignment, and Body Mass Index With Chondrosis at Revision Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction. Am J Sports Med. 2015 Apr 21.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Wright RW. Osteoarthritis Classification Scales: Interobserver Reliability and Arthroscopic Correlation. J Bone Joint Surg Am. 2014 Jul 16; 96(14):1145-1151.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Radiographic findings in revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstructions from the Mars cohort. J Knee Surg. 2013 Aug; 26(4):239-47.
  8. Morgan JA, Dahm D, Levy B, Stuart MJ. Femoral tunnel malposition in ACL revision reconstruction. J Knee Surg. 2012 Nov; 25(5):361-8.
  9. 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.
  10. Kao YJ, Ho J, Allen CR. Evaluation and management of osteochondral lesions of the knee. Phys Sportsmed. 2011 Nov; 39(4):60-9.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Descriptive epidemiology of the Multicenter ACL Revision Study (MARS) cohort. Am J Sports Med. 2010 Oct; 38(10):1979-86.
  14. 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.
  15. Fontbot 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.
  16. Allen CR, Giffin JR, Harner CD. Revision anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Orthop Clin North Am. 2003 Jan; 34(1):79-98.
  17. Allen CR, Kaplan LD, Fluhme DJ, Harner CD. Posterior cruciate ligament injuries. Curr Opin Rheumatol. 2002 Mar; 14(2):142-9.
  18. Scioscia TN, Giffin JR, Allen CR, Harner CD. Potential complication of bioabsorbable screw fixation for osteochondritis dissecans of the knee. Arthroscopy. 2001 Feb; 17(2):E7.
  19. Allen CR, Livesay GA, Wong EK, Woo SL. Injury and reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament and knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 1999 Jan; 7(1):110-21.

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.