Drew Lansdown, MD

Orthopedic surgeon

Dr. Drew Lansdown is an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in sports medicine and surgeries of the knee, shoulder and elbow. He treats a wide range of conditions, including knee ligament injuries, meniscal injuries, cartilage injuries, rotator cuff tears, shoulder instability, shoulder arthritis, and shoulder and elbow injuries related to throwing. His experience encompasses athletes of all ages and skill levels.

Lansdown performs total shoulder replacements and reverse shoulder replacements, and he is trained in advanced arthroscopic techniques. He also has experience in procedures for knee joint preservation.

Lansdown's research interests include anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries, rotator cuff tears and cartilage injuries. He studies how to use advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to improve diagnosis and treatment for knee and shoulder conditions.

Lansdown earned his medical degree at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, where he graduated with honors. While completing a residency in orthopedic surgery at UCSF, he was awarded the UCSF Exceptional Physician Award. He completed a fellowship in sports medicine and shoulder surgery at Rush University Medical Center.

Lansdown also reviews articles for numerous medical journals, including the American Journal of Sports Medicine, Journal of Orthopaedic Research, and Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery. He has served as an assistant team physician for the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls as well as team physician for high school football teams in the Bay Area and Chicago.


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.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 2010


UCSF, Orthopedic Surgery 2016


Rush University Medical Center, Sports Medicine 2017

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Lansdown DA, Lee S, Sam C, Krug R, Feeley BT, Ma CB. A Prospective, Quantitative Evaluation of Fatty Infiltration Before and After Rotator Cuff Repair. Orthop J Sports Med. 2017 Jul; 5(7):2325967117718537.
  2. Lansdown DA, Pedoia V, Zaid M, Amano K, Souza RB, Li X, Ma CB. Variations in Knee Kinematics After ACL Injury and After Reconstruction Are Correlated With Bone Shape Differences. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Apr 27.
  3. Lansdown DA, Riff AJ, Meadows M, Yanke AB, Bach BR. What Factors Influence the Biomechanical Properties of Allograft Tissue for ACL Reconstruction? A Systematic Review. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Mar 28.
  4. Theologis AA, Lansdown D, McClellan RT, Chou D, Pekmezci M. Multilevel Corpectomy With Anterior Column Reconstruction and Plating for Subaxial Cervical Osteomyelitis. Spine (Phila Pa 1976). 2016 Sep 15; 41(18):E1088-95.
  5. Lansdown DA, Whitaker A, Wustrack R, Sawyer A, Hansen EN. A Resident-led Initiative Improves Screening and Treatment for Vitamin D Deficiency in Patients with Hip Fractures. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017 Jan; 475(1):264-270.
  6. 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.
  7. Li X, Pedoia V, Kumar D, Rivoire J, Wyatt C, Lansdown D, Amano K, Okazaki N, Savic D, Koff MF, Felmlee J, Williams SL, Majumdar S. Cartilage T1? and T2 relaxation times: longitudinal reproducibility and variations using different coils, MR systems and sites. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Dec; 23(12):2214-2223.
  8. Pedoia V, Lansdown DA, Zaid M, McCulloch CE, Souza R, Ma CB, Li X. Three-dimensional MRI-based statistical shape model and application to a cohort of knees with acute ACL injury. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2015 Oct; 23(10):1695-703.
  9. Wyatt C, Kumar D, Subburaj K, Lee S, Nardo L, Narayanan D, Lansdown D, Vail T, Link TM, Souza RB, Majumdar S. Cartilage T1? and T2 Relaxation Times in Patients With Mild-to-Moderate Radiographic Hip Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2015 Jun; 67(6):1548-56.
  10. Zaid M, Lansdown D, Su F, Pedoia V, Tufts L, Rizzo S, Souza RB, Li X, Ma CB. Abnormal tibial position is correlated to early degenerative changes one year following ACL reconstruction. J Orthop Res. 2015 Jul; 33(7):1079-86.
  11. Lee S, Lucas RM, Lansdown DA, Nardo L, Lai A, Link TM, Krug R, Ma CB. Magnetic resonance rotator cuff fat fraction and its relationship with tendon tear severity and subject characteristics. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2015 Sep; 24(9):1442-51.
  12. 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.
  13. Lansdown DA, Zaid M, Pedoia V, Subburaj K, Souza R, Benjamin C, Li X. Reproducibility measurements of three methods for calculating in vivo MR-based knee kinematics. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Aug; 42(2):533-8.
  14. Lansdown DA, Allen C, Zaid M, Wu S, Subburaj K, Souza R, Feeley BT, Li X, Ma CB. A comprehensive in vivo kinematic, quantitative MRI and functional evaluation following ACL reconstruction--A comparison between mini-two incision and anteromedial portal femoral tunnel drilling. Knee. 2015 Dec; 22(6):547-53.
  15. Lansdown DA, Feeley BT. The Effect of Ulnar Collateral Ligament Reconstruction on Pitch Velocity in Major League Baseball Pitchers. Orthop J Sports Med. 2014 Feb; 2(2):2325967114522592.
  16. Nardo L, Karampinos DC, Lansdown DA, Carballido-Gamio J, Lee S, Maroldi R, Ma CB, Link TM, Krug R. Quantitative assessment of fat infiltration in the rotator cuff muscles using water-fat MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 May; 39(5):1178-85.
  17. Lansdown DA, Feeley BT. Evaluation and treatment of rotator cuff tears. Phys Sportsmed. 2012 May; 40(2):73-86.
  18. Barry JJ, Lansdown DA, Cheung S, Feeley BT, Ma CB. The relationship between tear severity, fatty infiltration, and muscle atrophy in the supraspinatus. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 2013 Jan; 22(1):18-25.
  19. Lansdown D, Bennet B, Thiel S, Ahmed O, Dixon L, Vokes TJ. Prevalence of vertebral fractures on chest radiographs of elderly African American and Caucasian women. Osteoporos Int. 2011 Aug; 22(8):2365-2371.
  20. Damon BM, Wadington MC, Lansdown DA, Hornberger JL. Spatial heterogeneity in the muscle functional MRI signal intensity time course: effect of exercise intensity. Magn Reson Imaging. 2008 Oct; 26(8):1114-21.

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